Transportation to and from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
What is the distance from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to the centre of Bangkok?
The centre of the city is a bit far away, you have to take into account a journey time of 35 to 50 minutes. The distance from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to the centre of the city (Democracy Monument) is 35 kilometres / 21.7 miles.
From BKK Airport to Bangkok City centre by Taxi
Train Airport Rail Link to Bangkok
Bangkok can be reached quickly and easily with the Airport Rail Link, the elevated train departs every day of the year between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phaya Thai Station in Bangkok. Trains run from 05:30 hours to 00:00 hours in both directions, every 10 to 15 minutes from Monday to Friday, every 12 to 15 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Phaya Thai Station is located in Central Bangkok, in the Ratchathewi district. The Airport Rail Link also stops at Lat Krabang, Ban Thap Chang, Hua Mak, Ramkhamhaeng, Makkasan and Ratchaprarop, six stops in total. The price per person depends on your destination and varies from 15 THB (= € 0.40, Lat Krabang) to 45 THB (= € 1.20, Phaya Thai). Most tourists choose to go to Makkasan Station for the MRT Blue Line and bus or Phaya Thai Station for the BTS Skytrain and bus. Travel time with Airport Rail Link from the airport to Phaya Thai Station is 26 minutes.
BTS Skytrain trains run every 3 to 7 minutes, a train ride from Phaya Thai Station to the busiest and best-known station Siam takes 4 minutes. You can purchase a token (ticket) for 23 Baht. The Skytrain network is entirely above ground and consists of two lines: BTS Sukhumvit Line and BTS Silom Line. Transfer from one line to another is only possible at Siam Station. The journey time from Phaya Thai Station to Asok in Sukhumvit is 10 minutes and the price 37 Baht, travel time from Phaya Thai Station to Sala Daeng in Silom is 14 minutes (change at Siam) and the price 30 Baht. At both stations, you can transfer to Bangkok’s MRT Metro, the Blue Line. There is another metro line in Bangkok, it is the Purple Line between Tao Poon and Khlong Bang Phai. Please consult website Airport Rail Link, website BTS Skytrain and website MRT Metro for more information. If you plan to use public transport more often during your stay, you can opt for the Rabbit Card (BTS) or Metro Card (MRT), both of which can be charged with money.
Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus S1 to Bangkok (Khao San Road)
Since June 2017 it is again possible to travel between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and Khao San Road. This street in the north of the old city is Bangkok’s most famous street and especially popular among backpackers. The bus service is called Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus S1 and departs from Level 1 at Gate 7. Buses run to and from the airport approximately every 60 minutes, between 06:00 hours and 22:00 hours. The bus stops and leaves on both sides of the 410 meters long Khao San Road. The price for a ticket is 60 THB per person, tickets are available from the bus driver and ticket desk at the airport. S1 buses have air conditioning and sufficient space for luggage. Please consult website BMTA Bangkok Mass Transit Authority for more information.
Bangkok is a metropolis with many options in terms of public transportation, the most important at a glance:
– BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line (Light Green), Khu Kot – Kheha, via Mo Chit, Siam and Asok (Sukhumvit)
– BTS Skytrain Silom Line (Dark Green), National Stadium – Bang Wa, via Siam and Sala Daeng (Silom)
– MRT Metro Blue Line, popular with tourists, via Chatuchak Park, Sukhumvit, Silom and Old Bangkok / Rattanakosin
– MRT Metro Purple Line, mainly used by locals
– BRT Bus Rapid Transit, mainly used by locals
– ARL Airport Rail Link, to and from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
– SRT State Railway of Thailand Dark Red Line, to and from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport
– SRT State Railway of Thailand Light Red Line, mainly used by locals
– Chao Phraya Express Boat, Orange Line / Yellow Line / Green Line / Red Line
* MRT Metro Blue Line, buses, taxis and tuk-tuks are your only travel option in the centre of the city (Old Bangkok)
Sightseeing in Bangkok, our 5 tips:
1. Wat Pho Buddhist Temple (Reclining Buddha), 200 Baht per person
2. Wat Arun Buddhist Temple (Temple of Dawn), 100 Baht per person
3. Khlong Toey Market, taste and buy delicious Thai fruits and vegetables
4. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, fascinating and centrally located (Siam Square)
5. Museum Siam, interactive and educational
Book a walking tour with an experienced local guide, including entrance fees to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun!
How to get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Don Mueang Airport?
It is the easiest and most comfortable to take a taxi from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, the second airport in Thailand is known as Bangkok’s low-cost airport. For a taxi ride, you will pay 500 Baht, travel time is about one hour. However, most backpackers choose for the free shuttle bus between both airports, operated by AOT (Airports of Thailand). The journey time varies, 50 minutes when traffic is light and 100 minutes when traffic is heavy. Every 20 minutes on average there is a bus leaving from both airports, between 05:00 hours and 00:00 hours. The shuttle bus stop can be found on Level 2 (Arrivals) at Gate 3. Only if you are in possession of a flight ticket (departing flight) you may use this free shuttle service.
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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Bangkok by exploring the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple and the options for Wat Pho, local markets and Wat Arun. Enjoy this trip with an experienced, local tour guide.
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