Guide to taking the train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to downtown Bangkok

Your Guide to the City Line Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok

The Bangkok airport metro train, also known as the Airport Rail Link (ARL) 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 central Bangkok.  The trains operate between 05:30 – midnight daily, 365 days a year.

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.

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.

Journey times on the city line trains

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

Makkasan Station

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.

Ratchaprarop Station

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.  * They do not accept credit cards or any form of mobile  wallet payment * 

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?

26 minutes

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.  

336 thoughts on “Bangkok Airport Train Guide”

  1. From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sukhumvit SOI 11. How to travel cheaper? How to use skytrain and which shoppage to get down to? I have no luggage. Just me.

    1. Take the ARL to Phaya Thai station. Then take the BTS skytrain to Nana Station. Take Exit 3 at Nana station and you will see Soi 11.


      From Suvarnabhumi airport to Aspen Suites 65/1 Sukhumvit Soi 2, How to travel cheap and best

      1. The cheapest way is to take the ARL to Phaya Thai station. Then take the BTS skytrain to Nana Station. Then walk about 1km to your hotel. (Or take a taxi instead of walking.)

  2. Hello, please advise the most updated operation time for Airport Rail Link on weekdays/weekends. I have an early flight and consider going to the airport from Phaya Thai station.

      1. Thank you. Does the earliest train start from Phaya Thai at 5.30 am or 5am every day?

  3. hi,
    i was trying to get the ARL smart pass by online , but this service now not available.
    how could i get the ticket forARL from Suvarnabhumi air port to PayaThai station by online now.

    1. Klook is the only way to buy the tickets in advance online. If they aren’t currently selling them then unfortunately you won’t be able to buy in advance.

      But it is quick and easy to get one at the ARL ticket office at Suvarnabhumi

    1. That depends on where you want to go on Pattanakarn Rd – as it’s a long road.

      Check the location of the place you want to go to on Googlemaps and see which station it’s closest to.

  4. Can I go from the Suvarnabhumi airport to the IconSiam mall if so can you give me detailed instructions on how to do

    1. Take the rail link to Phayathai station. Then take the skytrain (BTS) to Siam Square. Change at Siam Square and take another skytrain to Krung Thonburi station. Then change trains again and take another skytrain to Charoen Nakhon station. Then you are at Iconsiam.


    Thank you for the information.. What is the child’s ticket price for Suvarnabhumi to downtown.

    1. Children under 90cm or under 12 years old travel free of charge. Over 90cm or over 12 is the same as Adult price. If you want to head into the city centre , take the train to the last stop – Phayathai station. It is 45 Baht.

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