Bangkok Airports Transfers

If you are about to travel to Bangkok and need to know how to get from the airports to the city center, here is what you need to know.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

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Bangkok Airports Transfers

Trafico en Thailand |©Connor Williams

The city of Bangkok is located in the heart of Thailand and is known for its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine and wonderful temples. If you are planning your trip you should know that Bangkok has two main airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. In this article, I will show you the different options you have to move from the airports to the city center, so that you only have to think about enjoying the best things to see and do in Bangkok.

As for the distance between the airports and the city, Suvarnabhumi airport is about 30 kilometers from the center of Bangkok, while Don Mueang airport is just a little closer, about 24 kilometers. In both cases there are several options to reach your final destination quickly and easily.

1. A shared transfer, comfort at a reasonable price

Pink cab on the road|©Rubén Ramos Blanco
Pink cab on the road|©Rubén Ramos Blanco

A shared transfer is a convenient and economical way to travel from Bangkok airport to your accommodation in the city. The main advantage of a shared transfer is saving money. By sharing the vehicle with other travelers, the transportation costs are divided among all passengers, resulting in a lower price for each passenger.

This option is available from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in the city, and is one of the best options due to its practicality. As for the service, the shared transfer includes standard-size luggage transport, which means you won't have to worry about lugging your bags around the city. It also includes an English-speaking representative who will meet you at the airport and guide you to the vehicle.

The shared transfer is a completely safe option. The service is operated by reliable transportation companies that make sure the vehicles are in good condition and meet safety standards. In addition, sharing the vehicle with other travelers ensures greater safety compared to taking an unfamiliar cab on the street.

Details of interest

  • Duration of the trip: the trip takes about 1 hour.
  • Price: from 17 euros per person.
  • Advantages of using this method: balance between comfort and cost.
  • How to book this transfer: the shared transfer is booked via web indicating flight number, arrival time and address of your accommodation.
  • Recommended if... you want to get rid of all the worries related to the transfer from the airport in an economical way.

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2. A private transfer, comfort and exclusivity

man behind the wheel|© why kei
man behind the wheel|© why kei

If you wish to transfer by private transport from Bangkok Airports, there are several companies with which you can book a pick-up service at the airport itself. This service is also available just outside the baggage claim area.

It is important to note that this service is the most expensive, and although a cab can fulfill the same function for a slightly lower price, it can provide greater comfort in your transfer. In general, this private transportation service usually costs more than 27 euros.

A transfer in a private vehicle is the most comfortable option of all, especially if you value privacy and do not want to share your trip with other people or waste time leaving other travelers at their accommodation before you. As for the journey to the hotel, it is full of breathtaking views, so you can enjoy, above all, the Thai architecture and cultural diversity of the city. Something that can be greatly enjoyed by traveling relaxed in a private transfer.

Details of interest

  • Duration of the trip: about 1 hour.
  • Price: from 27 euros.
  • Advantages of using this method: you are assured that the vehicle will be waiting for you upon arrival.
  • How to book this transport: the service is booked online.
  • Recommended if... you don't mind paying a little more to feel comfortable and safe.

3. The train, the fastest option of all

Train in Thailand|©Yves Locomot
Train in Thailand|©Yves Locomot

If you are looking for the fastest and easiest way to get from one of Bangkok's airports to the city center, then the train is an excellent option. Below I will explain step by step how to get by train from both airports to the city center.

From Suvarnabhumi International Airport

If you decide to go to your accommodation by train upon arrival, the first thing to do is to go to the Suvarnabhumi airport train station. This is located at the bottom of the airport and you can get there easily by following the signs (in English) or by asking an airport worker to guide you.

Once you are at the station, be sure to buy a ticket for the destination of your choice in the city center. There are ticket vending machines or you can also buy tickets at the ticket counter. The recommended destination station is Phaya Thai Station, as it is the main connecting point in the city.

Then take the Airport Rail Link train, which departs from Suvarnabhumi Airport Train Station. This train operates from 06:00 to 24:00 and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the city center.

Finally, when you arrive at Phaya Thai station, get off the train and from there you can connect with other means of transportation such as cabs, buses or the city's public transportation system, BTS Skytrain.

From Don Mueang International Airport

The Don Mueang Airport train station is located near Terminal 2 of the airport and is easily accessible just by following the signs.

Tickets can be purchased from vending machines or at the ticket counter. The recommended destination station is Hua Lamphong Station, which is the main train station in Bangkok and the one with which you can make the most combinations.

The train departing from Don Mueang Railway Station is the SRT City Line. This train operates from 06:00 to 20:00 hours and takes approximately 50 minutes to reach the city center.

Finally, when you arrive at Hua Lamphong Station, you can connect with other means of transport such as cabs, buses or the city's public transport system, MRT Subway.

Details of interest

  • Travel time: 30 to 50 minutes depending on the airport you arrive at.
  • Price: on average 1 euro
  • Advantages of using this method: speed and good price.
  • How to book this transport: you can buy tickets at the station itself.
  • Recommended if... you like to drive on your own and are looking for a fast means of transportation.

4. A shuttle bus, a longer trip, but cheaper

Car van on the road|©Sue
Car van on the road|©Sue

Traveling by shuttle bus from the Airport to Bangkok city center is a very convenient and economical option for those who want to save some money. I will explain you how to do it in a smooth and detailed way so that you can enjoy your trip without any hassle.

From Suvarnabhumi International Airport

The first thing you should do is exit the airport through the arrival gates. Once outside, make your way to the bus stop located on the first floor, just outside the terminal. You will see that there are several buses available, but to get to the city center the one to take is the S1.

You can pay your fare at the S1 bus stop. The price may vary depending on the route you choose, but in general, the cost is quite affordable. It is important that you carry Thai money in cash in order to purchase your ticket.

Once you have your ticket in hand, board the bus and look for an available seat. You will find that the buses are quite spacious and comfortable vehicles, so you will be able to enjoy the ride without any problems. Although the journey may seem more tedious than by car or private transfer, it is an opportunity to admire the city and see interesting buildings such as the best skyscrapers in Bangkok.

During the trip, the bus will make several stops in different parts of the city, so pay attention not to get lost. If you are not sure where to get off, you can ask the driver or other English or Spanish speaking passengers, or use a web application to alert you where to get off.

From Don Mueang International Airport

The bus stop is located on the first floor of the airport. There you will find several buses available, but you should look for the one that says "CENTRAL WORLD" on its sign, which is the A1. That is the bus that will take you to the city center.

You will then need to pay for your ticket at the bus stop ticket office. Be sure to bring Thai cash, as they do not accept other currencies.

The bus will make several stops at different locations in the city, so keep an eye on where to travel. This is a great option if you are traveling alone or with adults. If, on the other hand, you are traveling with children it may not be the best idea and you may want to opt for a more comfortable vehicle.

And if you are excited about touring the city by bus, then you should also take a ride on the Bangkok sightseeing bus, a great opportunity to see the main attractions.

Details of interest

  • Travel time: from Don Mueang airport to the center the trip on average takes about 45 minutes, in the case of Suvarnabhum airport the journey can be extended from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Price: the price starts from 70 euro cents.
  • Advantages of using this method: it is the most economical of all.
  • How to book this transport: as it is public transport, it is not booked, it is taken directly at the bus stop of each airport.
  • Recommended if... you prioritize spending little money.

5. A cab or an Uber, versatile option

View of a pink cab in via|©Glenn Gil
View of a pink cab in via|©Glenn Gil

One of the most comfortable and economical options to get to the center of Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport is to take a cab. In addition, if you share with other people, the cost will be significantly reduced. Anyway cab fares in Bangkok are very affordable compared to those in European cities, which makes this a very convenient option.

To take a cab, simply follow the public cab signs at the exit of the baggage claim sector. There you will find a counter where you can indicate the address you wish to go to and a cab driver will be assigned for the ride. The total cost of the journey will depend on the distance to the hotel and the traffic, but is normally between 10 and 15 euros.

In addition to the cost of the journey itself, you should be aware that a small additional cost will be added for the airport tax and you will have to pay the corresponding highway tolls. It is important that you try to carry some change to pay for these expenses and avoid the cab driver having to pay them out of his own pocket, which could cause him to try to charge more later.

As for Uber, it is already available in Bangkok, and is in fact a very popular option for getting around the city, as it offers a convenient and safe way to travel.

Details of interest

  • Travel time: between 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Price: values average 15 euros.
  • Advantages of using this method: practicality.
  • How to book this transport: the cab is taken directly at the corresponding stops, and the Uber through its application.
  • Recommended if... you want to go comfortably but without worrying about booking in advance.

General tips for your trip to Bangkok

Traffic at night|©TK HAPPY
Traffic at night|©TK HAPPY

I already explained you how to get to your accommodation, now I want to give you some tips that you should take into account to have the best time during your stay in Bangkok.

Take security measures

As in any big city, in Bangkok it is important to take security measures. Keep your belongings close to you at all times, especially in crowded areas and markets. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep your important documents in a safe place.

Respect the local culture

Thailand is a conservative and traditional society. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting temples or religious sites, covering shoulders and legs. You should also be careful when talking about royalty, as the lèse-majesté law is very severe in the country.

Learn some Thai words

Learning some basic Thai words such as "hello" (sawasdee), "thank you" (khob khun), "please" (khor bai) and "goodbye" (la gon) can be very useful and appreciated by locals.

Be careful when crossing the street

Traffic in Bangkok can be chaotic and dangerous, especially when crossing streets. Look for crosswalks and wait for the traffic light signal before crossing.

Use public transportation

Public transportation in Bangkok is safe, economical and efficient. Use the BTS Skytrain, the subway (MRT) and the Chao Phraya River ferry to get around the city. You can also rent a bicycle or scooter if you feel comfortable.

Try the local food

Thai food is delicious and varied. Try local dishes such as Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Khao Pad and Som Tam. Look for places popular with locals to try authentic Thai food. To optimize your experience you can join one of the best food tours in Bangkok. Or if you want to learn you can also find some of the best cooking classes in Bangkok to learn the recipes and surprise your family.

Stay hydrated

Bangkok is a hot and humid city, so it is important to stay hydrated. Bring a bottle of water with you and avoid drinking tap water.

Beware of the weather

The climate in Bangkok is tropical, which means that it can rain a lot at certain times of the year. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing for the season and always carry an umbrella or poncho in case of rain.

It is always a good idea to find out about the best times to visit Bangkok according to what your favorite activities are.

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