I paid 600 Thai Baht extra when I missed the mini bus from Patong Beach to Phuket Airport. and as a frequent traveler, I always keep these small experiences in mind in order to aware the future travelers who’ll face the same situation. I’ll now share my experience of getting from Patong Beach to Phuket Airport. how to find this minibus in Patong which you can see in picture below, and using this, you can go to Phuket airport by paying 200 Thai baht.
Mini Bus from Patong to Phuket Airport
You must book the mini bus from Patong Beach area to Phuket Airport in advance. it should be at least one day before your departure date. I mean, if you are going to Airport tomorrow then you should book the Mini Bus/van today, just go to any tour agency near your hostel/hotel and ask them about Mini Van to Airport, they’ll book it for you and it’ll only cost 200 Baht.
If you didn’t book one day before then it’ll be very difficult to find the mini bus on the same day. this happened with me when I asked a few tour agencies near my hotel, almost all of them said “NO”. they said, you should have booked it yesterday. then I had to book a taxi to the Airport for Thai Baht 800. that means I paid 600 extra.
Taxi is always available from Patong to Phuket Airport, but that’s expensive for a solo budget traveler. for a group of 3/4, that’s the best option, but for a single person, it’s better to get into the mini bus/van.
From Patong beach to Phuket airport the distance is almost 30 KM which will take around 40 minutes for van and taxi, subject to traffic jams in patong area.
Mini Bus from Phuket Airport to Patong
Mini bus or Mini van is always available outside Phuket airport and it’ll cost you 200 baht. in my last trip to Phuket, I arrived at the airport very late at night, but still I found the Mini bus. the fare is clearly written on the desk outside the terminal at Phuket Airport, and you shouldn’t have problem finding it. that’s the best way to reach Patong beach. Again, if you are a group then it’s better for you to hire a private taxi which will cost 800 baht from Airport to Patong.