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There are 9 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket by plane, train, bus, taxi or car

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Fly Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket  •  9h 35m

  1. Fly from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Phuket (HKT) SZB - HKT

฿1743 - ฿6727

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Bus via Nakhon Si Thammarat  •  18h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Hentian Duta to Hat Yai Chee Road
  2. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat
  3. Take the bus from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket Bus Terminal

฿1099

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Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Phuket, Blue Songtaews  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Phuket (HKT) KUL - HKT
  3. Take the Blue Songtaews from Phuket Town to Kathu

฿2396 - ฿13554

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Krabi, minivan  •  10h 1m

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Krabi (KBV) KUL - KBV
  3. Take the minivan from Krabi Bus Station to Phuket Bus Terminal 2

฿1881 - ฿36999

Train, bus, taxi  •  13h 51m

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar
  2. Take the bus from Satun to Krabi Bus Station
  3. Take a taxi from Krabi Bus to Phuket

฿4265 - ฿5116

Train, minivan, bus  •  15h 53m

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar
  2. Take the minivan from Padang Besar to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Phuket Bus Terminal 2

฿1272 - ฿1383

Train, bus  •  16h 43m

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar
  2. Take the train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat
  4. Take the bus from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket Bus Terminal

฿1176 - ฿2142

Bus  •  26h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Bus Terminal Perkeliling to Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata
  2. Take the bus from Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata to Hat Yai
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Phuket Bus Terminal 2

฿1410 - ฿1460

Drive  •  12h 16m

  1. Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket 956.8 km

฿2500 - ฿3700

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The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket is to bus via Nakhon Si Thammarat which costs RM 148 and takes 18h 7m.

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The fastest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket is to train and fly and Blue Songtaews which takes 7h 13m and costs RM 320 - RM 1900.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket. However, there are services departing from Hentian Duta and arriving at Phuket Bus Terminal via Hat Yai Bus Station and Nakhon Si Thammarat. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 7m.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Ko Phuket is 652 km. The road distance is 956.8 km.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket without a car is to train and minivan and bus which takes 15h 53m and costs RM 170 - RM 190.

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It takes approximately 9h 35m to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket, including transfers.

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Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket bus services, operated by Alisan Golden Coach Express, depart from Hentian Duta station.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket is to fly which takes 9h 35m and costs RM 230 - RM 950. Alternatively, you can bus via Nakhon Si Thammarat, which costs RM 148 and takes 18h 7m.

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There is no direct flight from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to Phuket Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 10m and has one stopover.

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Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket bus services, operated by Nakhonborrikarn, arrive at Phuket Bus Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket.
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  • Distance: 651.9 km
  • Duration: 9h 35m

What companies run services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Ko Phuket, Thailand?

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Airways fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kathu 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket via Hat Yai Chee Road, Hat Yai Bus Station, and Nakhon Si Thammarat in around 18h 7m.

Airlines
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Penang
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿1600 - ฿6500
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Senai, Penang
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
฿2400 - ฿12000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿13000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Sultan Ismail Petra, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿13000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Senai, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿13000
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3400 - ฿8500
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Penang
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿1600 - ฿6500
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Senai, Penang
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
฿2400 - ฿12000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿13000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Sultan Ismail Petra, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿13000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Phuket via Senai, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿13000
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3400 - ฿8500
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿1100 - ฿6500
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿1300 - ฿7500
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
฿280 - ฿410
Website
http://www.kliaekspres.com/
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
4h 49m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
฿550 - ฿650
Website
http://www.ktmb.com.my
Silver
฿360 - ฿390
Gold
฿550 - ฿650
Platinum
฿700 - ฿850
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
฿45 - ฿950
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
฿45 - ฿160
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿550 - ฿750
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
฿240 - ฿340
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿700 - ฿950
Bus operators
Blue Songtaews
Bus from Phuket Town to Kathu
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
฿25
Hat Yai World Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Krabi Bus Station to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿400
Schedules at
12go.asia
bus
Bus from Satun to Krabi Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
฿243
minivan
Bus from Padang Besar to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿50
Nakhonborrikarn
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Hat Yai Bus Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
฿190
Schedules at
12go.asia
Bus from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Phuket Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
฿389
Schedules at
12go.asia
Alisan Golden Coach Express
Pahang Lin Siong Motor Co Bhd
Phone
03-40439027
Email
pahanglinsiong@gmail.com
Website
pahanglinsiong.my
Bus from Bus Terminal Perkeliling to Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿167
Schedules at
pahanglinsiong.my
Book at
easybook.com
Unititi express
Phone
+605 4911 452
Website
unititi.com.my
Bus from Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿573
Schedules at
unititi.com.my
Other operators
Taxi from Krabi Bus to Phuket
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Estimated price
฿3300 - ฿4000
Krabi Taxi
Phone
+66 99 492 7829
Website
krabitaxi.com
Krabi Cab
Phone
+66 089 289 6233
Website
krabicab.com
Grab Taxi
Website
grab.com

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Ko Phuket is 1h behind Kuala Lumpur. It is currently 1:37 AM in Kuala Lumpur and 12:37 AM in Ko Phuket.

Yes, the driving distance between Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket is 957 km. It takes approximately 12h 16m to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ko Phuket.

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Malindo Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly offer flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to Phuket Airport.

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There are 2256+ hotels available in Ko Phuket. Prices start at ฿3750 per night.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs RM 3 - RM 11.

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