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Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

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Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

What is the fastest/cheapest way to get from the Bangkok Airport to the center of the city? How long does it take? All answers are appreciated!

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1. Re: Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

Public taxis are the most popular way and fastest way to get into town. Ignore all touts in the airport terminal offering taxi services. Outside on the arrival concourse you’ll see a “Public Taxi” desk. Taxis vary from some older vehicles to very new ones, and some van-type taxis ideal for 3-4 people with lots of bags. All taxis run on natural gas and most of the boot (trunk) is taken up with the NG tank.

Tell the supervisor your destination. He will give you a slip of white paper. Hold onto it, do not give it to the driver, as it has instructions on what to do in the unlikely event of any problem.

When you get into the taxi, make sure the meter is on and showing 35 baht. On arrival at your hotel, you’ll have to pay the fare on the meter, plus an airport surcharge of 50 baht that is not shown on the meter. In addition there are expressway tolls of 70 baht for most city center destinations.

You could arrange in advance for your hotel to pick you up. If you’ve done that you should see someone holding a card with your name on it in the arrivals hall.

You could use the official Airport Authority (AOT) Limousine service; you’ll see their booths in both the baggage and arrivals hall. They are more expensive than public taxis but you can haggle a bit over rates, and they have modern comfortable saloons and passenger vans.

There is an airport bus service that runs several routes to the main parts of the city. Airport buses leave from near Entrance 8 on the lower concourse. Routs as follows:

• AE 1: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Surawong Rd.-Silom Rd.

Bus stops: at Phetchaburi Soi 30, Central World Plaza, BTS Ratjdamri Station, Lumpini Park, Sala Daeng (on Rama 4 Rd.), Montien Hotel, Tawana Ramada Hotel, Plaza Hotel, Surawong Soi Kamjai Lamsuri, Charoen Krung Soi 47/1, Loet Sin Hospital, Central Silom, Silom Soi 26, Narai Hotel Silom Road next to Soi 18), Sofitel Hotel (Silom Soi 12), Bangkok Bank Silom Road next to Soi 6), BTS Sala Daeng Station

• AE 2: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Khao San Rd.

Bus stops: Phetchaburi Soi 30, Platinum Fashion Mall, Phetchaburi Soi 20, Phetchaburi Soi 10, Uruphong, Saphan Khao, Thai Airways (Lan Luang), Wat Ratchanadda, Democracy Monument, Royal Hotel, National Theatre, Phra Athit Rd, Phra Sumen, Khao San Rd.

• AE 3: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Sukhumvit (Nana)

Bus stops: Sukhumvit Soi 52-50, Phra Khanong Market, Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal, Sukhumvit Soi 38, Sukhumvit Soi 34, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Soi 20, Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Soi 10 (Bangkok Bank), Sukhumvit Soi 6, Sukhumvit Soi 2, Central Chitlom, Central World Plaza, Phetchaburi Soi 25, Phetchaburi Soi 35, Soi Nana

• AE 4: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Bus stops: Victory Monument, Soi Rangnam, 99 Hotel, (BTS) Phaya Thai Station, Department of Livestock, (BTS) Ratchathewi Station, Siam Discovery Centre, Ma Boon Khrong (MBK), Chulalongkorn University, Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok Centre Hotel, Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

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2. Re: Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

The fastest (meter taxi) is not the cheapest!

The cheapest is a bus from the airport bus station. You have to take the free shuttle bus to get there. I have used bus #552 to take me to the first Skytrain stop at On Nut. That stop is right at a Lotus Tesco store. The Skytrain can take you to many places in Bangkok. Price is around 35 baht.

http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/56

Bus is cheaper but you have to wait for and use the free shuttle. You have to wait for the departure time of hte bus (not that long though,) plus a long bus ride into town. I have been on that bus 50 minutes to Lotus Tesco and same bus during heavier traffic around one hour and 15 minutes.

Airport Express bus leaves directly from the terminal. Level 1 (use down ramp) has a kiosk for that bus and another outside near the curb. Price is 150 baht.

http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/55

http://bangkok.sawadee.com/skytrain.htm

After midnight you best bet is the meter taxi. Hundreds of posts on meter taxi from airport. Use search.

Good luck.

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3. Re: Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

Another alternative is the minivan from the airport bus terminal to Victory Monument for 70 baht. The vans are much faster than the normal aircon buses - pretty well no-stop and expressway all the way. At Victory Monument you can change to the Skytrain. This is the transportation method used by my friend who works at the airport.

Don't do this if you have a lot of luggage. Take a taxi.

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4. Re: Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

Thank you very much for everyone's help. Can any of you tell me about how long it would take (by taxi or bus/skytrain) to get to the city around 2:30 PM on a Thursday? Thanks again!

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5. Re: Transportation from Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok

Around 40 minutes in a taxi.

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