Bangkok Airport, the Ultimate guide

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Suvarnabhumi Airport LogoSuvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ is a major hub in Southeast Asia. You won’t be alone in there, with more than 50 million passengers in 2012; it’s the 14th busiest airport in the world.  The airport is about 30 km east of Bangkok map.  On this page, you have different maps representing what you find on each floor. Everything about transportation from limousine to public buses. How to use it, how much, where and when, did I forget something? Some advice regarding money, arrival, VAT refund and even about sleeping in the airport. If you like what you learn share, like our Facebook page and come back again to see the new stuff. If you don’t please contact us and we will work harder to give you the best content, thank you.
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Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport map

Get Around

The airport is divided into 5 floors and a mezzanine, on each floor you have 10 entrance/exit doors or fewer. We use it as a landmark. Example: taxis are located on the First floor, door 4 and 7. The check-in counters on the fourth floor are divided by letter corresponding to different rows.

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Level 4 Departure

Map of departure level BKK airport

  • Shuttle bus to transportation center
  • Vat refund
  • Check in counter
  • Airline Passenger service center and observation deck are accessible via the stairs behind row Q
3

Level 3 Restaurant

Level 3 shops and restaurant Bangkok airport

  • Restaurants
  • Convenience store
  • Pharmacy
  • Muslim prayer room
  • ATM and currency exchange
  • Medical clinic
2

Level 2 Arrival

Level 2 Arrival Bangkok airport

  • Meeting point for hotel transfer or other organized pick up
  • Car rental
  • Limo services
  • Airport information counters
  • Shuttle Bus to Don Mueang (DMK)
  • Shuttle Bus to transportation center
  • Left luggage
  • Cell phone company
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Level 1

Level 1 public transportation

  • The taxi counter are found outside door 4 and 7
  • Intercity (to Pattaya or Hua Hin) bus counter is between door 7 and 8
  • At the far end near door 8 you will find a food court for most part used by the airport personnel and local
  • Medical clinic
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bll airport basement map

The major element here is of course the airport rail link, there is also a 7 eleven, a Subway restaurant, a coffee shop. A tunnel link the basement to Novotel airport hotel.

 

ATM and money exchange

They are just all over the place, airside, landside, any floor. Money exchange offers a slightly inferior rate than in the city. It may be preferred to change a small amount of money. If you use an ATM, processing fee is 150 to 180 Baht, and you can withdraw up to 20 000 Baht in most cases.

 

Bangkok Airport BKK Arrival

How to fill up your Immigration card (TM 6)

Fill up both sides (arrival and departure). Visa No. can be left blank if you get your visa on arrival. If you don’t know your address or haven’t booked your guesthouse/hotel, you can use a random address like Happy guesthouse, Bangkok or Sabai hotel, Bangkok.

Follow Immigration signs direction to the passport check counter.

Have these papers ready:

  • Passport
  • Thai Arrival card
  • Boarding pass

Passed immigration is the baggage claim area.

You may have to get your luggage scan when you exit the baggage claim area. It seems like it’s random when you have small luggage.

A lot of solicitations is made in the arrival area, for taxi, hotel, tour, etc. You may want to move somewhere quieter.

 

Transportation

Taxi

Taxi are accessible 24 hours a day on level 1 at door 4 and 7. State your destination at the desk, get your ticket and you are ready to go. Taxis are metered; the total fare is (50 Baht + Expressway toll fee + meter). Your ticket act as a quality control agent, if you have any complaint about your ride, simply call the number on your ticket. English is spoken at the desk, but your driver won’t necessarily speak it. Overall taxis are cheap, fast, safe and much easier when it’s your first time in Bangkok. If your flight arrives during night time (between midnight and 5:30), taxi or limo are your only options.

24h

 Phone 0-2132-9199

Airport Rail link

The station is located at basement level. You can’t miss it, really. The ARL has now 3 lines; 2 express lines and one City Line.

  • SA City Line

    6 Stops

    Trains every 12 to 15 minutes

    30 minutes to Phaya Thai

    Fare: 15 to 45 Baht

  • Phaya Thai Express

    Direct to Phaya Thai

    Trains every 45 minutes

    19 minutes

    Fare: 90 Baht

  • Makkasan Express

    Direct to Phaya Thai

    Trains every 45 minutes

    17 minutes

    Fare: 90 Baht

 Service from 6:00 to midnight.

Phone 1690

Obviously the so called Express lines are not fast if you have to wait 45 minutes for the next train. However if you have lots of luggage it’s recommended to use the Express lines. Trains are different, and express ones are more comfortable and less crowded.
Phaya Thai interchange with BTS Skytrain Phaya Thai. Makkasan station is a short walk to MRT station Phetchaburi via Skywalk.

 Limousine

 Airport limo service counters are located on level 2 (Arrival). Look for the AOT (Airport Of Thailand) logo.

Price varies depending on vehicle and distance.

24h

Phone 0-2134-2323-5

 

Shuttle Bus to Don Mueang airport

 On level 2 (Arrival) door 3.

5:00 to midnight

The free airport shuttle between Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) and  Don Mueang airport (DMK) has recent buses and lots of room for luggage.


The shuttle bus to Don Mueang is free for passengers only. You have to present your boarding pass or ticket.

 

Car rental service

 Rent a car counters are located on level 2 between door 7 and 8

Companies:

 

Bus to province (Bor Khor Sor)

Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport to  Pattaya

 Level 1 gate 8

From 7:00 to 22:00

Timetable
7:00 8:00
9:00 10:00
11:00 12:00
13:00 14:00
15:00 16:00
17:00 18:00
19:00 20:00
21:00* 22:00*

Travel time 2 hours

Drop off point: Sukhumvit road in Pattaya: North Pattaya Intersection, Central Pattaya Intersection, South Pattaya Intersection and a corner of Thepprasit road next to the Outlet Mall

Fare: 134 Bath

www.airportpattayabus.com

BKK Airport to Hua Hin

 Level 1 gate 8

Timetable

07:30

09:30

11:30

13:30

16:30

19:30

Travel time 3-4 hours

Drop off points: Hua Hin Bus station

Fare: 305 Baht

www.airporthuahinbus.com

Bangkok airport to Chantaburi > Trat > Koh Chang island

 Level 1 gate 8

One bus a day, 07:30

Travel time 10h to Koh Chang

Fare 180 Baht to Chantaburi, 240 Baht to Trat, 400 Baht to Koh Chang. Price includes ferry ticket.

www.bussuvarnabhumikohchang.com

 

Express shuttle bus to transportation center

Using public bus or public minivan requires you to go to the transportation center

 Level 2 (Arrival) door 5 – Level 4 (Departure) door 5

24H

Free

Transportation center

Minibus to Victory monument

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5:00 to 22:00

Take the minivan number 551 to Victory monument, the fare is 40 Baht. Van departs when they feel like that. The route is via Expressway. Victory monument is a huge public bus hub in Bangkok, it also connects with BTS Victory Monument. To go from Victory monument to Khao San road area use the bus #12 or #157 ( see map)

Minibus to BTS On Nut E9

5:00 to 22:00

Use minibus number 552 to BTS On Nut. You should see BTS written on the minivan. Fare 20 Baht.

 

Sleep in Bangkok airport

Suvarnabhumi airport has everything needed for sleep. Most airport sleepers are based on the third floor. You will see plenty of them from one end to another. If you seek calm for the night, go to the basement. A 7-11 is open 24h, and you can get WiFi from Subway restaurant or Cafe world. The downside is there is no washroom. Another quiet area for sleep is the observation mezzanine. You access the observation area from the departure level behind row Q and P.

Maybe you just want to book an hotel near the airport. Many, if not all, offer an airport shuttle bus.

 

Budget tips


BKK airport makes no exception foods and drinks aren’t selling for cheap. However don’t lose hope there are few places only known by locals and airport personnel. 7-eleven is open 24h a day, and the price is exactly the same as in town. The food court on level 1 near door 8 is another good pick. With all the typical Thai food at street food price 30 to 50 Baht only!  Still on the ground level, this time at the other end you have a small cafe selling Thai food. Everything is written in Thai, have fun with that .

 

Left luggage


Counter  level 2 Arrival and level 4 departure behind row P. 100 Baht for the first 24h and later 50 Baht every 12h. Good for few hours but pricey on the long term. Most guesthouse/hotel will offer this service for cheaper.

 

Vat refund for tourists

Vat refund

  • Vat refund is valid for a purchase over 2000 Baht in a same store. When you buy make sure you have your passport; get your P.P 10 and your tax invoice.
  • Claim you refund  within 60 days.
  • Before check-in show your goods and P.P.10 form to Customs officers for inspection.
  • Passed security you have to present your claim to VAT counter for a refund. Paid with cash, bank draft or credit card.

Custom office: departure level door 10 (far end).
Official website

 

Airlines

A-B
C-D-E
F-G-H-I-J
K-L-M-N-O
P-Q-R-S
T-U-V

Gallery

Sources

Suvarnabhumi Airport official
Suvarnabhumi Airport on wikipedia for history, statistic and other facts.
Sleep in airport Bangkok

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