Best Ways to Get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to City

Bangkok Travel Guides / October 22, 2016
Best Ways to Get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to City Image credit: idealphotographer

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located approximately 30kms away from Bangkok’s CBD. The 4 transport options listed below are the most common modes to travel from the airport to city.

See also: Best Ways to Get Around In Bangkok

1. Airport Rail Link (ARL) or Airport Train

Airport Rail Link (ARL) or Airport Train Image credit: TEA

The Airport Rail Link City Line is the fastest way to travel back and forth between Suvarnabhumi Airport and central Bangkok. The train station can be found at Basement B of the passenger terminal.

Service route: The train starts its journey at Suvarnabhumi station and end the ride at Phaya Thai interchange station in downtown Bangkok. Phaya Thai is a major station of the BTS Skytrain, from there you can take the train to travel around the city. The Airport Train stops at 6 stations along its way. One of them are the Makkasan City Interchange Station – a MRT station that can bring you around through its underground train system.

Travel time: 25 to 30 minutes

Cost: 45 baht ($1.3)

Service hours: 06:00 to 00:00 daily

Service schedule: The schedule offers trains every 12 minutes from 06:00 to 09:30 and from 16:30 to 20:30 on Monday to Friday. Apart from this, the trains leave every 15 minutes.

2. Public Van – Route 551

Public Van – Route 551 Image credit: Ilya Plekhanov/WikiMedia Commons

Public Van is another cheap way to get to downtown Bangkok. The vans pick up passengers at gates 1 and 8 of Arrival Terminal, which are situated on the first floor.

Service route: From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Victory Monument. Victory Monument is a major transportation hub that offers bus, van and BTS Skytrain services to Bangkok residents. The van makes some stops along the route.

Travel time: 45 to 55 minutes

Cost: 40 baht ($1.15)

Service hours: 05:00 to 22:00 daily

Service schedule: Departure every 20 minutes. The intervals become shorter during afternoon peak hours, from 16:00 to 18:00, with services available every 5 minutes.

3. Bangkok Airport Taxis

Bangkok Airport Taxis Image credit: Mattes/WikiMedia Commons

No doubt, Taxi is the most convenient option as it will bring you straight to your hotel, anytime. Usually, people choose it when traveling with children and heavy luggage. Taxi service is available at Passenger Terminal (first floor) gate 4 and gate 7. It is recommended to take a metered taxi (taxi with meter). And don’t forget to ask taxi driver to switch the meter on.

Travel time: 40 to 50 minutes

Cost: Ranging from 350 to 420 baht ($10 to $12), including tolls and airport tax

Service hours: 24 hours

4. Minibus Private Transfer

Minibus Private Transfer Image credit: Bangkok Airport Transfer

Along with taxi, private van is a way to get to your hotel directly. If you have a group of 6 to 8 people, then minibus private transfer is your best option. There are many companies offering this kind of service, but the most reliable provider must be Airport Limousine. You can find their service counter on the second floor, which is near Baggage Claims area.

Travel time: 40 to 50 minutes

Cost: Prices are charged based on the traveling distance. If you travel from Suvarnabhumi Airport to a venue in Bangkok’s CBD (30-35km), it will cost you around 1300 baht ($37) per trip. Their Toyota Commuter minibus can carry a maximum load of 8 passengers.

Service hours: 24 hours

Other service providers
Bangkok Shuttle (1400 baht ($40) for 8-seater Toyota Commuter minibus)
Bangkok Airport Transfer (1595 baht ($46) for 8-seater minibus)
– Airport Transfer Thailand (1680 baht ($48) for 7-seater minivan)