The months from late November to early April are Phuket’s busiest months. Weather ranges from around 23°C to 31°C and these conditions draw crowds of visitors to the islands. April – the hottest time of the year, is also the month of the Songkran water festival and the Thai New Year. For those who want to be a part of the revelry, this is the best time to visit Phuket. However due to exponential demand, finding cheap flights to Phuket during this season is usually a challenge.
Off-peak season in Phuket begins around May, during which temperatures drop and humidity rises. Rainfall also increases during this time, so it’s important for visitors to heed the warning signs on its beaches. In the following months leading up to and including September, the cheapest flight tickets and hotel deals in Phuket are easier to find.
The best time to book cheap flights to Phuket is between March and early May. This shoulder season is when smart travellers should take advantage of discounted flight tickets and packages. Also, flights to Phuket between May and September are popular amongst visitors who enjoy experiencing the beauty of the rainy monsoon.
Flights from Cape Town to Phuket: 23 hrs 30 mins (average 1 stop)
Flights from Johannesburg to Phuket: 18 hrs 15 mins (average 1 stop)
Flights from Durban to Phuket: 20 hrs 20 mins (average 1 stop)
The major airlines that offer flights to Phuket are Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. When starting to compare flights to Phuket, it’s useful to bear in mind that these different airlines have varying numbers of stops between flights.
Once you’ve secured your cheap flights to Phuket, there are a number of ways to secure transport from the airport to the city centre. For travellers who are confident enough to navigate their own way around the city, a number of car rental services are available and accessible from Phuket International Airport (HKT). Depending on your hotel, pre-arranged transfers are also an option. The Airport Bus is a cost-effective medium of transport to Phuket Town and runs approximately every hour from 08H00. The brightly coloured bus is hard to miss and is situated about 30 metres from arrivals. Limousine services with negotiable rates will also offer effective transport during your trip to Phuket.