How to get from Pattaya to Phuket

How to get from Pattaya to PhuketPattaya and Phuket in present time are most popular resorts in Thailand. So the question is: “How to get from Pattaya to Phuket or vice versa” – of interest to many travelers. This is due to the fact that the above resorts have much in common, but at the same time, Pattaya and Phuket have a lot of significant differences from each other (various seas and oceans, other beaches and some entertainment, etc). It is not surprising that many tourists in Thailand and want to go there, and there during a one visit to the country. This article describes the main ways to get from Pattaya to Phuket and back, and also contains the fares of such methods.

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Flights from Pattaya to Phuket

Probably the quickest way to overcome the considerable distance between the resorts – the use of a direct flight. You must know that direct flight from Utapao Airport Pattaya Phuket International Airport takes about 1 hour 40 minutes, and the return flight lasts about five minutes shorter. Since direct flights offered by only one airline – Bangkok Air, rely on low prices is not necessary.

The average cost in any direction from the flight is about 2,800 baht ($ 80). In this case (as in the case of flights from Pattaya to Koh Samui, which are explained in the article “How to get from Pattaya to Koh Samui: transport and fares”) you not get saving by purchasing a ticket immediately to both parties. Those this mean that flight cost to one side is approximately half the price of a round-trip ticket. But if you prepare for the trip in advance, you have the opportunity to buy tickets at a discount. Then the fare will cost you about half the size. Those. the flight price to both parties is almost equal to the cost of travel between the resorts on the VIP bus.

By the way, for those who do not want to go back to Pattaya to Phuket later to fly home from the capital airport, it makes sense to return flight from the island to do directly to Bangkok. Especially considering the fact that Bangkok Airways flies to the main airport of the Thai capital – Suvarnabhumi,  from where also flights committing virtually all reputable airlines (not regional low cost airlines, but airlines flying over long distances).


If you want  find the cheapest flights from Pattaya to Phuket or the reverse route, I suggest you use the search form posted above, where you can find agents price which coincides with the valuable official airline (+/- $ 3). I advise you to check both options and buy where it is cheaper. There are also flights with transfers, but their use can not be considered reasonable and convenient: the price is often higher than that of direct flights and the travel time can be up to 12 hours (although there are flights with transfers for 2.5 hours).

Bus from Pattaya to Phuket – more cheap way!

Not everyone knows that Pattaya and Phuket have long time direct bus links. Those to get from Pattaya to Phuket or make the return journey, it is not necessary to transplant in Bangkok. The latter option also has the right to life, and many of them are active travelers, but mostly because of the lack of information on the direct flight, or because of lack of availability of such a direct bus, which allows access from Phuket to Pattaya, or vice versa.

The fact that the buses connecting Phuket and Pattaya with Bangkok bus stations, walk daily and punctually, so buy a ticket on one of these buses can be directly at the departure day without any problems. But  the bus, which goes directly from Pattaya to Phuket and the reverse route from Phuket to Pattaya – makes only one flight per day in each direction. So buy the tickets for this bus you need in advance, especially during the high tourist season.

The desired bus route under the number 777 provides Sawasdee All Thai Co bus company. Route length (distance from Pattaya to Phuket) – not much is not enough 1009 km, so the duration of the trip is 14 hours. Buses from Pattaya and bus from Phuket Bus Terminal leaves every evening at 06:00 pm, and arrives at the final destination only in 08-00 am. The trip takes a lot of time, but on the other hand, the night bus allows you to save money, because when you ride the bus, you do not have to pay for the hotel in this night.


By the way, if you are really interested in a good saving, you can always find the hotels at the best prices with the help of the widget, which placed above. Smart search from all the hotels reservation system (,,, and many others) and automatic price comparisons of numbers will always give you the chance to choose the best option at the best price, which is always finite.

Now, about the price of a direct bus service between the resorts. I will write about two ways that allow you to buy tickets. Price is a little different, so read carefully and choose a more convenient option for you. First option – order tickets directly at the bus company. In this case you need to call to office to order tickets for the bus. You can call: 082-398-1777 (Pattaya) and 082-398-0777 (Phuket). In this case, the cost will be as follows: 920 THB for a place in the 1st class (in the bus 36 such places).  If you want more comfort, I advise you to choose the place of the VIP (wider seats, which is more convenient to sleep during long trips).

Bus from Pattaya to Phuket - official fares

Bus from Pattaya to Phuket – official fares and a detailed bus route

Every bus have only 6 VIP seats. Tickets for the VIP – places that differ from the usual broad and well-reclining seats with more legroom, and often the presence of an individual entertainment system) cost 1226 THB (if you order  in bus company). Despite the higher price, namely VIP seats are bought in the first place, because the overpayment of $ 9, for many people, especially tall people is negligible. The rest is all the same bus, and whatever option the passenger has chosen not to, at the destination, he will arrive at the same time.

The second option – the purchase of tickets for the bus from Pattaya to Phuket online. This option is simpler and deschevle. You need to use the search form located below, enter a starting and destination station (Pattaya and Phuket or vice versa), and select the desired date. Then you just have to click on the big button “Find tickets” and choose the most convenient option for you. On the search results page usually offers first flights and below – bus from Pattaya to Phuket. There you can also select seats in the 1st class, priced at 867 THB or VIP seats for the price of 1141 THB. Then everything is standard: fill in personal information and pay using a credit card or PayPal. By the way, this search service often helps find the best prices for transport, not only in Thailand but also in all of Asia.

By the way, this search service often helps find the best prices for transport, not only in Thailand but also in all of Asia. Important Note: If a bus on the Phuket-Pattaya route goes from the new bus station in Phuket island, ie all in general, predictably, that in the administration of Pattaya is necessary to remember that the place of departure of the bus is not one of Pattaya bus station. You need find bus stop in front of the Northern Bus Station in Pattaya, on North Pattaya Road, close to the bus company office. A good guideline is a logo crimson color on the building with a distinctive number 777 (number of route Pattaya-Phuket).

How to get from Pattaya to Phuket and back by car

In car trip from Pattaya to Phuket or in the reverse direction will likely be interested travelers, who prefer to move around the country on their own and not depend on the schedules of public transportation. The best route for the movement runs through a number of Thai cities, which, if desired, can also be visited on a short visit. For example, a young resort Cha-am near the town of Hua Hin, which is distinguished by the color of the sea is always beautiful (can be seen on web cameras online in Cha Am (Thailand)).

The best route to travel for you easily pave Google Maps, and rent a car at the best price service from Rentalcars, which compares the value of similar vehicles in the best rolling offices, thus allowing to save on travel. Also large selection of rolling offices is convenient because the rental car is not necessary to pass at the same point where the rent was made. This allows you to optionally pass the car in Phuket, Pattaya rent it, or vice versa, and to get back on public transport. INT

I recall that the article does not consider ways to get from Pattaya to Phuket or back through Bangkok, because detailed information about this can be obtained from the individual articles “How to get from Pattaya to Bangkok – all options!” and “How to get from Bangkok to Phuket». Also I remind you that to get to Phuket from Pattaya on the train, even with a change in Bangkok, will not work, since there is currently no railway on this route.

Finally, from Pattaya to Phuket taxi will cost so expensive because of the large distances that this option only makes sense if you are afraid of flying. In this case, I advise you to use Kiwitaxi service where you can learn in advance the cost of travel by taxi from Pattaya to Phuket and choose a car class you want and numbers of passengers, as well to order additional amenities that you may require during the trip from Pattaya to Phuket.


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4 years ago

Thanks for the information! I do not thought that there is a bus from Pattaya to Phuket

4 years ago

So long way by bus to Phuket…

4 years ago
Reply to  ThaiRest

Thank you for your advise!

4 years ago

thanks for sharing this info

4 years ago

I am visiting Pattaya and hopefully Phuket Dec 5, 2019. If I do not book a hotel room in advance will there be any available upon arrival ? I am traveling alone and would like to stay close to beach / walking St..

4 years ago

Thanks for this manual! Now my way to Phuket island from Pattaya will be easy!

3 years ago

Hello! How can I get information about the relevance of the bus from Pattaya to Phuket in connection with the pandemic? I want to leave Pattaya in September.