Your Guide to the City Line Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok
- Your Guide to the City Line Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok
- Bangkok Airport Rail Link Stations
- Airport Rail Link Fares and Tickets
- How to Buy Airport Rail Link Tickets
- Bangkok Airport Rail Link FAQs
- How much is the train from BKK Airport to the city?
- Does Bangkok Skytrain go to Suvarnabhumi International Airport?
- How Long does the Bangkok Airport Rail Link Train take?
- How do I get from Bangkok Airport to the City by Train?
- How much is Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport?
- How do I use the Airport Rail Link in Bangkok?
- Can Suvarnabhumi rail link tickets be bought in advance?
- Does the Airport Link go to Don Meuang?
The Bangkok airport metro train, also known as the Airport Rail Link (ARL) railway line connects central Bangkok with Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Many travelers find it a safe, inexpensive alternative to using the bus or taking taxi to or from the airport. However, for a family or couple with a lot of luggage a private transfer may be a better option.
Trains on the elevated, 28km long, City Line stop at six stations between the airport and downtown Bangkok. Journey time is approximately 26 minutes. This makes taking the train the quickest and most convenient way to travel in and out of Bangkok. The trains operate between 05:30 – midnight daily.
The City Line station is located on the Basement level at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link connects to the MRT subway at Makkasan Station (MRT Petchaburi Station) and the BTS Skytrain at Phayathai Station in Bangkok city centre. Making it easy for users to get to their final destination by subway or overhead skytrain.
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Please observe social distancing and keep 1 – 2 metres space from other passengers when queuing for tickets, waiting on the platform and whilst on the train.
Face masks are required for travel on Bangkok airport trains and all public transport in Thailand.
The Bangkok Airport train service is also used by commuters and workers at the airport, so can get busy during rush hour. However, passengers getting on at the start of the metro route – either at the airport or at Phaya Thai station won’t have any problems getting a seat. If you want to get from the plane and through immigration and to the station as quickly as possible, using a Fast Track Pass is worthwhile investment.
Bangkok Airport Rail Link Stations
The Airport Rail Link runs between Suvarnabhumi and Phaya Thai Station in downtown Bangkok. There are a total of eight stations in all. Each is numbered from A1 to A8.
The stations are: Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK A1 > Lad Krabang A2 > Ban Thap Chang A3 > Hua Mak A4 > Ramkhamhaeng A5 > Makkasan A6 (interchange with MRT Blue Line (Phetchaburi)) > Ratchaprarop A7 > Phayathai A8 (interchange with BTS Sukhumvit Line)
Rail Link Station Tips
35 Baht fare. Makkasan Station was originally planned as a ‘city air terminal’. I.e. a major city centre station with airline check in facilities. That didn’t work out and so instead of being a bustling city air terminal it’s now a very large, very empty station.
But if you want to get to Sukhumvit Road as quickly as possible, then you should get off the Airport Rail Link at Makkasan Station. Then follow the signs to Petchaburi MRT (subway) station. It is only 200 metres walk away. Take the subway one stop to Asoke Station which is at the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 21. From here you can take the BTS Skytrain or possibly walk to your hotel.
Or if you are heading to Silom Road, you can also take the subway from Petchaburi MRT station to the stop at Saladaeng / Silom Rd.
Likewise if you are heading to Hua Lamphong Station, for example to take a train to the north of Thailand. Get off at Makkasan Station, then take the subway direct to Hua Lamphong. Easy.
40 Baht fare. Get off at Ratchaprarop if you are staying in the Baiyoke tower or Pratunam area.
The station is within 200 metres walk of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Indra Regent. The Amari Watergate, Novotel Platinum and Centara Watergate are just 5 minutes further walk.
Phaya Thai Station
45 Baht fare. The busiest station, as it connects to Phaya Thai BTS station . So it’s easy to take the skytrain from here north towards Chatuchak market or south to the city centre .
For example, to Siam Square BTS which connects to the large malls in central Bangkok – Siam Centre, MBK, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, Central World etc.
Or stay on the train to head along Sukhumvit. Or change trains at Siam to head to Silom, Sathorn and across the river.
Airport Rail Link Fares and Tickets
There are 2 types of train tickets for the Bangkok airport train. Single-trip tokens and pre-paid Smart Passes. Tourists can buy tokens at the station or buy a smart pass online in advance. There are automatic, touch screen ticket (token) machines at all stations. The machines accept coins and bank notes – Thai Baht only.
Standard train fares are between 15–45 baht depending on distance.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phayathai, Bangkok. (BTS skytrain interchange) fare is 45 baht.
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Makkasan Station (MRT subway interchange) fare is 35 baht.
Children under 12 years of age and also under 90cm in height travel free of charge.
How to Buy Airport Rail Link Tickets
The Bangkok airport rail link ticket machines are in English and Thai language. They are easy to use. To select English just touch the flag icon in the top right of the screen.
Then select your destination from the route map on screen. Finally, select the number of passengers.
The total fare will be calculated based on your input. Ticket machines accept 1, 5 & 10 Baht coins or 20, 50, 100 & 500 Baht. Insert coins and / or banknotes into dedicated slots.
When the amount inserted reaches the required fare, your token, and any change due, will drop into the tray below.
The plastic tokens are in various colors. Don’t worry if you and a friend have different colored tokens for the same journey. The color isn’t important.
To enter the platform, tap your token on a sensor pad on the turnstile. When you exit the station at your destination, you deposit the token in a slot on the turnstile gate.
Alternatively, you can buy your ticket online in advance. This is a little cheaper and will also save you having to exchange money at the airport and then also queueing for change to use in ticket machines. You just pick up your ticket from the Klook booth near the turnstile and tap it on the turnstile to enter the station. Easy.
If you’re heading into Bangkok and connecting with the BTS, buy a stored value Rabbit Card. No more queuing at BTS stations for tickets or coins. Simply tap your card on the turnstile and go. More details here.
Bangkok Airport Rail Link FAQs
How much is the train from BKK Airport to the city?
Airport Rail Link Fares. One way ticket prices for the City Line metro trains are from 15 – 45 Baht, depending on distance.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport to the subway (MRT) interchange at Makkasan station is 35 Baht. And to connect with the skytrain (BTS) at Phayathai station, the fare is 45 Baht.
Does Bangkok Skytrain go to Suvarnabhumi International Airport?
However, passengers can take the BTS skytrain to Phaya Thai Station and then change to an airport link train.
It’s under 30 minutes from Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi Airport. City Line trains depart every 10 – 15 minutes to the airport.
How Long does the Bangkok Airport Rail Link Train take?
A fast, modern rail service connects Phaya Thai station in downtown Bangkok with Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Trains stop at 6 stations between Phaya Thai and the airport.
These City Line trains are a fast, convenient option to get in and out of central Bangkok. They operate from 05:30 – midnight 7 days a week.
In the past there was a non-stop, Express service, which only took 15 minutes. However, this was discontinued in 2015 and no longer operates.
How do I get from Bangkok Airport to the City by Train?
The fastest way is to use the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (ARL) train. The City Line is the quickest way to travel between Suvarnabhumi Airport and central Bangkok.
The train station at Suvarnabhumi (BKK Airport) is in the Basement level of the passenger terminal.
Get off the train at the station closest you tour hotel and then take a taxi to your destination. Alternatively, the airport rail link also connects to the BTS skytrain and MRT subway in central Bangkok.
How much is Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport?
A one way ticket for the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link train is 45 Baht per person from the airport to Bangkok city centre.
How do I use the Airport Rail Link in Bangkok?
The Arrivals area is on the second floor at Suvarnabhumi Airport. From there take the elevator down to the Basement level and follow the signs for ‘Train to City’. The rail link station is clearly marked.
Buy your ticket from an automatic machine by the turnstiles. Trains operate from early morning until midnight daily.
Can Suvarnabhumi rail link tickets be bought in advance?
Yes. They are available online at discounted prices.
Purchasing your ticket in advance will also save you time exchanging money, getting small change for the machines and queuing at the ticket counter.
Buy your airport rail link ticket in advance, collect it from the booth near the station and use it at the turnstile. Simple ?
Does the Airport Link go to Don Meuang?
However as of August 2022, Don Meaung airport, which lies to the north of the city centre, is served by new ‘Red line’ trains. The service currently operates between Bang Sue Grand Station and Don Meuang, however it will be expanded in the coming year. More details here.
176 thoughts on “Bangkok Airport Train Guide”
There are no tourists visiting Thailand now. Is the train still running? I will fly from Chiang Mai next week.
Yes. The trains are running as normal. But there are less passengers. So social distancing isn’t a problem.
Will the train operate over New Year? We plan to fly from Chiang Mai for a few days in Bangkok.
Yes. Services will operate as normal at New Year and other public holidays.
are all stations on suvarnabhumi line handicap accessible
Stations all have lifts for handicapped travelers.
Gibt es eine Rolltreppe oder einen Aufzug bis zur Skytrain in der BTS Haltestelle Saphan Taksin? Ich habe Gepäck zu transportieren.
There are escalators at Saphan Taksin BTS station. Photo
is the airport link operating now? I will be going to the airport and taking the city line into bangkok from there.
Yes, it is currently operating on a normal timetable.
What time does the last train leave from the airport ?
Currently at midnight.
What would be the nearest station / stop to the Sheraton Royal Orchid Hotel, Captain Bush Lane?
You would have to take the airport link to the final stop – Phaya Thai station. Then take the skytrain to Siam Square. Then change to the Silom line and take the skytrain to Saphan Taksin station. That is about 2km walk from Royal Orchid Sheraton.
Or Hualampong Station subway is a bit nearer. Get off the airport link at Makkasan station. Walk over the road to Petchburi road subway station and take the underground train from there.
i have watch for many years the building of the train link ….now that i am coming there in sept .i looking forward to riding this train ..well done …gary
Thank you Gary. You will see a lot more overhead railway lines being constructed around Bangkok now.
If you enjoy engineering /trains and seeing parts of Bangkok away from the tourist areas, then these new routes are cheap and easy to use. Check out the new Bang Sue Grand Station, the largest in Southeast Asia.
Is possible get airport link from Makkasan station?
Yes. It’s no problem to take the train to Suvarnabhumi Airport from Makkasan Station
Thank you very much for answer !
Can I take a bicycle, boxed in cardboard box on train from BKK to the city centre?
Yes, that’s OK
Can I take a bicycle without cardboard box?
Folding bicycles are allowed. But normal bikes can’t be taken on the airport train.
Why are normal bicycles not allowed? An unboxed bicycle is less combersome and smaller than a boxed bicycle. Why does Thailand have silly rules like this? It makes no sense on any level and, it prevents people from making full use of public transport. Please don’t give me a reason that involves safety. Crossing the street in Thailand is more dangerous than taking a bicycle on a train.
Oversized luggage and normal bicycles aren’t permitted on any of the rapid transit systems in Bangkok ie City Line, MRT or BTS which are designed for large numbers of passengers and are often extremely busy. Folding bikes are permitted.
However it’s possible to take bicycles on regular SRT services in Thailand.
When in Rome …
Can we take the train from Makkasa and drop off at Phayathai station? How much is it? Where we can see the fare price between station to station? Thank you.
No problem to take the City line train from Makkasan to Phayathai. The ticket price is 20 Baht.
Fares are shown at the ticket machines at stations. They are from 15 – 45 Baht, depending on how far you are traveling.
My flight time is 6:45 am bkk to Chaing Mai , and I get on the train at ratchaparop station . Will the 5:30am train be in time ?
If your flight is at 0645, you should take a taxi to the airport.
Oh, nice article, Thanks for sharing the best guide information on the City Line Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok. well done.
Thank You for sharing this information. It is a useful post, could you tell me plz ” What time does the Bangkok MRT close?”
The last trains on the MRT are around midnight.
Hi, may I know where online can I buy the train ticket in advance from suvarnabhumi airport to national stadium station? The link above is not working. Kindly advise.
Unfortunately it’s not possible to buy tickets in advance. But you can buy them at the station when you arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Hi! I have just buy a ticket for Makkasan but I want to go to Phaya Thai. What can I do?
Stay on the trail until Phaya Thai then go to the turnstile and tell the guard. You can pay the difference in the fare.
I use a wheelchair, Is there an elevator at the Phayathai station to reach the road ?
Hi Agnes. Yes, there is an elevator from road level to the different levels ( ticketing & platforms ) of Phayathai station.
Merci. Votre messagerie avec les usagers est bien organisée
Hello, is it fine to use this line to get to the airport very early? (be at the airport between 6 and 6h30 am) Or is it very crowded and complicated?
Asking to decide if I stay the night in the centre, near a metro station, or in a hotel near the airport
It’s fine to use it. At the moment there aren’t many tourists. And most people who work at the airport & take the train to work will get on in the suburbs, nearer the airport.
is it possible to buy a ticket in advance before my departure date?
Not at the moment.
Hello, sorry for being overly cautious but I saw a query in Jan 2022 about catching the Airport link train from Makkasan to the airport. There’s plenty of info about catching it from AIRPORT to Makkasan, but I’ve always assumed that the reverse would be available: getting on at Makkasan for the trip to the airport, yet there isn’t much info about this reverse trip. So it’s possible to get the Airport link train at Makkasan which then takes me to the Airport ? Thanks !
Yes. It’s no problem taking the airport link train from Makkasan to the airport.
I think most information is about coming from the airport into the city because that will be most people’s first experience of the train. Once they have done that then they know how it works for returning to the airport.
Thanks for the reply. Can I also ask what the frequency is for the train trip from Makkasan to the airport please ? Is it every 10, 15, 20, 30 min or more ? I think I’ll be needing to go at around 8 or 9 at night. And would the departure schedule be on display at Makkasan ? Sorry to be a bother !
Trains are every 10 – 15 minutes.
Currently between 8-9pm from Makkasan to the airport :
20:03, 20:13, 20:23, 20:33, 20:45, 20:57
Is it not possible to buy the train ticket with card?
Not at the moment unfortunately.
Hi can 1 card used for 2 ppl?
Loke buy 1 smart card and get 2 people to use it
Two people can’t use the same card for the same journey.
But you can give your card to someone else to use if you aren’t using it.
Many thanks !
My flight to Chaing Mai leaves at 7:20am. Should I catch the Airtrain or take a Taxi?
Traffic isn’t a problem early morning. So a taxi will be easiest if you aren’t staying close to one of the airport train stations.
can you take train from bangkok airport to marriott marquis?
You can take the airport train to Phayathai station (the last stop). Then change to the skytrain and get off at Phrom Phong station. From there it’s about 10 minutes walk to Marriott Marquis.
Or take the airport train to Makkasan station and then take a taxi to Marriott Marquis – about 10 minutes drive, depending on traffic.
Hi, I have a few hours in the airport and was hoping to go to a nearby supermarket / food / shops, which of the stops is the most amenities without going all the way to town?
None of the stops are ideal for shopping or restaurants. Either go into the city center or take a taxi from the airport to Central Outlet Village or Robinsons Department store, Lat Krabang. They are both 10 minutes drive and have shops and restaurants.
I arrived at DMK airport at 22hpm, but I had luggage storage at BKK airport. So, anyone can let me know how the best way to receive my luggage, please? go directly to BKK airport by car or go to Bangkok central and then go to BKK airport by Skytrain???
The quickest way is to take a taxi from Don Meaung Airport to Suvarnabhumi.
Hi, what’s the advantage of buying the ARL Smart Pass as compared to buying Single Ticket? I understand there is stored value in the ARL Smart Pass but what can I use that for? Which is a better option for 2 pax, travelling from BKK airport into city centre and then from city centre back to BKK airport to return home? Thanks so much!
Hi Jenny. If you’re a regular tourist on a one off trip to Bangkok then you probably don’t need the Smart Pass. It won’t make things much easier or cheaper for you.
But if you visit regularly, 2 or 3 times a year, then just being able to tap your card to use the train will save time at the airport and at other stations. So will be worthwhile. Likewise if you plan on staying near an ARL station and taking the train to Phayathai, for example, regularly during your vacation then the card will save time and avoid the need to buy individual tickets.
But if you just need to take the train twice (airport to Central Bangkok and back again) then buying individual tickets is cheaper. The only downside might be a few minutes queueing for tickets if it’s busy.
I see. Thank you so much for the detailed explanation! By the way, do you know if the metro line has day passes? I know the BTS has one day pass.
Yes, the subway (MRT) has passes which you can buy at ticket offices. 1 Day pass – 120 Baht, 3 Day pass – 230 Baht, 30 Day pass – 1,400 Baht. The pass can only be used on the subway. Not on the BTS or airport link.
is it allowed to take my dog with me (she is a small one and could be in her travel case)?
Many thanks and greetings 🙂
Sorry, pets are not permitted on the train.
Hi May i know can 29″ Lugguge board the train from airport to Ratchaprarop A7
Yes, large suitcases are allowed on the train.
Can we get the refund for unused amount, if any, if give back the card at counter at the time of leaving Thailand.
No. But you can use the card on future visits to Bangkok or give it to someone who is visiting so they can use it.
Hi, Can you travel with a dog on the train? Should I buy him a ticket? (28 kg) Thanks
Only guide dogs are allowed on the train. No pets are allowed.
Could you please tell me what time is the first train leaving Phaya Thai station for Suvarnabhumi Airport? Thanks in advance.
The first train is at 05:29 or 05:30 it varies at little. It will arrive at the airport before 06:00.
Is there elevator from Phayathai station (from Suvarnabhumi airport) to BTS Phayathai (Sukhumvit Line) or need to use stairs
Yes. There’s an elevator from the airport link lines down to the ticket machines and walkway to Phayathai BTS station.
I am travelling by train from Nakhon Sawan departing at 12:48am on November 2, 2022, arriving in Bangkok just after 5am. My eventual destination is Bangkok Airport (BKK), where I need to be by about 2pm the same day.
As I will have about 6 hours in Bangkok before I need to be at the Airport, I’m thinking about taking a look around The Grand Palace and other nearby sights depending on time.
Can you please advise me on the following:
1. what Train Station should I alight at when arriving in Bangkok from Nakhon Sawan?
2. Arriving at Bangkok, do I need to go to another Station to travel to the closest Train Station to The Grand Palace. If so, which station?
3. Do I go back to the same Station where I arrive near The Grand Palace, to then get to the Airport (BKK)? If a different Station, which one and how would I get there?
4. Lastly, I will have a large suitcase and full size carry-on case/backpack. Along my travel in Bangkok, is there a convenient place to securely store my luggage without going back and forth wasting time, if you know of anywhere?
Probably easiest to get off at Hualampong. Leave your bags at the Left Luggage. Then take the subway to Sanam Chai Station, for the Grand Palace.
Come back, pick up your bags then taxi to the airport. Or subway to Asoke, then take the airport train from Makkasan station, close by.
Thank your or sharing your information. I will be Arriving BKK, Suvarnabhumi International Airport on 19th November at 14:30, what is the best journey to Banyan tree hotel
A taxi is the easiest way as your hotel isn’t on the City Line train route.
You could take public transport, take the train from the airport to Makkasan station. Then walk 2 minutes to the subway station. Then subway to Lumphini station and from there it’s around 5 minutes walk to Banyan Tree Hotel.
Are all Airport Rail Train Station with elevators? How frequent are the trains?
Trains depart every 10 – 12 minutes. The stations all have elevators for passengers with mobility issues.
Can I buy an ARL ticket from BKK airport to Phayathai using a card on the vending machines? Or does it only accept cash?
Cash only at the ticket machines
Do children under 12 required to buy token or they could go with the adult?
Children under 12 years of age and also under 90cm in height travel free of charge.
So no need to buy a token. Use the gate near the manned booth to enter & exit the station with your family, rather than the turnstile type machines that require a token for each person.
I bought a ticket for ARL to travel from BKK airport to Phaythai, paid 206 THB.
I paid 291 THB for the Skytrain BTS ticket. Why is klook.com so expensive? Is the ARL ticket for one journey only?
The tickets you buy online have a stored value. You can use then for multiple journeys. Not only once. Please read the information on Klook.
I will be catching the Airport Train from Bangkok to the BTS line and then I will be heading to National Stadium by BTS. Can I buy a ticket all the way to the Stadium Station even though I will need to transfer at Siam Station.
No. You’ll have to buy one ticket for the ARL from Suvarnabhumi to Phayathai station. Then buy another ticket at Phayathai BTS station to use on the BTS from there to Siam Square & then National Stadium.
Urgent please, can i take the train directly from Ratchapaprop to the Airport, thank you
Yes. The trains to the airport always stop at Rachaprarop Station.
I mean, can i take the train from Ratchaprarop directly to the Suvar airport? Because in the above topic, i see the part “ Does Bangkok Skytrain go to Suvarnabhumi International Airport?
However, passengers can take the BTS skytrain to Phaya Thai Station and then change to an airport link train.”
And how long does it take from Ratchaprarop to the Airport please ?
There isn’t a BTS skytrain station at Rachaprarop. The station is for airport rail link trains to & from the the airport only.
It will take about 20 minutes to the airport from Rachaprarop station
The airport rail link smart pass is not available anymore on Klook.
Is there any other way to buy it in advance? thanks
You can buy the airport link pass here: https://www.klook.com/activity/10027-bangkok-airport-rail-link-arl-ticket-bangkok-pass-bangkok/
I’ve already tried it but it doesn’t work.
When clicking “check availability” for a date it shows that is not possible to buy it.
Does it happen only to me?
Yes, it looks like none are available at the moment. I don’t know why, you will have to contact Klook. But you can buy a train ticket at the station at Suvarnabhumi Airport easily.
I am from Malaysia, the ARL smart card is not available at Klook, I trying to have one as I am going to Bangkok soon. Wonder could I buy it at the counter at the airport?
Yes. You can buy a stored value card at the ARL ticket office at the airport.
I would like to catch the ARL from Bangkok airport to Sanamchai BTS station to get to a hotel on Samsen Rd. Could you please inform me if and what station I need to change from the ARL to get to Sanamchai station?
Sanamchai is on the subway (MRT) route. Not BTS.
So you’d take the ARL to Makkasan station and then walk 200 meters to Phetchaburi Road MRT station – just follow the signs – then take the subway to Sanamchai.
What would be the route we’re taking if we’re going to 2 Samsen2, Samsen Road Banglumphu? Thank you in advance for the reply.
It is easiest to take a taxi or bus from the airport to Samsen / Khao San Rd. As the skytrain and subway don’t go near that area of Bangkok.
Can we bring large suitcase on this train?
gdzie mamy wysiasc z lotniska do hotelu lebua
You would have to take a airport train to Phaya Thai station. Then change to the BTS (skytrain). Take that to Siam station. Then change to the Silom line train. And take that to Saphan Taksin station which is near the river. From there it is about 400 meters walk to LeBua hotel.
Which is more convenient and cost-effective, from the BKK airport to Sukhumvit? Train or taxi?
There are 3 of us (me, my wife, and a small child). All of us will carry three backpacks and three medium-sized suitcases.
Wondering if the ARL is the better option will luggage or a taxi?
A taxi is probably easiest with a lot of luggage and a child.
But if you want to take the train it would be relatively simple assuming you aren’t traveling at rush hour and are staying at a hotel adjacent to a BTS station. There’s only one change of train required when you get to Phayathai ARL station and change to the BTS.
When I arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport at 22 July, I was told the train service is not available as it was undergoing upgrading service. Is it now back to normal operation?
Yes, the service is running normally.
G’day, I will be coming in from the airport, is there a taxi stand at Makkasan station? If not, how can I call a taxi?
What is the earliest train from Makkasan station and its arrival time at the airport?
Yes, there will be taxis parked at Makkasan or its easy to flag one down outside the station. The first train is just after 06:00, then trains every 10-12 minutes, and it takes around 25 minutes to the airport.
Hi. The hotel I booked is located at Silom Rd. Just to confirm, I need to take Airport link train to Makassan Station the ride Petchaburi MRT subway to Saladaeng/Silom Rd?
Is that the easiest way?
Yes, correct. That’s the easiest way.
The station is at the northern end of Silom road, so depending where your hotel is, you still might have a long walk or a taxi ride to get to it.
Hello, how can i arrive at my accomodation at Sathorn Vista taking the airport train. TQ
You could take the airport link train to Makassan Station. Then walk over to the ride Petchaburi MRT subway station & take the subway to Lumpini station.
From there Sathorn Vista is around 1km along Sathorn Road. (Walk or taxi)
Hello, I have purchased a Rabbit card during my stay in Bangkok to ride the BTS trains. To get to Suvarnabhumi Airport from Siam BTS for my 8pm flight, can I use the Rabbit card for the BTS train ride + the airport rail link train?
Or I have to purchase a separate ARL ticket when I get to Phayathai? Thank you!
The Rabbit card can only be used on the BTS. It can’t be used on the subway (MRT) or airport train (ARL). So you have to get a separate ticket at the Phayathai ARL station, which is connected to Phayathai BTS station.
Thank you for the reply! We will be having a few luggage, do you recommend taking a taxi from Siam area to Suvarnabhumi Airport for an 8pm flight?
How long would it take via a Taxi? I am just afraid of the peak hour traffic via the Taxi.
A taxi will be better if you have a lot of luggage because the BTS will be very busy from 4pm onwards with people as it is rush hour.
I will be arriving Suvarnabhumi airport on 8 Dec around 6.45pm. My hotel is at Central World. Would I be stuck in the traffic jam if I will to take the taxi to the hotel? Or taking the airport train will be faster? Thanks.
Probably not much traffic by the time you get into the city center, which will be after 8pm.
what time is the first train in the morning from phayathai to suvarbabhummi airport?
Hi, could you please advise and recommend to me the best mode of transport from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Banyan Tree Bangkok? I will reach the airport at around 4pm on Saturday?
Taxi will be the easiest as your hotel isn’t close to a skytrain or subway station.
Thank you for the advice.
Hi, May I know which is a better bts station to alight for Sofitel with luggage. Asoke or Nana?
Also does the Airport Train machine accept notes in 1000baht? Thanks in advance!
The best way to go is to get off at Asoke Station. This is because there is a covered overhead walkway that leads from the station to the Sofitel. You don’t have to go down to ground level.
The ticket machines don’t take 1,000 Baht notes but you can change them for smaller notes at the counter near the turnstiles.
My wife and I will be arriving BKK at 1630 on Friday 19 January 2023, with one checked bag and one personal item each. Our hotel is in the vicinity of Ratchaprarop station. Will we have any problems, given the luggage, making this journey or at Ratchaprarop station? Thank you.
No. There’s no reason why you should have any problems.
Thank you Admin for your replies to many of the same questions. Let me say, all of your messages are very well written and concise.
I have a question about the movement from the MRT (Phetchaburi Station) to the Airport Link (Makkasan Station).
From reading the above comments I gather the two stations are across the road from each other and not within the same building.
My question is:
Although probably longer travel time.
Would it be easier (less lifting and struggle) with heavy luggage to use the Sky Train from ASOK to PHAYA THAI to transfer to the Airport Link than to try and cross busy roads with oversized luggage and cumbersome other bags?
You don’t have to cross any roads. You can use the covered overhead walkway between Petchaburi MRT and Makassan Station. About 100 meters walk.
Take a look at the Google Streetview images and you can see the walkway easily.
So is there an elevator from the subway MRT up to the walkway to Makassan Staion or just stairs or escalators?
So is there an elevator from the subway MRT up to the overhead walkway? Or is there only stairs or an escalator?
Stairs and an escalator
1. Will taking a taxi from Iconsiam to Centralworld around 9pm on a weekday very jam?
2. I will be leaving centralworld on 19/1/23 and my flight is at 3.30pm. How much time should i cater for the journey to airport as i am unsure if that timing will have massive jam?
Thank you ?
1) There won’t be any big traffic jams at 9pm on Monday.
2) You should leave around 12pm. It is about 30 – 40 minutes to the airport from Centralworld by taxi. There won’t be any big traffic jams at lunchtime.
Thank you for your prompt reply ??
may i ask in2023,what time of the first train from PHAYA THAI to Suvarnahumi airport?
The same time as listed on the site. The timetable hasn’t changed recently.
Can you use a bank card to pay for a ticket at the station?
The ticket machines don’t take credit cards.
what are the payments option?
Ticket machines take Thai Baht in coins or banknotes. Or Rabbit card and Thai bank account transfer by Prompt Pay.
Thanks for the information, it was very helpful when I visited Bangkok with my friends last month.
My flight from Suvarnabhumi is at 8.20 AM (international); what is the first train from Phaya Thai? time table say 06.00 but some responses in the previous questions above say 5.30.
if it is 06.00 would I have enough time to catch my flight?
You should be able to catch your flight. But you will have to hurry to get to check in and then get through security and Immigration.
Thanks, and the first train is 5.30 or 6.00?
I would like to buy ticket online in advance but the web page of klook showed “currently unavailable” !?
Unfortunately tickets can’t be bought in advance online at the moment. But you can buy them at any Airport Link station.
My wife very often use the airport rail rink because of very convenient.
However, now a days, so many passengers are waiting train at platform. Sometimes, she fails to get in to the train. She is pregnant now and needs to avoid strong force from outside.
Does your company consider next 2 options?
Opt.1. Increase the vehicle from 3 to 4.
Opt.2 Increase number of trips per hour.
Both of options becomes customer satisfaction very much.
I don’t know. You’ll have to contact https://www.srtet.co.th/index.php/en, they operate the Airport Rail Link.
Hi, I have a scheduled international flight from suvarnabhumi at tuesday 09.30. At what time should I take the train from ratchaprarop station in order to check in, through security, and clear immigration?
Or taxi is a better alternatives?
Airlines usually recommend checking in about 3 hours before an international flight. So you should plan on taking a train around 6am.
I am doing a research on number of passengers.
Where can i get information on
How many people get on airport rail link daily from Suwanaphoom airport?
How many disembark at various stations
How many are foreigners how many are locals
You will have to contact the operator, State Railway of Thailand for statistics https://www.srtet.co.th/th
Hi, I was wondering if the ARL still stops running at midnight?
My flight’s ETA in January 2024(!) is 23:35.
The last train is still around midnight. So you won’t be in time to take it.
Can 7 enter to train at Suvarnabhumi airport if i come there without flying?
Yes, no problem. Just go down to the Basement level. Anyone can take the train.
Is a friday night arriving Bangkok at 5pm very crowded to take the airport rail pls? I am struggling which way will be faster to get into the city, train or taxi?
The train wont be too busy going into the city centre. As most people will be leaving work and going out of the centre. It will get you into the city centre in under 30 minutes.
But, once you are in central Bangkok, if you have to take the BTS or MRT (subway) or a taxi, then it will be very busy on Friday evening. There’s no way to avoid that.
great article.. thanks for the information..
Thanks Chandra. Enjoy your time in Bangkok
In past oversized luggage to airport (surfboard) was only allowed on airport express train. Now there is no airport express train. Can I take this on train now to airport enter Makasan? It is special luggage, well designed and neat. Approx 6 feet 6 inches long, otherwise quite narrow. (short board)
Unfortunately not. Oversize luggage, like that isn’t permitted.
thank you for sharing useful information
I will be staying at Deli Glow Pratunam. Can i take ARL from the airport and at which station do i get off. Do i still need to switch to BTS? My first encounter to take public transport.
Where is the location of the ARL station at the airport. Your advice will be very much appreciated.
When you come out of the Arrivals area just follow the signs down to the Basement Level for the Train to Bangkok.
Your hotel isn’t close to an ARL or BTS station so you should take the train to the end of the line at Phaya Thai station. Then take a taxi to your hotel – it is about 5 minutes drive.
If you look on the map, Ratchaprarop station is nearer to your hotel. But because of the one way system on the roads, it is a longer taxi ride than from Phaya Thai Station.
Congratulations on this city to Suvarnabhumi service. i think it would be incredibly
helpful to International traveling families (traveling with PP-2 check-in plus carry-on luggage), if the airport authorities looked into the possibility of instituting in-city check in in the future.this has been done in Hong Kong.
This would also increase ridership as well as reduce traffic between Bangkok and the airport.
This system was in place at Makkasan station, which was designed specifically to accommodate in town check-in services – which is also why that station is so large.
However not enough airlines or passengers wanted to use it and after a year it was discontinued.