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 =(
By the end of your travels in Thailand, you probably have less money in your pocket than when you just arrived. ;-) A taxi could be too expensive than (around 300 bath + 2 times you have to pay toll on the highway). What you could do is go to KohSan Road, and enter a travelagent to arrange for you a seat on the airport bus. A one way ticket will cost you around 80 bath. They have minibusses departing every hour to the airport. It takes about 1 hour to get to the airport. It is much cheaper than a taxi, and the ride doesn't take that long than fe by taking a public buss.
There are 3 different lines that operate between airport and Bangkok city. Ticket cost 100 Baht/ person. Bus stop is just outside the International Terminal and the girls at the counter/ in the bus are very helpful if you are not exactly sure what line you need or where to get off…
Good alternative to taxi if you have time and are not sure what would be a fair fare to pay.
Aircon buses from or to the airport are an okay way to go if your destination is on a main hotel / tourist drag, if you are not in a rush and if you do not have too many bags (more than two that is, one in a hand, one on a shoulder).
The buses usually wait near the meter taxi ranks at both international and the domestic terminals. If one is not there ask a local and they will try and help you if they speak your language. Really, they are very helpful.
Running times are 04.30 to 00.30, at approximately 15 to 30 minute intervals.
AB-1: Airport-Silom Road
From airport, Don Muang Tollway exit Din Daeng Road, pass Century Park Hotel, Pratunam, Ratchadamri Road, Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Lumphini Park, Silom Road, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Charoen Krung Road, and stop at Silom Road, opposite Lerdsin Hospital.
AB-2: Airport-Sanam Luang
From airport, Don Muang Tollway exit Din Daeng Road, pass Ratchawithi Road, Victory Monument, Phyathai Road, Phetchaburi Road, Lan Luang Road, Princess Hotel, Tanao Road, Phra Sumen Road, Chakraphong Road, Bang Lamphu (Khao San Road), around Democracy Monument, Royal Hotel and stop at Sanam Luang.
From airport, Don Muang Tollway, Din Daeng Expressway, exit Sukhumvit Road, pass Nana, Ambassador Hotel, Grand Pacific Hotel, Asoke intersection, Eastern Region Bus Terminal (Ekamai), New Phetchaburi Road, Thonglor Road and stop at Thonglor Police Station. (been in here a few times I can tell you – lovely chaps the lot of them)
AB-4 : Airport-Hua Lamphong
From airport, take Don Muang Tollway, Din Daeng expressway, exit Ploenchit Road, pass Siam Centre, Siam Square, Phyathai Road, Mah Boon Krong, Rama IV Road, Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok Centre Hotel, Wong Wian 22 Circle, and stop at Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
Regular Buses (regular bone shaking rattling buckets of rusty iron more like) are 29, 59, 95. To say non air con buses can be uncomfortable and crowded is an understatement.
If you are travelling alone, you may wish to consider taking this Airport Shuttle to town for 100THB.
Route A1 runs along to the west end of Thanon Silom, via Pratunam and Thanon Rajdamri;
Route A2 goes to Sanam Luang, via Victory Monument, Democracy Monument, Thanon Tanao (for Thanon Khao San), Thanon Phra Sumen and Thanon Phra Athit (Banglamphu);
Route A3 runs along Thanon Sukhumvit to Soi Thonglor via the Eastern Bus Terminal.
Airport bus rountine :
Start from 5:30 AM to 24:00AM.
Compare airport bus in Beijing(8:00AM to 20:00PM), the running time is longer, but unfortunately I can not take the bus when I came to Bangkok on the middle night flight.
The cheapest way to get from the Airport to many of the hotels is to get the bus from just outside the departure lounge. As I usually stay around the Lower Sukhumvit area I get bus AB-3 which is air-conditioned and travels along the expressway and then onto Sukhumvit, so I get off at one of the first stops it makes - almost as quick as the taxi and a lot cheaper at only 100baht.
However the buses can get very crowded, especially route 2 which goes to Khao San Road, and the every 15 minute timetable is also a bit variable.
Getting from the Airport to the hotel was easy,walk out of the arrival terminal and look for a red coloured bus A2 to Sanam Luang(Khaosan Rd), buy your ticket for 100bt from the kiosk (4by 6 hut) outside and hop on the bus.When you get to Khaosan you will notice all the remaining passengers get off.The bus stops there in front of Sawasdee hotel/resturant.
There is a police station on the same side just past Khaosan Rd where you can get the info on bus routes fares and a map for 5bt.Public transport is hassle free and the conductors are very helpful just ask him to remind you of your stop and he will let you know when it is time for you to get off at your stop.
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From tha airport you can take a bus to get to the centre. There are mainly 3:
- A1 to West End (Thanon Silom)
- A2 to Khao San Road.
- A3 goes to Sukhumvit area.
As you clear customs, look for the Airport Bus signs, buy the ticket (100B) at the stall and get on the (mini)bus. It will take 60-90 minutes, depending on traffic jams.
ABOUT BUS SERVICES AT BANGKOK
This following text is an interesting advertisement from the Airports Authority of Thailand. Read on !
"The Airports Authority of Thailand provides extensive passenger transfer services, including limousines, hire cars and taxis, all of which can be arranged through designated counters in the 1st floor arrivals halls of both the domestic and international terminals.
Another popular transfer choice are the Airport Bus services run by Bangkok Mass Transit Authority which cover three routes :
1. AB1 : Bangkok International Airport - Silom
2. AB2 : Bangkok International Airport - Sanam Luang
3. AB3 : Bangkok International Airport - Thonglor
All bus journeys are charged at 100 baht and departures are every 10 minutes. Buses Leave from outside Domestic Arrivals Terminal 1 and International Departures Terminal 2"
ABOUT SPECIAL FACILITIES OFFERED BY BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO DISABLED PASSENGERS
For the safety and convenience of disabled people using Bangkok International Airport, the Airports Authority of Thailand (AAT) has made a number of adaptations to airport facilities as well as providing special equipment and services. These include special areas for receiving vehicles carrying the disabled and conveying them to and from their flights by electric car through the terminals as well as automatic conveyors and non-slip floor coverings.
There are also lifts for the disabled installed with radio communications within the terminals, in the event of a hospital emergency, medical staff are on 24 hours standby at the airport's medical center. Disabled passengers requiring additional assistance have the option of calling on any airline personnel or AAT officers who will be only too pleased to provide the required help.
Airports Authority of Thailand, 171 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd., Donmuang Bangkok 10210
Tel. 02 535 15 40, 02 535 40 98 / Fax 02 535 40 99 / www.airportthai.or.th
i think 150b is too expensive for less than an hour ride when you can do the same for only 35b via bus 565