Bangkok, Thailand

Getting In

 
 

Don Muang Airport

Don Muang Airport is located about 30 km (19 miles) north of downtown Bangkok and was once the city's main airport until 2006. The airport currently handles domestic flights by Nok Air, Orient Thai Airlines, Solar Air and Thai AirAsia and international (regional) flights by AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia and Thai AirAsia. The airport also handles limited charter flights and general aviation.

 
 
 
 
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Arrival hall at Don Muang Airport by Terence Ong

Airport to Bangkok by Taxi
The public taxi stand is located outside the arrival area (don't be fooled by the taxi service booths inside the terminal) and probably your best bet for getting into Bangkok and your only option after 11 p.m. The same booth and slip system used at Suvarnabhumi Airport is used here. If the queue at the taxi stand is too long or you need a more spacious car, you can book a limousine taxi from the booths inside the terminal. This will get you a slightly nicer car at about twice the price (500-600 baht). Ignore any touts outside and do not get into any car with white licence plates, as these are not licenced taxis.

Departure driveway at Don Muang Airport by Terence Ong

Airport to Bangkok by Train
Across a covered overpass from Don Muang Airport is Don Muang Train Station. Tickets to Hualamphong Train Station in Central Bangkok cost 5 baht. Though taking the train is the cheapest way to Bangkok, it is not for the faint hearted with its erratic schedules, run-down passenger cars and relatively empty late at night.

Airport to Bangkok by Bus
There are a number of public transport buses stopping near the train station. Buses towards central Bangkok are on the airport's side of the road, so don't cross the highway. 

  • Air-conditioned Bus No. 504 will take you to CentralWorld (Ratchaprasong intersection near Siam Square), Lumphini Park and Silom from where you can access the Skytrain.
  • Ordinary and air-conditioned Bus No. 29 will take you to Hualamphong Train Station passing by many places including Victory Monument and Siam Square. You can also get off at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, where you can switch onto the Metro or Skytrain.
  • Air-conditioned Bus No. 59 will take you to Sanam Luang in Rattanakosin. This route is time-consuming as Rattanakosin is far off from the airport.

Keep in mind that some buses do not complete their routes. These buses have a red sign in front of them with the final destination written in Thai script. Check before taking the bus. You can ask the locals at the bus stop or conductor on the bus.

 
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