Airports in Bangkok
With wellness spas, Thai massages, duty-free shops and a great selection of restaurants offering cuisines from around the globe, Suvarnabhumi International Airport is one of the best airports to use while in South East Asia. It is Thailand's busiest airport and the third-busiest in Asia. Over 42.7 million passengers use Suvarnabhumi International Airport each year.
Suvarnabhumi means 'Golden Land' in Sanskrit and truly is the gateway to the riches of Asia. Passengers are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping options at the airport. It also boasts the world's largest single-building passenger terminal and the tallest control tower in the world. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful as they are eager to ensure that all passengers get a world-class experience when using Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
The airport is situated 19 miles (30km) east of Bangkok.
Getting to the city
The Airport Rail Link (ARL) is the fastest way to get to central Bangkok. The service runs from the first floor of the airport and connects you to the MRT underground at Makkasan City Interchange Station (MRT Phetchaburi Station) and the BTS Skytrain at Phayathai Station. The cost of a ticket starts around THB 45 for a single fare and around THB 90 for express tickets. Public buses run several routes from the Transport Centre to Bangkok, while the Airport Express provides air-conditioned coaches between the airport and first-class hotels in downtown Bangkok. There is also a Limousine Service counter on the 2nd floor of the Arrivals Hall.
Tel: +66 (0)2 132 1888 or +66 (0)2 132 3888.
Don Mueang International Airport is a small secondary facility located 15 miles (25km) outside of Bangkok. The facility was once a major international airport, however it closed in 2006 when the new Suvarnabhumi Airport was built and only reopened in 2007 to in response to complaints about the new facility.
Mostly used for charter flights and a few low-cost domestic airlines now, only one of the airport's three terminals is in operation. Despite the 'ghost town' feeling, the airport is still a well-run facility with a handful of shops and fast-food outlets for entertainment.
The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) north of Bangkok.
Getting to the city
Taxis are available from the stand in front of Arrivals. An airport surcharge of THB 50 is added to the fare. Airport buses are available for THB 100 and take you downtown. They leave from the platform in front of the Arrivals hall at Terminal 1 and from below 'Bus Stop Airport Bus' signs. Trains at Don Muang Railway Station (500m from the Arrivals Hall) run from 6am to 8pm. The fare to Bangkok with an ordinary diesel train is THB 5. Public buses to Bangkok railway station and other main destinations in the city are also available.
Tel: +66 (0)2 535 1111.
Bangkok International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
Become our Bangkok Travel Expert
We are looking for contributors for our Bangkok travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Bangkok or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.
iExplore designs made-to-order, privately-guided adventure tours to Thailand and over 200 other world wonders. Come Back Different!
Intrepid Travel, one of the world's leading suppliers of small group adventures, is focused on getting off the beaten track, interacting with the locals and having real life experiences throughout Thailand.
Island hopping to hidden paradise. Sleep in floating huts and
follow Khao Yai jungle trails. Build your own Thailand