How to get to Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Are you lost? Running on barely any sleep? Sporting a duty-free bought neck pillow as you scour the beautiful yet obscenely large airport asking for directions? Perhaps you’ve just landed in Bangkok’s state-of-the-art Suvarnabhumi Airport. Covering an area of roughly 8000 acres Suvarnabhumi is an aviation hub, one of the largest and busiest international airports in the South East Asian regions.

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That’s all good and well for the airport, but not for you, my tired traveller friend. So, we’re here to rescue you with your one-stop guide on getting from Suvarnabhumi to your lodging.

The airport is about 30 miles east of central Bangkok. Keeping both time and money in mind, there are a few key ways to get from the airport to the city.

Train:

  • Fare: To Phya Thai Station - 45 Baht
               To Makkasan Station - 35 Baht
  • Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Hours: 06:00 to 24:00, running every 10-15 minutes from the Airport Terminal

The Bangkok Airport Rail Link connects the airport to Phaya Thai BTS station and Makkasan BTS station, both super central spots in the city. If your AirBnB or hostel is at any of the central locations such as Asok, Thonglor, Nana, etc. getting there from the airport train is a simple matter of figuring out where to get off.

Local Metered Cabs:

  • Fare: 100-1000 baht (depending on your choice)
  • Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Hours: 24 hrs

Generally the value-for-money option, metered taxis will drop you off right at your destination at a rather reasonable rate, and sometimes at a reasonable time-frame. Bangkok streets are famously congested; so, if you are leaving during peak-hour, it might not be the quickest option. The public taxis are located on Level 1 (Ground Level) near exits 3, 4, 7, and 8.

You should also be able to find a mini-bus taxi in the same location which should hold about four people including luggage for around 1000 baht (~$30) which is a good option if you are travelling in a group or with family.

Hourly Airport Buses:

  • Fare: 150 baht
  • Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Hours: 24 hrs

You can catch an Airport Express bus from Airport Express Counter at Level 1. Airport express operates buses on four routes. There are hourly buses from 5:00 am to midnight. There is also a 24-hour bus service right outside the Arrivals gate on the second floor that should take you to Transport Centre, a hub for local buses near the airport, where you can choose numerous local bus routes to access the city.

If comfort is at the top of your list of priorities or you’re travelling with a lot of luggage, I’d say take a cab. Despite the triple digits, the price is a surprisingly reasonable rate and often differs depending on when you arrive. If you’re backpacking, and arrive early morning or later in the evening, perhaps experiencing Bangkok’s Skytrain services could be a valuable experience. Being both cheap and accessible, this city lends itself to countless ways of getting around without breaking the bank!