Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Ground Transportation
Ground transportation hassle is the last thing you need after a long flight. Depending on time of day and where you’re going, one option is the Bangkok Airport Rail Link. However, many readers will likely prefer a taxi, airport limousine service, or Uber, to reach your hotel or final destination.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) handles the lion’s share of international arrivals into Bangkok. The airport is located east of the city and is well connected by light-rail and motorways.
Airport Rail Link
The airport rail link is a newly built light-rail service connecting the airport with downtown Bangkok. There are two options, the first being the express service which takes you directly from the airport to Makkasan Station, with no stops. This runs approximately every thirty minutes, takes about fifteen minutes and costs 150 THB (about $6). The other option is to take the commuter line, which stops at six stations en-route to the city and terminates at Phaya Thai, which connects to the Bangkok Skytrain at Sukhumvit Line. The Bangkok Skytrain is better known as the BTS. The rail link commuter line to Phaya Thai costs about 45 THB.
If you have a lot of luggage and are tired, this may not be the ideal solution. If you’re traveling light and on a budget, this may be a good option. The airport light-rail service is also useful when it comes to avoiding bad traffic.
Ground Transportation: Limo, Taxi, and Uber
Many travelers, especially with luggage, will find an airport limo, a taxi, or Uber, as the best option.
Airport Limousine Service
To get an airport limousine contact the Airport Limousine Service Counter on the 2nd Floor at Baggage Claims and Arrival Hall exits, channel A, B and C. Fares vary depending on your destination and type of vehicle, but typically are in the range of 1,000-3,000 baht.
Taxi from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
A much cheaper option is to get a taxi from the arrivals level. Taxis are metered, but be aware some drivers may try to make you pay more. You’ll receive a printed slip advising which taxi when you enter the taxi queue. Hold onto the slip and DO NOT hand it over to the driver, the slip has your taxi information along with a complaint hotline if you experience any problems. This information may also assist with recovery of lost items.
Insist taxi drivers use the meter and if they don’t or try to charge a flat rate, get out and find another taxi. A taxi fare between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and downtown will cost between 250-300 THB on the meter. There is an additional airport fee of 50 THB and if you take the highway, which is suggested during peak hours, you can expect to pay an additional 75 THB in tolls.
Uber at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
If you’re an Uber user, you can generally book an Uber for a flat rate of 300 baht, plus toll charges.
Public vans are also available from just 40 baht, departing during the day every 20 – 30 minutes and dropping you at Victory Monument in the city.
Shuttle Bus between Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Mueang Airport (DMK)
Finally, if you need to have a connecting flight from Don Mueang Airport (DMK), Bangkok’s other international airport, then you can get a free shuttle bus. The shuttle runs between 5am and midnight. Otherwise, a taxi between the two airports will cost just under 300 THB. Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) primarily services low cost carriers such as Nok Air, Scoot, and Thai AirAsia.