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Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

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Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Hi,

I'm booking my flight out of Bangkok to Phuket now, and there are many flights to choose from.

Just wondering when would be the best time to take a taxi to the airport with regard to traffic? Morning, afternoon, or evening?

I haven't booked a hotel yet but would probably be in Siam Square or Sukhumvit.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Early morning, before 07:30 or mid afternoon, maybe between 1 and 3, would be my be my choice to be on the road.

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2. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

I'd agree with that. Don't forget that the airport link train won't get stuck in the traffic! Of course it depends on where your hotel is whether its convenient to use or not.

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3. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Here is how the Skytrain and Rail Link routes look.

http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

Some hotels in Pratunam are close enough for you to walk to the Rail Link.

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4. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Definitely in the early morning before 7:00 during weekday. It normally takes about 30 - 40 minutes from Siam/Sukhumvit to the airport.

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5. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

If I can just jump in here to ask -

Have a flight at 1345 on a Thursday, would leaving hotel at 0830-0900 give us ample time to get to airport?? Likely be staying Sathorn area.

Thanks mmmsby4

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6. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Plenty of time. You're going opposite rush hour traffic, but nevertheless, if you're using an airport transfer or taxi, get a second opinion from your hotel staff.

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7. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Hi there. I have never used the train from the airport before. Maybe someone can clarify the situation. From the map kindly supplied by Infidelal, I guess that from the airport it is possible to train it to Phaya Thai. Is it then possible/desirable to change onto the blue line (Skytrain?) and onwards to Nana/Asok/etc?

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8. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

You can do that but if you have heavy bags its not always convenient to navigate the stairs involved. Another suggestion, get off the train at Makkasan, walk 200 meters to the Petchaburi MRT and its a short trip to Sukhumvit MRT station at Asoke. Personally, I stick to a taxi for door-to-door delivery!

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9. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

Thanks. All these years spent in a taxi crawling to Sukhunvit and they build a modern train line and it's still faster to go by taxi! And I thought London was a mess of bad planning...

May i ask others out there what is their opinion? Taxi or Train?

cheers.

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10. Re: Best time to go to airport to avoid traffic

I didn't say it was faster, I just prefer the convenience of a taxi. Overall travelling time using the express train is probably faster; using the local City Line would probably be about the same as using a taxi - except during rush hours.