Public Transport Services at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Getting downtown is cheap and not too much of a problem, and there's no lack of options either: Taxis, airport buses, normal buses, limousines, boats, the train and even a helicopter are all available. When you book hotels in Thailand, your travel agent will likely offer airport transfers as an extra which may well be very overpriced - don't bother if it costs any more than US$15 or so (in total, not per person).
Suvarnabhumi is organised into 4 separate levels:
- Level one is the bus and taxi lobby where you can go to get downtown.
- Level two is the arrivals area.
- Level three is the "Meeting Center" level, where the majority of Suvarnabhumi's facilities are.
- Level four is departures.
To/From the Airport
At Suvarnabhumi International Airport there's a choice of transport modes from the airport to the city. Sky-train and subway service will connect to the airport on 12 August 2010 is the Queen's Birthday as well to the central of Bangkok, costing 150 Baht.
Airport-express bus service operates from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to three different Bangkok districts for 150 Baht per person. Buses run every 30 minutes from 5am-12pm.This service means you can avoid hagging with taxi drivers over fares and for go the slow pace of the regular bus routes. Service hours: 5 a.m. - 12 p.m., Contact at Airport Bus Counter Level 1, near Entrance 8. Fare is 150 Baht per person per trip.
Route AE1, Destination: Silom
Petchaburi Soi 30 - Central World Plaza/World Trade - BTS (Rachadamri Station) - Lumpini Park - Saladaeng/Surawong Road - Montien Hotel - Tawana Ramada Hotel - Plaza Hotel - Silom Roa/Charoen Krung Soi 47/1 - Lertsin Hospital - Central Silom - Silom Soi 26 - Narai Hotel - Sofitel Hotel - Silom Soi 6 (Bangkok Bank) - BTS (Saladeng Station).
Route AE2, Destination: Banglumpoo
Petchaburi Soi 30 - Platinum Fashion Mall - Petchaburi Soi 20 - Urupong - Sapan Kao - Thai Airways (Langluang) - Wat Rachnatda - Democracy Monument - Ratanakosin Hotel - National Theatre - Pra A-thit Road - Phra-sumen - Khaosan Road.
Route AE3, Destination: Sukhumvit
Sukumvit Soi 52 - 50 - Praanong Market - Eastern Bus Terminal - Sukhumvit Soi 38,34,24,20,18,10(Bangkok Bank) - Soi 6,2 - Central Chidlom/Ratchadamri Road - World Trade/Central World Plaza - Petchaburi Road - Petchaburi Soi 25,35 - Soi Nana.
Route AE4, Destination: Hua Lumpong Railway Station
Victory Monument - Soi Rangnam - 99 Hotel - BTS (Phayathai Station) - Live Stock Department - BTS (Rachathewee Station) - Siam Discovery Center - Maboonkrong (MBK) - Chulalongkorn University/Rama 4 - Mandarin Hotel - Bangkok Center Hotel - Hua Lumpong Railway Station.
24 Hrs Public buses arrive and depart at the Bus Terminal (Transport Centre). This is only a few km's from the terminal concourse and is reached by a free shuttle bus (Express Route: Passenger terminal - Car rental centre - Public transportation centre and bus terminal). Bus fare is 35 baht.
Public Bus Service to Bangkok and area.
Bus Number 549 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Minburi
Bus Number 549 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Minburi via Ladkrabang Road, taking a right turn to Rom Klao Road, cutting left to Sihaburanukit Road, taking left turn to Seri Thai Road. End the route at Bangkapi.
Bus Number 550 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Happy Land
Bus Number 550 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Happy Land via Ladkrabang Road, On-Nut Road, turning right to Sri Nakarin Road, turning left to Ladprao Road and turning right to Happy Land.
Bus Number 551 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Victory Monument (Expressway)
Bus Number 551 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Victory Monument via New Bangkok - Chonburi expressway to Srirat expressway for exit at Rama 9 toll gate to continue further along Asoke-Dindang Road and Rachawithi Road for the final stop at the Victory Monument.
Bus Number 552 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - On Nut BTS station
Bus Number 552 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to the On-Nut sky train station via Bangna-Bangpakong Road, taking a right turn to Sukhumvit Road until the On-Nut sky train station.
Bus Number 553 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Samut Prakan
Bus Number 553 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Samut Prakan province via Ladkrabang Road, taking a left turn to Kingkaew Road, turning right to Bangna-Bangpakong Road, turning left to Sri Nakarin Road, turning right to Sukhumvit Road, turning left to Sai Luad Road until Samut Prakan.
Bus Number 554 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Don Muang Airport (Expressway)
Bus Number 554 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Muang Airport via New Bangkok-Chonburi expressway, turning right to the eastern ring road, taking a left turn to Ramintra Road, Changwattana Road, turning right to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road until reaching Don Muang Airport.
Bus Number 555 - Suvarnabhumi - Rangsit (Expressway)
Bus Number 555 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Rangsit via Department of Employment - PTT Don - Muang - Vibhavadi Rangsit Junction - Rangsit.
Bus Number 556 - Suvarnbhumi - Southern Bus Terminal (Expressway)
Bus Number 556 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Southern Bus Terminal via Yommarat - Democracy Monument - Thammasat University - Pata Department Store - Southern Bus Terminal.
Bus Number 557 - Suvarnabhumi - Wongwien Yai
Bus Number 557 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Wongwien Yai via Rom Klao Junction - Chalarat Hospital9 - Technology Business Administration School, Samut Prakan - Chalarat Hospital 4 - Rung Chareon Market - Suksawat Road - Ratburata Hospital - Wat Sawetchat - Wongwien Yai.
Bus Number 558 - Suvarnabhumi - Central Rama 2
Bus Number 558 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Central Rama 2 via Central Park Hospital - Chalarat Hospital 1 - Ramkamhaeng 2 Junction - Srinakarin Junction - Bang Na - Soi Lasan - Rung Chareon Market - Suksawat Road - Lotus Bang Na - Bang Pakaeo - Bhuthabucha Junction - Bang Mod Hospital - Central Rama 2.
Bus Number 559 - Suvarnabhumi - Future Park Rangsit
Bus Number 559 - connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Future Park Rangsit via Dream World - Ek Prathum Hospital - Future Park Rangsit.
Public Bus Service to other provinces.
Bus Number 389 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Pattaya
Bus Number 390 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Talad Rong Kluea
Bus Number 825 - Suvarnabhumi Airport – NongKhai
Suwannaphum Airport Rail Link
The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link is under construction from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the planned City Air Terminal in Makkasan area of Bangkok. Construction of the line started in 2005. The line is being built by a consortium of B Grimm, STECON and Siemens, and will be owned and operated by State Railway of Thailand (SRT). The estimated cost of the project is 25.9 billion baht. The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link is expected to open for limited trials in December 2009, and full service in 12 August 2010. The Airport Link line will be 28.6 km long and elevated for most of its length. Both non-stop Express services (known informally as the Pink Line) and Commuter services (the Red Line) will be operated. Siemens Desiro trainsets, capable of speeds of up to 160 km/h, will be used, with Express journeys taking 15 minutes and Commuter trips 27 minutes.
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Makkasan (City Air Terminal - interchange with MRT Blue Line (Phetchaburi Station))
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Lad Krabang - Thub Chang - Hua Mark - Ramkhamhaeng - Makkasan (City Air Terminal - interchange with MRT Blue Line (Phetchaburi Station)) - Ratchaprarop - Phayathai (interchange with BTS Sukhumvit Line (Phayathai Station))
Suvarnabhumi airport has relocated it’s public taxi stands to the second floor of the main airport building, on the same floor as the arrivals terminal.
Metered Taxis waiting near the arrival area of the airport are supposed to be regulated by the airport. Ignore all the touts waiting in the arrival hall and buy a taxi ticket from the public taxi booth near the kerb outside the hall. Fares differ according to destination; fares to most destinations in central Bangkok cost 300-500 Baht. On top of the fare, airport taxis are permitted to collect 50 Baht airport surcharge. You must also reimburse drivers for any toll charges paid, if they take the tollway into the city (tollway cost 20-50 Baht), which almost the way saves time.
If you end up taking a flat-rate taxi, the driver should pay all toll charge. Two, three, or even four passengers (if they don't have luggage) can split the fare. Sometimes unscrupulous drivers will approach you before you reach the taxi booth and try to sell you a ticket for 350-400 Baht, ignore them and head for the kerb queue. Touts from the old taxi mafia that use the prowl the arrival area are still around and many approach you with fares of around 200 Baht. Their taxis have white-and-black plates and are not licensed to carry passengers, hence you have less legal recourse in the event of an incident than if you take a licensed taxi (yellow and black plates). Robberies have reportedly occurred in these taxis.
A few driver still try to renegotiate the fare once you're inside a metered taxi. The occasional driver will refuse to use his meter and quote a flat rate of 400-500 Baht; how ever, this is rare than it used to be. Passengers now receive a bilingual Taxi-Meter Information sheet, issued by the Department of Land Transport, which indicates the name of the driver, the taxi license number, the date and the time. A phone number of registering complaints against the driver is listed on this sheet, so if you have a problem you should call and report the driver. The passengers- not the driver- is supposed to keep this sheet to read your destination, but you should receive it back immediately.
Metered taxis, flagged down on the highway in front of the airport (turn left from the arrival hall), are even cheaper since they don't have to pay the 50 Baht airport surcharge. When the queue at the public-taxi desk is particularly long, it's sometimes faster to go upstairs or walk out to the highway and flag one down. I always do that...
- Public taxis serving Suvarnabhumi Airport must be less than 5 years old.
- Public taxi drivers must be certified by Airports of Thailand.
- Passenger drop off only at Departures (level 4 - outer slip road).
Example of standard taxi fares (Upcountry):
Destination Distance (Km- Price (one way))
- Ayutthaya: 76 Km Cost = 1,000 Baht
- Chonburi: 81 Km Cost = 1,000 Baht
- Huahin: 240 Km Cost = 2,500 Baht
- Krabi: 814 Km Cost = 8,000 Baht
- Pattaya: 164 Km Cost = 1,300 Baht
- Phuket: 862 Km Cost = 8,500 Baht
- Rayong: 179 Km Cost = 2,000 Baht
All have a starting rate from 1,500 Baht to destinations in Central Bangkok, more than double the usual meter-taxi fare. Tha main advantage is not having to wait in the public taxi queue. To get a limousine contact the "Limousine Service Counter" at the Arrivals level (2nd floor). Limousine pick up area is at the Arrivals Level (outer curb). Contact Limousine Counter, Level 2, Baggage Claim Hall and Arrival Hall. Limousines can be ordered at the service counters outside the terminal on the 2nd floor but will be parked at the public transportation centre. AOT Limousine use variety of vehicles including Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Mercedes E-class, BMW 7 Series, London Cab (TX II) & Isuzu MU-7. Information provided by Airport of Thailand Public Co.,Ltd
All rates stated Below are indicative only
- Camry or Tiana (3-4 Pax) Rate = 3,000 THB - Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City
- Benz E200 (3-4 pax) Rate = 4,400 THB - Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City
- BMW 7 Series (3-4 pax) Rate = 6,000 THB - Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City
- Van (Max 7 pax) Rate = 3,400 THB - Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City
- Isuzu MU7 (Max 7 pax) Rate = 2,600 THB - Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City