The Phuket local beach bus offers you many different routes to take you to either Patong, Kata, Karon or Rawai. It is far from the fastest or most luxurious way to travel, but it’s the cheapest method of getting from Phuket Town to all the beaches. You can find the Phuket local bus station on Ranong Road in Old Phuket Town. The shuttles are not air-conditioned, which is how the prices can be under 50 baht a trip.
These routes are set up and operated by different companies that have their own arrangements and style. Some feature big blue buses while others use the exotic-looking blue songtheaw modified pickup truck (also called photong) and many operators use both. Travelling on these buses give you time to appreciate ‘real’ Phuket and you can also enjoy the island’s breeze and surroundings along the way.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Phuket local bus to all beaches
There are a few important points to note about Phuket beach buses. There’s no proper bus schedule put up anywhere, with no clear answer as to why this is. One gets the impression that doing so might create an unpleasant atmosphere with taxi businesses.
The Patong bus stops at Central Festival, Big C and Jungceylon Shopping Mall on both ways. It’s common for all buses to stop at numerous places when the passengers request, as long as it’s on the route. There are many shuttles operating along each route every day. Please allow about 20 to 30 minutes’ waiting time between each bus.
There is no bus that goes from beach to beach, except from Rawai to Nai Harn, Kata to Karon and Surin to Kamala – and only these because they share the same route.
The 3 bus stations in Phuket Town
There are 3 main bus stations/terminals in Phuket Town:
- Phuket Bus Terminal 1 (the 'old' bus station off Phang Nga Road) features minibuses linking Phuket to major destinations around Thailand.
- Phuket Bus Terminal 2 (the 'new' bus station on Thepkasattri Road) features large buses linking Phuket to major destinations around Thailand.
- The local bus station on Ranong Road in the Old Town (famous for its market) links Phuket Town to all beaches in Phuket
The blue songtheaws link Ranong Road to all Phuket beaches (the destination is written on each bus) and the pink songtheaws assure transfers between the 3 bus stations/terminals in Phuket Town.
Phuket local bus station in Phuket Downtown (Ranong Road)
The local bus station is located on Ranong Road in the Old Town, just next to the Phuket City Market. From there you're at walking distance from the old historical streets of Thalang and Dibuk as well as Thai Hua Museum.
Ranong Road is a hive of activity mostly around the clock: buyers and sellers of fresh and processed products are on Ranong Road from 4am until late at night. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in Phuket Town.
Local Bus Station on Ranong Road
- Location: Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket, Phuket 83000, Thailand