By public bus it takes 5 hours to travel from Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Station to Phuket. Bus services travel to Phuket via the Sarasin Bridge and terminate at the island’s main long distance bus station. Travelling by bus from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket is a much cheaper option than travelling by ferry via Krabi.
Bus Times to Phuket
There are 8 direct bus services from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket which you can book online.
- Passengers on Nakhonborrikarn services from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket travel on very basic air-conditioned buses with no on board toilet or other amenities. The bus will stop briefly twice during the journey at a roadside service station to allow passengers to use the toilet and buy food and drinks.
Buy Tickets to Phuket
Use the Search Box below to buy bus tickets from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket:
Before boarding the bus present your electronic booking voucher at the ticket counter in the bus station to exchange for a bus ticket.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Station
Bus services to Phuket depart from Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Station.
Phuket Bus Station
- Bus services from Nakhon Si Thammarat terminate at Phuket Bus Terminal 2, which is near Phuket Town.
About Phuket Town
Phuket Town has an Old Quarter located on the Thalang Road, and nearby streets such as the Ranong Road, Yaowarat Road, Krabi Road, Ratsada Road, Phang Nga Road, Soi Romanee, and Dibuk Road. Many of the buildings in this area date back to the 19th Century when Phuket Town was important economic centre attracting settlers from aboard, particularly Europe and China. The predominant architecture style of the Old Quarter has been described as ‘Sino-Portuguese’ because of the blend of Chinese and European design styles featured in the buildings. As well as grand mansions, such as the former governor’s residence which now houses the famous Blue Elephant Restaurant and the Chinpracha House which has been converted into a museum, this area has some beautifully preserved smaller properties many of which are two storey shop houses.
Phuket Town’s Old Quarter is becoming increasingly popular even though it is a long way away from the beaches and resorts for which Phuket is best known. Phuket Town has cheaper accommodation and better value for money restaurants than the other parts of the island which attract larger numbers of tourists. Phuket Town is also a great place to go shopping with several large markets, the most interesting of which is the market on Ranong Road. Even if you plan to stay near one of the beaches in Phuket you should make the effort to visit Phuket Town which is easily and cheaply accessible from most parts of the island is you use the cheap minivan and shared taxi services, rather than private taxis which are notoriously expensive. Phuket’s old main bus terminal, sometimes referred to as Phuket Bus Terminal 1, is located in Phuket’s Old Quarter on the Phang Nga Road. Regular minivan and shared taxis services operate out of the old bus terminal to and from destinations such as Patong and other popular beach resort towns on the island. There is also a shared taxi service connecting the old town centre bus station with Phuket Bus Terminal 2, which is the new long distance bus station 5.0 km to the north.