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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Phuket International Airport.

What to Expect

Phuket Airport consists of 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 a difficult time with baggage processing, 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 airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

While 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 a 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! For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

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

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Domestic

Passes  Coral Beach Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Domestic Departures, next to Gate 6. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Coral Executive Lounge (Domestic) – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gates 81-82. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

International

Passes  Coral Executive Lounge (International) – Location: Terminal 1 International, Airside, International Departure, 4th Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Coral Premium Departure Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gate 11. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Phuket Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Phuket Airport Hotel – (600m from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on request. Call +66 (0)85 069 0738 or ask at the information desk (arrivals terminal) to call for you, wait by the TMB Bank directly to the left of the Arrivals terminal exit. » Check Rates
  • Phuket Airport Overnight Hotel– (600 m from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on request, call 089-6043461 to book. » Check Rates
  • Airport Mansion & Restaurant Phuket – (5 minute walk from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but it’s one of the closest hotels to the airport. Reviewers state that free airport transfer service is included but no further info found. » Check Rates
  • Phuket Airport 24/7 Hotel – (10 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on request. For airport pick-up, call 0807185178 or 0900033945 and wait by the TMB Bank directly to the left of the Arrivals terminal exit.0807. » Check Rates
  • Phuket Airport Inn Hotel – (10 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Phuket Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Phuket Airport. Connect to “@ AirportTrueFreeWiFi”. Follow the steps to register a user name and password. You will receive 2 hours free WiFi.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your 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 4 currency exchange counters in the arrival hall and one counter in the departure hall.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available as well as a variety of shops available throughout the airport, including 4 convenience stores.

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

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

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Yes. Location: Landside, 1st Floor, Domestic Arrivals Hall. Rate: 80 baht per item per day.

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

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.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

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

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

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Phuket airport is served by the following airlines: AirAsia • Air Berlin • Air China • Asiana Airlines • Bangkok Airways • Blue Panorama Airline • Cebu Pacific Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Condor • Dragonair • Edelweiss • Emirates • Enter Air • Finnair • Firefly • Hainan Airlines • Hong Kong Express • IFly • Jetstar • Juneyao Airlines • Korean Airlines • Malaysia Airlines • Qatar Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Siberia Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Silkair • Spring Airlines • Thai Airlines International • Thomas Cook Airlines •Thomson Airways • Tigerair • TUIFly • Virgin Australia Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Airport buses depart hourly and travel between the airport and Phuket bus terminal until about 6:30PM. At the time of this January 2018 update, cost of a one-way ticket is 85THB.

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 for hire from the Airport Limousine Counter. Staff can also help you arrange other modes of transportation from the airport to your hotel or destination.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttles: Airport Mansion Phuket   •  Phuket Airport Hotel  •  Airport Resort & Spa.

Taxi

Outside and to the right of the airport 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.

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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, write a review or send an email to editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will update this guide.