How to get from Bangkok airport to downtown


January 31, 2024

How to get from Bangkok airport to downtown Bangkok

This guide is designed to provide you with valuable information on how to get from Bangkok airport to the city center comfortably and efficiently. In Bangkok, there are two international airports: the older Don Muang Airport, used for domestic and international flights, and the bustling Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of the busiest airports in Asia. Both are conveniently connected to downtown Bangkok through public transportation options, such as buses or trains, as well as private services.

If you arrive at Suvarnabhumi, you will have these options:

Bangkok Airport Rail Link: This is the cheapest and fastest way to get from the airport to the city center. The fare on the City Line, which connects to Phaya Thai station, is about 45-55 THB (1.5 USD), while the fare on the Express line, which connects to Makkasan and Phaya Thai stations, ranges from 90-150 THB (2.5 - 4 USD). Travel time on the Airport Rail Link depends on whether you choose the City or Express line, being around 30-40 minutes and 15-20 minutes respectively. The service operates from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Bangkok Airport Bus (S1): If you are staying near the Khao San Road area, this may be the most economical option. The air-conditioned bus departs every 30 minutes from gate 7 on floor 1, operating from 6 am to 8 pm. The cost is approximately 60 THB (less than 2 USD), and travel time can vary from 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Here is more information on schedules.

Cab: Follow the signs indicating "Public Taxi" on the 1st floor of the airport. Take a number from the designated machine and ask the driver to use the meter. If you get him to activate it, an additional 50 THB will be added to the fare, and note that there will be an extra charge for tolls. We didn't have much luck with this option, we didn't get the cab driver to put the meter on and he charged us almost triple the value it cost us to get back from the city center to the airport.

Grab / Bolt: Similar to using Uber, these apps allow you to see the price before accepting, avoiding the need to negotiate. Grab will be waiting for you on floor 2.

In the case of arriving in Don Mueang, the options are as follows:

Airport Bus: There are 4 routes from the airport with fares ranging from 30 to 50 THB (1-1.5 USD). They are boarded at Gate 6 of Terminal 1 or Gate 12 of Terminal 2: 

  • A1 Bus - to BTS Mo Chit :15 - 24:00, every 15 minutes
  • A2 Bus to Victory Monument: 6:30 - 23:00, every 25 minutes
  • A3 Bus - to Lumphini Park: 7:00 - 23:00, every 30 minutes
  • A4 Bus - to Khao San Road, 7:00 - 23:00, every 30 minutes

SRT Red Line: The red line train takes you from the airport to Bang Sue Grand Station, where you can connect with the blue line to reach areas such as Lat Phrao, Ratchadaphisek, Chatuchak Park, Sukhumvit, Lumphini, Si Lom and Hua Lamphong. The price is 30 THB (less than 1 USD) and the blue line costs 40 THB (1 USD).

Cab: The cab system in Don Mueang can be tedious, as it involves a considerable wait. A number is taken on arrival, and once called, a cab using the meter is assigned. Note that an additional charge will apply for use of the airport system (approximately 30 THB). On our last pass through Don Mueang we had a wait of 150 number... which took about 40 minutes (pretty fast considering the amount of people).

Grab or Bolt: Similar to Uber, these apps allow you to see the price before accepting, eliminating the need to negotiate.

For those who need to get from Suvarnabhumi airport to Don Mueang airport or vice versa, there is a free shuttle bus service that operates from 5 am to midnight. If you are in Suvarnabhumi it is taken from arrivals between gate 2 and 3, in the case of Don Mueang it is taken from floor 1 at gate 6.

If your accommodation is far from SkyTrain or metro stops, you may prefer to opt for a cab or Grab. We hope you find this guide useful on your trip to Bangkok!