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The shuttles between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports

All the information you need on the shuttles between Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok: timetable, frequency, where to take them, advice etc.


For many travellers, Bangkok is not the end of the trip but only a stopover on the way to another destination. Many people have to go to another airport to catch their connecting flight and that can sometimes be a challenge. The distance between the Suvarnabhumi airport – which is for international flights only – and the Don Mueang airport – which deals mostly with national flights – is quite significant.

Transferring from one to the other on time is thus a necessity and can be fairly stressful. Thankfully, a shuttle exists to facilitate the process.


From Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang airport

The shuttle is quite easy to find. All you need to do is read the signs “Airport Shuttle Bus”. They will lead you to the second floor, gate 3, where the shuttle is located.

Outside is a small information desk. This is where the staff is supposed to control transferring passengers’ tickets, boarding passes or reservations. In reality, most of the time they just sit there and observe. Just go through with your luggage.

The shuttle is free and will leave you at departures in Don Muang, on the 4th floor, gate 5. Don Muang used to be the international airport and is much smaller than Suvarnabhumi. It is thus very easy to find your way there.

All information about Bangkok airports: Bangkok's two airports

From Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi airport

The shuttle that will take you from Don Muang airport to Suvarnabhumi is also rather easy to find. All you need to do is follow the signs that show “Airport Shuttle Bus”. The shuttle is located on the outside of the terminal, on the first floor.

It will leave you on the 4th floor of the Suvarnabhumi airport, in the departures hall.

Timetable, duration, frequency

It’s always a little difficult to assess how long it will take the shuttle to drive from one airport to the other. Different factors have to be taken into account: the traffic (between 7 am and 9 am and between 5 pm and 9 pm) and the weather conditions (particularly during the rainy season). The official figure given is 50 minutes, but it can take longer depending on the two factors mentioned above.

The timetable of departures of the shuttle is identical every day.

Timetable between Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports

Don Muaeng Airport (Departures) Suvarnabhumi Airport (Departures)
05h00 05h00
06h00 06h00
07h00 07h00
08h00 08h00
09h00 09h00
10h00 10h00
10h40 10h40
11h20 11h20
12h00 12h00
12h40 12h40
13h20 13h20
14h00 14h00
14h20 14h20
15h00 15h00
15h20 15h20
16h00 16h00
16h20 16h20
17h00 17h00
17h20 17h20
18h00 18h00
18h20 18h20
19h00 19h00
19h40 19h40
20h00 20h00
20h20 20h20
20h40 20h40
21h00 21h00
21h30 21h30
22h00 22h00
23h00 23h00
24h00 24h00

Information on the shuttles

The shuttles are free for all passengers who need to transfer to the other airport. They have air-conditioning and storage for your luggage. The shuttles can be full quite quickly. If there is no room, you will have to wait for the next one. Even when there is a lot of people waiting, no extra shuttle will be made available. The only thing to do is to be patient.

In case you cannot take a shuttle for a reason or another (for example you arrive in Bangkok late), you have two options:

  • Taxis which are more expensive – still cheap in comparison with Europe – but faster.
  • The minivans

Ultra-fast transfers:

For travelers who do not have the time and want to go from one airport to another in 25 minutes, the solution is to go through this rental:
From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Mueang Airport

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