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Link from Suwarnabhumi Airport to city Center
Arriving at Suwarnabhumi Airport and you want to go directly to the city center of Bangkok, the most quickly way is the new Airport Rail Link, tranporting you in about 15 minutes to the Makkasan Station without any stop and at a speed of about 120 km/hr.
This is an excellent way to get in the citycenter. The station at airport is below the ground floor, so just go down at the arrival floor. But before, make sure, that you have some notes of 100 Thaibath, because the automatic ticket dispensers accept only thai money. If not, somebody around will help you to change and get out the right ticket, for a tip.The price is 100 of 150 ThB pp.
When you want to go directly to citycenter, make sure that you choose the Express Line, without stops. If not, there is the City Line, which is making 6 stops underway and this takes you 30 minutes.
Arrived at Makkasan Station, you can order a taxi downstairs at a small office, who orders a taxi by radio, 5 minutes waiting, if not you have the Underground station nearby.
Airport Rail Link
Airport Rail Link has been operating since Jun 2010. I was traveling to Bangkok in Jun 2010, they were testing the Airport Rail System by offering free rides for all passengers to/from the New Bangkok International Airport. I was excited as airport rail is always my favorite thing to do in a city.
I really enjoyed the train ride as it was passing by many scenes of the sub-urban lifestyle of this metropolitan city with Thais architectural houses, modern highways, Thais Buddhist Temples or Wats, paddy fields, and schools. We were riding the SA City Line with stops along the way . I enjoyed experiencing looking at Thais living in a modern city with local customs and traditions.
Airport Rail Link is serving two routes:
1) SA Express - It takes 15 minutes from the Airport to reach Makkasan Station, nonstop. (one of the city MRT or Metro Interchange Station) . Fare: 150 baht (less than US$5).
2) SA City Line - It takes 30 minutes from the Airport and have 6 stations along the way including Rajprarop Station, Makkasan Station, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Hua Mark Station, Thab Chang Station, and Lad Krabang Station to arrive Phaya Thai Station ( one of the BTS Skytrain interchange stations). Fare: 15 baht to 45 baht ( US$0.50 - US$4.50 ) .
For more information, check out the Bangkok Airport Rail Link website.
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Three ways to get to your hotel in bangkok
Map & directions
From Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
Option 1 : Take a Public Metered Taxi (24 hour service) on the 1st floor, near Entrance 4 and 7. From Airport to central Bangkok , plus 50 Baht surcharge and toll, the fare is approximately 400 - 500 Baht, depends on traffic conditions.
Option 2 : Airport Sky Train (SA City Line) - Pyathai Station - to hotel -This train provides service between Suvarnabhume Airport station to Phyathai Station (30 minute, 90 Baht) which covers a distance of 28 kilometers and provide service from 6.00 to 24.00 everyday.
-Get off the train at "Phyathai Station" And call a metered taxi to Hostel. The fare is approximately 100 Baht.
*** Insist to turn the meter on.
Option 3 : Take the airport bus and see if your hotel is listed on the stops, about 200 bahts and almost door to door service.
Bus routes and numbers:
Route AE-1 goes on the expressway from Suvarnabhumi to Silom road. You can connect to the Skytrain or subway from Silom.
Route AE-2 goes on the expressway to Banglamphu. This is the one to get on for Khao San road.
Route AE-3 goes to the Nana (soi 3-4) part of Sukhumvit road.
Route AE-4 goes from Suvarnabhumi to Hua Lamphong, Bangkok's main train station
I do hear that they are discontinue in the near future because of the rail=link and taxi
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Airport Train Link
Update: Regular Service begins.
Convenient and Economical way to get to the city from the airport/vice versa
Airport Link City Line (7 stops)
35 Bhat to/from Makkasan>>> Bus # 556 will take you to Khaosan for 16 Bhat
40 Bhat to/from Phaya Thai>>> Can connect to BTS Mochit>Sukhumvit Line
Makkasan City Air Terminal>> Work is still in progress,
*** 1 Jun 2010 ***
Long Long Wait is going to be over.
The test ride will run from Phaya Thai station to Suvarnabhumi airport and there will be no stops along the way.
The trains will leave every 20 minutes. The trip will take about 25 minutes.
The test runs began yesterday and will continue until Friday, from 7 to 10am and from 4 to 7pm.
10 departures from Phaya Thai and 9 from the Airport. Test Run Train is non stop to /from Airport
The Red line (7 Stops) will connect Airport to Phaya Thai (7 Stops) and Purple Line (5 Stops) to Makasan City Air terminal connecting to Metro at Petchaburi
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Airport Rail Link (ARL)
Allow me to give the very first tip and feedback on Bangkok's new railway system between the airport and the city. It just opened this month (Oct. 2010) with 2 lines: the express line which goes non-stop between the airport and Makkasan station (travel time - 15 mins., interval between trains every 30 mins.), and the city line which has 6 stops until the terminus of Phaya Thai (travel time - 30 mins., interval between trains every 15 mins.). The intro fare for the city line is 15 baht (about 50 US cents) but this will be increased by Jan. 2011. At Phaya Thai, one could connect to the BTS line to get to other points in the city. Operating hours: 6 AM - midnight.
This airport link is of course far cheaper and faster than taking a cab. While the stops along its route have elevators for those with luggages, you'd have to haul your bags when you transfer to the BTS/MRT lines as they don't have elevators (though a few have escalators).
Upon arrival at the airport, look for the signs (as shown on the photos) for the rail link which is located at B1 level. Buy a ticket at the counter, ride the train and get off at your stop. The train cars however are like any usual commuter trains so while they do not have luggage racks or compartments, each car has an area without seats so passengers with big bags could congregate here.
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SA City Line from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok
All of the most up to date information about the Airport Rail Link between the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Bangkok city center that the high speed trains called SA Express and SA City Line being test run and soon will open for publics can be found from its official website at http://airportraillink.railway.co.th/en/index.html
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