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How to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City Centre

Thailand’s capital and large city is known for it's ornate shrines, vibrant street life and bustling night markets. So planning your trip to Bangkok is essential as there is just so much to do and see whilst visiting. There are three different options to travel the 31.5 km distance between Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Airport and Bangkok's city centre; you can either take a taxi, a bus or a train. Taking a Bangkok airport taxi is the most convenient option as it offers a 24/7 door-to-door service. Your second option is to take the Airport Rail Link City Line Train for a cheap and easy transfer to downtown Bangkok. Your final option is to take the airport bus which will take you right to the heart of Bangkok, also known as Khao San Road.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €6.80 32min 24/7
Train €2 30min 06:02–00:02
Bus €3.4 60min 06:00–22:00

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How to get from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok by taxi

Taking a Bangkok airport taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) to Bangkok city centre is the quickest and most convenient transfer option. Having a door-to-door service in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle is the best way to start your holiday.

Taxi fare from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok

Taxis at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) do not offer flat rate fees for the journey into Bangkok city centre, instead, they calculate their price using a taximeter, so based on the time and distance travelled. Thus, your final fare will depend on traffic conditions and your accommodation's exact location, however, it will should cost around €6.80 (฿240).

Bare in mind that two additional costs might be added to your end fare; during peak times your driver will likely use the Sirat Expressway, which is a toll road costing €2.10 (฿75) and taking a taxi at the airport will cost an extra €1.40 (฿50).

Convenience

There is nothing better than a 24/7 door-to-door service when arriving in a new city. So getting a private air-conditioned BBK airport taxi is the best way to travel to your hotel in downtown Bangkok. Forget trying to navigate the Thai public transport system and just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey to the centre of Bangkok.

Editor’s Note

During rush hour, traffic can get very bad; if this is the case, your taxi driver should switch the taximeter from 'charges based on distance' to 'charges based on time'. If not, your fare could get very high.

Useful Tips

Be aware that there is an airport surcharge of €1.40 (฿50) when getting a taxi from the airport.
If you wish to get to your destination within the centre of Bangkok faster, you can ask your driver to use the Sirat Expressway, however, you will have to pay the small toll fee.

How to get from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok by train

Taking the Airport Rail Link City Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) to Bangkok is the cheapest option for those that are not scared to jump into Bangkok's public transport system. Nevertheless, you will have to take a connecting train to get to downtown Bangkok. You have two options; you can either take the train and descend at Phayathai station and hop on to the BTS Skytrain or you can get off at Makkasan station in order to take to the MRT subway.

How much is a train ticket from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok?

City Link train tickets are very affordable; a one-way ticket to Phayathai station costs €1.30 (฿45) and a one-way to Makkasan station costs €1 (฿35). Both options take around 30 minutes to reach the centre. You can purchase your train tickets at Suvarnabhumi airport's Basement B level at the ticket booths or at the automatic machines.

Cost

€1 - 1.30

Trip Duration

30 Min.

There is a waiting time of up to 12 minutes for the train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The City Link train is available from 06:02 to 00:02.

Where do I get it from?

The City Link train is located at Suvarnabhumi (BBK) airport's Basement B level. Simply head through the baggage claim area and follow the "AIRPORT RAIL LINK (ARL)" signs to the elevators.

Convenience

Thanks to the fantastic BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway links in Bangkok, taking a train from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) to your hotel in the city centre is easy. Nonetheless, you will need to carry around your luggage and take two different train connections, which can be quite stressful, especially if you are new to the city.

Editor’s Note

If you wish to take the BTS Skytrain to your accommodation in Bangkok, you should get off at Phayathai station. However if you need to get to the MRT subway, it is best to stop at Makkasan station.

Useful Tips

Your ticket will be slightly more expensive if you choose to stop at Phayathai station than if you stop at Makkasan station.
The City Link train is open to the general public, so be sure to keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
If you wish to avoid the extreme traffic jams within downtown Bangkok, taking the City Link train from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport is a great option.

How to get from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok by bus

Taking the airport bus to downtown Bangkok is the least convenient travel option from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) as the bus stops many times along the way, bringing the travel time up to 1 hour. However, this is a great option for those travelling on a budget, and the buses are much more comfortable than the trains.

How much is a bus ticket from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok?

A one-way ticket from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) to Khao San Road in Bangkok costs €1.70 (฿60). You can purchase your tickets directly from the bus driver, however, make sure to carry small bills as the driver rarely has change.

Cost

€1.70

Trip Duration

1 H

There is a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport bus is available from 06:00 to 20:00.

Where do I get it from?

The airport bus to Khao San Road can be found outside Gate 7 at Level 1 of the terminal building. The stops numerous times at Yommarat Junction, Lan Luang Rd, Phan Fa, Democracy Monument, Wat Bowonniwet, before stopping in the heart of Bangkok, at Khao San Road.

Convenience

Although taking the Khao San Road bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) to Bangkok is the slowest transfer option as it stops many times along the way, it is one of the better options for those travelling on a budget. Moreover, the bus can take the Sirat Expressway at no extra charge, avoiding intense Bangkok traffic jams. Once you arrive at Khao San Road, you will need to walk or find an alternate way to get to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

The airport bus stops numerous times at Yommarat Junction, Lan Luang Rd, Phan Fa, Democracy Monument, Wat Bowonniwet, before getting to Khao San Road, so if your hotel is located on the outskirts of Bangkok, it would be best to get off the bus at one of the earlier stops.

Useful Tips

You can buy your bus ticket directly from the bus driver.
It is important to carry small bills in Baht on your as the bus driver doesn't usually have change.

Frequently asked questions

How much is taxi from BKK airport to the city centre?

Taxis at Suvarnabhumi airport don't offer a flat rate fee to the city centre, instead, they calculate the trip using a taximeter based on the distance travelled. This transfer costs around €6.80 (฿240) excluding tolls and airport surcharges.

Which Bangkok airport is closer to the city?

There are two different airports serving Bangkok; Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK). Don Mueang airport is located 24 Km away from Bangkok's city centre, so it is technically the closest airport. However, Suvarnabhumi airport operates most of the large international airlines, including the majority of Thai Airways flights, for this reason, there are better ground transportation connections to downtown Bangkok, making your journey into the city easier, especially if you're using public transport.

How to get from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok?

There are 3 different transfer options when travelling from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BBK) to downtown Bangkok; you can take a taxi, a bus or a train. Hopping into a taxi is the most convenient option taking 32 minutes, for the price of €6.80 (฿240). Taking the City Link train is the cheapest option as tickets cost €1 (฿35) to Makkasan station with a travel time of only 30 minutes. Your final transfer option is the bus, however it is the slowest, getting you to Khao San Road in 1 hour for the price of €1.70 (฿60).

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