Phuket, in Thailand, is rolling out a new bus service that is set to make tourists very happy. The newly launched ‘smart bus’ currently offers transport from Phuket International Airport to 50 popular tourist destinations along the western beach road.
This ‘Blue Route’ is the first to start, opening at the start of the month, and covers 56 kilometers along the road from the airport to Rawai Beach. Stops include Surin Beach, Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, on the Thai island. The estimated time for each run along this route is two to three hours.
This is especially beneficial in a city which lacks a proper public transport service. Travelers to the popular destination often faced hours of travel due to traffic jams between the beaches. The smart bus is set to be a solution to this problem, says the Phuket City Development. There are to be 32 rounds of the service, running from 6am to 8pm each day.
New Smart Buses for Phuket
The buses are brand new, with extra space for luggage. They also feature a safety control room, GPS, CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi, a USB port at every seat, as well as a lift for disabled passengers.
The bus fare starts at Bt50 (US$1.60), and goes upto Bt170 (US$5.43), depending on the distance. It can be paid through Visa or the Rabbit x Phuket Smartcard, which is an official partner. The smartcard can also be used to avail various other services, including discounts at various stores in the city. It can be bought on board the bus itself, and has a starting price of Bt300 (US$9.58).