Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is one of the leading cities in Southeast Asia. It is the center for economic, political and social movements of the country. It is a traveler-friendly city and with two airports, getting to Bangkok is fairly easy.
The Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the Don Muang Airport are used by all airlines in Thailand, except for domestic flights of Nok Air and Orient Thai. There are non-stop daily flights available for tourists. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located 30 kilometers east of Bangkok, and has become the country’s main airport since 2006. It is serviced by all major airlines worldwide, including major regional airlines. On the other hand, the Don Muang Airport, which used to be the country’s principal airport, also 30 kilometers North of the city center, now just handles general aviation flights and charters.
Getting to Bangkok by air generally is the most convenient way to get to Bangkok. Once you arrive in the country and in the airport, there are plenty of transportation options to get to the city.
FROM SUVARNABHUMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Airport Rail Link. The fastest way to get to the town proper, the Airport Rail Link offers two lines: the Express Line and the City Line. It can be accessed from the basement level of the Passenger Terminal Building. The Express Line is said to be capable of traveling for about 300 meters in 15 minutes. It travels directly to the Makkasan Airport and leaves the airport every 30 minutes. Additionally, the Makkasan Station accepts baggage check-in for Thai International and the Bangkok Airways flights leaving Bangkok in 3 to 13 hours. In the future, all city centers are going to provide this service. As for the City Line, it travels at a slower pace, stopping at every station. This train leaves the airport every 15 minutes.
- Airport Express Bus. At the ground floor before exiting the building, tickets for the Airport Express Bus are being sold from a booth.
- Public Bus or Minibus. If you want to take a public bus or minibus instead, you can ride a free shuttle from the airport to the bus station just a few kilometers away. At the ground floor, exit at the last door and follow the sign that says “ordinary bus” and it will take you right to where the shuttles are.
- Metered Taxi Cabs and Limousine Taxis. Probably the easiest way to go downtown, the metered taxi cabs can take you right to your hotel’s doorsteps. You can take a taxi at the building exit where taxis queue up. You can either line up for a destination slip at a sign that says “public taxi”, or you may take a cab from the Public Transport Center where there are good supply of taxi cabs and go to the Public Transport Center first. You can go to the center through the free shuttle bus available at “official taxi stand”.
FROM DON MUANG AIRPORT
- Metered Taxi Cabs and Limousine Cabs. Outside the arrivals area in the sidewalk is where the public taxi stand can be found. Be sure to get a destination slip from authorized airport personnel.
- Don Muang Train Station. The train is located across a roofed flyover from the airport. It’s the cheapest way to get to town but it has unpredictable schedules. Furthermore, getting to Bangkok through this train might not be wise as there are reported suspicious characters often roaming its cars.