To Bangkok City Center from Airport

Some visitors to Thailand like to stay over a night or two in Bangkok before starting their Pattaya adventure or traveling to some other destination in Thailand. This e-Book guide has some important advice and cool tips about a night in Bangkok. Remember the song?

Scroll down to view the various ways to get to Bangkok city from the airport. If you are not interested in a night in Bangkok and just can't wait to get to Pattaya just click this link to go to the Getting To Pattaya page.

The Public Transportation Center of the new airport, Suvarnabhumi, is located near the Bangkok Catering Company Building about 5 min. drive from the passenger terminal. Passengers can find all types of transportation there - limousines, taxis, rented cars and express buses. You can get to the center from the terminals via a shuttle bus.

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Getting From Suvarnabhumi to Bangkok City

1. Airport Express (AE)

There are four express bus routes from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok downtown. The cost is 150 baht for entire route.

AE 1: Suvarnabhumi Airport - Silom Road
Airport - Bangna-Trad - Chaloem Mahanakhon Express Road - Phetburi - Ratchadamri - Rama IV - Surawong - Silom Road
AE 2: Suvarnabhumi Airport - Khao San Road
Airport - Bangna-Trad - Chaloem Mahanakhon Express Road - Phetburi - Lan Luang - Ratchadamnoen Klang - Ratchadamnoen Nai - Na Phra Lan - Na Phra That - Rachini - Phra Athit - Phra Sumen - Chakkraphong - Khao San - Bang Lamphu
AE 3: Suvarnabhumi Airport - Phloen Chit Road
Route :
Airport - Bangna-Trad - Sukhumwit - Bangna - Phra Kanong - Ekkamai - Asok - Phloen Chit - Wireless - Rama IV - Ratchadamri - Phetburi - Wireless - Phloen Chit
AE 3 (Special) : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Sukhumwit (Nana)
Route: Airport - Bangna-Trad - Sukhumwit - Bangna - Phra Kanong - Ekkamai - Asok - Phloen Chit - Ratchadamri - Phetburi - Sukhumwit 3 (Nana Nua)
AE 4 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Hua Lamphong Railway Station
Route: Airport - Bangna-Trad - Chaloem Mahanakhon Express Road - Srirat Express - Phahon Yothin - Victory Monument - Phya Thai - Rama IV - Hua Lamphong Railway Station

2. Public Buses

There are six routes of public bus service run to and from six destinations around Bangkok, with a charge of 35 baht.

  • No. 549 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Minburi
  • No. 550 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Happy Land
  • No. 551 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Victory Monument (Expressway)
  • No. 552 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bangna (On Nut BTS Station)
  • No. 553 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Samut Prakan
  • No. 554 : Suvarnabhumi Airport - Don Muang Airport

Public bus services to other provinces are also available, e.g. to Pattaya, Hua Hin, Nong Khai, Rayong and Talad Rong Kluea.

3. Shuttle Bus Service

Free shuttle bus service is provided for passengers. Express route connects the main terminal directly to the transport center. Ordinary route connects to other airport facilities.

4. Limousine Service

To get a limousine, contact the "Limousine Service Counter" at the Arrivals Level (2nd floor). Two limousine service are provided from THAI and the Airport of Thailand (AOT).

5. Metered Taxis

Metered taxis are available outside the exit on the 1st floor. Passengers can also take a shuttle bus to the transportation center which has more taxis. There is a 50 baht surcharge on the meter. The trips to the city will cost 300 - 400 baht (plus highway tolls) and the trip takes 40 - 60 minutes depending on traffic.

Information Below is for travel from the Old Don Mueang Airport

Getting From Don Mueang Airport to Bangkok City

By Taxi (To Down Town Bangkok)

Don Mueang Airport is 25 km (15 miles) from the city center. The road is often congested with traffic. Be prepared for a 90-minute journey by taxi, (a walkman loaded with your favourite album could be soothing) though there are times when it can take less than 40 minutes. At either terminal you can reserve a taxi at the taxi reservation desk and prepay the fare. The taxi reservation desk is easy to find.

There are always a couple of assistants hanging around the taxi desk. They might call out to you and ask if you want a taxi. After you pay the fare one of the assistants or a driver will lead you to the taxi.

The fare to downtown Bangkok depends on the exact location and, to some extent, the time of day. Count on 300-350 baht from the international terminal and 250 baht from the domestic terminal.

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An alternative. After exiting customs and entering the arrival hall you could proceed upstairs, to the departure hall and catch a taxi that has just dropped off departing passengers.

Make sure the driver agrees to use the meter before you get in the taxi. It shouldn't cost you any more than 250 baht when travelling within the city area. Make sure he definitely knows the hotel you are going to.

If you are travelling TO the airport from downtown Bangkok use a metered taxi and agree to pay an extra 30 baht for the road toll it is worth it. The taxi fare will be approximately 130 baht plus the toll.

By Airport Bus (To Down Town Bangkok)

There are 3 routes. The bus fare is 100 baht per person. Buses run every 15 minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight. The "Airport Bus" can carry around 60 passangers. It is white with 2 blue and green stripes along the side and "Airport Bus" printed on the passanger side of the vehicle.

It also displays "Airport Bus" in the illuminated sign above the front windscreen.

A-1 goes to the Silom Road business district via Pratunam and Rajdamri Road, stoppping at up market hotels like Indra Regent, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Regent Bangkok and Dusit Thani.

A-2 goes to Sanam Luang via Phayathai Road, Lan Luang Road, Rajdamnern Klang Road and Tanao Road. A-2 is convenient for those travelling to the Siam Square and Banglampoo areas.

In the Banglampoo area is Kao San Road where there are many budget guest houses that cater especially for Falangs (White skin Foreigners). It is really a back packers paradise. There are some nice guest houses located near the river.

A-3 goes to the Phrakanong district via Sukhumvit Road.

Local Air-conditioned Buses

Bus 4 goes to the Rama Garden Hotel, Indra Regent, Erawan, Hyatt, and Dusit Thani hotels, and down Silom Road (last bus departs at 8 p.m.)

Bus 10 goes to the Rama Garden Hotel, the Northern Bus Terminal, the Victory Monument, and the Southern Bus Terminal (last bus departs at 8:30 p.m.).

Bus 13 goes to the Northern Bus Terminal, Victory Monument, and down Sukhumvit Road to the Eastern Bus Terminal (last bus departs at 8 p.m.).

Bus 29 goes to the Northern Bus Terminal, Victory Monument, Siam Square, and Bangkok's main railway station, Hualamphong (last bus departs at 8:30 p.m.). Cost: 15 baht.

By Train (To Down Town Bangkok)

Bangkok Airport Express trains make the 35-minute run every 90 minutes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check the schedule at the tourist booth in the arrival hall. Fare: 100 baht.

You can also take regular trains from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.. The fare is 5 baht for a local train and 13 baht for an express.

Luggage Allowance - 1st class 50 kg; 2nd class 40 kg. Check the train schedule.


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