Bangkok Airport Train Information

Bangkok Airport Train Guide

How to Take the Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok

The Bangkok 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. 

Trains on the 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. The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link connects to the MRT subway at Makkasan Interchange 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.

The 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 route – either at Bangkok airport or at Phaya Thai station won’t have any problems getting a seat. 

Journey times on the city line trains

Bangkok Airport Rail Link Stations

The Airport Rail Link runs between Suvarnabhumi and Phaya Thai Station in central Bangkok. There are a total of eight stations in all.  Each is numbered from A1 to A8. 

The stations are: Suvarnabhumi Airport 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) 

Airport Rail Link Fares and Tickets

There are 2 types of train tickets for the airport rail link.  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 Airport to Phaya Thai, Bangkok. ( skytrain interchange) fare is 45 baht.

Suvarnabhumi Airport to Makkasan  (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

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.


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 Airport Link trains and all public transport in Thailand.


How much is the train from Bangkok airport to the city?

Airport Rail Link Fares. One way ticket prices for the City Line trains are from 15 – 45 Baht, depending on distance.  

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to the subway (MRT) interchange is 35 Baht.  And to connect with the skytrain (BTS) the fare is 45 Baht.

How much is the train from Bangkok airport to the city?

Airport Rail Link Fares. One way ticket prices for the City Line trains are from 15 – 45 Baht, depending on distance.  

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to the subway (MRT) interchange is 35 Baht.  And to connect with the skytrain (BTS) the fare is 45 Baht.

Does Bangkok Skytrain go to Suvarnabhumi 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 airport rail link train take?

26 minutes

A fast, modern rail service connects Phaya Thai station in downtown Bangkok with Suvarnabhumi Airport.  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 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 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 😊

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