Flights to Bangkok
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Getting around by air
Just about everybody flying to Bangkok comes through Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The unofficial website has real-time details of airport arrivals and departures. Left-luggage facilities are available on level 2, beside the helpful Tourism Authority of Thailand office.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport
- Located 30km east of central Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi International Airport began commercial international and domestic service in 2006. The airport's name is pronounced sù·wan·ná·poom, and it inherited the airport code (BKK) previously held by the old airport at Don Mueang. The airport website has real-time details of arrivals and departures.
Bus & Minivan
- A public transport centre is 3km from the airport and includes a bus terminal with buses to a handful of provinces and inner-city-bound buses and minivans. A free airport shuttle connects the transport centre with the passenger terminals.
- Bus lines that city-bound tourists are likely to use include line 551 to BTS Victory Monument station (40B, frequent from 5am to 10pm) and 552 to BTS On Nut (20B, frequent from 5am to 10pm). From these points, you can continue by public transport or taxi to your hotel.
- Metered taxis are available kerbside at Floor 1 – ignore the ‘official airport taxi’ touts who approach you inside the terminal.
- Typical metered fares from Suvarnabhumi include 200B to 250B to Th Sukhumvit; 250B to 300B to Th Khao San; 400B to Mo Chit. Toll charges (paid by passengers) vary between 25B and 70B. Note that there’s a 50B surcharge added to all fares departing from the airport, payable directly to the driver.
- The Airport Rail Link connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport with the BTS (Skytrain) stop at Phaya Thai (45B, 30 minutes, from 6am to midnight) and the MRT (Metro) stop at Phetchaburi (45B, 25 minutes, from 6am to midnight).
Don Muang International Airport
- Bangkok's other airport, Don Mueang International Airport, 25km north of central Bangkok, was retired from service in 2006 only to reopen later as the city's de facto budget hub.
- From outside the arrivals hall, there are two airport bus lines from Don Mueang: A1 makes a stop at BTS Mo Chit (30B, frequent from 7.30am to 11.30pm); while the less frequent A2 makes stops at BTS Mo Chit and BTS Victory Monument (30B, every 30 minutes from 7.30am to 11.30pm).
- Public buses stop on the highway in front of the airport. Useful lines include 29, with a stop at Victory Monument BTS station before terminating at Hualamphong Train Station (24 hours); line 59, with a stop near Th Khao San (24 hours); and line 538, stopping at Victory Monument BTS station (4am to 10pm); fares are approximately 23B.
- As at Suvarnabhumi, public taxis leave from outside the arrivals hall and there is a 50B airport charge added to the meter fare.
- The walkway that crosses from the airport to the Amari Airport Hotel also provides access to Don Muang Train Station, which has trains to Hualamphong Train Station every one to 1½ hours from 4am to 11.30am and then roughly every hour from 2pm to 9.30pm (from 5B to 10B).