The Skytrain (BTS) and Metro (MRT) network is a fast and affordable way to get around Bangkok. The system is easy to navigate and runs from 5.30am until midnight. There is also an extensive network of buses, but these are prone to Bangkok's notorious traffic jams. The most interesting way to get around is on the waterways of the Chao Phraya River, where numerous river taxis, long-tail boats and large waterbuses make most tourist sites easily reachable. Tuk tuks (colourful three-wheelers) are the standard way of making short journeys by road and are cheaper and quicker than regular taxis, but fares should be negotiated before boarding. Metered and un-metered taxis are air-conditioned, but passengers should be aware that drivers don't carry much change. Any taxi or tuk tuk can be hired for a day's tour of the sights; ridesharing options inlcude Uber, Lyft and Ola. Bangkok also has free bikes for tourists for two set routes along the river; the east side goes past some of the biggest temples, while the west side goes through more residential areas.
Bangkok International Airport
The airport is situated 20 miles (32km) east of downtown Bangkok.
Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
LocationThe airport is situated 20 miles (32km) east of downtown Bangkok.
Getting to the city
The Airport Rail Link (ARL) is the fastest way to get to central Bangkok. The service runs from the first floor of the airport and connects travellers to the MRT underground at Makkasan Station and the BTS Skytrain at Phaya Thai Station. Public buses run several routes from the Transport Centre to Bangkok, while the Airport Express provides air-conditioned coaches between the airport and hotels in downtown Bangkok. There is also a Limousine Service counter on the 2nd floor of the Arrivals Hall.
Car hire is available from Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt. Bookings can be made at the Car Rental service counter at Arrivals.
From the airport, passengers can catch a taxi from the platform of the Passenger Terminal on the 1st Floor. Travel time depends greatly on traffic but is at least 30 minutes and can be much more. An exit fee is expected to be paid by the passenger, though this can be paid at the end of the ride. Passengers can request the driver use the expressway, which will cost a small additional fee.
Currency exchange is available, and ATMs are located throughout the terminal building. A tourist information service is located in the Arrivals hall on Level 2; duty-free shopping and a myriad of restaurants, wine bars and fast food outlets are also available.
Short and long-term parking is available at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.