Bangkok, Thailand

Getting In


Suvarnabhumi Airport

Modern Suvarnabhumi Airport is Bangkok's main airport and located about 30 km (19 miles) east of the city. The airport opened in September 2006 and handles almost all of the international and domestic flights to Bangkok. There is only one terminal building, handling both domestic and international flights but it is huge and therefore allow time for getting around. There are two immigration sections but waiting time to be processed is lengthy (at least 30 minutes).

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Suvarnabhumi Airport by MOs810

Airport to Bangkok by Train
The fastest way from
Suvarnabhumi Airport to downtown Bangkok is to take the Airport Rail Link, situated at the basement level of the passenger terminal. The train service is also a way of avoiding Bangkok's horrendous rush hour traffic, particularly when it's raining. Trains run from 6 a.m to midnight every day, travelling at an amazing speed of 160 km/h (100 miles/h). Two different services are operated from the airport:

  • Express Line - The non-stop service takes you directly to either Makkasan or Phaya Thai station in 15-18 minutes for 90 baht one way and with plenty of space for luggage. The trains leave the airport every 20-30 minutes but check the destination: Phaya Thai offers an easy transfer to the Skytrain, while Makkasan is within walking distance from Phetchaburi MRT station. You can take Bus No. 556 from here, which heads directly to the Southern Bus Terminal. On the way back, Thai Airways offers baggage check-in at Makkasan if you arrive 3-13 hours before your flight departure.
  • City Line - This slower commuter train line stops at all stations. The trains leave every 15 minutes from the airport and after Makkasan station it continues to Ratchaprarop and Phaya Thai stations. The ride from the airport to Phaya Thai takes about 30 minutes and costs 45 baht. From Phaya Thai, there is a good connection to the BTS Skytrain but will have to buy a new ticket. If your final destination is Khao San Road, you can hail taxis from the main road (around 70 baht) or hop on Bus No. 15 (7 baht).

Suvarnabhumi Airport Express Line by Johnnybmw

Airport to Bangkok by Bus
Take a free shuttle bus (from outside the second floor of the airport terminal) to the Transport Center bus terminal located a few kilometres away. From here, you can take the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) public bus including:

  • Bus No. 549 to Min Buri
  • Bus No. 550 to Bang Kapi
  • Bus No. 551 to Victory Monument
  • Bus No. 552 to On Nut
  • Bus No. 552A to Sam Rong
  • Bus No. 553 to Samut Prakan
  • Bus No. 554 to Don Muang Airport
  • Bus No. 555 to Rangsit
  • Bus No. 558 to Central Rama 2
  • Bus No. 559 to Future Park Rangsit
The buses take 1-2 hours to arrive depending on traffic. Furthermore, the buses make several stops along the journey. Frequency is usually every 20 minutes during the day and 20 minutes to an hour during the night depending on the route.

There are also privately-owned BMTA minibuses travelling to Greater Bangkok including Don Muang Airport, Bang Kapi, Rangsit and Samut Prakan. They charge a flat rate of 50 baht and go directly to the destination and therefore faster than public buses. Long-distance first class buses connect Suvarnabhumi Airport directly with Chachoengsao, Nong Khai, Pattaya, Rayong, and Trat.

Airport to Bangkok by Taxi
Ordinary metered taxis are available on the first floor (one floor below arrival floor). Follow the "public taxi" signs that lead to the outside of the airport premises and head to the taxi counter and state your destination (English is understood). You'll get a two-part slip (one part to be retained by the driver and the other retained by you) with your destination written in Thai. There is a 50 baht surcharge on top of the meter and expect to pay any road toll charges. The taxi ride takes about 45-60 minutes depending on the traffic and final destination. If there is a huge taxi queue, consider taking a limousine taxi (cost more) or take the free shuttle bus to the Transport Center, which has more taxis.

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