Arriving into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport Guide
Suvarnabhumi is also known as the Bangkok’s new international airport. Many domestic and international flights fly in and out from here. Also, it is a regional gateway and connection point for several foreign carriers. Here are some tips which will help you better prepare your arrival into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Bangkok airport’s immigration customs
Suvarnabhumi is a huge airport which you might expect the immigration control quite far away from your arrival terminal. Your arrival at the main terminal building could be at a terminal gate or bus gate. Fill your arrival immigration papers and keep them on hands before entering the custom. Arriving at the immigration control, queues for both Thai passport and foreign’s passport could be long because Suvarnabhumi has several flights coming in daily. However, the lines move quite fast so that you will not be waiting for more than 30 minutes.
If you need to get a visa on arrival, prepare to show your visa approval and pick up at the Visa-on-arrival counter.
After having your visa on your passport of stamped, you are free to walk further to the baggage claim which is right behind the immigration customs. It might take some time until baggage starts running on the conveyor belt, but it would not take too long.
Before going to Bangkok city center
In Thailand, the currency used is Thai Baht. You can either withdraw money at any ATM in the airport, which keep in mind that every single ATM charges you 200-250 Baht for each transaction, or exchange your money at foreign currency exchange counters. At the airport, the exchange rate is not favorable but you can exchange a small amount to manage to get around on your first day and decide to exchange later in the city.
Getting a sim card could be very convenient during your stay in Bangkok or Thailand. There are three reliable providers: AIS, dtac and True Move H. You will spot them immediately when you go through the exit gate. A sim card costs about 50 Baht. If you wish to have the Internet on your phone which is most of the time the reason for getting a sim card for, you can get a small amount of 3G data at a price starting from 100 Baht. You can also choose different packages (3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 1 month) at any of provider’s counters.
How to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok city
There are several ways that you can get to Bangkok city or your accommodation from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Public transports such as Skytrain and buses are at your convenience or taxis and private transfers.
By Airport City Rail Link
It is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Bangkok city. The Airport City Rail Link runs from 6:00 to midnight. It brings you to interchanges with MRT and other BTS trains. Interchanges to get MRT and BTS trains are Makkasan (MRT Station) and Phaya Thai (BTS Station). From these stations, you can easily get other trains or buses to get to your accommodation.
*Note: Airport City Rail Link, MRT and BTS trains are not running after midnight
Public buses run 24 hours a day from the airport to Bangkok city center. Here are buses you might consider to take to Bangkok city center:
- Bus 551 – Chonburi expressway – Srirat expressway – Asoke-Dindang – Rachawithi Road – Victory Monument
- Bus 552 – On-Nut BTS (Sukhumvit road)
- Bus 553 – Kingkaew Road – Bangna-Bangpakong Road – Sri Nakarin Road – Sukhumvit Road – Sai Luad Road – Samut Prakan
- Bus 554 – Don Muang Airport
- Bus 555 – Vibhavadi Rangsit – Rangsit
- Bus 556 – Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal
- Bus 558 – Central Rama
There is an express bus which brings you to 4 popular tourist destinations:
- Bus AE1 – Suvarnabhumi-Silom
- Bus AE2 – Suvarnabhumi-Khao San Road
- Bus AE3 – Suvarnabhumi – Sukhumvit – Wireless Road
- Bus AE4 – Suvarnabhumi – Hua Lamphong Railway Station
*Note: Express buses are not running after midnight
You will find a taxi booth just downstairs of the airport. They will probably give you two bits of paper which you keep one and give the other one to the taxi driver that’s been assigned to you. Taxi runs meter, and you will be expecting to pay tolls as well (which costs 50Baht). If you arrive late at night, there will be no heavy traffic so that you can ask to drive off toll roads. Price from the airport to the city would not exceed 400 Baht.
By Private Transfers
Private Transfers from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok city are at your convenience. You will be picked up at any time of your arrival and brought to your hotel. There are different vehicle types for to choose from: Sedan, SUV, minibus.