There are two airports in Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main airport, and Don Mueang Airport. The airports are located at about 30 km from the city. Should you wish to get from one airport to the other, make sure you have 3 hours in your schedule for the transportation.
East from Bangkok, the Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced “su-wan-na-poom”) is the main terminal for international and local flights, though Don Mueang is rising in importance too. If you arrive or depart from this airport, it is good to know that there is only one terminal. With its 130 passport control checkpoints for arrivals and 72 for departures, getting into and out of the country is an easy and fast thing. To get an idea of how big it is, know that there are 360 check-in counters to which you can add another 100 counters for passengers without luggage and over 100 moving walkways. It has a beautiful steel and glass tubular structure and thanks to its singular design, it became the most photographed place in the world (on Instagram).
How to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City
Transportation from Suvarnabhumi to Bangkok city is easy and there are many options from which you can choose, depending on your preferences. There are several means of transportation from the airport to Bangkok and they include: train and bus shuttles, taxis, public buses. Only Suvarnabhumi is served by a fast and modern train since 2010.
The train shuttles are provided by the Airport Rail Link and they are divided in:
- The City Line routes deserving 6 stations from the airport to Bangkok, the last one being Phaya Thai. The names of the in-between stations: Rajaprarop Station, Makkasan Station, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Hua Mak Station, Baan Tubchang Station and Lardkrabang Station. The travel time is about 30 minutes and the prices vary between 15 and 45 THB, depending on the station you get off the shuttle.
- Two Express Lines – Makkasan and Phaya Thai, with a travel time between 15 min and 17 minutes. The prices for the Suvarnabhumi Express Lines are 150 THB for a round trip and 90 THB for a single trip.
You should be aware that there is no direct correspondence with the main train station, Bangkok Hualamphong, but you can take the subway (MRT) at Makkasan and get to the Hualamphong station.
The trains are located at the airport’s B level (basement). The Automatic Token Dispensers, located at every station, accept bills or coins equally. It’s better to print out the receipt too, in case you need it later. The tokens can be bought from the ticket booth where a receipt is given – if not, ask for it.
- The trains run from 6 a.m. until midnight.
- You don’t need to book your ticket, considering the number of available automated tokens machines at each station.
- If you happened to buy Smart Passes for the City Link, please note that they cannot be used for the MRT (the subway) or for the Sky Train.
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Apart from trains, you can also have taxis to Bangkok City. The things you should know about taxis is that you must ask them to start the meter if it isn’t already on. The fair rates are the following – 200 THB for going to the eastern part of Bangkok, 300-350 THB for the central part of the city and 450 for Khao San Road.
The cheapest option, though not necessarily the wisest considering the notorious traffic in Bangkok, would be the bus airport shuttle with fares ranging from 11 to 35 THB, depending on your destination. There are several lines and they can take you to Victory Monument, Samut Prakan, Don Muang Airport, Don Muang Airport – Rangsit, Central Rama 2, Future Park Rangsit.
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Other useful information
The Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is the main airport in Bangkok since September 28, 2006.… Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The international airport Don Mueang (code AITA DMK) is the ancient international Bangkok airport before Suvarnabhumi…Don Mueang Airport.
Bangkok is well served by its railways network and two airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang… Bangkok.
The Bangkok subway, officially named MRT or Mass Rapid Transit… Bangkok Subway Network.
The two aerial subway lines, the SkyTrain, officially named Bangkok Mass Transit System BTS.… Bangkok SkyTrain.