How to get from Don Mueang Bangkok Airport to Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya - Thailand's second capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its endless ancient ruins, haunting temples, and the Phra Mongkhon Bophit, the largest bronze statue of a sitting Buddha, make this city one of the most visited in Thailand. Only 80 kilometres north of Bangkok, it is very easy to visit during a day trip.
There are 2 different travel options when getting from Don Mueang Airport to Ayutthaya; you can either take a taxi or a train. Both options are relatively simple and direct, however, if you wish to travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle, with the convenience of a door-to-door service, taking a Bangkok airport taxi is the best option for you. The cheaper, and faster method, is the train that leaves from Don Mueang and takes you directly to Ayutthaya in only 30 minutes.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €23|| 50min|| 24/7|
| Train || €0.80|| 30min|| 05:00–23:25|
How to get from Don Mueang Bangkok airport to Ayutthaya by taxi
Taking a Bangkok airport taxi from Don Mueang to Ayutthaya is definitely the best travel option as they offer a comfortable, air-conditioned, door-to-door service; taking you to your destination in under 50 minutes.
Taxi fare from Don Mueang Bangkok airport to Ayutthaya
Taxis from Don Mueang Bangkok airport don't offer flat rate fees to Ayutthaya, instead, they use a taximeter based on the distance and time travelled. This means that your final price will depend on your exact location within Ayutthaya, however, your overall taxi fare should cost around €23 (850 Baht) to travel the 50 minute car ride. Please note that an airport surcharge of €1.40 (50 Baht) will be added to your fare. If you wish to travel on a fixed rate fare, you can book your private transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.
If you are new to the city and have just landed at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK), it can get quite confusing, especially arriving in the humid Thai heat after a long flight. Taking a taxi from the airport is definitely the easiest and more comfortable option, as they offer door-to-door services in an air-conditioned vehicle, and, you won't have to worry about transporting your heavy luggage around the Thai public transport system.
An even easier way to travel to Ayutthaya is to book a private taxi in advance, this way your English speaking driver will be waiting for you outside the arrivals door, ready to take you away in your pre-selected vehicle.
Please note that you will have to pay an extra €1.40 (50 baht) if you are taking a taxi to or from the airport.
Make sure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey to avoid being overcharged.
Standard taxis at Don Mueang airport can carry up to 4 people and 3 pieces of regular sized luggage.
How to get from Don Mueang Bangkok airport to Ayutthaya by train
DMK airport has a great railway station, which is only a 15 minutes walk away from the terminal building. So, if you are up to trying out the Thai public transport system, this is a great option for you as many trains operate this route daily, taking only 30 minutes to reach Ayutthaya.
How much is a train ticket from Don Mueang airport to Ayutthaya?
Train fares to Ayutthaya vary a great amount; prices depend on the type of train you take, class you choose and if the carriage is air-conditioned or not. Moreover, due to how the Thai rail tickets are designed (with many different add-ons, mostly designed for long distance travels), the Express and Special Express trains can be very expensive for such a short trip and are best avoided when travelling to Ayutthaya.
Ticket price breakdown:
Ordinary Trains -
3rd Class seat in a fan cooled carriage: Adult - 11 THB - Child 6 THB
2nd Class seat in a fan cooled carriage: Adult - 24 THB - Child 12 THB (only available on a few trains)
Rapid Trains -
3rd Class seat in a fan cooled carriage: Adult - 31 THB - Child 26 THB
2nd Class seat in a fan cooled carriage: Adult - 33 THB - Child 32 THB
Express Train -
3rd Class seat in a fan cooled carriage: Adult - 161 THB - Child 156 THB
2nd Class seat in a air-conditioned carriage: Adult - 234 THB - Child 222 THB
Special Express Train -
2nd Class Day and Night coach in a air-conditioned carriage: Adult - from 474 THB - Child 462 THB
1st Class Day and Night coach in a air-conditioned carriage: Adult - from 666 THB - Child 643 THB
€0.40 (11 Baht) - €17.80 (666 Baht)
There is a waiting time of up to 35 minutes for the Don Mueang train.
The train runs from Don Mueang train station from 05:00 to 23:25.
Where do I get it from?
The Don Mueang Railway Station is a small train station near Don Mueang International Airport. It is located in between Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and Choet Wutthakat Road, just opposite the airport's Terminal 1.
As the train tickets are very cheap from Don Mueang International airport and the route is direct to Ayutthaya, it is a great option for those travelling on a budget. Moreover, many trains go to-and-from the airport on a daily basis making this option even more convenient. Nevertheless, if you are travelling with children or with large luggage, walking for 15 minutes under the Thai heat can be quite uncomfortable, especially that you will probably have to walk or find another way to get to your accommodation when arriving at Ayutthaya station.
If you are travelling on a budget, it is best to take the Ordinary or Rapid trains as they are the cheapest options.
Train ticket prices can vary considerably depending on which train you take and what class ticket you choose to purchase (3rd class, 2nd class, 2nd air-conditioned, a seat or a bed).
Do not be alarmed if your train is not on time; trains to Ayutthaya (and in general) rarely are.
Please note that many train lines travel between Don Mueang station in Bangkok and Ayutthaya. If you have doubts on which train you should be taking, you can ask one of the employees at the train station to help you.