Transfer time between airports in Bangkok?
Replies: 44 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2012 4:45 AM Last Post By: bigal1
Sep 5, 2012 12:30 PM
Transfer time between airports in Bangkok?Hi,
I read one post with advice on how much time to allow for transfer between the two airports in BKK. Because the arrival and departure time in that post was different than mine would be, I'd like to pose the question again and wait for your comments.
So my flight arrives from Europe at the new airport at 2.40pm, and the other leaves to Jakarta from Don Mueang at 8.40pm (Air Asia), which makes it exactly 6 hours of transfer time. BTW this will be a Friday, October 19th.
Do you guys think this should be enough time to transfer? How risky you think it would be? (in % :)) I assume this will be peak hours, afternoon + Friday, so I'm a little worried. I read the article about the official shuttle service the run time of which is 90 minutes. Do you think that time is kept even in the afternoon hours?
I haven't bought my Air Asia ticket yet but because the prices are creeping up I'm getting anxious about missing the deal (which isn't a great deal anyway..:(
Many thanks for your kind comments!
Sep 5, 2012 5:19 PM
Sep 5, 2012 6:33 PM
Sep 5, 2012 10:00 PM
3Yes, short of a tsunami, or meteor strike on Bkk.
However, there's always a possibility of gridlock, just as in any city in the world, including London.
Sep 5, 2012 11:06 PM
4OK, thanks. There was an other thread where the transfer time was around 5 hours, and in the middle of the night (as opposed to Friday afternoon), and the advice wasn't so encouraging.. That's why I thought 6 hours might be not entirely safe either.
But OK, so it is about the same risk as anywhere in the world of getting stuck somehow because of some random vis major event.. :)
Thanks for the comments!
Sep 5, 2012 11:18 PM
Sep 5, 2012 11:19 PM
Sep 5, 2012 11:29 PM
7Well, it maybe wasn't the best idea to structure the trip this way (Indonesia thru BKK), and I actually found out that Air Asia flies from the other airport only after I had purchased my ticket through BKK.. Anyway, thanks again.
Sep 6, 2012 7:11 AM
8In clear normal traffic during the day the mini van (40 or 45 baht) or taxi will take about 40 minutes between the two airports. There is a new free bus service that takes about 90 minutes
In the rush hours you need to allow a lot more time but I am guessing that 2 hours would normally be OK
Allow an hour to clear immigration and pick up your luggage.
Allow an hour for check in before flight
Sep 6, 2012 10:21 AM
9Thanks for the answers!
I am now thinking between this flight and another one, which would leave from the same airport (Suvarnabhumi), and I'd have 2h 45m between the two flights. (Arriving with Austrian Airlines, transferring to Malaysian). I called Malaysian and they said they require 3 hours transfer between flights in cases when the passenger has to leave transit, go through immigration and check back in. Do you think 2h 45m will be anough for this or is it risky? I'd love to spare the hassle to migrate over to the other airport.. :)
Sep 6, 2012 11:35 AM
10This is much better, you can remain in transit in Bangkok, no need for immigration. Check your luggage through to Indonesia when you check-in in Austria, just remember to have confirmation of your Bangkok to Indonesia flight with you. You can collect your boarding card for Malaysian airlines at the transfer desk in Bangkok, don't forget to show your luggage stubs to have your bags loaded onto your connecting flight. 2h 45m is more than enough for transit transfer.
Sep 6, 2012 12:13 PM
11Problem is I can't check my luggage in at departure because the two tickets will be separate from each other, i.e. the one to Bangkok and the one from Bangkok. If they were purchased tgoether I could check the luggage back all the way to the final destination, but this way I unfortunately have to pick up my bags, go through immigration and check back in to the Malaysian flight.. :(( That's why I think the 2h45 mins is very tight..
Sep 6, 2012 12:45 PM
12No you don't. you just need to show a confirmed onward ticket with Malaysian airlines. You don't need to have all your tickets in one booking, no problem in checking your bags all the way to your final destination. The only thing you need to get in Bangkok is your boarding card for the Malaysian airlines flight and that you can do in transit.
It seems to be a common misconception that you cannot check your luggage through to your final destination if you have seperate reservations. This has never been a problem, we have always through checked luggage wherever possible for as long as I can remember.
Sep 6, 2012 3:24 PM
13I don't think it's possible to check in the baggage till the end when I don't have a boarding pass till the end.. is it? As far as I can recall, the luggage can be checked in as far as until the boarding pass is issued. I actually called the Austrian Airlines and two different operator told the same, i.e. that they won't check the luggage in for the Malaysian flight.. I might try to call them again and ask a third person.. :)
But assuming I need to pick up my luggage and leave the transit area, I guess I won't risk the 2h45 min transfer..
Sep 6, 2012 5:15 PM
14If you won't take advice from someone who does the job for a living then WHAT'S THE POINT asking???
Do you have a confimed ticket for the MH flight? If so, DO AS YOU"RE TOLD! Ve haff vays to make you listen.
Your bag will not be loaded to the MH flight until you show your baggage check stubs from the OS flight at the BKK Transfer Desk, so there's no security risk. You show your OS stubs and your MH ticket, they retrieve your bags and transfer to the MH flight.
Or do it your way!!
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