Airport Bus, Bangkok
Okay so coming back from phuket I wanted to find a cheap way to get to khao san road, and wow I did! I came out of the domestic terminal and turned right, and went to the end and crossed over the parking lot to the main street where the bus stop was,,,,I was the only "farang" sitting there with my backpack, but everyone was so nice, I was told to take "bus 59" aircondtioned bus, the locals were very helpful. You have to wave it to stop( i learned this after the first few pasted me by while I was sitting on the bench waiting :-) and when I got on and confirmed that it was the right bus, she said " 22 baht" I thought I heard her wrong! No, that was it!! Wow and a cab by myself would of cost around 400 baht! The ride took about an hour, there was alot of traffic in the middle of the afternoon when i arrived, so it may have been less other times of day. They drop you off at the end of khao san road, you just have to cross the street and you are at the end by the burger king, just ask and they will tell you your stop! What a deal!!!
(last date took the bus - April 20, 2007)
Bus # 516
From Subarnabhumi Airport, take free shuttle bus up to Airport Bus Terminal.
From Airport Bus Terminal, take Bus # 516.
Bus# 516 will go to Khaosan Road.
Bus fare: THB 34
Convenience and safety of direct rides to downtown everyday and various destinations.
Now operating four routes:
AE1 : Airport to Silom road
AE2 : Airport to Kao-sarn road
AE3 : Airport to Sukhumvit - Wireless road
AE4 : Airport to Rama 4 road (Hualumpong raiway station)
Ticket price is at 150 baht/person/trip without extra change for Express way, available at the airport-express counters only.
Service time commences at 05.00 am and bus parking on the ground floor. Arrivals terminal (level 1) until 12 pm.
i think the cheapest way for you to get to the city center is using the airport bus. There were a lot of airport buses just outside the Bangkok Airport. We took one of the bus (can't remember the bus no.) to Sukhumvit area for THB100 per person (as at July'06).
The journey took about 45min, and if i'm not mistaken, there will be an interval of 30min for every bus trip. So maybe you wanna spend your time there gathering additional information about Bangkok while waiting. :)
beware of the van or bus company in the airport. make sure you ask and confirm abt the additional toll charges. well, we asked and confirmed, and according to the person incharge, it's included yet when we get into the van, few mins later when we hit the road, it's a different story from the van driver. we got pissed, called and talked to the person incharge but it's recommended not to do so as you wil be end up spending a lot more on your roaming charges, plus they wil never admit they've promised anything regarding the matter even there's more than 10 ppl heard wht he offered before we got into the van. well, the toll fees is not expensive, ours is abt 80B, but is not abt the money, is the promise that we are not happy with =(
Free transfer from international airport to domestic airport. It is better to take this shuttle bus as it travels via expressway. Fast and Free!!
i think 150b is too expensive for less than an hour ride when you can do the same for only 35b via bus 565
bus 565 costs 35b to khao san. from the airport, take the shuttle to the bus terminal. remember it's bus 565! airport bus costs 150b. so there you choose.