Saturday, June 19, 2010

How to go to downtown Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok's new airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, offers a lot more options for travelers to go to downtown Bangkok than the old Bangkok airport.

1. Limousine Taxi/Public Taxi

Ok, these are for the more well off travelers.  I generally don't take this option, although it is readily available.  Take note you have to pay the metered fare plus 50 Baht as the airport surcharge, plus the whatever expressway fees.

2. Airport Express Bus

There 4 routes on offer, all of them will bring you to the major hotels and downtown Bangkok.  The cost is 150 Bahn one way.  For route details, you can visit this web page.

3. Airport Train Link

For the other transport options available at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can actually get more information from the airport's transportion webpage here, however, they miss the most convenient and efficient form of transportation - The Airport Rail Link.   The train service is currently still in a trial phase.  From Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm, the service is FREE OF CHARGE for ALL PASSENGERS.  For weekends and public holidays, they do charge you. 

After you arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the lift or escalator all the way down to the lowest level, Level 1, where you can easily find the entrance to the train link.  Get your free ticket from one of the staff, and then voila, you can get on your train. 

From Suvarnabhumi Airport, it takes 30 minutes to get to Phaya Thai station, which is just one SkyTrain station away from Victory Monument.  From Phaya Thain station, you can have different options to take again.  If you are heading to Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Siam Center or MBK, you can take the SkyTrain, or you can walk.  It is within walking distance, I just did it yesterday, it is a bit sweaty walking under the hot sun though.  Or you can always take a taxi. 

4. Public Bus

I guess this option will be more fun, as you will be rubbing shoulders with the locals.

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