Flights from London to Phuket

London to Phuket

  • London to Phuket is 6,139 miles
  • The average flight time from London to Phuket is 13h 35min
  • The most popular airline flying from London to Phuket last month was Thai Airways
  • £371 was the cheapest return price from London to Phuket last month

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Flights from London to Phuket

This information is correct as of January 2016

Airlines that fly from London to Phuket

Thomson Airways is the only airline providing direct flights from London to Phuket. Flights depart from London Gatwick Airport.

Terminal Information

London Gatwick

London Gatwick is split between North and South terminals. Thomson Airways flights to Phuket depart from the North Terminal. Check-in desks for long haul flights open four hours before each flight’s scheduled departure time.

Gatwick Airport doesn’t make flight announcements so you’ll have to check for flight updates on information screens located around the departures lounge. Also in the departures lounge, you’ll find high street stores like Boots and WHSmith, alongside designer boutiques, like Cath Kidston and Ted Baker. For food and drink there’s a Burger King, Costa Coffee, a Wetherspoon pub and Jamie’s Italian, to name but a few.

Passengers can also access the internet via a free Wi-Fi connection for 90 minutes or at dedicated internet stations. There are currency exchange desks, a duty free store, soundproof workpods perfect for business travellers and a premium lounge too.

The lounge is located on the ground floor of the departure lounge, towards gates 101 to 113. For a fee, it provides showers, a travel spa, games for children, and a range of complimentary food and drink served throughout the day.

Phuket Airport

Phuket Airport is located in the north of Phuket Island, around 32 kilometres from Phuket City. The airport has two terminals, with Terminal 1 used for international flights.

The arrivals hall is set over two levels and offers plenty of facilities for passengers including tour desks, a currency exchange and convenience stores. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport for up to two hours per day. You can hire a car from the airport but you’ll need to have an International Driving Permit in order to do so. This can be obtained from the RAC, AA or a post office prior to travel.

The majority of hotels and resorts will provide a shuttle service from the airport to your destination. However, if you’re planning to travel by public transport, there are bus and taxi services available outside the terminal building.

Practical Information

If you’re a British national, you don’t need to apply for a visa before travelling to Thailand. Tourist visitors from the UK are granted a visa exemption and can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days. You’ll need a passport valid for six months from your date of entry and may also be asked for proof of onward travel.

It’s not possible to extend a visa exemption once you are in Thailand so, if you’re planning a longer than 30 day stay, you’ll need to apply for a visa before travelling.

What to Expect in Phuket

The weather in Phuket is consistently warm throughout the year, with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties and rarely dropping below the mid-twenties. Rainfall is minimal from January to April but you may experience heavy but brief downpours during the rest of the year, particularly in October and November when rainfall is at its heaviest and most frequent.  

Tourist resorts in Phuket may hike up the prices, but it’s perfectly possible to find very reasonably priced food and drink too. The average mid-range three course meal for two costs ฿900.00 (£17.00), a bottle of beer costs ฿107.00 (£2.00) and a one way journey on public transport costs ฿33.00 (£0.60). Taxi travel is also very cheap as is supermarket shopping.

Phuket is six or seven hours ahead of the UK, depending on the time of year; Thailand does not observe Daylight Saving Time. 

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