Car Rental at Phuket International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Where to rent a car at Phuket International Airport
Six major car rental companies operate within Phuket International Airport in Phuket, Thailand, and travellers may access them through the terminal building of the airport near the arrivals section. These car rental companies include Thai Rent A Car, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. Bookings and reservations through these car rental companies can be done online, or through toll-free numbers and telephone numbers as listed by these companies. Various types of vehicles can be rented out from here, including economic vehicles down to motorcycles.
What to expect when renting a car from Phuket Airport
Depending on the car rental company, rules and regulations on car rentals may vary. Usually, car rental companies provide their customers guidelines on what to do and what not to do – from booking down to vehicle usage. Some of these companies require travellers to present valid identification documents and cards along with their passports and their booking and payment confirmation details before the release of the car, while still others offer extra services including added insurance, chauffeur service, and others.
Phuket International Airport is located approximately 32 kilometres or 21 miles from the city centre of Phuket. It is accessible via main Routes 4031, 4026, 402, and to some extent Rural Roads 3033 and 3034. The Phuket Airport is surrounded by asphalt roads with occasional potholes; traffic is light and breezy all over the place. Phuket can be accessed through main road Thepkasattri, and other roads connecting the airport to the city. Gas refill stations can be accessed near the airport, and at least a few kilometres from the city centre.
Driving around Phuket Airport
Opting for car rental to explore Phuket Island on your own is ideal and cost-effective, especially if you want to get off the beaten track. However, do take extra caution and be defensive when driving as most travellers here are foreigners and have varying driving habits. Winding hilly roads are also common on the island. Phuket Island is also directly connected to mainland Thailand through the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge.
Getting to your destination
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is an unforgettable area north-east of Phuket. It has a distinctive feature of sheer limestone cliffs that vertically juts out of the emerald green waters, and several fauna and flora that can be seen during the bay tour. Some popular spots here include the James Bond Island and the Koh Panyee area.
Reach the bay area by driving towards Phang Nga via the Thepkrasattri Road all the way to Khok Kloi and the Elephant District.
Old Phuket Town
Want a taste of Sino-Portuguese influences at the heart of Phuket? Visit the city's old town and discover this one-of-a-kind (and quite sleepy) provincial capital. A unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with tangible quaintness gives this character town a distinctiveness that cannot be found on other areas of the island.
Simply follow the route from the airport towards the Phuket central business district to reach the said area.
After some night life, a hearty laugh, some booze, and some great street food after sundown? Make sure to visit Bangla Road for an undeniable and exotic experience. Keep an open mind and some sense of humour here, so that you may fully enjoy the aura and the atmosphere.
From Phuket International Airport, drive to Route 4031 going towards Route 4026. After four kilometres, take Route 4029 towards this coastal point.