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
There is a public transport centre 3km from the airport that 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; and 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 Mueang 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. Terminal 1 handles international flights, while Terminal 2 is for domestic destinations.
From outside the arrivals hall, there are four bus lines: bus A1 stops at BTS Mo Chit (50B, frequent from 7.30am to 11.30pm); A2 stops at BTS Mo Chit and BTS Victory Monument (50B, every 30 minutes from 7.30am to 11.30pm); A3 stops at Pratunam and Lumphini Park (50B, every 30 minutes from 7.30am to 11.30pm); and A4 stops at Th Khao San and Sanam Luang (50B, 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 20B.
As at Suvarnabhumi, public taxis leave from outside both arrival halls 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 hourly from 2pm to 9.30pm (from 5B to 10B).
Buses using government bus stations are far more reliable and less prone to incidents of theft than those departing from Th Khao San or other tourist centres.
Eastern Bus Terminal
The Eastern Bus Terminal is the departure point for buses to Pattaya, Rayong, Chanthaburi and other points east, except for the border crossing at Aranya Prathet. Most people call it sà·tăh·nee èk·gà·mai (Ekamai station). It's near the Ekkamai BTS station.
Nothern & Northeastern Bus Terminal
The Northern & Northeastern Bus Terminal is located just north of Chatuchak Park. This hectic bus station is also commonly called kŏn sòng mǒr chít (Mo Chit station) – not to be confused with Mo Chit BTS station. Buses depart from here for all northern and northeastern destinations, as well as regional international destinations including Pakse (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Vientiane (Laos). To reach the bus station, take BTS to Mo Chit or MRT to Kamphaeng Phet and transfer onto city bus 3, 77 or 509, or hop on a taxi or motorcycle taxi.
A handful of buses bound for international destinations depart from Bangkok's Northern & Northeastern Bus Terminal.
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Southern Bus Terminal
The Southern Bus Terminal, commonly called săi đâi mài, lies a long way west of the centre of Bangkok. Besides serving as the departure point for all buses to destinations south of Bangkok, transport to Kanchanaburi and western Thailand also departs from here. The easiest way to reach the station is by taxi, or you can take bus 79, 159, 201 or 516 from Th Ratchadamnoen Klang.
Privately run minivans, called rót đôo, are a fast and relatively comfortable way to get between Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces. The various routes depart from their respective bus stations (for example, minivans to Ayuthaya depart from the Northern & Northeastern Bus Terminal, those to Ban Phe from the Eastern Bus Terminal).
Car & Motorcycle
There are numerous car (and motorcycle) hire agencies in Bangkok, but it's a vast, intimidating, confusing, dangerous place in which to drive (and park) and is probably best left to the experts.
Bangkok Noi Station
Also known as Thonburi, Bangkok Noi is a minuscule train station with (overpriced) departures for Kanchanaburi.
The city’s main train terminus is known as Hualamphong. It’s advisable to ignore all touts here and avoid the travel agencies. To check timetables and prices for destinations, check out the website of the State Railway of Thailand (www.railway.co.th/main/index_en.html).
Wong Wian Yai Station
Wong Wian Yai is a tiny hidden station and the jumping-off point for the commuter line to Samut Sakhon (also known as Mahachai).