Bangkok Airport public transport

Public Transport

Taking a Taxi, Bus or Minivan from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport provides many types of public transportation such as Limousine, Car Rental, Shuttle Bus, Airport Express Bus, Intercity Bus (Transport Company Bus), Don Meuang Airport Shuttle bus, BMTA Public Bus and BMTA Airconditioned Van.

These options are in addition to private transfers and the airport train service. For many passengers, the most useful of the services below will be the free Suvarnabhumi to Don Meuang Airport Shuttle bus. This bus is for passengers who have connecting flights at the other airport.

Airport Limousine

This is a 24-hour service with various types of cars (Toyota, BMW, Mercedes etc) and is operated by the Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT). Fares are is calculated according to distance. Limousine Service Counters can be found in the Baggage Claim area and in the Arrival Hall – near exit A,B and C.

Prices for these limousines are higher than for a normal private transfer. Do not confuse this service with the public taxis, which are also far cheaper to use.

Suvarnabhumi Airport taxi rank

Public Taxi

Public taxis operate around the clock, 24 hours a day at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Fares are based on the distance travelled plus a 50 Baht airport surcharge. Passengers also have to pay the expressway tolls ( if they prefer the driver to use the expressway rather than the slower, normal roads into the city.)

To take a public taxi, go to taxi rank located near Gate 4 and Gate 7 on the First Floor (Level 1) of the terminal building.

Simply press the button on one of the automated machines and a taxi will be allocated for you. Walk to the bay number which is marked on your ticket. Give the driver the ticket and tell them where you want to go. Note that there is a separate machine for larger taxis that are suitable for 3 or 4 people with suitcases.

In case of any difficulty there are manned service counters located near the machines. Staff can help with any problems explaining your destination to drivers or using the machines.

Car Rental

Car hire is available 24 hours / day and is offered by numerous operators. The Car Rental Service Counters are located on the arrivals level (2nd Floor0 of the terminal building between Entrances 7 and 8. All major car hire companies are represented, including SIXT, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Thai Rentacar, Bizcar Rental and Chic Car Rent. Car hire rates at Suvarnabhumi Airport are from around 900 Baht/day.

Suvarnabhumi Don Meuang Airport Shuttle Bus 1

Free Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Meuang Shuttle Bus

Bangkok has two airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Meuang. Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is mainly for international flights. Don Meaung (DMK) is used by budget carriers, mostly for domestic flights. In order to make it easy for passengers to transit between the two airports, a free bus service is provided. Journey time is around 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic.

To take the free shuttle bus to Don Meuang Airport, go to the counter located outside Entrance 3 on the Arrivals (Level 2) of the passenger terminal. Buses run from 05:00 to midnight daily. They depart at 12 minute intervals during busy periods of the day ( from 08:00 to 11:00 & 16:00 to19:00 ) and at 30 minute intervals at other times.

To board the bus, you must show the staff your passport and valid flight ticket or e-ticket out of Don Meuang Airport (as the service is only for passengers with onward flights). Instead of a ticket, the staff will put an ink stamp on the back of your hand. You then walk to the bus and show the stamp to the driver. The bus will drop passengers off at the Departures level at Don Meuang Airport.

Airport Shuttle

This is also a free 24 hour service which runs between various areas of Suvarnabhumi airport. It is free of charge. Most visitors won’t use the service but if you need to get to the airport bus station or longstay car parks you can use this service. There are four shuttle bus stops at the passenger terminal. These are:

– On the First Floor (Level 1) of the terminal outside Entrances 3 and 8
– On the Second Floor ( Level 2) of the terminal at Entrance 5

Airport Express Bus

Express bus services from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok operate from 05.30 to 24.00 hours daily. Ticket price is 150 Baht per person.

The Express Bus Ticket Counters are located on the First & Second Floors (Level 1&2) of the terminal building outside Entrance 8

There is just one route currently in operation :

S1 – Suvarnabhumi Airport – Khao San Road – Wat Chanasongkhram – Sanam Luang

The following Express bus routes have been discontinued and are no longer operating.

AE1 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Silom Road
AE2 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Khao San Road
AE3 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Sukhumvit Road
AE4 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Hualampong Railway Station

Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station

Public Bus Services From Bangkok Airport

Public buses for locations across Thailand depart from 05:30 – 21:00, 7 days a week. Buses leave from the Airport Transportation Terminal. Fares are calculated on the travelling distance. Inter city bus services are run by the government bus company (‘The Transport Co. Ltd). Buses are modern and air-conditioned.

In addition to these services, there are three routes that depart from the passenger terminal. These are for buses to Koh Chang, Pattaya and Hua Hin. Buy tickets for these bus routes from the booths at Entrance 8 on Level 1 (Ground Floor) of the passenger terminal.

Intercity Bus Routes

Please see for full timetables.

55 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Chachaengsao
389 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Pattaya (Jomtien)
390 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Rongklua Market
825 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Nongkhai
917 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Laem Ngob
9904 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Chonburi
9905 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Pattaya
9906 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Rayong
9907 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Chantaburi
9908 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Trad
9909 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Laem Chabang
9916 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Sa Kaew

Bangkok Public Bus Routes

Services from Suvarnabhumi Airport to various parts of Inner and Greater Bangkok, comprising 11 routes. Fares are calculated according to distance. These services are run by the Bangkok Metropolitan Transport Authority (BMTA)

549 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkapi
550 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Happyland
551 Suvarnabhumi Airport.- Victory Monument
552 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Klongtoey
552A Suvarnabhumi Airport – Samutprakarn (Bangna-Trad Rd.)
553 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Samutprakarn (King Kaew Rd.)
554 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Rangsit (Ramindra Rd.)
555 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Rangsit (Rama 9 Expressway)
556 Suvarnabhumi Airport – New Southern Bus Station
558 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Central Rama 2
559 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Rangsit

Air-Conditioned Minivans

Public minibus services connect Suvarnabhumi Airport to various parts of central and Greater Bangkok. There are 7 routes. Minivans depart from outside Entrances 3 & 8 on Level 1( Ground Floor) of the airport passenger terminal and also the Airport Transportation Terminal. Fares are calculated according to distance. These services are run by the Bangkok Metropolitan Transport Authority (BMTA)

Please note that there is no allowance for baggage on these minibus services. They are rarely used by passengers arriving at the airport. Most users are working at the airport or are people heading to the airport to meet friends or family.

549 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Minburi
550 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Happyland
551 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Victory Monument
552 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Onnut
552A Suvarnabhumi Airport – Samutprakarn
554 Suvarnabhumi Airport- Rangsit (Ramindra Rd. – Saphanmai Rd.)
555 Suvarnabhumi. Airport – Rangsit (Rama 9 Expressway – Don Muang)

2 thoughts on “Public Transport”

    1. No. Unlike the transport cards in some cities, it can’t be used on buses. Only on the BTS (skytrain) in Bangkok. You will need to buy a bus ticket with cash. Or you could take the train to Phaya Thai BTS station and then take the BTS to Silom. That is much quicker than a bus and isn’t expensive.

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