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Is the Phuket Airport bus still running to Patong?

The regular bus service from Phuket International Airport to Patong was launched years ago and later extended to pick up and drop off passengers at Kata-Karon, but recently the service has fallen off the radar. Is the Airport-Patong bus still running? If so, what are the latest details? Read on to find out…

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The Phuket News

Tuesday 20 September 2016, 09:26AM


The bus service from Phuket Airport to Patong, Kata and Karon is still in operation.
The bus service from Phuket Airport to Patong, Kata and Karon is still in operation.

QUESTION

A couple years ago I was in Phuket and heard that the Provincial Land Transport Office will have buses operating between Phuket International Airport and Patong. I recently visited the island and saw minivans at the airport taking people to Patong, but not buses. Does Phuket have any buses to transport people from the airport to Patong today?

- John J, Australia

 

ANSWER

We launched the Airport Bus Express to Patong several years ago and later slowly expanded our service to include Kata and Karon. The fare to Patong is currently B150 and to Kata and Karon is B200. Tickets can be bought from the driver.

The first bus will be outside the old main passenger terminal at Phuket International Airport at about 7:30am so we can serve passengers arriving on the early flights.

The bus will be parked at our bus stop at the northern end of the terminal. Just follow the signs; as you exit the terminal, turn left and walk to the end of the building – our bus will be there.

Our buses are cream-coloured with blue stripes. There is another bus service called “Airport Bus” that uses orange buses. These buses go to Phuket Town. If you take this bus, you will need to catch another bus in Phuket Town to take you to Patong.

Please note that the bus will depart once it is full. Don’t worry, though, as we have buses departing Phuket Airport every hour.

If you are in a hurry, it may be best to take a taxi from the airport. We advise the same to people who are carrying a lot of luggage with them.

If there are not enough passengers to justify using our full-size bus, we will use a minivan instead. We have three minivans that we use during the “low season” (May-October) to help reduce the cost of fuel for buses.

The first bus will leave the airport at about 8am and last bus departs at 8pm. When you get on the bus, you must tell the driver where your hotel is. The driver will drop you off at your hotel if possible.

However, if your hotel is on a steep hill that our bus will not be able to climb, we will ask you to travel in one of our minivans for convenience and safety. Don’t worry, the fare is the same.

Passengers can get off the bus (or minivan) at several locations en route to Patong, Kata and Karon. However, the bus or van will not pick up any passengers en route.

The drop-off locations include Phuket International Airport, Muangmai, Thalang, Heroines Monument, Boat Lagoon, Tesco (bypass road), the See Kor Intersection (near the Caltex petrol station) in Kathu, and at Jungceylon in Patong (bus stops on Phang Muang Sai Kor Rd).

In Patong, we use Jungceylon as our main “terminal” for buses returning to Phuket Airport. If you want to use our service from Kata or Karon, please call us and we will pick you up. Likewise, if you are staying in Patong, just call us and we will pick you up if we can.

Unfortunately, our website is no longer operating and our company currently does not have a contact email address, so it is best to contact us directly for the latest information. For more details or to book tickets in advance, or call us at 076-328291 or 084-0652122.

Our main office is near the Bangkok Bank branch on Phang Muang Sai Kor Rd in Patong, near Nanai Soi 8, but many foreigners have trouble finding our office, so I strongly recommend you just call us.

– Nikorn Petcharat, Manager, Airport Express Bus

 

 

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randy123 | 08 March 2017 - 21:49:48

I took the Airport Express two days ago. The driver took my 200 baht but dropped me off in Patong. He didn't want to go on to Karon or Kata. I'm pretty sure there others who expected to go to Karon or Kata as well. Everyone is was told to get off. When I told the driver I paid 200 baht to go to Kata, he just gave me 50 baht back. Apparently the Airport Express only goes to Patong now.

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