Many travelers are currently looking for up to date information concerning how to transfer between Bangkok’s two airports: Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang. In this travel tip we will explain the main way to get between both airports. Undoubtedly more people are now concerned with this transfer as Air Asia, the popular low cost airline has now relocated to Don Muang,(DMK) having previously been at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Bangkok’s main international airport.
There is a free shuttle bus that is now running between both airports from 5am till Midnight every day.
To go from Suvarnabhumi (Main Bangkok Airport)- Don Muang: get on the Shuttle bus at Level 2 between gates 2 and 3
To go from Don Muang – Suvarnabhumi: take the shuttle bus at the ground floor arrival of terminal 1
The ride takes around one hour depending on traffic and there are no stops between airports.
Suvarnabhumi Airport reiterated to us that one needs to have their airline ticket for their outbound flight handy. (i.e. to get on the bus bound for DMK you need to have your flight ticket for your DMK flight in hand.)
This is the free shuttle schedule:
Public Bus and Taxi
There is a public bus # 555 which runs between the two airports with about 5 stops along the way. There are departures every 30 minutes and the cost at time of writing is 36 baht and the bus runs from 04:00-23:00. The ride is around one hour.
For Transit during hours at which the shuttle and public bus do not operate a taxi is the best option.
A quick update on the matter:
There have been many doubts and questions about the shuttle and transfers between these two airports since the service first started. We continue to receive many inquiries from travelers here in the comments and email so we want to let you know that everything written here as of today is accurate. We continue getting feedback from travelers and the airport on the topic. Should you have any updates or observations from your own travels please let us know.
Travel update July 28, 2014
The protests of early to mid 2014 disrupted logistics of the city, causing delays of hours, curfews being issued and suspension of some services. Bangkok Airports are now reporting regular wait times and check in hours. So plan on the standard hour to hour and a half for these transfer services in addition to the 1 or 2 hours you should be waiting at the airport for domestic and international flights respectively. Of course be attentive to rush hour traffic by giving yourself more time to transfer.
***Also we have been informed that due to construction in the airport terminal one must walk a detoured route to the end of the terminal, which is still marked by signs leading to the shuttle and a ticket checking booth.
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