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Phuket Smart Bus and Local Blue Bus

How to ride the Phuket Smart Bus?

The Phuket Smart Bus is a very comfortable and affordable way to go from beach to beach for a very reasonable price. It is doing pretty well on the islands and visitors love it.

There are several ways to use the many Phuket local bus services. All are cheap, and all are slow, but if you are visiting Phuket with a small budget and if time is not an issue, you can save quite a bit of money by taking advantage of these bus options.

Phuket Smart Bus

Phuket Smart Bus

The Phuket Smart Bus, which is the most interesting one for you, will take you from beach to beach, riding all the way from Phuket airport to Rawai beach and return. The bus goes all the way from Phuket International Airport to Rawai beach and stops at 12 stations along the way, almost every beach on the west coast: Bangtao Beach, Surin Beach, Kamala, Patong Beach, Karon and Kata Beach and finally Rawai.

How much does Phuket Smart Bus cost?

The rate is incredibly cheap, from 50 baht for the shortest distance and 170 baht for the longest ride. Buy a refillable Smart Card onboard to pay the fare (fare cannot be paid directly in cash). Refill is available in designated shops or restaurants around the island.

NOTE: the bus is free for kids under seven years old! Please show a passport and inform the staff at the airport or the driver.

Smart Bus Itinerary

The list and map below list all the stops of the bus, but to give you a couple of essential hints:

Phuket Smart Bus Itinerary


Where is the Smart Bus Right Now?


Smart Bus Price Table

Phuket Smart Bus Time Table

Phuket Smart Bus Timetable


Where to catch the Smart Bus at Phuket Airport

Smart Bus at Phuket International Airport

Where to catch the Smart Bus at Phuket Airport
Where to catch the Smart Bus at Phuket Airport

The Blue Bus (Song Taew)

Phuket Local Bus

The oldest and best-known local bus is the Blue Bus (known as Song Taew). It often looks more like a wooden truck than a bus as you know it. Those will only take you from Phuket town to a beach or a small set of beaches, but not between beaches. That blue bus leaves roughly every 30 minutes from 6 am to 6 pm, and a ride costs 30 to 50 baht.

A typical trip from Phuket Town to Patong can last 50 to 60 minutes, but you need to add the idle time waiting for a bus to arrive, plus the frequent traffic jams on the way. On the other hand, it can be a fun experience at the bus is open an open-air one and it gives you the ‘local feel’. Location: Central Market, Ranong Road Phuket Town Hours: 6 am – 6 pm Price: 30 to 50 baht Itinerary: Phuket Town to a beach or a set of beaches, and back.

Phuket Bus

Blue Bus Routes

Patong Beach: 30 baht Karon, Kata and Kata Noi: 30 baht Kamala, Surin and Bang Tao: 40-50 baht Rawai, Nai Harn: 35 baht Chalong: 30 baht Phuket Blue Bus Map

The Pink Bus

Phuket Pink Bus The Pink Bus is also a converted truck that circulates only around Phuket town, using four different routes as indicated on the map. The fare is only 5 baht whatever route you use.

Phuket Pink Bus Map
Phuket Pink Bus Map

FAQs about Phuket Smart Bus

Q. How much does the Smart Bus cost?

a. The cost of the ride is 50 baht for the shortest distance and 170 baht for the longest ride.

Q. Where do I find the Smart Bus at the airport?

a. The Smart Bus is parked on the left side of the domestic terminal when exiting.

Q. How often does the bus run?

a. The Smart Bus starts once an hour at the airport, on average, depending on the traffic.

Q. How do I pay for the bus?

a. Buy a refillable Smart Card onboard to pay the fare.