There are two main airports in Bangkok -
1. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
2. Don Mueang Airport (DMK)
1. Suvarnabhumi International AirportThe airports' name Suvarnabhumi is a traditional name meaning ‘The Golden Land’. The newly opened airport in Bangkok (opened in 2006) is the city's largest airport handling almost all international, long haul flights as well as a large number of domestic flights. It is Thailand’s as well as Asia’s busiest airport taking into consideration the number of tourists visiting Bangkok.
Operating Airlines: British Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Air China, Air France, ANA, Bangkok Airways and Lufthansa. It has one domestic arrival zone and two international arrival areas.
Distance and TransportDistance to Bangkok city: 30 kilometres
1. Highway Link and Rail Route
- Airport rail link: There is a train scheduled every 15 minutes. It takes around 20 minutes to get into the city. It is the fastest mode of transport.
- Taxi: The fair is a little more expensive than the rail link. But there is an additional expressway toll cost which you may have to bear.
2. Shuttle Bus: It takes you to the public bus transportation stop from where you can board a bus to the city. It takes about an hour with this transportation.
Services and Facilities
In case of last-minute shopping or transit browsing, there are a lot of shops available at this massive airport in Bangkok. There is a huge duty free store area called King Power Duty Free at duty free prices. Branded stores like Bvlgari, Swarovski, Cartier, Hugo Boss and as well as other shopping outlets and boutiques are available here. Liquor and alcohol are also available at the duty-free shop at a much lesser cost than other stores in Bangkok.
Other souvenir stores, accessory shops for both men and women and pharmaceutical stores are also available after the immigration section.
2. Don Mueang International AirportThe oldest running airport in Bangkok closed down with the opening of Suvarnabhumi international airport but it reopened soon after. It is smaller in size as compared to Suvarnabhumi. It was required due to the heavy inflow of tourists into the city. Thus, it serves quite a number of international and domestic flight inputs ever since it opened again.
Operating Airlines: AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air are the airlines using Don Mueang on a very regular basis. Most of the low-cost airlines fly into this airport. There is a large volume of domestic inflow of flights. Most of the private jets are stationed and fly into Don Mueang. About fifteen airlines in total use this airport.
Distance and transportDistance from Bangkok City: 25 kilometres (40-minute drive from the airport)
1. Rail Link: 500 meters away from the airport and is the cheapest option to commute. Taking a train to the city centre station which is Hua Lamphong from Don Mueang Train station takes about an hour to reach. It may be economical but not the best option as the trains are usually very crowded and carrying some luggage along will just add further to the discomfort.
2. Shuttle Bus: Take a shuttle bus to Mo Chit Skytrain Station which takes twenty minutes to reach and then take a train to the central railway station. It would maximum cost a 100 BAHT via bus.
3. Taxi: It is the most expensive as it includes additional expressway costs but it is the easiest option as it takes you directly to your hotel or destination and you would not have to travel with any sort of hassle.
Services and Facilities
Difference between Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport
Suvarnabhumi International Aiport and Don Mueang International Airport are both international airports in Bangkok. While Suvarnabhumi lies about 32 Kms to the east of Bangkok, Don Mueang is to the north of the capital, just shy of 24 Kms. While both airports handle international and domestic flights, most domestic connections, especially those of low-cost carriers, are handled by Don Mueang.
So all in all, this city can ensure a smooth flow of tourists with good maintenance, refinement and proper connectivity of both the airports in Bangkok to the city hubs. They are definitely a boost to the tourism industry. It’s quite certain that one will not face any trouble travelling to and fro Bangkok.