Travel from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok city

Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang), Arrival Hall.
Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang), Arrival Hall.

Don Mueang is 25 km (15 mi) from the city center. The road is often congested with traffic. Be prepared for a 90-minute journey by taxi, though there are times when it can take less than 40 minutes. obtain a reservation and prepay the fare at the counter (at either terminal), and a driver will lead you to the taxi. The fare to downtown Bangkok depends on the exact location and, to some extent, the time of day.

Count on B400-B450 from the international terminal and B350 from the domestic. Taxis to the airport from downtown Bangkok are approximately B130. Use a metered taxi and agree to pay for the toll road, an extra B120.

Otherwise, upon arrival you may want to proceed upstairs, to the Departure Hall and catch a taxi that has just dropped the passengers. Insist on charging by the metre, it’s the buyers’ market in Bangkok now. It will hardly ever be more than 250 Baht when travelling within the city limits.

By Train
Bangkok Airport Express trains make the 35-minute run every 90 minutes from 8 AM to 7 PM. Check the schedule at the tourist booth in the arrival hall. Fare: B100. You can also take regular trains from 5:30 AM to 9 PM. The fare is B5 for a local train, B13 for an express.

By Bus
Bangkok has three main bus terminals. Northern/Northeast Bus Terminal (Phaholyothin Rd., tel. 02/272-0296 or 02/279-6222), often referred to as Morchit, serves Chiang Mai and the north. Southern Bus Terminal (Pinklao- Nakomchaisri Rd., Talingchan, tel. 02/435-1199), on the Thonburi side of the river, is for Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Phuket, and points south. Eastern Bus Terminal (Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 40, Ekkamai, tel. 02/391-2504 or 02/392- 2391), usually referred to as Ekkamai, is for Pattaya and points southeast, to Rayong and Trat province.

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