Phuket Airport is an international flight hub located in the North of Phuket near Nai Yang Beach.
With a capacity of 30 flights per hour, it has become the third busiest airport in Thailand after Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok, said to be boosted by the natural beauty of its beaches which continue to draw a huge number of tourists.
In 2016, Phuket Airport underwent a 5.14-billion-baht expansion that brought its handling capacity to 20 million passengers yearly. Tourist arrivals have since started to jump upon the commercial operations of the expansion wing.
At present, the airlines serving the airport are Aeroflot, AirAsia, Air China, Asiana Airlines, Azur Air, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Dragon, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Firefly, GoAir, Hainan Airlines, HK Express, IndiGo, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Juneyao Airlines, Korean Air, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Myanmar National Airlines, Nok Air, Okay Airways, Qatar Airways, Qingdao Airlines, Scoot, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet Air, Turkish Airlines, T’way Air, Uzbekistan Airways, Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines, and West Air.
Phuket Airport offers a variety of facilities and services in its three terminals such as ATMs, five currency exchange booths, more than 10 retail and duty-free shops, dining areas, an information desk, luggage storage and lockers, medical services, mobile-charging ports, a pharmacy, a smoking lounge, a spa, a tour service counter at the departure hall, a post and telegraph office on the second level of the departure terminal, a smoking room,
A restaurant operated by Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd. can be found inside Phuket Airport, alongside restaurants and snack bars such as Burger King, Bill Bentley Pub, Ajisen Ramen, Thai Express, Airport Kopitiam, Dairy Queen, and The Coffee Club.
You can book an Airport Limousine right before you exit the arrival hall. This service is one of the most convenient options for transfers apart from taxis, albeit a little bit more expensive.
Pre paid taxis can be booked when you leave the terminal building. Go to the booth and tell them your destination and they'll tell you the price and find a driver for you. There will be a 100 surcharge.
To avoid the surcharge you can try ordering a taxi beforehand using an app. At the time of writing Grab is the best option.
A more recent option is the Smart Bus. This option may be cheap, but it has many stops making the journey slower than a taxi or limo. This option is not a good choice for those traveling with lots of luggage, as you'll have to carry your bags from the bus stop to your final destination.
From Phuket Airport, the smart bus passes through the Thalang Public Health Office, and then through Baan Khian, Boat Avenue Cherngtalay, Tesco Lotus Cherngtalay, Surin Beach, Phuket Fantasea, Big C Kamala, Patong Provincial Electricity Authority, Karon Circle, Kata, Sai Yuan, and Rawai Beach, and vice versa.
Fare for a one-way trip on the Smart Bus costs 170 baht and can be paid through cash, via QR code on your smartphone, or by Rabbit Card.
The Rabbit Card requires a balance of at least 170 baht. You may also choose to purchase a three-day pass for 499 baht and get an unlimited ride to the Smart Bus. After it expires, the card can be topped up at the airport or any Smart Bus office.
For a cheaper fare than a private taxi you can share a miniibus for around 200 baht. The catch is you have to wait until it fills up.
Car-rental services are offered in both domestic and international terminals at Phuket Airport. This option is best for those who want to travel at their convenience.
Car-rental booths can be found at the north and south ends of the arrival hall.
If you're travelling to the airport in your own car, the airport has a five-story car park offering 400 parking spaces. It is located opposite the international terminal.
Vehicles can park for short-term and long-term with the latter is much cheaper especially when booking in advance. The cost of parking for one whole day is 200 baht.
Phuket Airport also offers special parking services for the disabled, ladies, and VIPs. Disabled parking is allocated at the exit and entry points, while VIPs can use a valet services. Ladies-only parking spaces are located on the third level of the car park.
A minibus is available to take passengers to the terminals.
Motorbike parking is located opposite the domestic terminal and is free.