Being in Bangkok for the first time can sometimes be a quite stressful experience. Here are a few practical things you should know about Bangkok’s two airports that will make your arrival or departure smoother.
Like many other capital cities, Bangkok has two airports:
- Don Mueang Airport is the oldest one and is located in the north of the city
- Suvarnabumi Airport is the most recent one and is located in the east of Bangkok
There are many ways to get to both airports or to travel from the airports to the city centre.
The Suvarnabumi Airport
Suvarnabumi is the airport where most westerners will land first, so let’s start with this one: see here
Out of the two airports, it is undoubtedly the most practical one. You have two options to get to Bangkok where you are in Suvarnabumi:
- The shuttles are easy to use and cheap. They connect the airport to the main touristic spots like Khao San Road. For more information, read the complete article: The shuttles between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports
- The Airport Rail link is the cheapest, the quickest and the most practical way to travel from the airport to Bangkok. This overground train runs all day. There are trains often so you never need to wait very long. The Airport Rail link station is located in the basement of the airport. It goes to several stations and to the Phetchaburi MRT station and reaches the city centre in 30 minutes. You can find the timetable here
- You also have the option to take a taxi but it will cost you a few hundred bahts. Please note that taxis in Bangkok run on natural gas, not petrol. They keep the bottle in the boot of the car which means that they don’t have much room for luggage. If you’re a group of more than four people and you carry a lot of luggage, you should ask for a “limousine” taxi which is basically a regular taxi, only larger and more expensive.
The Don Mueang Airport
This is the airport you’ll need to go if you’re flying within Thailand or to neighbouring countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam etc. with low-cost companies such as Airasia or Nok Air: see here
- The shuttles are fast and cheap. A few of them will take you from the airport to the city centre or the BTS stations. For more information on this please read the full article: Les navettes de l’aéroport Don Mueang de Bangkok au centre-ville.
- An even cheaper option is to take the train. Next to the airport is located the Don Muang station that a colony of rats has made its home… There is a little bridge across the expressway that will take you to the station. It is easy to find but only choose that option if you need to get to the Hua Lampong train station (close to Chinatown) and you’re not in a hurry. The trains are rather slow, sometimes late and not that frequent.
- There is always the possibility to catch a taxi but they can be a little more expensive, unless you’re a group of people, in which case the price can be quite cheap. It should cost you between 130 and 150 bhats to get from the airport to the Mo Chit BTS station, depending on the traffic. Rates can be found here
Lastly, it is also possible to rent a car in both airports, but driving for the first time in Bangkok can be an intense experience given the size of the city and the hecticness of the traffic. It is highly advised to use the GPS.
The shuttle between the two airports
There are shuttles connecting the two airports. They run between 5 am and midnight. They leave every hour from 5 am till 10 am and every 20 minutes after 10:40 am For more information read Les navettes entre les aéroports de Suvarnabhumi et Don Muang and see here
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Express solution between the 2 airports
To go faster, there is the possibility to book a vehicle here
It is a vehicle with driver. It takes 25 minutes. from airport to airport. Very fast, it is the solution to avoid stress. The cost is not expensive when you compare it to the prices of European taxis …
All major car rental brands are present at both airports. Interesting option. Ideal if you want to go out of traditional tourist paths.
Hotels near or in the airport
Don Mueang Airport
Sleep Box By Miracle :In front of Terminal 2. Ideal to wait for an airplane. Very good price-quality.
Amari Don Mueang Hotel : A convenient hotel, good value for money. It is connected to the airport by a footbridge. Hotel comfort, ideal for a transit between two planes.
Other hotels near the airport, here
Boxtel : in the airport. Ideal for resting a few hours.
There are a very large number of hotels near the airport : here
Arriving in Thailand.
Nowadays, flying to a different country has never been so easy and comfortable, but it can still be a little overwhelming or even stressful to land in Bangkok or another major Thai city.
Tiredness, the climate, the city and its dynamism can quickly transform the first day of your trip into a not-so-enjoyable experience. It is probably a good idea to book at least the first night in a hotel to have somewhere to go to and to avoid unnecessary stress.
Hotels and guesthouses can be found in different areas of Bangkok. For a better idea of which area to choose have a look here
Reservations of other transports Not to stress and have a place ... in trains, minibuses, buses and even ferries! You can always book or buy your ticket here directly!
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