Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok


Whenever you arrive in any new country, your first problem is how to get from the airport to the city. Unfortunately, like many other airports around the world, your quest will be hampered by people who won’t be that honest with you. They will be trying to get you to use their mode of transport which might not be the cheapest or even most convenient method. However, in recent weeks, the Airport Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police have made some remarkable efforts in clearing the arrival lounge of these taxi touts who are trying to scam incoming tourists. I have already told you how to go from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya. Today I will give you some options on how to get into the city. However, having said that, as the new airport is situated close to the motorway and the outer ring road, seasoned travellers don’t really need to waste time by starting their trip in Bangkok. They can catch a shuttle bus to the nearby bus terminal and then a coache to many destinations in Thailand.

For most people heading to Bangkok, the easiest and most convenient method is by public taxi. Don’t be fooled by the people that come up to you asking where you are going. They are more often than not private limousine companies. On average, they will charge about 900 baht for a trip into Central Bangkok. It will be cheaper for you if you take the escalater down one floor and then out to where the public meter taxis are waiting. There is more than one taxi rank, and if the nearest one has a long queue, then just walk a few minutes to the next one. There is a desk here where you are expected to pay a 50 baht surcharge. Tell them where you want to go. If you want to go into Bangkok, then insist that the taxi uses the meter. Say to the taxi driver in Thai “bert meter”. For longer distances, it is common to negotiate a price. For example, to Pattaya it is about 1,400 baht. Some taxis into Bangkok don’t want to put on the meter. They might ask for something like 500 baht. It is actually against the law for them to carry a passenger without using the meter. They have been fined by the police in the past. A trip into Bangkok would cost you at least 250 baht on the meter – this includes the surcharge and the 40 baht tollway if you go that way. It shouldn’t be more than 350 baht. Though that depends a lot on the traffic.


Another alternative from the same floor are the Airport Express buses. These run on four set routes for a fare of 150 baht per person. This is alright if you are alone and the bus passes near your hotel. But, two or three people with not a lot of luggage are advised to share costs of using a public taxi. The three Airport Express Routes are as follows:

AE1 Suvarnabhumi – Silom Rd. (by expressway)
AE2 Suvarnabhumi – Khao San Rd.(by expressway)
AE3 Suvarnabhumi – Central World via Sukhumvit Rd.
AE4 Suvarnabhumi – Hua Lamphong Train Station via Victory Monument

The final method is by normal public buses. It is the cheapest method at only 35 baht ($1) however, it is more inconvenient. You will need to catch a free shuttle bus back up on the arrival lounge floor. This then takes you the short distance to the bus terminal in the airport. Here you will find regular buses into Bangkok. One of them even goes past my house in Samut Prakan.  The bus routes are as follows:

549 Suvarnabhumi-Minburi-Bangkapi via Seri Thai Rd.
550 Suvarnabhumi-Happy Land
551 Suvarnabhumi-Victory Monument (by expressway)
552 Suvarnabhumi-Khlong Toei (Customs Dept.) via Onnut BTS station
552A Suvarnabhumi-Samut Prakarn (Praeksa Garage)
553 Suvarnabhumi-Samut Prakarn (Crocodile Farm Garage)
554 Suvarnabhumi-Rangsit via Don Mueang and Ram Indra Rd. (by expressway)
555 Suvarnabhumi-Rangsit via Don Mueang and Central Plaza LadPhrao (by expressway)
556 Suvarnabhumi-Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal via Democracy Monument and Khaosan Rd.(by expressway)
557 Suvarnabhumi-Wong Wian Yai (The Great Circle)
558 Suvarnabhumi-Central Plaza Rama II
559 Suvarnabhumi-Future Park Rangsit via Dream World (by expressway)

Unless you are familiar with bus routes, I would advise you to go by public meter taxi. Just make sure you make a note of the details of the taxi driver. To the left of the front windscreen, on the inside, is the name of the driver in English and Thai and also his registration number. This could be useful later if you forget something in the taxi or you have a dispute with the driver regarding the fare.If you can wait two years, there will also be an Airport Link train with its own station in the basement of the airport.

If anyone has any tips that you think others might find useful then please post a comment below. However, if you have a general question, then please post them on our forums. If you do a search there, you might find that your question has already been answered by our panel of experts.


13 responses to “Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok

  1. Useful info, thanks!

  2. Hi Richard,

    I believe some readers may be interested to know how to go to Bus terminals to continue their journey using express bus.

    Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal
    556 Suvarnabhumi-Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal via Democracy Monument and Khaosan Rd.(by expressway)

    Bangkok Eastern (Ekamai) Bus Terminal
    552 Suvarnabhumi-Khlong Toei (Customs Dept.) via Onnut BTS station (correct?)

    Bangkok North/NE (Morchit) Bus Terminal

    Thanks for the info.


  3. Do note that the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) will be shifted (or has already been?) very soon.

    Perhaps, Richard may consider spending sometime to cover this new ground.


  4. What is the best way to get to Hua Hin? How much will a Taxi charge?

  5. Very good information.

    I had to smile when you talked about
    the taxi drivers licensing info.
    I always sit up front whenever taking
    a taxi in Bangkok. The first thing I do
    after sitting…before locking the seat
    belt, is to look at the drivers license
    info on the dash in front of me. The license has only matched two times in the last ten rides I have taken. Usually my questions are met with a shrug from the driver. I
    have had two drivers who said they were the sons of the registered driver. Other’s have said they were friends…I make sure all of them see me write all their information onto my little travel pad. Thanks

  6. Just because the meter is on doesn’t mean you won’t get taken for a ride. Last time I came in late and tired I think the taxi went out Hwy 9 past Don Muang before circling back to the Sukumwit Soi 19, rather than going down Hwy 7. The meter was over 400baht. I don’t know exactly where he went but it looked rather like a ride from the old airport to me.

  7. Just as a guideline…
    My trip from the new airport to Nonthaburi, Impact Arena will cost me around 300thb (excluding the 50thb surcharge) and toll at another 25thb + 40 thb + 10 thb.

    The reason why some taxi drivers don’t really give a heck about tourists complaining is because they know tourists won’t spend long hours “trying” to “find out where to complaint to”.

    I wanna say “non-english speaking” policemen or tourist police but I think nowadays the tourist police can speak passable english…. they’ll probably entertain the tourists better than the real police.


  8. Hi
    We are going to Cambodia next month with a connection flight in Bangkok. We have 5 hours to wait for the flight so what is possible to do close to the new Bangkok Airport during this time ? Is there anything to do or to see during this time ?
    Thank you for your ideas and commrnts

  9. BEWARE of Tuk Tuk drivers in BKK .
    On the ride to your hotel etc the driver
    will divert you to an unkown shopping
    complex to make some purchase. In bringing
    you to the complex the driver will get a !
    a 150 bhatt “patrol” chit.IF you make a
    QUICK EXIT from the shopping complex
    the drive will NOT get the 150 Bhatt
    patrol chit.So if he is not happy with
    you for your ‘QUICK” exit.he will
    leave you in some “God forsacken”
    area or on some highway and ask you to
    get OFF his TukTuk and not take you to t
    your hotel or wherever you may want to
    go. He is using OUR time at OUR
    expence by diverting to the shopping
    complex of his choise.

  10. I’ll be arriving the Suvarnabhumi airport on 8 July midnight. I would like to catch an early bus from Northern Bus Terminal to Aranyaprathet. Which bus route should I take at the airport to the bus terminal? Will the bus be running 24 hr? If not, is it better to take a taxi?

  11. Mario Perera

    Dear Richard,
    Thank you for your advice.Could you suggest to me a cheap guest house for 5 or 6 dollars a night ina somewhat central area in Bangkok? There are two urgent needs on arriving ikn Bangkok which are to locate the Sri Lanka embassy (SOI 19) and the Cambodia Embassy. (LUMPHINI PATUMWAN).Could you kindly suggest the bus routes that would take me there
    Thank you very much

  12. kiran nagarajan

    its extremely helpful-thanks
    i have a question
    whats the best way to suan yai muang area,riverine appartments-from suvarnabhumi airport.

  13. A tip for taxis at the airport. Sometimes there is queue for taxis following the payment of the 50 baht. To avoid these problems go upstairs to departures and jump in a taxi dropping someone off. I know they shouldn’t do this but they are grateful for the return fare back to the city. Again, make sure the meter is on.

    Does anyone know what buses go from Morchit to Survanabhumi?