Cheap Transport into Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Arriving to the main airport in Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi can be a little daunting if it is your first time. Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is a massive airport. A massive airport with no terminals! Arriving in a foreign country for the first time can lead to the feeling of being lost. If you have come on a long flight then you just want to get to your accommodation. Doing that safely and efficiently are often at the top of your list of priorities. In this article, we’ll look at some of the options to get into the center of Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi in a cost effective manner.
Taking a Taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Central Bangkok
Taxis in Bangkok are generally good quality and cost effective. They are cheap! There are of course a lot of horror stories about Bangkok taxis so it is important that if you want to choose a taxi option to remember the following steps. If you do so, you’ll stay safe and won’t be victim of a scam. First of all, make sure the driver uses the meter. If the driver quotes you a price, simply say no and choose another taxi. There are plenty! The price quoted will always be more expensive than the price of the meter so simply walk to another taxi until you find one which will use the meter. Secondly, take note of the registration of the vehicle. It is Thai law that all taxi drivers must show their registration details on the dashboard in a yellow card. This will have the taxi registration number on it and a photo of the driver. Making a note of these details gives you options to complain later if a taxi driver tries to scam you.
It is also worth noting that taking a taxi from Suvarnabhumi airport incurs a surcharge of 50 THB. Please remember to add this to your fare. The driver may not have the best English and you may be on the defensive due to articles like this. The driver is not trying to cheat you, this is official airport policy so remember to pay the 50 THB surcharge! Finally, the driver will often give you the option of using the tollroads to get into Central Bangkok or not.
These tend to be faster roads so it is worth it if you want to reach the destination quickly. The tollroads are paid with cash. The driver will expect you to hand them the money for the tollroad as they approach the tollbooth. These are always less than 100 THB and you will receive a receipt. The driver will give you back any change. A final note on taking a taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Central Bangkok is to ensure you have small change. A taxi might not have change from a 1,000 THB or 500 THB note. There are plenty of places to buy a bottle of water, sim card or whatever else in the airport before getting in a taxi, please do so. If you aim to have 500 THB broken into 100 THB notes, you’ll be in a good place for the tollroads and final taxi fare.
Taking the Airport Rail Link (ARL) into Central Bangkok
If you head to the basement floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport you will see signs to the Airport Rail Link. This is a train that runs regularly throughout the day and night into Central Bangkok. The Airport Rail Link connects directly to both the BTS and MRT systems in Bangkok, this will enable you to cover most of the city and get around with ease. The Airport Rail Link costs less than 50 THB per person making it a cheap option especially if you are traveling alone. It is very easy to use and connections are clearly marked. If your accommodation is within walking distance of any of the BTS, MRT or ARL stations then it is worth using.
If you are traveling alone then it is inexpensive. If you are traveling with a lot of luggage then perhaps a taxi would be easier just as if you are traveling in a group of 3 or more, then a taxi would be a similar price. We’d always recommend picking up a sim card when arriving in Thailand. This gives you access to data on your phone and enables you to check out things like Google Maps. You are then able to check a taxi driver is going in the right direction or plan your route if you are making your own way with public transport. Chances are Bangkok will be the first place you see in Thailand. It is a wonderful city and doing a little preparation before arriving will ensure you get to your accommodation in a safe manner.