Songthaews are the open blue/yellow local buses. They only follow fixed routes. Kata Beach to Karon, 20 Baht one way, Kata Beach to Phuket Town, 30 Baht one way. The central stop in Kata is next to the Kata Beach Resort, by the taxi/tuktuk ranks. The central bus station in Phuket town is on Ranong Road. There are no bus stops, you wave your arm to stop the songthaews when they pass by.
Prices are fixed and the journey takes a little longer. Buses from Kata Beach to Karon and Kata Beach to Phuket Town start at 5:30 am and finish at 4:30pm. From monday to friday, a services operates every 20 mins, and on the weekends every 30 mins.
Kata Beach Buses (Songthaews)