Airport Bus, Bangkok
I agree to skip all the madness and head down to the lower level and catch the bus. No games to be played and its 150bt. They have maps so you can make sure they can drop you off where youre going and also theres a Family Mart down there so you can grab something to drink while you wait for your bus.
I got to the airport and found that the AE4 bus is no longer running. This would have been perfect as it stopped at my hotel. The next closest bus would have been a 3km walk with all my bags. No thanks!
I arrived in late May 2007. I'm not sure if the cancellation is permanent or not, but just in case check out other options if you need this bus.
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
(last date took the mini-van - July 18, 2006)
Mini-van - ThB 70.00
fare becomes expensive due to the construction of new airport and far distance of it.
(date took the mini-bus/van - Jan. 10, 2005)
Most of the travel agencies in Khao San Road offer this services as low as THB 50. Some charges @ THB 60
Look for the schedule written in the board and pay THB 50 - THB 60. Reservation is needed!
Usually, it will take 1 hour before you can reach the airport. Taking this tourist bus/van is still convenient and cheaper!
Since the opening of the new BIA, the bus service to town has changed too !!!
Now, the shuttle costs 150 Baths and is not as frequent as before (one per hour).
In one word, it is bad !!!
Just advice you to catch a taxi to your destination.
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. :)
Airport Bus - Station # 12
Bangkok International Airport to Khao San Road & vice-versa
Fare - 100 Baht
Service hours: 5:30 am - 24.30 am (airport)
A1 : Airport to Silom road
A2 : Airport to Kao-sarn road
A3 : Airport to Sukhumvit road
A4 : Airport to Rama 4 road (Hualumpong raiway station)
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.