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Don Muang International Airport
Don Muang International Airport is about 24km north of downtown Bangkok, using the toll expressway or the Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road...
The airport has 3 terminals... Terminal 1 and 2 for international flights and the Domestic Terminal for domestic flights... The domestic terminal and international terminals are connected by a walkway or you can take a free shuttle bus service...
Transport to Bangkok include public taxi, limousine, airport coach from the arrival lounge... train service is also available across the road form the airport terminal building...
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As a non-transfer passenger above 2 years of age intending to depart the country by an airplane one has to pay a government fee for of 500 Baht or 11 US$ in cash.
The problem I have with it are the travel agencies who sell you a ticket with an air fare "including all fees and taxes" which is not true and turns out upon departure in BKK. There are even some agencies around, who rise the tax to a fictional amount to earn some extra bucks. Compare the fares and conditions. If the agency tells you that all fees and taxes are included then demand a sales contract with that term and upon reception of the ticket ask about the 500 THB. Since there aren't any possibilities for a voucher or an explicit entry on the ticket he has to refund your 11 bucks (except he's purchasing a receipt from the Airport Autority directly and get it via mail) . OK it is not much money but some people don't want to work 2 hours for nothing but an empty promise and/or some people just don't want to get cheated...
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From the Airport
The airport is located about 30 miles outside of the city and the taxi or bus ride into town can take anything between 40 minutes (at night or during weekends) and 3 hours (during rush hour). Airportbuses leave at regular intervals from the terminals and drop passengers off all over the city - this can take very long, it costs only 100 Baht per person and is the best deal when you are travelling alone. For which bus to take go to the website listed below.
An (faster) alternative are taxies, about 200 to 300 plus 70 to 80 Baht Highway toll if you take one from the taxi-stand. Better is instead of walking to your left after passing customs, walk to your right and go outside, there will be taxis there. They will have meters (never take one without!) and if you explain to them that you do not want to take the toll road, a ride into town should be no more than 200 Baht.
Very important is to save 500 Baht for your departure tax, it is paid at counters and automatic vending machines. All passengers - International (500 baht) and Domestic (50 baht) have to pay.
Hua Lamphong to Don Muang airport
Hi, The train from Hua Lamphong is VERY reliable, as it's still the main mass transit mode of getting about. And VERY inexpensive, one-way ticket for 8 THB! Plus plenty of storage space/facility for your luggage.
After trying the riverboats, modern subway, modern skytrains, and taxis, this is another way to travel worth experiencing. For me, it was the quirkiest, with lots of friendly locals who are only too eager to assist!
Plus the journey is nice & relaxed, get to see the suburbs, people navigating small boats along the narrow river canals, residences scattered around, etc.
The airport is easy to spot on arrival too, approx 40 minute trip.
Taxi time depends on traffic, can take over an hour many times, costs around 300 THB.
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Bangkok Airport to Chinatown by Train, Bus, Taxi
The cheapest way into town from the domestic Don Muang airport is to take the local train from the airport to Chinatown (Hua Lamphong station). Ignore the taxi touts and the outside taxi que - just walk outside through the car park - and to your right. About half-way down the now-closed domestic-international walkway - you'll see a break in the fence and a pedestrian walkway over the highway. Just walk over to the small train station.
It will cost 21 baht to take the very interesting local train one hour (22 kms) straight to the end-of-the-line. You'll get out at the historic terminal - and then can walk to the underground subway. Or you can take a taxi to the backpacker Khao San road. (If you arrive in the morning, the trains go every 20-minutes but after lunch they'll only be every hour.)
The old-option of going from the international terminal to the main Don Muang train station doesn't work since they've closed the overhead pedestrian walkway from the terminal to the Amari airport hotel. Anyway, this sub-station is much closer to the domestic terminal!
Of course the easiest way into town is just to walk out the arrival hall and join the taxi que. You can't choose your taxi but it's all quite efficient. Along with paying the 50 baht airport charge, taxi meter cost, and any toll-ways - it's a smooth ride to where you want to go. It'll take 45-minutes (or more) to get to town.
FREE shuttle bus from Don Muang to the underground subway - MRT Blue Line (Chaloem Ratchamongkhon) Lat Phrao Station for Thai Airways passengers who show their boarding pass stub at EXIT 2.
If anyone's ever taken a local bus into town - I'd be interested to know the number and route. I'm thinking this could be a very long ride of a couple hours.
29 – Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong Station) - Chinatown
59 – The Emerald Buddha Temple (Sanam Luang) - Closest to Khao San Rd
95 – Ram Indra Rd – Ramkhamhaeng Rd.
4 – Silom Rd.
29 – Victory Monument – Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) - Chinatown
10 – Victory Monument – Southern Bus Terminal
13 – Sukhumvit Rd – Eastern Bus Terminal
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FROM BANGKOK AIRPORT
We would like to share our experience upon our arrival in Bangkok: From the airport, we took a taxi: The airport is about 3 km from the city centre airport taxi to anywhere in town cost about 120 baht for up to only four people in the cab.
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Never pay a surcharge for taxi's at the airport!
The absolute best piece of advice I have for people visiting Bangkok is to skip the lines at the taxi waiting area, walk around the outer edge of the airport, and then head towards the main highway that runs directly parallel to it. There are cabs that have stopped at the side of the road that you hire just as you would in any part of the city. Saves you time from waiting on line with the added bonus of not having to pay the surcharge.
cheapest way between airport & city
there are loads of way to go between the airport and the city.. the cheapest way is by train.. it's at least 10 times cheaper than the next option!! a train between hua lamphong station and the airport costs 5 (old train with fan), 10 or 20 (with aircon and stewardess) baht per person depending on the type of train.. basically, you don't get a choice.. the type is fixed with the timetable.. the other thing to note is that there are no trains between half past eight and two in the afternoon.. so try to avoid departing or landing at that time and you'll save loads of money.. ;)
the other alternatives include airport bus (100 baht per person), taxi (approximately 300 baht, if there is no traffic jam) and minivan (80 baht per person)..
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Taxi from airport
I find the most convenient way getting into city is by metered public taxi. There will be many offering limousine taxi service as you walk into the reception/greeting area. Of course the fare is much higher. Just follow the taxi sign to the taxi queue outside.
Public taxi has a Bth 50 surcharge on top of the metered fare. Taxi drivers will always encourage the use of toll way. During peak hours, it make sense for a smoother ride that cost another Bth40-60 extra (depends on your destination). Also taxi drivers expects you to pay cash for toll, so get some small change handy. However if you arrive late in evening (say past 9pm), city bound traffic has eased and you may choose not to.
At times when queque for taxi is too long, the allternative is to head up to the departure hall level where taxis come to drop off passengers (no Bth 50 surcharge here).
Taxi from / to Airport
After exiting the customs check at Bangkok airport, ignore all the taxi touts and follow the taxi sign to the taxi stand located outside the airport building. When taking a taxi in Bangkok, always confirm with the taxi driver that the meter will be used before boarding. The starting fare is 35 Baht.
There will be a 50 Baht airport surcharge for taking a taxi from the airport. Tell the driver to use the tollway for a fast journey to your hotel. However, you will have to pay for all the toll fees. There will be 2 toll stations along the way, and you will need to pay a total of 60 Baht (20 Baht for the first toll station, and 40 Baht for the second one). If you give the driver a 100 Baht note at the first toll station, he will give the note to the cashier and return you 40 Baht, retaining 40 Baht for the second toll station. A typical journey from the airport to the central area will cost about 160 Baht (excluding airport surcharge and toll fees). I usually round up the taxi fare to the next higher 10 Baht.
From hotel to the airport, you should definitely make sure that the taxi meter will be used, even if the hotel doorman got the taxi for you, and especially so if the taxi was waiting just outside your hotel. In my case, the taxi driver did not want to use the meter and tried to charge me a fixed fare (including toll fees) of 350 Baht!
Trains from downtown to the airport
If you don't have much luggage (in fact no big deal even if you do, depending on you!!), you could consider taking a train from Hualamphong Train Station. It's a straightforward 60-75 minute ride to the airport. There are several stations on the way, but the airport is so visible on your right, you can't miss it.
At Hualamphong, there are tourist information advisers happy to be of assistance. At the ticketing window, they speak enough English to explain when the next train is & from which platform. Cost for this journey is a paltry 5THB!!! Platforms are on the left, before you go to buy tickets.
Frequency is roughly 2 trains an hour, best to check before your departure day.
Benefit is you can compare & contrast the several forms of transport in Bangkok, this being one of the oldest & most neglected. Also you will pass over several khlongs, seeing boats whizzing goods/passengers along the narrow canals, often at impressive speeds!!
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Don Muang International Airport
Bangkok International Airport is an important hub of Asia and the hub of Thai Airways International. It serves the most air traffic in Thailand with more than 80 airlines in service. It has three terminals. Terminals 1 & 2, for international flights, are in practice just different sides of the same building. The domestic terminal is a kilometer to the south, and you can either make the long trek on foot via a walkway or hop onto a free shuttle bus which goesevery 15 minutes from just outside the terminal.
Bangkok charges a departure tax (called the "Passenger Service Charge") of 500 baht for international flights, payable in cash after check-in.
The taxi stand is located outside the arrivals area at the end of the terminal, and is the best way of getting into town. It's also your only option after 11 PM. Give your destination (English is understood) and you will receive a two-part ticket at the booth. The charge into town will be the meter + 50 baht + toll if you take the expressway (recommended during the day).
Bangkok International Airport will be replaced by the new Suvarnabhumi Airport, which has been under construction since 2002 and is currently expected to open in 2006.
Meter Taxis from the Airport
Most people arrive in Thailand via Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport, 20 kilometres north of the city centre. There are two inter-national terminals. However , the principle is exactly the same in each terminal.
1. Out of Customs
2. TURN LEFT
3. Past the counters within the passengers only area (changing money here is okay for the rates)
4. Pass the lasses in the area where all the greeters are – outside the rails, smiling and snacking away. They may attempt a fast one on you, often they are selling an unofficial cab / limo.
5. Go for PUBLIC TAXI METERS exit. They are in a rank outside the automatic doors (ON YOUR RIGHT AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE GREETERS AREA) A booth is at the end of the queue dishing out tickets that give you contact details of who to contact if you have a problem (nice touch).
Taxi drivers are only permitted to pick up passengers at these authorized stands and they are not allowed to offer their services to passengers in the terminal building.(So no nipping up to arrivals and expecting a shorter queue – unless you only have hand bags - guess who does this all the time?).
Fares to Silom around 200 THB in total, Sukhumvit about the same. You pay an extra 50 THB on top of the meter fare. It's standard procedure – it's for lost time waiting at the airport.
Trips to Silom / Sukhumvit take anything from 30 mins to 1 hour depending on the time of day and weather.
Add on around 40 THB for expressways. You pay for these while you are still in the cab at the toll booth (tell the taxi to use the expressway – it’s worth it, believe me.)
No excess / number of bags fees.
Tips of around 20THB will keep the driver happy.
Have small notes ready, 20THBs and 100THBs. Often they can't break a 500 THB or a 1000THB.
Driver? ...guaranteed to know all the latest football scores and transfer market goings on.
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Flying to BKK and getting to/from the airport.
Bangkok's airport isn't the most interesting airport to have to wait around in. I like airports, but they have to have places to watch the planes to appeal when you're stuck in them for a while.
Bangkok can be reached by air from just about anywhere in the world. Thai International is the national carrier serving most points in Europe, America, and Asia.
To get from the airport I took an "airport taxi". It cost 700B to the Petchaburi area. I thought that was pretty steep. When I left Bangkok in 2005, I took a normal meter taxi from Classic Place Hotel (in Petchaburi) to the airport and it only cost 141B!! Next time I arrive in BKK I'll just take a metered taxi. That's much better value. Unfortunately the subway and BTS do not go to the airport.
Take a songtaew
Songtaews are the cheapest way to get around bangkok. They are big pick up truck looking things with a giant hood on top (protect riders from weather and sun). There are two benches inside and a railing for support. You can hail them down like taxis-they will either take you to your route privately(which costs a little more) or you join the group and he drops you and the others off. Some do have routes and will only pick ones up going that way.
They are located at the bottom of some skytrain stations. For instance, at BTS Saphan Taksin there is a fleet of them. This is more popular in other cities-such as chiang mai.
You always haggle the price with the driver ahead of time. The drivers are quite honest and some do have a fare chart. If they offer less than one us dollar -just go with it. Don' t be stingy. You may also have to show them a map where you want to go, so have it ready. Prices will be a little higher at night.
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