About Phuket Airport
Thailand’s third-busiest airport (after the two airports in the Bangkok metropolitan region) handles about 17 million passengers a year, playing a crucial role in the Thai tourism industry as the gateway to the popular resort region of Phuket Island.
What facilities are at Phuket Airport?
Phuket Airport has a fast-track Concierge service, luggage storage, 2-hour complimentary Wi-Fi and other basic services. There are two terminals at Phuket Airport: domestic and international.
Terminal 1 – International
Phuket’s Terminal One handles all international flights in and out of the airport. Airlines that operate from this terminal include Thai Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia, Air Asia and Jetstar. Facilities at the terminal include a range of fast food outlets, duty free shopping and pay-per use Airport Lounges.
Terminal 2 – Domestic
All Thai domestic flights operate from Phuket Airport’s Terminal Two. Head here if you’re catching a domestic flight with Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, Thai AirAsia, Orient Thai, Nok Air, or Bangkok Airways.
Allow up to three hours to check in at the airport if you’re travelling on a long-haul flight out of Phuket, or two hours for a regional flight. Domestic flight check-in starts 90 minutes prior to departure. We recommend also adding an additional half-hour or hour onto your journey due to slow-moving traffic on your way to the airport. When you’re catching an international flight out of Phuket you’ll need to pay an International Departure Tax of around 700 Thai Baht per person.
If you need to store luggage at the airport for a few hours or days, left luggage services are available on the first floor of the Domestic Terminal arrivals area. Fees start at 80 Thai Baht per bag, per day. Arriving into Phuket and have booked a hotel transfer? Note that hotel operators are not permitted inside the airport so look for your driver once you have collected your bags and made your way outside.
Is there a currency exchange?
Changing your holiday money at the airport is easy with several currency exchange booths in the Arrivals area, and one in the Departures area of the International Terminal. You’ll also find ATMs in the airport. However, if you want to arrive with some Thai Baht in your pocket – a good idea if you’re going to be catching a taxi – you can order and pick up your foreign currency before you leave home, at Travel Money Oz.
Transport and terminal transfers
What’s the best way to get to and from Phuket Airport?
Buses, Taxis and Car Hire: At the arrivals level you’ll find airport metered taxis ready to whisk you away to some of the regions most popular destinations including Phuket city (roughly 400 Thai Baht, 30 minutes), Patong Beach (around 550 Baht, 40 minutes) or Kata/Karon (from 600 Baht, one hour). Fixed price airport limousines and luxury mini-bus services are also located at the arrivals level of the airport. Car hire is available at the airport for those who wish to drive themselves, with Thai Rent A Car, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz all operating from the airport. If you’d rather arrange your car hire before you leave home, you can book it here.
Parking: The car park at Phuket Airport has fixed rates depending on vehicle size. The first 15 minutes is free for all vehicles, costing 20 Baht for the first hour after that for a regular 4-wheel car, capped at 200 Baht for a 24-hour period.
How do I transfer between terminals?
To transfer between the domestic and international terminals at Phuket Airport you’re looking at about a 20 minute walk. Alternatively you can jump on the free shuttle bus that runs frequently between the terminals.