Phuket Airport car hire - visit the best beaches of Phuket in a rental car
Phuket International Airport – HKT is the second largest airport in Thailand, inferior in number of passengers only to Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok.
For many travellers on their way to Thai holiday resorts, Phuket Airport is the first stop in Thailand: the island of Phuket is by far the most popular beach resort destination and a growing choice of international routes available to Phuket Airport makes it possible to avoid stopovers at the sometimes overcrowded main airport of Bangkok.
The airport is situated in the northern part of Phuket island, in approx. 19 miles / 32 km distance from Phuket City centre.
Phuket Airport car rental companies
Car hire is a popular option amongst holidaymakers in Phuket, the largest of all Thai islands and also the most tourism oriented.
Although for the majority of Europeans, Thailand is a rather exotic destination, tourists who choose to rent a car in Phuket usually find the quality of car rental services and the driving experience quite similar to many European locations.
Major worldwide known car hire companies have their representations at Phuket Airport, amongst them Avis Rent a Car, Europcar, Budget, Hertz and Sixt. Thai Rent a Car is a local car rental brand present in most of tourist locations in Thailand.
Prices of Phuket Airport car hire – compare online with Cartrawler Thailand
Generally, it should not be difficult to find a Phuket Airport hire car upon your arrival to the island. However, “spontaneous” booking, especially in the high season can turn out to be quite costly and the choice of available types of vehicles – limited.
With the help of internet search engines, such as Cartrawler Thailand, it is possible to compare prices from several rent a car providers and book a Phuket hire car well ahead of your arrival to Thailand.
Prices of the cheapest rental cars at Phuket Airport usually start from around £150 for a week of Thailand car hire with unlimited mileage.
Please note that, that January and February are the peak of Phuket high season.
Best beaches of Phuket West Coast – explore Phuket in a hire car
With the availability of car hire services in Thailand there is no reason to limit yourself to one beach location while on holiday in Phuket.
Few other islands in the world offer similar diversity of beach scenarios within a relatively short driving distance. In Phuket tourist can enjoy all types of beaches: busy party hotspots, quieter, family-oriented locations, secluded, romantic bays and active beaches offering a variety of water sports – all of them having in common excellent weather and warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
The best beaches of Phuket are found along the western coast. Amongst popular beaches of the north-western coast of Phuket are: Mai Thao, Nai Yang, Nai Thon, Bang Tao and Kamala.
Patong Beach in the very centre of the western coast is by far the most iconic beach location of Phuket, if not the whole Thailand.
In the southern part of the island, the most sought-after beaches include Kata, Karon and Nai Harn.
Phuket East Coast beaches
On the eastern, less developed side of the island the beaches are considered to be less attractive for tourists for becoming muddy during the low tide. This should not stop you, however, from visiting: with a Phuket hire car at your disposal you may discover many real treasures hidden in the tropical scenery .
Amongst the most beautiful locations on Phuket eastern coast are: Phang Nga Bay, Ao Por, Po Bay Yao Noi and the Coconut Island.
The access to many beautiful, though less known beaches of Phuket is fairly easy by car and the breathtaking views along the winding coastal roads are a tourist attraction themselves.
Save money with a Phuket hire car
Please note that the eastern coast offers more opportunities for budget accommodation than the mainstream tourist location in the west of Phuket.
Frequently, even in the luxury resorts of the eastern coast, for instance the Six Senses Phuket or the Village Coconut Island, the prices will be considerably cheaper than in the similar hotel on the opposite side of the island.
Find below approximate road distances between Phuket Airport and popular places on the island:
- distance Phuket Airport – Phuket Town: 19 miles / 32km
- distance Phuket Airport – Patong: 20 miles / 33 km
- distance Phuket Airport – Bang Tao (Laguna Phuket): 11 miles / 18 km
- distance Phuket Airport – Kata (Club Med): 27miles / 45 km
- distance Phuket Airport – Karon (Hilton Arcadia): 24 miles / 40 km
- distance Phuket Airport – Phuket ferry port to Phi Phi: 18 miles / 36 km