It’s no surprise that more and more Australians are taking cheap flights to Phuket. Thailand’s largest island offers stunning scenery, friendly locals and ancient temples, not to mention beach weather year round. Phuket’s tropical climate means the weather is either warm and dry or hot and wet. For travellers peak season is between December and February when temps average 27C and the skies are mainly clear and sunny. January is the busiest tourist month when you can expect beaches to be packed and higher prices at hotels and restaurants. April, though likely to be humid and rainy, is also a popular time to visit for the Songkran Festival, a water-dousing celebration to mark the start of the Thai new year. Early bookings for flights to Phuket and hotels are advised if you’re planning to travel in April.
May to October are considered low season in Phuket, when temperatures and rainfall are at their highest. Many travellers book cheap flights to Phuket during the rainy season to take advantage of budget accommodation and lower numbers of tourists.
The peak booking period runs from November to March, so the best time to book is either side of this to save on the price of flight tickets to Phuket. Consider travelling to Phuket between March and early May when the high season crowds taper off, when you’ll get discounts on accommodation and the high rainy season is yet to kick in.
Flights from Sydney to Phuket – 9 hrs 15 mins
Flights from Melbourne to Phuket – 8 hrs 55 mins
Flights from Adelaide to Phuket – 10 hrs 10 mins
Flights from Perth to Phuket – 6 hrs 30 mins
Flying to Phuket from Australian cities normally involves at least one stopover in a Malaysian port. Popular flight routes from Australia are via Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (if flying from Kuala Lumpur the right hand side of the plane is considered to have better views of the west coast of Phuket). Jetstar offers some direct cheap flights to Phuket from Melbourne and Sydney. Other airlines operating indirect flights to Phuket from destinations in Australia include: Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas and Virgin Australia.
Phuket International Airport is situated in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres from the centre of the city. The cheapest way to make the 40 minute journey from the airport to Phuket Town is to take the Airport Bus which leaves every hour from outside the arrivals building. Metered taxis are available directly to the right of the arrivals hall, expect to pay the standard airport fee of 100 baht on top of your metered fare.