Getting from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) to the city

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, the other one being the newer Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Don Mueang International Airport is Bangkok’s original airport and now serves as a low-cost carrier hub serving airlines such as  Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, NokScoot, Scoot, Tigerair Taiwan, and New Gen Airways.

Terminal 1 handles international flights and Terminal 2 handles domestic flights. The airport is open 24 hours and is located some 24 KM from the city.

The airport is easy to navigate being one simple long hall. Here you can find money changers (go to the city is better), Starbucks, convenience stores such as 7/11, ATM’s, lots of stalls selling sim cards, and more. There is an information desk with helpful staff that will give out transport directions and even have simple free urban Bangkok maps on offer. The airport offers wifi free for 2 hours past that you may get wifi from the coffee shops on level 1 or even level 4.

Getting to Bangkok city center from Don Mueang International Airport and vice versa

 

Airport Bus

There are 4 Airport Buses that go directly from Don Meaung Airport to the city area which are cheap and fast. They are clean, acceptable, and it’s my favorite way to reach the downtown area. Each of the four buses heads to a slightly different area of the CBD including Khao San Road, Lumpini Park, Democracy Monument, Victory Monument, the central shopping area, and Mochit bus station. You may board these buses outside the Terminal 1/Terminal 2 on floor 1 at exit 6, 12, and 14.

A1 Airport Bus – Good for transfer to Mochit BTS or the bus station. Stations: Rongrian Ho Wang, Tmb Headquarter, BTS Mo Chit, Opposite Jj Mall, Opposite Queen Sirikit Park, Mochit 2 Bus Depot

A2 Airport Bus – Good for transfer to Victory Monument. Stations: Rongrian Ho Wang, Tmb Headquarter, Opposite Chatuchak Park, Department Of Land Transport, Phahonyothin 18, Opposite Wat Phaiton, BTS Saphan Khwai, Bangsue Police Station, Sai Lom (Phahonyothin 8), BTS Ari,  Ratchakhru (Opposite Phahonyothin 5), Kanchanakom (Phahonyothin 2), BTS Sanampao, Channel 5, Lue Cha (Opposite Phahonyothin 1), Victory Monument (Phahon Yothin Side).

A3 Airport Bus  – Good for transfer to BTS Ratchadamri and Lumphini Park. Stations: Sriwanit Market, Wat Taphan, Soi Rang Nam, Opposite Indra Square Pratunam, Bigc Rajdamri, Peninsula Plaza, BTS Ratchadamri,  Aua, Lumphini Park 1, Lumphini Park 2, Lumphini Park 3, Suan Lum Phi Ni Pai Raek, Opposite Soi Phra Chen, Opposite Sono Lum Phi Ni

A4 Airport Bus – Good for transfer to the Khao San Road area. Stations: Mission Hospital,  Opposite National Economic And Social Development Board,  Opposite Wat Khae Nang Loeng,  Thai Airways Building,  Wat Ratcha Natda Ram, Royal Pavillion Mahajetsadabadin, Satriwittaya School, Bang Lumphoo, Krisda City, Wat Chanasongkram, National Gallery,  Opposite National Theater,  Sanamluang Bus Terminal

Service Hours & Price for DMK Airport Bus
A1 & A2 (07.00 – 24.00) Flate rate price 30 baht
A3 & A4 (07.00 – 23.00) Flate rate price 50 baht

Airport Express Limo Bus

It’s a clean, modern, air-conditioned bus with wifi. You can take it from Terminal 1 at gate 6-8 and Terminal 2 at gate 14. Airport Express Limo Bus (http://limobus.co.th) has two services.

Don Meung Airport to Khao San Road – direct express bus stopping only at Khao San Road. It leaves the airport every 30 minutes from 9.30 AM to 12:30 PM. Cost 150 baht

Don Meung Airport to Silom, Ratchadamri, Ploenchit, Pratunam – it is express only stopping at the four stations in the central area. If you want to connect to the MRT or BTS then this is a good choice. Cost 150 baht.

Taxi

If you have a group of 3 or four then a taxi is a good choice.  Head to gate 8 and you will find a taxi waiting area. Approach the desk and let them know your destination and they will give you a ticket. The beauty of this is that it is by the meter and the driver is informed of your destination. If you have any issues you can use the ticket to make a complaint. Note: the airport charges a 50 baht fee.

A taxi to the central area (Siam) would cost between 200-220 baht plus the airport fee.

A taxi to Mochit where there is BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line/Chatuchak Park MRT Station would cost 120 baht plus the airport fee.

A taxi from Don Muang Airport to Sukhumvit area inc Soi 11 would cost around 260-300 baht plus the airport fee.

Airport Limousine

You may get approached by private taxi operators and you can negotiate the price which is usually around 700 baht and is a door to door service.

Train

First note about the train, it’s sometimes unreliable and usually packed but first class on the rapid and express trains is usually OK. You can walk across the sky bridge from the airport to the adjacent railway station and buy a ticket that takes you to Bang Sue MRT Station or Hua Lamphong MRT Station and use that or taxi to go onto your final destination. The pic below is some of the rare first class seats, not every train has these.

Train from Don Mueang Airport to Bang Sue MRT station would take 40 minutes and cost 14 baht for first class, 7 for second class, and 3 for third class. See timetables

Train from Don Mueang Airport to Hua Lamphong MRT Station would take 65 minutes and cost 21 baht for first class, 11 for second class, and 5 for third class. See timetables

Hotels near Don Meuang Airport

It’s not unusual to want to stay near the airport before flying out and for that, I recommend two places

Sleep Box – it’s at the airport an level 4 of Terminal 2. They have hourly rates and an overnight rate. It’s super clean and modern.

Amari – it’s connected via walkway to the airport. It is a four-star hotel that is modern and clean. It has a pool, gym, onsite restaurant, and a bar. They offer free shuttle services to BTS Mo Chit Station and MRT Chatuchak Station (Sat-Sun), I think you can also request it during the week with notice. If you wanted to stay overnight and get breakfast, I would choose this one.

Useful resources

BTS – http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/main.aspx

MRT – http://www.mrta.co.th/en/

Bangkok Railways – http://www.railway.co.th

BTS and MRT Route Map 

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