Recently Airport bus to Patong town has also started service with fare of 130 Bhats. Regular buses connect to Phuket Town (30 baht, 30–45 minutes) every 30 minutes or so between and .
The route starts from the southern end of the beach, after which the bus crawls through town (via Bangla Road), stopping to pick up passengers, before finally heading off across the hills, and going via Kathu, then passing near Big C before entering the Phuket Town.
As Phuket is not considered big enough, very large navy ships usually visit Pattaya instead.
Phuket Island in general and Patong Beach in particular are visited about once per year by ships of the United States Navy.
The sailors are generally well behaved and are policed by their own Shore Patrol.
In Dec/Jan is high season so prices are at least double for hotels.
You will be lucky to get anything decent (aircon) under B1000 at this time.
In Phuket Town, those songteows (2/3 bench pickup trucks) are usually waiting for passengers near the local market (1.5km west of the Phuket bus station). If you're coming by public bus from other areas in Thailand (like Bangkok or Surat Thani), you will end up at the new number two bus station.
(see Phuket Town for how to get around the bus stations and find the local transport) As of 2013, these songteows now start from the bus station (number one), and then go to the market to collect a full load before proceeding. It could cost a fortune to get to the beaches from here, so look at Phuket Town for how to do it cheaper via the old number one bus station.A single ticket which you buy onboard costs 120 Baht and the service runs every 45 minutes commencing at daily.The journey takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. The return journey from Patong to the airport commences at with the last bus leaving at .Alternatively, if you know the right road, you can get off the bus after you pass the Big C shopping centre on the right (the airport bus goes to the left there, and the road to Kathu and then Patong is to the right from the same intersection), and try to catch a local bus to Patong there, which also passes that intersection.Local buses to Patong are clearly marked in English and in Thai.Remember that if a strange event at the beach occurs where the tide suddenly pulls back far from the shoreline, get to high ground quickly using these signposted routes or to a high level of a solid structural building.