If coming from Phuket Airport, you can pick up a voucher
from the airport transportation booth for a flat rate of 750
baht. The drive is just under an hour. Many hotels offer
transport from airport to the hotel for around 1,000 baht.
You can also take metered (yellow) taxis at about 650
baht. Turn right as you exit the airport building (ignore
the touts) and you'll see a stand at the end of the walkway.
You tell your destination to the staff at the stand and they
will give you a paper with the taxi driver number for you to
keep in case you need to report a problem. Fares to other
destinations in Phuket cost around 300 baht and up. The rate
is what is displayed by the meter plus 100 baht airport fee.
The meter will start with a 50 baht display. You may stumble
upon a freelance taxi driver that will take you from the
airport to Patong for the flat fee of 400 baht. If the
driver is pleasant, you may wish to ask for his mobile
number for the return trip later. The same driver can take
you from Patong to Phuket Town for 350-400 baht.
For those who are price conscious, the transportation
booth inside the airport also sells seats on a minibus for
200 baht. The minibus makes several stops along the way to
drop off other passengers.
For those who want to save even more, take a near-hourly
(till 20:45) airport bus to Phuket Town (85 baht, 1 hour).
From there, go to the downtown market (around 1-2 km away,
but motorbike taxis will offer you rip-off prices like 40
baht, bargain or wait for a public songthaew), then wait for
a bus/songthaew to Karon Beach.
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