I will be arriving at Phuket airport around 1pm and from there take the bus to Ranong .
I don't think I can catch the bus to Ranong from the airport, so need to go to Phuket new bus station.
Does anyone know if there are still buses leaving phuket town in the afternoon?
Where can I find a timetable that is up to date?
Thank you so much!
#1 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
I'm no expert on Phuket but nobody else has answered so I'll try.
The airport is closer to Ranong than Phuket town is so I just got a motorbike taxi to the nearest bus stop on the main highway and caught the bus from there. I don't know the exact timetable but I think there's a bus every hour or so in the afternoon.
Thank you SBE,
This is the best thing to do, I didn'think about motorbike taxi.
Any idea how much it cost for such a short drive?
#3 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
Not really, was about 3 years ago. I know it was overpriced for the distance but it was a lot less than a taxi. 100B maybe? Sorry I can't be of more help.
Songthaews are the cheapest way to get around in Ranong BTW, 15B.
Am I missing something? Ranong is a long way from the airport and certainly not nearer than Phuket town.
However lot to be said for getting bus from highway providing you are confident as to which bus you need (or stop them all till you find right one!)
Rungkit tour buses leave Phuket and arrive Ranong at the following times, would pass by the airport bus stop roughly half hour after this I am guessing.
5:30 - 10:45
8:10 - 13:30
10:00 - 15:45
11:50 - 17:30
14:00 - 19:30
15:50 - 21:30
18:10 - 23:30
Like others have said if you go to bus stop by airport should be able to catch it there(see if you can get a Thai person to help so you don't accidentally miss it). Otherwise head into the new bus stop, there is a cheap pink local bus that will take you there but will take a while to get there.
Thank you Geer1,
That is a very helpfull information, I couldn't find an updated timetable and thought there were no buses after 15:00.
I will just need to find somebody to direct me to the right bus stop, so their won't be any problem to catch the bus on time.
I suppose «RANONG» should be written on top of the bus?!
#7 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
Could say Ranong or Chumphon as some of their buses go all the way to Chumphon after Ranong.
My advice if you were going to go this route is find a thai person at the bus stop to help you get bus to Ranong to make sure you don't miss it.
Thanks a lot for your help!
#10 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
I think Amnicoll is making it sound a lot harder and more complicated than it actually is! When I did it there were Thai people waiting at the bus stop who enquired where I was going without me even asking who told me which bus to flag down but even if they hadn't been there it would be pretty hard to get on the wrong bus. Some long distance express buses won't stop to pick up passengers but if the bus does stop all you have to do is ask the driver by saying " Ranong "? if you're not sure. Rungkit tour buses have the destination written in English on the front of the bus as well as on the side as you can see.
BTW if you're heading back to the airport from Ranong you can also get dropped off at the airport turn off to save yourself at least an hour's travelling time. I've done that a couple of times and there was a motorbike taxi waiting at the bus stop for any airport passengers on both occasions. If there's no motorbike taxi waiting then there's a cafe on the other side of the highway (on the corner of the airport road) where you could ask for one I expect.
Thanks again for all this information!
#14 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
I was not trying to make it sound harder simply pointing out that destination is not always on the front of the bus written in English.
As you say if there are Thai people around at the bus stop then they will always help and there will be no problem
I normally catch a ride with one of the hotel transfer mini buses from Phuket Airport and ask them to drop me off at the bus stop on the main road. Price will depend on the driver but normally 2-300 Bt (a lot for such a short run but there you go). From there it is pretty easy to jump on the Ranong bus and SBE is correct in that other Thai people waiting at the stop will be glad to help you out in catching the right bus.
Downside of catching the bus at roadside rather than at original departure point, i.e. the bus station, is that all the seats may be taken. Not fun.
Maybe, we can just walk, it should not be more than 1km!
#18 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
It is further then 1 km. Not sure where bus stop is exactly but looks closer to 3 or 4 kms.
Taxi should be 170-180 baht I am guessing. 100 baht airport surcharge and 50 baht minimum charge(up to 2 km), 7 baht per km after that, and maybe a tiny bit extra for wait time.
With or without luggage it would be a bit crazy to walk from the airport to the main road.
To talk about what taxi prices 'should be' is also a bit dubious. I pay 2-300 Bt because I feel that this is a level at which i can guarantee getting the ride without having to wait around haggling for too long. Of course if travellers prefer to get as a cheaper price as possible then I am sure that eventually someone would give the lift for free.
I have some more information on this journey on my Koh Phra Thong travel notes page
Thank you christof,
You have some very usefull information on your travel notes.
Just hope taxi drivers knows where the bus stop is on the main road, is there some sign or name for that busstop?
#21 trema has been a member since 30/6/2013. Posts: 13
Glad you find it useful. I have not done the Bangkok run for some time so I hope those details are still correct.
The taxi drivers do have some grasp of English. In my experience the best way to communicate where you want to be dropped off is to tell them where the bus is going as Geer1 states above. In pigeon English
'Bus go Ranong'
'Rot bus bai Ranong'
This will usually get you to the right place.