Phuket Town To Kata Beach (or Kata Beach To Phuket Town) By Bus

During our time in Phuket, we decided to stay in Phuket Town. We had previously been on a day trip to Phuket Old Town during our 2016 visit to Thailand and fell in love with the place. However, we still wanted to visit at least one beach on the coastline before heading north to Bangkok.

We chose Kata Beach based on this article marking it as the best beach in Phuket. However, being a little too chicken to hire a scooter our only real option to travel from Phuket Town to Kata Beach was by bus (that was unless we wanted to hire a taxi – which would be at a much higher cost)

We managed to easily travel from Phuket Town to Kata beach and back from Kata beach to Phuket town by bus (even on a Sunday) and wanted to share our experience to assist others with travelling on this route.

Travelling From Phuket Town To Kata Beach By Bus

Where To Catch The Bus

The bus from Phuket town departs from the downtown market on Ranong Road. This is located just on the outskirts of Phuket old town.

How To Find The Bus

When you arrive at the downtown market you’ll no doubt find a number of local buses. You’ll be able to find the one to Kata Beach based on the destinations written on the side of the bus.

The bus to Kata beach will state Kata and Karon (Karon is another popular beach just north of Kata beach).

Where To Sit On The Bus

Once you’ve found the correct bus simply climb onto the back and sit down (you don’t need to pay or state your destination – it seems weird I know…)

The bus will set off and the drive lasts between 30 – 40 minutes depending on traffic (to Kata Beach – if you’re staying on to Karon beach it will be between 40 to 50 minutes)

How To Know When You’ve Arrived At Kata Beach

If you sit on the left-hand side of the bus you’ll know when you’ve reached Kata Beach based on this sign.

Once you see the sign click the ‘STOP’ bell located at the top of the bus on either side.

When To Pay The Bus Driver

If by this point nobody has got off the bus then you’ll simply need to get off, walk around to the front of the bus (away from the roadside) and pay. The cost of the journey is 40 baht per person whether you’re going from Phuket Town to Kata Beach or Karon Beach.

If someone has got off and paid at an earlier stop then it’s likely the driver will come to the back and claim the money from everyone for their journey at that time. In which case when you arrive at your stop you’ll simply need to press the stop bell and get off.

How To Get From The Main Road To Kata Beach

Once you’ve got off the bus you have around 10-minute (slightly downhill) walk to the beach front of Kata Beach. Once you’ve followed the main road down you’ll be able to turn left or right, we followed the signs for the wave house which brought us out to the front. I’m pretty sure if you stay left here and follow it down you simply end up on the other side of the beach. 

Down on the beachfront, you’ll be able to rent two sunbeds and a brolly for 200 baht. Alternatively, chill out with a massage, rent a jetski, lie on the sand (although be warned it gets HOT!)…

Travelling From Kata Beach to Phuket Town By Bus

If you plan on doing the trip in reverse and heading on a day trip to Phuket Town then you’ll simply need to follow these instructions (and the above instructions for the return trip). The same goes for your return trip to Phuket town once you’ve enjoyed your taste of the beach.

Where To Catch The Bus

Simply head away from the beachfront and up the slight incline towards the main road. If you’ve access to GPS on your mobile then navigate to Makro as this is where the main road is.

Once you’re on the main road ‘4028’ simply stand on the other side of the road from the beachside.

How To Signal The Bus To Stop

Now here is the fun part. There’s no designated bus stop. Instead, when you see the bus you simply want to wave your hand to indicate the bus you’d like it to stop. This means you can stand pretty much ANYWHERE on this road as long as you’re facing in the right direction. That said, try and stand away from major traffic junctions and lights.

Second fun part and this goes for the bus going in either direction. There’s no timetable or schedule for the buses. When we set off to Kata beach we waited around 10 minutes, however coming back at around 2.30pm we waited around 40 minutes for a bus (in the blistering heat!)

Where To Sit On The Bus

Once the bus pulls over, hop on the back and take a seat. We found that the bus was much quieter in the morning than it was lunchtime / early afternoon as we struggled to get a seat. 

When To Pay The Bus Driver

The bus driver will come and collect your money either as the first person (or people) gets off or shortly before arriving into Phuket town. The cost of the journey is 40 baht per person regardless of where you get on or where you get off.

Where To Get Off The Bus In Phuket Town

The journey to Phuket town will take around 40 minutes. Once you arrive in Phuket town you’ll be dropped off at the downtown market (simply come back here to head back to Kata or Karon – see the content above for more specific information)

As you get off you’re likely to be hassled by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers so try and walk 100m away or so to get your bearings.

The walk from the downtown market in Phuket town to the centre of Phuket town (Thalang road) is around 12 minutes although you can start the tour of Phuket old town as early as Krabi road.

If you’re new to Phuket town and haven’t come with much information or a guide. Head to one of the two tourist information points to grab a free map and any find any additional information you might require.

If you visit Phuket town on a Sunday don’t forget to stay for the walking night market on Thalang Road, it’s one of the most popular markets in Phuket.

 

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