Sleeping in Airports

Phuket Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Phuket Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

We wandered into a bathroom far away from the main hoards, and it was clean enough that i would have eaten off the floor. – Jamie and Kara

HKT Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Phuket International Airport.

What to Expect

Phuket Airport (code: HKT) has three terminals (International, Domestic and Terminal X—Charter). The airport features a reasonable selection of eateries and shops, with some offering 24-hour service. Despite upgrades to its baggage handling system, the airport is still known for having difficulty processing baggage, so expect possible delays. WiFi is available, and there are plenty of power outlets throughout. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first-class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Phuket Airport

phuket airport guideWhile the third floor of the International Terminal was previously mentioned as a relatively good spot for overnight sleeping, there is reportedly a new (as of an April 2017 review) waiting area on the ground floor “near the 7/11,” with comfortable seating, artificial grass flooring and nearby bathroom facilities. Come prepared with a sleep mask and earplugs to block out those bright airport lights and annoying overhead announcements! There are hotels near the airport for uninterrupted sleep. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Don’t like the shopping and dining options inside the airport? Additional shops, restaurants, convenience stores, and airport hotels are only a 10-minute walk from the airport!

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Phuket Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are many hotels near Phuket Airport:

  • Louis’ Runway View Hotel – 5-minute walk to the terminal. A free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Phuket Airport Hotel – A free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Phuket Airport Overnight Hotel– A free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on request; call 089-6043461 to book. » Check Rates
  • Phuket Airport Place – Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Phuket Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

Domestic
  • Coral Beach Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Domestic Departures, next to Gate 6. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • Coral Executive Lounge (Domestic) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Domestic Departures, 3rd Floor, near Gate 8. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
International
  • Coral Executive Lounge (International) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, International Departures, 4th Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • Coral Premium Departure Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, International Departures, 3rd Floor, near Gate 11. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Phuket Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Arrivals and Departures Halls.

Currency Exchange – There are four currency exchange counters in the arrival hall and one counter in the departure hall.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-Free shopping and a variety of shops are available throughout the airport, including four convenience stores.

Food & Drinks – There are restaurants available both Landside and Airside. A reader tells me that a few options are available 24 hours a day.

Information Desk – There are information booths in the centre hall on both floors of the terminal.

Luggage Storage & LockersTemporarily Closed – According to a reader, the luggage storage is still closed as of April 2023.  Location: Landside, 1st Floor, Domestic Arrivals Hall. Rate: 100 baht per item per day.

Medical Services – The first aid office is in the departure hall if you require medical attention. Hours: 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us, “There are plenty of mobile charging points in Phuket airport both airside and drop off. There are large stands by the main door at departures with multiple charging points and the same airside by the gates.”

Pharmacy – Ves, Mermadia Pharmacy. Location: Terminal Hall Floor 2. Hours: unknown.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader tells us “Sim cards are available in International Arrivals in the Baggage Claim area. I got an 8-day tourist Sim with unlimited data for $20 USD.” (February 2024)

Smoking – Smokers can head to the Smokers’ Pub and Cafe. Location: Terminal Hall Floor 2. Hours: unknown.

Spa – Visit the Sauna and Spa for some relaxation. Location: Terminal Hall Floor 2. Hours: unknown.

WiFi/Internet – Free WiFi is available at Phuket Airport. Connect to “@ AirportTrueFreeWiFi.” Follow the steps to register a username and password. You will receive 2 hours of free WiFi.

Airlines
Phuket Airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Air Asia • Air China • Asia Atlantic Airways • Asiana Airlines • Azur Airlines • Bangkok Airways • Cathay Dragon • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Chongqing Airlines • Edelweiss • Emirates • Etihad Airways • Finnair • Firefly • GoAir • Hainan Airlines • Hong Kong Express • IndiGo • Jetstar • Juneyao Airlines • Korean Airlines • Kunming Airlines • LOT • Lucky Air • Mahan Air • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Myanmar National • New Gen Airways • Nok Air • Nordwind Airlines • Okay Airways • Pegas Fly • Qatar Airways • Rossiya Airlines • Royal Flight • S7 Airlines • Scoot • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Silkair • Spring Airlines • Sunday Airlines • Thai AirAsia • Thai Airways • Thai Lion Air • Thai Smile • Thai Vietjet Air • TUIfly • Turkish Airline • Uzbekistan Airways • VietJet Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Airport buses depart hourly and travel between HKT airport and Phuket bus terminal until about 6:30 PM. At the time of this update, a ticket costs 170THB/trip/person.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National, Nissan, Sixt and Thrifty.

Chauffeured Car Hire

Prepaid chauffeured cars and limousines are available from the Airport Limousine Counter. This option is reportedly only slightly more expensive than a regular taxi and is more comfortable.

Staff can also help you arrange other modes of transportation from the airport to your hotel or destination.

Hotel Shuttles

A few area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Phuket Airport Hotel  • Phuket Airport Overnight HotelPhuket Airport Place • Airport Resort & Spa ($).

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Outside and to the right of the terminal exit, you will see a metered taxi stand with plenty of taxis waiting. Ask your driver about the estimated fare to your destination before you begin your journey.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.