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Bangkok Airport Transfer

Post Last Modified – April 25, 2024 ¦

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Numerous Bangkok Airport Transfer Options

As we began our first amazing holiday to Thailand a few seasons ago, our first stop was in the City of Bangkok. We arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) and made our way to one of the many …

🚗 Bangkok Airport Transfer Options 🚗

Reviewing a few reputable travel websites prior to leaving 🍁 Vancouver British Columbia  , we had  an idea of our options for {transportation and fares} to be expected, upon our arrival.

We opted for a 🚕 taxi to take us to our hotel, after very long and tiring delayed flights. It was well after midnight local time, and we just wanted to get to our hotel as quickly as possible.

Getting a taxi at the airport is well organized and very simple!

First, take a quick look at this well prepared short 📹video on Bangkok Taxi Travel Tips. It’s definitely worth a look, if you are heading to this incredible city.

5 Tips For Taking A Taxi In Bangkok – YouTube Video

These tips in the 📹 video can definitely be helpful when taking 🚕 taxis from the airports in Bangkok.

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One tip I have and do highly recommend, is to have a map or photo of your hotel or destination, with directions written in the – Thai language, so you can pass on to your taxi driver. 

Our chosen hotel’s website provided an excellent 🗺 printable map, complete with instructions written in both English and Thai.

We found this incredibly helpful on our taxi rides in the city, as many drivers do not speak or understand English.

Printable Map to Show our Taxi Driver

Sleep Withinn Hotel Bangkok Street Map

Check out my review of the …

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it was perfect for our 3 night stay. This budget minded hotel was very clean and conveniently located in the heart of the; backpackers, hostel tourist district.

It was an excellent choice for our short stay and was an affordable hotel with a nice rooftop 🏊 swimming pool. 🙂

Easy To Get Lost In Bangkok

Taxi to Downtown Bangkok

A vast city that seems never ending, with streets that give you a feeling of being trapped in a maze! 

When you first experience this massive metropolis in person, you will then realize just how important a map of your destination can be, or be sure to have the address with you to plug into 🗺 Google Maps for directions on your 📱 cellphone.

With a population in the city alone of over 8 million, it’s easy to get lost in Bangkok.

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Do check out transportation options before arriving at the airport, like we did. It will definitely save you time, money and stress upon your arrival.

Especially if you’ve arrive tired after a long haul ✈ flight, as we did.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation

Bangkok Airport

Our journey to Thailand and arrival to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok was late in the evening.

After a wonderful flight with ✈ Thai Air International.  This flight was on time and the service was excellent!

Our flight was delayed for hours back at home, due to snow. Luckily when we arrived in in Hong Kong, Thai Air had an additional flight just leaving for Bangkok and was waiting for us and other passengers as well.

What luck, as we had missed our initial connection due to the delay taking off in Vancouver. I would definitely recommend this airline to anyone flying to any of {Thai Air’s} many destinations.

Unlike our first flight departing from Vancouver to Hong Kong. We had to wait for 2 hours in the plane prior to take off, as we were missing a pilot to fly the plane! 🙁


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Upon arrival and proceeding through 🛂 Customs, you have a number of options for transportation to and from the airport.

✔ Metered Taxis

✔ Airport Rail Link

✔ Passenger Bus Service

Depending on your time and budget, these options are available 24/7 giving you a choice of transportation suitable to your wants and needs.

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Transfers From Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok

Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

Bangkok Airport Arrivals

Here are a few quick facts on this beautiful new airport located 30 kilometers just to the east of Bangkok;

✔ Airport is pronounced; “su – wan – na – poom”

✔ Suvarnabhumi was chosen by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej which means ” The Golden Land “

✔ Golden Land is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region.

✔ The official IATA airport code is BKK

✔ The airport is situated in Racha Thewa in the Bang Phli region of Samut Prakan province.  Suvarnabhumi Airport is 30 kilometers east of Bangkok.

✔ The beautiful luxury Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is situated next to the airport.


This is the only official airport hotel and was listed as one of the; Ten Best Airport Hotels in the World (awarded at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2011).

Novotel Hotels Logo

The name of this luxury hotel is the … Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

As well, for more complete information on the beautiful Suvarnabhumi Airport and other Thailand airports, be sure to visit:

✈ Thailand Airports

Bangkok Airport Metered Taxis

Bangkok airport taxi

Without a doubt, taking the colorful 🚖 Bangkok taxis is by far the easiest and most convenient way to get to your destination. This especially so, after enduring a long haul flight in 💺 economy class.  

Compared to North American or European standards, a Bangkok airport taxi is very affordable!

To use us as an example, we were able to take a cab to our hotel which was located near the; Grand Palace and the ever popular Kao San Road  for approximately 💵 700 baht total.

It has been a few years now since our last visit, so prices will certainly have changed up or down. This included; 2 highway tolls and a hidden airport surcharge fee.

Be sure this fee is included in your Bangkok airport transfer!

Airport Taxi Transportation Tips

Bangkok Metered Taxis

After retrieving your 🧳 luggage, you may be approached by those offering; taxis, limousines and private transportation.

Just be friendly and ignore these people and follow the large signs directing you Ground Transportation taxis, etc.  You will proceed down the escalator to ground level.

Proceed to the Public Taxis line up cues, where you will wait in line and proceed to the ‘Taxi Desk’.


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Advise the person at the desk of your destination. This is where a map or address of your destination comes in very handy. You should also be told what the fare will cost to your chosen destination. 

In our experience, the meter was used once only. The other times we were just advised of the total cost to our hotel. The cost was minimal, so no big deal.

Bangkok Airport Public Taxi Map

Be sure of the total cost with the driver before leaving, including tolls and airport surcharge.

A typical 30 kilometer ride to Bangkok can take easily over half an hour, and you should expect to pay up to 500 Baht total. In our currency that equates to around $13 cdn dollars.

Imagine what a 35 minute taxi ride would cost in North America!! Prices I’m sure have changed since our visit, but probably very minimal.

 Bangkok Airport Departure Terminal

Bangkok Airport Departure Terminal

It is that simple, and taxis are readily available 24/7. 

We found most taxis to be very clean, with friendly and helpful drivers. The air conditioning was most inviting after being outside in the heat and humidity that Thailand is known for.

I certainly would recommend a 🚕 taxis for travel in and around Bangkok. They are very reasonable and especially if traveling in a group of 4, where you are sharing the cost.

As well for just two of you, 🛺 tuk-tuk taxis are another great and affordable way to get from place to place in the city. They are everywhere and lots of fun to ride in!

The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link

Bangkok Airport Rail

For those not wishing to take metered taxis, there are other methods of Bangkok airport transfers available for travelers.

You also have the option of rapid transit via the; 🚉 Airport Rail Link.The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link began operating back in August 2010.

The light rail service gives traveler’s quicker travel times, between the airport and the city proper.

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During our visit a few seasons back, the service operated daily from; 06.00 to midnight, giving customers 2 Transit options:

Direct Express Train
The trip usually takes 15 minutes from the City Air Terminal (Makkasan) train station. This service will connect to the city’s mass transit subway system.

City Link Train
The 🚉 City Link Train generally takes 30 minutes to travel the 28 kilometers (17 miles) to the airport. The train service makes normal expected stops along the way throughout the city. 

The train links with both the Subway (MRT) and Skytrain (BTS) systems in Bangkok. Rail service is definitely an option available for those traveling on a tighter budget, and for people staying within close proximity of the boarding stations.

From the stations, you then have the option of continuing your travel using 🛺 tuk-tuks, 🚌 buses and other forms of transportation, if luggage is not an issue.

Bangkok Transport – Passenger Bus Service

Bangkok Airport Passenger Bus Service

There is one other form of Bangkok transport and that is using the 🚌 Passenger Bus Service.  The Public transport terminal (Bus terminal) at Suvarnabhumi Airport was established as a way of allowing; direct bus service to the international airport.

All, without having confusion and congestion directly at the arrivals terminal.

The bus service is available just a few kilometers away from the airport terminal. A 24 hour express bus service links the Airport terminal with the Bus terminal. It only takes a few minutes on the express bus and they do operate every few minutes.

🚍 The Bus terminal provides clean washrooms, exchange currency banks, Thai food outlets and a large 7 Eleven store. From this terminal you have the option to purchase both intercity and metro buses tickets that operate from the Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Terminal.

Bangkok Public Bus

For more information on the 🚌 Public Bus Service, be sure to visit:

🚌 Bangkok Public Bus Service

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As you can see, it’s very easy to arrange and get Bangkok transport using; Metered Taxis, Rail Service, Public Bus transportation, Limousines and Private Car service.
It has been a few seasons since our last visit, so if you have any updated information to pass on, please do send me an …
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