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Jul 28

How to get from the main Bangkok Airport to Don Muang Airport

Monks prepare for departure at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport

Monks prepare for departure at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport

 

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.

Free Shuttle

 

freeshuttle

The free shuttle Bus waiting outside Don Muang Airport provides a hassle free service for passengers moving to and from the main Bangkok 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:

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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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  1. Lovely Roma

    You have mentioned a one-hour ride between the airports, but most of the information I have read online say 3 hours. So how long does it take really? Thank you in advance for your response.

    1. admin
      admin

      The actual length can changes with traffic, but in normal circumstances it should not take longer than an hour. We have done the trip several in several occasions.

  2. toska

    If my flight from DMK is the next morning after i land in Suvarnabhumi, can i still use free shuttle bus to DMK, and from there catch a taxi to nearby hotel? Could save me a few bucks :)

    1. admin
      admin

      If you have a ticket for the next flight yes you can use the free shuttle.

      1. yuna

        hi, i will be arriving in DMK by airasia if i want to go to Suvarnabhumi airport but without outbound ticket, can is still use the shuttle bus?

  3. Filip

    I have one question. Can you please tell me the exact time of departures from Suvarnabhumi airport to Don Muang from 9am? Are trip intervals every 30 minutes? Thank you.

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Filip the free shuttle runs every 30 minutes from 5 Am to midnight. It is a hassle free option to move between airports.

  4. DJ

    Hi!

    I’ll be arriving at BKK on June 25, 8:55 (ETA) and have a connecting flight to Udon Thani via Nok Air at DMK, 12:20 (ETD). My only concern is that based on the predicted weather in Bangkok by that time (i.e. raining/thunderstorm), is the time travelling through this free shuttle from BKK to DMK sufficient not to miss my flight? Thanks so much!

  5. admin
    admin

    Hi DJ,

    Unfortunately the weather is always unpredictable. If you arrive on time with your flight there should be sufficient time to go in the shuttle from one airport to the other. Keep in mind that immigration lines getting into Thailand (if flying in from outside) can be long, then baggage claim and then security and check in at DMK are still waiting for you. The best recommendation is to see how much time you have once you’ve cleared immigration. I would say you need an hour and a half to get to DMK and past security to make your next flight. If you find yourself with less time than this a taxi is your best option.

    1. DJ

      Hi!

      Thanks for the prompt reply. Yes, hopefully the weather by then would not be as bad as expected. Actually, I’m heading to Vientiane via Nok Air’s Fly’n’Ride service and stay for just a day before going back to Bangkok. Hope you can provide some itineraries for a day tour for Bangkok and Vientiane in your website. Thanks a lot! Cheers!

      1. admin
        admin

        Dear DJ,

        We’ll be sure to write something soon about a specific Bangkok itineraries. We also have some info here on a first timers trip to Thailand: http://www.traveladept.com/thailand-first-time-itinerary/

  6. Jcab

    Hi there,
    great stuff, thanks for the info!
    you guys mentioned public bus # 555 as starting at 4:00am, as of late June 2013, is that still the case?

    Will be arriving at Suvarnabhumi 1:55am with a flight to catch at Don Muang at 6:45am. I am cheapo so trying to avoid taxi…Public bus # 555 an option?
    Thanks a lot!
    cheers

  7. admin
    admin

    Hi Jcab

    It is as of the last information we have received, however if you want to have the surest info possible, the Bangkok Airport is easily called via telephone and their information operators are quite friendly and knowledgeable.

  8. RTuck

    Hi there,

    have a flight to catch from suvarnabhumi to sydney, australia @ 7.20 pm..will b coming from phuket on air asia flight @ 3pm…would this give us enough time to catch our flight to australia given the time allowances for the airport shuttle from DMK to Subarnabhumi plus the check time for the international flights…is air Asia pretty spot on with their flight times …ie… flight delays…etc…

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Rachelle. Thanks for visiting our page and asking about the airport transit. We always are eager to assist with travel questions and tips. In regards to your question about making this airport transfer in Bangkok, the time frames you have given, even when Air Asia is normally on time, are first of all very short. Second the time you are mentioning is rush hour and third Suvarnabhumi can be quite a crowded airport with long check in waits. All things considered the specific time frame sounds too short to recommend this type of transfer.

  9. Avinash

    Hi, I will be visitng Don Muang airport soon and i have a connecting flight from Suvarnahumi, one question that bothers me though is to catch the shuttle from Don Muang do I need to take a Thai visa? or will my air ticket suffice for the shuttle journey and entry to Suvarnabhumi airport and vice versa Suvarnbhumi – Don Muang.
    Kindly advise?

  10. admin
    admin

    Hi Avinash,

    The airline ticket is all you need to take the shuttle between the airports. The Thai visa is only used upon entering and exiting the country’s borders inside the airport itself at the official checkpoints.

    1. Avinash

      thanks a lot and let me say this , the information you’ll have on this site is very useful indeed. I really appreciate the efforts you’ll have put into this. no easy task!! Cheers!

  11. admin
    admin

    Thanks Avinash,

    We are always happy and ready to explore the great world of travel, let us know if you ever have any questions. We invite you to follow us on facebook and twitter for the most up to date travel tips.

  12. admin
    admin

    Just to clarify: these two airports are not internally connected, one has to enter the Kingdom of Thailand in the airport of arrival and one may need a visa according to one’s citizenship, even if just transiting between the two airports the visa will be required to go from one airport to the other, because it means entering the country and from there one takes a bus to the other airport which is located across town. -Traveladept Team

  13. Helga Staud

    Hi,
    want to know at which Point at Don Muang i have to catch the Free shutle bus to – Suvarnabhumi.
    Where exactly is the dropp off at Suvarnabhumi?
    I have to inform the Hotel for pick me up at Suvarnabhumi because my flight to Helsinki is on the next day.
    The Hotel offers a free Airport shuttle to the Hotel.
    thanks a lot

  14. admin
    admin

    Hello Helga,

    As you can see in the picture above at the top of the article, this is the bus stop at Don Muang for the Free Shuttle to Suvarnabhumi, it is located just outside on the ground level of arrivals between terminals 1 and 2. The bus arrives at level 2 between gates 2 and 3 of Suvarnabhumi airport.

    enjoy the trip

    -Traveladept Team

  15. Christy

    How much would it cost from BKK to DMK airport by taxi? and how long?

  16. admin
    admin

    Hi Christy,

    When talking about taxi’s please know that one specific answer will not cover every situation. It depends on which company you choose, if the driver uses the meter or you can convince him to. All the reading we have done on the subject points to an average of 300 thai baht for the journey. This may not include the 50 baht also required if the road the driver uses is a toll road. In the end it is good to have an assortment of large and small cash quantities because many drivers will not have change for larger bills. The length of time also varies with the traffic and roadwork conditions, but again ideally it should be no more than and hour and fifteen minutes. We hope this helps and again please remember every taxi ride is different, so plan to have yourself covered as far as possible.

  17. Jacki

    Hi – will be flying into Suvarnabhumi at 4.30pm and flying out of DMK the next morning at 10am – would you recommend staying at an airport hotel or going into town? Which airport would we stay at?
    Thanks

  18. admin
    admin

    Hi Jacki,

    I would say first of all that you would want to either stay in town or at an airport hotel near DMK. Staying just near Suvarnabhumi would only add extra time and traffic to your commute the next day. The only reason you may want to sleep near Suvarnabhumi would be to get to rest just after landing and take the free shuttle to DMK the next day.

    Going into town has the advantage of many wonderful hotels at very good prices, still your time would be limited in which to enjoy them. From here you would take a metro/bus, taxi or metro/taxi combination to arrive to DMK.

    Finally DMK airport has some hotels nearby, most are basic places to stay that seem affordable and clean. This would be the closest option to your airport for the next morning departure.

  19. Wizzu

    Hi,

    I’ll be arriving Suvarnabhumi on 13th August at about 16.15 and have an onward Air Asia flight to Phuket from DMK at 20.35. I just want to confirm what is the cut-off time for closing of Air Asia counter for obtaining a boarding pass? Thank you in anticipation.

    regards,

    Wizzu

  20. admin
    admin

    Hi Wizzu,

    With Air Asia you can self check in online, but you still need to get a boarding pass in the airport. Cut off time for baggage drop is 45 minutes before the flight departs. You need to be through security and at the boarding gate 20 minutes before flight departure, otherwise you cannot board. Here is the information from Air Asia’s site directly:

    http://www.airasia.com/ask/template.do?id=52

    Regards,

    Traveladept

  21. Dave

    My girlfriend will arrive on an Air Asia flight at Don Muang 3 hours before I arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport . We plant to meet at my arrival point and stay at a Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel. Can she take this shuttle bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport for free to meet my flight?

  22. admin
    admin

    Dear Dave,

    The official answer is that one needs a boarding pass for a flight out of Suvarnabhumi in order to use the shuttle bus, that is according to the airport office. In practice we are not sure if this is always verified by the bus driver/crew. She might approach the shuttle bus to see if transfer without the boarding pass is possible and if not take the 555 bus or a cab. If she will eventually fly out of Suvarnabhumi by the end of your trip she can of course use that ticket/boarding pass to justify her transfer.

  23. Penny

    Hi,

    I arrive at Suwarnabhumi (BKK) at 6.05 am and I plan to book a flight to Chiang Mai with Nok air. As per your earlier comments here, is 10.45am flight from Don Muang too soon to take the free flight from BKK.

    i.e. lets say if I take 8am shuttle, will I be in time for the flight leaving at 10.45 am from Don Muang

  24. admin
    admin

    It should be plenty of time as long as your immigration and shuttle time are normal, not too high traffic. It is best to clear immigration and then look at the time, if it is beyond 8am, you many want to consider a faster option.

    Regards,

    -Traveladept.com

    1. Penny

      Many thanks for your prompt reply.

      I presume taxi is the best option, if I miss the 8 am shuttle? or Is taking sky train to Siam and then taking taxi to Don Muang faster than taking taxi directly from BKK to Don Muang?

  25. admin
    admin

    Yes if you find yourself past the 8am mark a Taxi would be the best option. Taking a taxi directly to Don Muang would be faster since you won’t have to go into the traffic congested city and fight your way back out again. Going into Siam on the sky train would just take longer transiting from one point to another with bags.

  26. penny stocks

    What is there is traffic? Say you needed to get from BKK to DMK at 9 AM. How long would it take?

  27. admin
    admin

    Traffic can be unpredictable, the roadways can become congested at certain times, however most taxi drivers drive alarmingly fast and while it can inspire fear it is often the fastest way to get between two points. Any bus train or shuttle would be more limited in movement. The standard time between the airports is around an hour in good traffic.

  28. Divi

    Hi Admin,

    im travelling from uae, my flight reaches suvarnabhumi airport by 7.10 AM , my connecting flight is by 10.45 am in DMK, is possible to catch up.
    kindly advice me on the above

  29. Divi

    HI Admin,

    Im visiting Suvarnabhumi airport on 3rd week of October, how will be the season. will there be many visitors. i reach Suvarnabhumi by 7.10 AM, got my connection to phuket in DMK by 10.45 AM will it be easy to reach there without any delay. Moreover its a Sunday so will it be more traffic in the morning.
    Normally how long will it take to clear the visa procedure ?
    which is best whether to go by private taxi or use the Airport transfer shuttle bus ?
    how long before i can check in DMK., for 10.45 am flight, if i can check in online is it acceptable to reach by 10 am ?

    regards
    Divi

  30. admin
    admin

    Hello Divi,

    October is not especially high season in Thailand. It will still be hot during day and night, however big season begins in November so you may see the first waves of big tourism. Based on the question about the connecting flight it seems you can make it in the free shuttle if everything goes well. Immigration time can truly vary and traffic is never certain. If you do clear immigration quickly and find yourself with around two hours till your next flight that should be plenty of time to take the shuttle and check in at the other airport. Anything less than an hour and a half till your next flight and you should probably take a taxi. It depends on your airline, but most of them allow online check in a few days before the flight. However you will still need to get a boarding pass at DMK anyways.

    1. Divi

      thanks Admin,

      i would like to know that while returning, im staying at Holiday Inn Silom bangkok , my flight is at Morning 8.45. so probably checking out by 5 or 5.30 am, will there be taxi’s available at that time. is there any call taxi’s in bangkok, if so whats the contact number
      thanks
      Divi

  31. admin
    admin

    Hi Divi,

    There are always Taxi’s available in Bangkok day and night. There are so many companies you can find them listed everywhere. Hotels can call a taxi for you, but this may increase the fare somewhat. Otherwise look and see where the closet taxi gathering point is to your hotel and walk out that morning right to the taxi stand to take one to the airport. Always be sure and insist on using the meter. it is your best option at a fair price.

  32. Lud

    Hello Admin,

    I’m landing in Suvarnabhumi airport on september 11th 2:30 pm, then I have a connection to Udon Thani in DMK airport by 7:15 pm (another one is at 17 pm but it’s too short I think), I’d like to take the free shuttle between airports,
    is that plenty of time for immigration check, security check, bagages claim, changing money in Suvarnabhumi airport then take free shuttle, check in, security and boarding in DMK ?
    Thanks for your answer

    Lud

  33. Jack

    Hello Admin,

    Traveling from USM to DMK through BKK October 5th. Gauging how long I need to allocated to get from BKK to DMK using the free shuttle. My flight out departs 18:45 on Air Asia.

    Should I expect traffic delays using free shuttle between airports on a Saturday afternoon?
    How long should I expect to get through customs and the airport departing DMK on a Saturday afternoon?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Jack,

      it is really all relative, I would say the time you mentioned isn’t especially busy compared to real rush hours. Customs can be as easy as ten minutes or a lengthy as an hour depending on how many flights are arriving at the same time. Really the best plan is to have the shuttle as a first option, keep track of time as you clear customs and then evaluate if you have time to take the shuttle or head straight for a cab. The BKK to DMK takes around an hour and fifteen minutes with no delays.

  34. Lud

    Hello Admin,

    I just want to have a confirmation it’s ok to land in Suvarnabhumi airport at 14:30 pm september 11th then join DMK airport for another plane departure 19:15 pm (Nok air) using free shuttle between the two airports (I need to present my plane ticket but is it ok with an e-ticket ?).
    I’d also like to change some money during my short time in Suvarnabhumi, does it take long ?
    Tanks for you answer, it will really help me plane my first hours in Thailande.

    Lud

    1. admin
      admin

      Lud Thanks for your Question.
      It is ok to present an e-ticket to board the free shuttle.
      Changing money just will take you some minutes.
      The time sounds right, but things can change. Sometimes Immigration formalities take long in BKK, and traffic can be unpredictable in such a big city, particularly because you will be traveling during rush hour.
      I personally allow me at least 5 hours to do all that.
      It will be up to you to make the call, if you are able to go trough immigration and change money fast so it will be probably ok to take the free shuttle. But if it takes you long probably a better call will be a cab.
      You will have to use your own judging at the spot.
      Do not hesitate to write to us if you have any other question

      1. Lud

        thank you Admin !

  35. Lenn

    Hello admin,
    Our flight will arrive at BKK airport at 6:35AM on 29th Nov. and connection at DMK airport at 11:20AM.
    In your previous answer you said that November is a big season. So do you think that we will have enough time (including immigration, luggage, check in …) to take the free shuttle ou should we take a taxi ?
    Thanks!

  36. admin
    admin

    Even with the onset of season, November is just the beginning, it really picks up around Christmas and New Years. You have a substantial amount of time between your flights so that the shuttle should be a perfectly viable option. Of course anything can happen and if once you cross immigration and you find yourself with less than an hour and a half till the next flight, best rule of thumb is to grab a taxi. Have a great trip!

    -Traveladept

  37. Sachin

    Dear admin
    My flight from delhi will be reaching suvarnabhumi airport at 11:20 am on 17th dec. my next flight to phuket is from dmk airport at 2:55 pm… Can i make it to dmk airport on time considering peak tourist season in december 2013? Thanks
    Dev

  38. admin
    admin

    There are always variables Dev which could delay your transit, but in principal you have a good amount of time to work with and it is during early afternoon, not morning or evening rush hours.
    All the best,

    Traveladept

  39. Harianto

    Dead admin,
    I would like to ask about this situation. My family will be taking AirAsia to Don Muang, while I will be taking another flight to Suvarnabhumi. We are going Bangkok for vacation. So my plan is after I arrive at Suvarnabhumi, I will be taking the free shuttle bus to Don Muang to meet my family. Is that possible? Because from what I’ve read, I must present an air ticket to board the free shuttle bus, but in my case, I just want to meet my family in another airport without flying. My question is, does everyone need to fly in order to take the shuttle bus?

  40. admin
    admin

    Hello Harianto,

    I just spoke with a Suvarnabhumi Airport official who confirmed that one needs to show a boarding pass in order to take the shuttle to Don Muang. So yes, everyone taking the shuttle bus has to have a flight to catch at the destination airport. I would suggest the #555 public bus to get to Don Muang.

    Regards

    Traveladept.com

  41. Harianto

    Dear admin,

    Can you guide me step by step how to take the public bus from Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang?
    Where do I buy the ticket? Can I bring my luggage inside the bus? Will there be a lot of people?

    Thanks.

  42. admin
    admin

    Hi Harianto,

    Both buses 554 and 555 will take you to Don Muang airport via the expressway. At Suvarnabhumi airport simply follow the signs for public buses and it will take you to a pavilion like structure in front of the airport. Tickets can be bought on board for around 25 Baht. Luggage can be brought on board as well. There may be a charge if you have a lot of extra bags. The bus can be crowded sometimes and at other times no. It just depends on how many people are going.

  43. Mahua

    Hi, We are arriving at Bkk airport,getting visa and then after 8 days we arrive back at Bangkok airport from Chiang Mai at 6.30 pm and then next flight to India is from Don Meang at 01.00 A.M. So since we will already have a visa the day we reach Bangkok, can we just walk out and take the airport shuttle or a taxi to reach DM airport? I hope we dont have to clear immigration that time? Kindly provide your ever helpful advice. Thanking you.

  44. admin
    admin

    Chang Mai is within Thailand, since you are not leaving the Kingdom after your arrival into BKK, until your final departure at Don Muang you will not have to cross immigration when coming from Chang Mai to Bangkok.

    Regards,

    Traveladept.com

  45. Jesal

    HI. We are a group of 11 persons. Scheduled Arrival at Suvarnabhumi is at 13:50. We have a connecting flight (which goes to krabi) to catch from Don Muang at 17:20 . If we take the bus shuttle service , do you think we can make it to Don Muang in time? Please advise. THanks.

  46. admin
    admin

    Dear Jesal,

    As we have stated previously there are several factors you need to consider. First you have a large group. Second if you are coming from outside you may take time clearing customs and immigration. This leaves you with the hour and fifteen minutes (in good traffic) of transit time between the two airports. It is conceivable that if everything goes smoothly you can make it. However once you clear customs and immigration, if you do not have 2 hours time remaining until your 17:20 flight departs I would look for other transit besides the free shuttle. Due to the possibilities of traffic delay and a large group at that time of day.

    -Traveladept.com

  47. Neha

    Hi, free shuttle service starts at 5 AM or 6 AM?
    Thank you :)

    1. admin
      admin

      The shuttle service begins at 6am daily. For anything earlier we recommend the #555 city bus.

  48. Mohammad

    Hi, after arriving at BKK @12:20 PM my fnext light’ll be from DMK to KBV @1540 PM via AK. Hopefully, within 40 min we can leave Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang. Please advice, whether 2 Hr 40 Min is not enough via Taxi to catch my next flight at noon? Your kind advice is much appreciated. Thanks, Mohammad.

  49. Mohammad

    Hi, after arriving at BKK @12:20 PM my fnext light’ll be from DMK to KBV @1540 PM via AK. Hopefully, within 40 min we can leave Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang. Please advice, whether 2 Hr 40 Min is not enough via Taxi to catch my next flight at noon?

  50. admin
    admin

    2 hours and 40 minutes should be enough time in taxi between the airports as long as your first flight arrives on time.

  51. Aditya

    I will arrive Bangkok international airport on 11th Dec 2 am early morning. I have a flight to Krabi from Don Muang airport at 7.30am. what is the best way of commuting between airport during early morning?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Aditya,

      Taxi is an option any time of day, also the #555 bus which is mentioned above. This bus as of our last update runs from 4am onwards, however it would be best to call the airport and confirm that schedule. The free shuttle would be too late for you to catch your flight.

  52. Sid

    I am arriving at Suvarnbhumi airport at 8.10 am on 7 Dec and need to book a Air Asia flight onwards to Phuket from Don Muang. How much time gap should i account for immigration and transit between the airports for catching my next flight?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Sid,

      Generally we recommend 4 hours between flights. In high season immigration can take around and hour and you you looking at an hour of transit to the other airport. Thus it could be done in 3 hours, but giving yourself 4 gives you plenty of breathing space for a late arrival.

      -traveladept.com

  53. Jessica

    I am flying into the main airport at 3:05pm and looking to book a flight at Don Muang at 7:35pm to Chiang Mai. Do you think that leaves me enough time to get from one airport to the other using the free shuttle bus?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for your inquiry, it seems you will have enough time as you can read in the article above about how long the transit process takes. Let us know how your trip goes!

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  54. Rishabh

    Hi,

    My flight reaches BKK at 1 am, and i have an air aisa flight taking off from DMK at 6 am.
    As per the comments i can see that the shuttle service wont be available at that time.
    will it be possible to collect the check in luggage, get a VOA, catch a taxi, transfer to DMK in 2 hours, as I dont think, the traffic would be very dense during these hours. and is VOA the only option? is it possible to get a visa from India so that VOA time can be saved?

    Regards

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Rishabh,

      As you can see in the article above yes you have plenty of time for the transfer and the taxi is the only option. Visa on arrival is the only option available for Indian citizens staying for 15 days of tourism. If you get a longer stay visa you may be able to request the visa at home, but there is no reason why the process in the airport should take up all the time you have to transfer, it should be a straightforward process if all your preceeding paperwork is in order since Thailand has Visa on Arrival for many countries.

      traveladept.com

  55. Ioana

    Hi there.

    We are a group of three, arriving at DMK from Phuket on the 9th of December at 8:05 AM. Will that give us enough time to get to catch the Suvarnabhumi international flight back home, which takes off at 12:20 PM? What do you recommend: taking a cab or the free shuttle? Is the free shuttle a riskier option?

    Many thanks for your help,
    Ioana

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Ioana,

      As you can read from the article above we estimate around and hour and a half transit time between airports. Assuming your flight arrives on time and even with some traffic you have four hours at your disposal to make it. The best call is to see what amount of time you are left with when you exit DMK and decide if you have time for the shuttle or need to take the taxi.

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  56. Richard Middleton

    Hi I’ll be flying to Thailand international on the 21st December, arriving at 3.05pm, I will need to get a connecting flight to Phuket from don mueng. I have looked at the flight times and if possible would like to get the 4.55pm flight to Phuket. Do you think there would be enough time to get from airport to airport?

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Richard,

      As per our recommendations above the shuttle and or taxi journey would take around an hour and a half alone. This is also Christmas vacation season which would mean increased immigration lines etc. The timeframe you suggest here looks too close. It would be better to give yourself at least another hour or so.

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  57. Andy

    Hi

    I’m touching down BKK at Bangkok main airport 415pm on 17th Dec and need to transits to Don Mueang airport that departs at 635pm to Chiangmai (Airasia).

    What are the shuttle bus schedule time table? Secondly do you think the timing is sufficient or better to Delay my departing time at DM airport? Not sure about the traffic at that timing in Bangkok.

    Pls advice

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Andy,

      The timeframe you mention will be close under ideal circumstances, that is big tourism season because it is Christmas and he afternoon rush hour. There is no official timetable online for the shuttle buses, they usually depart three times per hour. Your best bet may be a taxi if you cross immigration with good time or trying to get a later flight from DMK. See our article above for some of those logistics.

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  58. Roshan

    hI….I m flying to phuket from bangkok ,with Air asia 4.30 pm flight.I t would be almost 7.00 pm when landing to phuket.
    Is it safe to go to patong beach straight away,in the evening by a taxi,or is it safe ,and better,to stay at a hotel close to the air port and move next day.
    Thanx

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Roshan,

      There are taxi’s, hotel pick ups and shared taxi’s available always at Phuket airport. We recommend you negotiate a price with a shared taxi company. It is one of the van’s out in front of the airport and you give them your hotel address and discuss a price. They put you in a van with other people and go around Patong dropping people off at their hotels.

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  59. Fran

    Dear Admin,
    I will land in Suvarnabhumi airport at 6 pm on November 11. I am planning on catching the 22 pm train to Chiang Mai on the same day and wondering if you would suggest that I go to Hua Lampong train station or the train station in Don Muang?
    Which one would cost me less money and of more convenience? I don’t have any luggage with me.

    Is the train station connected to the Don Muang Airport?

    I have been trying to book the 2nd class sleeper train ticket to Chiang Mai, having contacted the travel agency and the train station itself but no reply. Since I’m coming during the loy khratong festival (november 11), do you think I’d stand a chance at getting the ticket without pre-booking it?

    Thank you very much, I’d really appreciate your assistance.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Fran,

      It seems like the Don Muang Airport stop would be better, it will be less crowded than Hua Lampong, price wise it seems like it would cost about the same in a taxi and be around the same amount of arrival time. The train station is connected to the DMK airport, just walk outside and follow an elevated walkway that goes across the street and that’s the station.

      The one caveat is that we have read it is possible the train is sold out if you cannot get the tickets ahead of time. This is entirely unpredictable. If this is the case that you are going to buy on arrival, it might be better to go to Hua Lampong, it is the departure point for the journey, so assumedly they would have more tickets and should you get stuck in Bangkok for the night there are many affordable hotels in the area you could stay at on a last minute notice, Don Muang wouldn’t have so many.

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  60. Katie

    Hi-

    My family (2 adults and 2 young children) is traveling to Chiang Mai via a red eye flight into Bangkok and early morning flight out of DM. What is the safest option for us to go from one airport to the next at this time of night. I am concerned about safety.

    Thank you.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Katie,

      No matter if you take an official taxi, free shuttle or public bus, transit should be very safe. We have been in and around Bangkok at all different hours in public and private transit and there has never been a sign of a safety issue. If your transit time to DM is too early for the free shuttle just take a taxi or public bus.

      admin

  61. Patrick Henry Canon

    Im patrick canon, Filipino Citizen. i had booked my flight Dec. 21, 2013 from Ho Chi Minh going to Don Mueng and be back Dec. 22 from Don Mueng to Ho Chi Minh. my purpose of going is to have passport stamp. can you pls help me while waiting for my flight for the next day. i want to roam around the place in Don Mueng or near malls or tourist spot for picture taking. thanks you.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Patrick,

      Around Don Muang you can find several malls and attractions such as Future Park Rangsit, Royal Thai air museum, Chatuchack park with its famed weekend market, and IMPACT exhibition and convention center which is always showcasing various venues and shows.

      -admin

  62. Dee Parmar

    Hi
    We land in Bangkok (sur) airport at 5.40pm and wanted to get the domestic flight up to Chaing Mai (with Air asia) the same day. How much time do you think we need to allow to get from one airport to the other? Do you think it is better to get the train directly to Chiang Mai? Thanks Dee

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Dee,

      You should give yourself from 3.5 to 4 hours transit time total which includes your arrival through customs, transit and getting through check in and security at Don Muang airport. The train is an option, but sometimes getting tickets on the same day you arrive can be problematic as it is sold out, some have complained that the train is a bit slow for their taste, but it depends if you are taking an express option or a local line with many stops.

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  63. Sonia

    Hi,

    I have a flight to catch from Suvarnabhumi to San Francisco, USA at 12:30pm on Sunday, December 29th. I will be flying from Phuket on an air asia flight that morning. What time do I need to arrive at DMK to ensure that I make it to BKK Airport on time (given time frame for airport shuttle from DMK to BKK plus the check-in time for international flights at BKK)? If I arrive at DMK from Phuket at 9:10am, is that enough time?

    Thanks for your help!

    Sonia

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Sonia,

      As you can read from the timetables above and the recommended transit time you have more than enough time to make your flight at BKK as transit and check in total can take around four hours.

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  64. T Rosete

    Hello, I will be arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 11:50PM and need to transfer to Don Mueang International Airport for a 6AM flight to Chiang Mai. Will buses still be available to take me from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang at that time?

    1. admin
      admin

      It depends, the free shuttle buses should be finished by that time but the public bus whose details you can see above should still be running, if not a taxi is the last option.

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      1. T Rosete

        Thanks for your help. It really looks like I will be forced to take a cab, hopefully it is not too expensive and safe for a solo female traveler.

        1. admin
          admin

          Dear Rosete,

          The cab may be around 350 baht up to 500 baht depending on the time of day and the company. Don’t be afraid to bargain a bit and know if you are responsible for any tolls on the highway. Safety is normally quite good, you can be more assured if you use any official cab company whose desk you will find in the arrivals hall, that way there is more accountability on the part of the driver.

          -admin

      2. Tess P

        Hi T Rosete! I am in the exact same boat as you! fly into Bangkok at 11:50pm and need to catch a flight to a different country as early as possible. Have you already done this trip yet? Can you tell me how safe you felt taking a taxi, etc. Not looking forward to being alone as a female in Bangkok but that’s my fault for not booking an earlier flight out of BKK when fares were cheaper.

  65. Xavier

    Hi, I want to check if there is any way to take a train between DMK to Suvarnabhumi Airport. My family and I would really want to avoid being caught in the traffic jam. Our flight arrives at DMK at 5.45pm on a friday, which is right smack in the rush hour.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Xavier,

      There is no train connection between the two airports. Bus and Taxi are the only options.

      -admin

  66. toulany

    Could you please tell me if I have to check in at the Suvarnabhumi airport immigration checkpoint after my flight lands there as I will have to go catch another flight at DMK?

    Thank you for your help,

    Tou

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Toulany,

      Anyone who is transiting between BKK and DMK is entering Thailand, thus there is no way to transit from one airport to the other without crossing immigration.

      Thanks,

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  67. Shingirirai

    Hie, thanks for the service. If you can advice, am travelling from phuket arriving at DMK 1550hrs with a flight to cnnect at 2000hrs at BKK, we are 2 persons. are we going to have enough time connecting with shuttle.

    1. admin
      admin

      It seems like enough time to use the shuttle… It is rush hour so you may need to go fast. Please keep us update with any news, we will appreciate if like us in Facebook

  68. Viki

    Hi Team,

    Wow, what a fantastically helpful website, thank you so much! I just wanted to clarify about the boarding requirements for the free shuttle. I’ll be transfering from DMK to BKK (4.5 hours, which thanks to you I know *should* be enough). Is it enough to have a printout of my BKK ticket confirmation, or must I have the actual boarding pass to be able to use the shuttle? And if I absolutely need the boarding pass, are there by any chance check-in machines for BKK flights at DMK? (I doubt it, but worth a shot…)

    Thanks!
    Viki

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Viki,

      We are glad you found the information here helpful. A print out of your ticket is fine and come to think of it, if you have a mobile device with the ticket on it you could probably use that too. There are no check in machines at one airport for the other as you said. Have a great trip.

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  69. oscar de la calle

    Hello I am taking a plane from Chiang Rai to DMK, And I will arrive at 2305 as it is a local flight i guess I don´t have to get through the inmigration line, and my departing flight to Spain is from BKK at 0210 AM, so i am wondering if it will be enough time , it is at night so i assume that the traffic will be much better and then faster, but I don´t know if is ok using a taki or i don´t have enought time

    best regards

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Oscar,

      If you are able to get the shuttle it will be one of the last ones otherwise a taxi is the best call. As we have pointed out, it is a judgement call on your part when you arrive, if you find the shuttle smoothly and have an hour and a half for transit it can work out well. You are right that traffic should be less and departure at BKK should not be too time consuming.

  70. Nani

    Hi,

    My husband and I will travel to Thailand in December. We arrive Bangkok in 23 Dec. and wants to go to phuket.
    I want to ask:

    Is it necessary to book Bangkok-Phuket ticket in advance? or we can buy it in Bangkok airport.
    If it is necessary, which airline is cheaper?

    Each of us has its own luggage, 15-20 KG. Is it possible to take free shuttle by our luggage?

    Many thanks in advance.
    Nani

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Nani,

      You should book the Bangkok Phuket ticket in advance, it is the only way to guarantee you will have a seat. Good airlines to reserve with online are Air Asia or Nok Air. You are able to transit in the shuttle with your luggage and you will need to bring your ticket showing you have a flight to phuket to be able to use the free shuttle.

      Admin

  71. Nikhilesh

    Hi,
    I will be arriving at Don Mueng Airport and have to take the bus service from Suvarnabhumi airport for Hua Hin. I dont have an air ticket for Suvarnabhumi. so will there be a problem

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Nikhilesh,

      If you are transiting from one airport to the other without a ticket, you can’t take the free shuttle, but you can take the public Bus 555 for a small fee or a taxi.

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  72. Tido

    Dear Sir,
    I am trying to figure out the actions I have to take for the transfer from BKK (main) to BKK DMK, which is part of my trip to RGN and Thailand.
    I guess this is the plan: Arrival at BKK main (18.00Lt)– disembarking – Immigration VOA in – Luggage take off– Free shuttle bus to DMK (with my ticket DMK – RGN the next day).
    The next day at DMK: (05.00Lt) Check in to RGN – Immigration VOA out – int. Flight to RGN.
    After 20 days I’ m returning from RGN to DMK for a staying from 25 days in Thailand. That’s the second VOA (30 days) I guess?
    Short in time will be not the problem I think but do you think I have this routing sharp. Please let me know.
    My thanks in advance.
    Tido.

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Tido,

      It depends where you are from for how long your visa on arrival is good for, be sure to check the webpage of the Thai Consulate for the most accurate details of your VOA. Otherwise your routing sounds fine, that is the way to proceed back and forth from both airports.

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  73. Htin

    Dear Admin,

    As the first time trip to BKK, I bought online ticket (Airasia) wrong destination to DMK instead of Suvarnabhumi airport and cannot change the date & flight.
    My girlfriend will arrive to Suvarnabhumi airport almost same timing flight.
    I would like to know what is the best option and fastest way to go to Suvarnabhumi airport (taxi or shuttle bus)?
    What is the necessary documents to go there?

    Appreciate your answer.

    Thanks,
    Htin

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Htin

      Air Asia only flights to DMK. They used to flight to Suvarnabhumi but not now.
      The faster way to go from one airport to the other is Taxi. To use the free shuttle you will have to proof that you have a flight out from the other airport (normally you show your reservation or boarding pass).
      It takes a little longer with the shuttle. In your case public transportation may not be a good call since it will take even longer.
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  74. Htin

    Dear Admin,

    Thank you so much for your prompt reply.

    I wanna ask one more thing.
    We will stay at First House Hotel.
    If take taxi, should I better go to Suvarnabhumi airport or directly go to Hotel?
    Which one is nearer and faster?

    Thanks a lot,
    Htin

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks for your message
      If you are taking a Taxi you should go straight to the hotel, It is half way between Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airport. It will cost you half of the money and it will take half of the time.

      Best Regards.

  75. Shallender

    Hi
    After arriving to Suvarnabhumi I have to pick my friend from don who is coming from other location , how can i pick him , is shuttle bus will also drop me at arriving gate of the DON airport

    Thanks ………..

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Shallender,

      You can only use the free shuttle bus if you are moving from Suvarnabhumi to DMK in order to take a flight. You will need to show a boarding pass. Otherwise public bus and taxi are options.

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  76. Tom

    Is the shuttle free and available only for AirAsia ticketed passengers, or, can those flying Nok Air use this inter airport shuttle?
    Thanks much, Tom

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Tom,

      The shuttle is for any airline that departs out of DMK, so Nok Air would be included.

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  77. Dips

    Just wanted to know if it would be possible to board flight from DMK to Phuket at 8.40 am, if we reach swarnabhumi airport by 6 am from bangalore

    1. admin
      admin

      It seems very tight. I do not think you will be able to get trough immigration, pick up your luggage, catch a cab, and do the check in everything in such short time time. Maybe it is is possible but I do not think I will take that risk.

  78. Simon

    Hi.

    Thank you for a very informative website…
    My GF and I are wondering if we can make the next flight when we arrive at Bangkok Airport.. We arrive at 6.30 in the international Department, and then we have to catch a flight to Krabi from Don Muang Airport at 8.25.. (2 Hours Later).. We arrive from Denmark, which means we have to clear security and immigration as well.. How long time do you think we need between the two flight to make it??

    Hope You can help :)

    Kind Regards.
    Simon
    Denmark

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Simon,

      We are glad you like the website. The general rule is that you need an hour and a half to transit in traffic in car or taxi or shuttle between the two airports. The added time of clearing immigration, getting luggage at BKK and checkin to security at DMK you should give at least another hour. All around 3 hours total is a good time to put between flights, Your current timeframe might work if everything went perfect, which seldom happens in the crowded city of Bangkok.

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  79. Sayantan

    Thanks for you support. I and my wife will be visiting Don Muang airport at around 8 P.M on 6th of Feb, 2014 from Phuket through Air Asia. We have a flight to India on 1.05 AM on 7th of Feb, 2014 from Subarnabhumi Airport. Is this time enough for us or we might be in trouble?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Sayantan,

      As you may read above we recommend 3.5 hours for total transit time, security and customs clearance. You have a 5 hour window of travel opportunity there, so you have lots of time. Enjoy the trip.

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  80. Jürgen

    Hello Admin
    My plane lands at 11:12 at 0:20 clock in Suvarnabhumi Airport, my flight to Koh Samui with AIR ASIA goes at 7:00 clock from Don Muang weg.Gibt it at this time only the taxi?
    Thank you very much.

    JÜRGEN
    GERMANY

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Jurgen,

      At that time the last free shuttle has already departed, so there is the option of the public bus #555 which you can check the schedule on arrival or a taxi is always available.

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  81. David

    Hi Admin! We are thinking about booking a flight with AirAsia from Krabi to Don Mueang. It would arrive at Don Mueang 2:50pm on the 12th of March. Our flight back to Germany will depart 7:50pm from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Would you recommend booking the flight with AirAsia? We are a slightly bit concerned about possible traffic jams because it is rush hour. Your reply is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance, David

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear David.
      Thanks for your message.
      We never have had any problem flying with Air Asia. They are normally quite punctual, of course that anything is possible but it will be something unusual.
      Traffic jams can be a problem at that time, indeed it is rush hour, but it seems you have enough time, I think I will not be to worried.
      Enjoy your trip, we will appreciated you comments once your are back.

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  82. Vignesh

    Dear admin,

    I’m reaching Swarnabhumi airport at 11PM, need to get visa and stuff. I need to go to DM airport to meet my friends who are arriving next morning 4AM. Since I don’t have flight ticket to fly from DM airport, I need to catch public bus or taxi I guess. How much roughly will the taxi cost to reach DM from swarnabhumi?

    Thanks in advance

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Vignesh,

      Yes you will need to take the public bus which costs around 36 baht or a taxi which can range anywhere from 150baht upwards of 350baht. You will have to negotiate the rate or pay at a cab stand, the price can vary.

      Admin

  83. Yunita

    Hi Admin..
    We ( group of 5 ) will be arriving at DMK on January 13 at 12.40 & need to go to Pattaya.
    Could you please advice the best way to go ?
    Do we have to go to Suvarnabhumi first to catch bus there to Pattaya ?
    We have ticket out from Suvarnabhumi on January 15.
    Can we use free shuttle bus ?
    Thanks in advance.

  84. admin
    admin

    Hi Yunita,

    To catch a bus to Pattaya you can go to Suvarnabhumi (but You cannot use the free shuttle for that) you will have to take a taxi or a public bus. The closer option however is to take bus A1 or A2 just outside of Don Muang to Mo chit Sky train (bts) station. At Mo chit bts ride the train to Ekkamai station. Ekkamai bus station is just there next to the train station. Buses run about every 30 minutes to Pattaya during normal daytime hours.

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  85. Chris

    We are flying into BKK from Osaka arrival 6:05 pm and need to catch an 8:30 pm flight out of DMK for Phuket on Air Asia. We do not have any checked baggage. Do you think we have enough time to catch the free shuttle or should we get a taxi? How much should a taxi ride cost if that is the best option?
    Thanks!
    Chris

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Chris,

      That timeframe is a tight squeeze in order to get the free shuttle. You would have to clear immigration quickly, get a shuttle right away and then pass security at DMK without any delay. So we do recommend a taxi. The rates can vary between 150 and 350 baht normally.

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  86. kj

    Hi admin, im staying at nasa vegas hotel which is located neae ramkhamheng airport link station. my flight is 735pm at dkn muang. could i take train to suvarnabbumi airport, then show them my booking pass and take the free shuttle to don muang? if shuttle bus is not available, where can i take the 555 public bus? how long i will take?
    is it enough time if i depart frlm suvarnabbumi around 430pm?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi KJ,

      The requirements to take the shuttle are having a boarding pass and since you have one there should not be any trouble. Related with the time we normally give ourselves 3 or 4 hours to transfer and pass security, so plan accordingly on that.

      Admin

  87. stephan

    hallo,
    wir kommen am 28.1.14 um 7.10h in BKK an und fliegen um 10.10h ab Don Mueang weiter. Gibt es da Probleme zeitlicher Art?
    Wo startet der Shuttlebus? Ist es in dem Flughafen gut ausgeschildert? Ist auch im DM gut ausgeschildert und der Anschlussflug leicht zu finden?
    Danke für eine Info.
    Gruss,
    stephan

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Sthephan.
      It seems you have quite a short time to be able to take the shuttle. You may have to take a cab, since the trip itself takes around one hour and you need to be at least one hour before your other departure flight.
      The shuttle departs from level two between gates 2 and 3. It is clearly marked but you can ask about in information. Don Muang is not a huge airport, so I do not think you will have a lot of problems finding your connecting flight.
      Best regards

      1. stephan

        Vielen Dank!

  88. Jessika Berge

    Hi,
    We will arrive saturday 18/1 at 9:45 at Suvarnabbumi and has a conecting flight at 14:00 at Don Mueng.
    Do you think this will be ok, I have heard that it can be tricki considering the demostrations ect

    BR
    Jessika

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Jessika,

      Of course we cannot guarantee anything, but it seems that even with some of the recent delays, tourist logistics have been moving along ok and you have a considerable amount of time to work with between flights, so it seems the time will be sufficient.

      Regards,

      Admin

  89. winston

    Hi,

    I will be arriving Suvarnabhumi in the evening and will be off by ARL to Nasa Vegas hotel for the night.
    The next morning I will travel to Suvarnabhumi by ARL again.
    My query is, how can I access level 2 to exit gates 2 & 3 and take the shuttle bus to Don Muang, as I have
    seen on many occasions the escalator entrance is guarded, and no one except employees are allowed.
    The lift also doesn’t stop at level 2. I do not speak Thai and I doubt very much the young guards I have seen
    would speak English.
    I have booked a flight with Air Asia DMK to Chiang Rai.

    winston

    1. admin
      admin

      In our experience taking that same train we never have had any trouble going to the level where the shuttle is located, there are many public elevators and escalators to got to that level, if one is block for some reason just look for another one, there are several around.
      Almost everybody speak some english.

  90. Yulia

    Hi,
    What’s the approximate price for the taxi to get from the main airport to the other one? Is it safe?
    And how often this public bus 555 is not operating?
    Thanks

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Yulia,

      The taxi prices between the airports range between 150-350 baht depending on the taxi. The safety factor is comparable any other major city around the world, fine just exercise normal precautions. The 555 bus stops running in the early hours of the morning from midnight to 4am.

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  91. Walter Hashimoto

    What is the situation with bus from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang-airports with the current Bangkok protests.
    I arrive Suvarnabhumi Tuesday, Jan 14th at 13:00 and muy flight leaves Don Mueang for Chuiang Mai
    at 14:55 pm. Is 3 1/2 hours enough time for the airport shuttle with the current protests?
    My email is whashimoto@rogers.com. Thank you for any current info.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Walter,

      In general the protests have not affected tourism infrastructure too much, sometimes it may cause some traffic delays, but it is really unpredictable. We have suggested travelers to keep a 4 hour time frame of transit time so as to avoid any delays.

      Admin

  92. Karan

    HI
    My flight arrives at Suvaranbhumi at 11.35 AM and I am thinking of booking flight to phuket at 4.55 PM same evening. Do you think that this time is sufficent considering, bagage collection, Immigration clearance and Visa on Arrival and then transfer through shuttle?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Karan,

      Normally we suggest 4 hours total for transit, but be aware that in these days the Bangkok shutdown has slowed much of the roadway traffic and in some cases public transit is unavailable. We are recommending around 7 hours transit time as ideal, but perhaps you might make it in less time, it is really unpredictable. It is currently recommended to transit between airports with private transit companies for the most efficient service.

      -Admin

  93. R1 LT

    If I come in on the last flight from Chiang Rai to Don Muang (arriving at 23:05) will there still be a shuttle bus to Suvanabhumi Airport or will I need to get a Taxi???

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi LT,

      Normally the last bus departs sometime close to midnight, so it depends on when you exit the airport, however with the current protests and shutdown, the shuttle may be limited or not running at all. It is currently recommended to transit between airports with private transit companies for the most efficient service as even taxi’s have been affected by the delays. The best thing is to check with airport staff on arrival as to what your best option is.

      -Admin

  94. DGk

    Hi there,

    20th Jan 2014: My flight lands at Suvarnabhumi airport at 6:15 AM. I have to reach the Don Muang airport as I have a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia the same morning at 10:20 AM. With only 4 hours in between, I am little worried now as I have to collect my baggage and clear the immigration? (Note: we already have visa stamped on our passports).

    Does this protest start early in the morning?
    What do u think is the BEST way for ME to transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport to Don Muang? Please help us out.

    Regards,
    DGK

    Thanks

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello DKG,

      With all the variables you are presenting: clearing immigration twice, collecting and checking in bags and four hours of transit, depending whether or not the protests are affecting your area, we would recommend looking into booking a private company car transfer. The kind where the driver is waiting for you at baggage claim with a sign and can get you on the road quickly and smoothly. This seems to us to be the best call for your situation.

      -Admin

  95. vipul

    hi

    I am reaching new bangkok airport from india at 12 in night on 21st april and have a flight of airasia to bali in morning at 6 am could you please let me nkow how to reach the old airport from new airport and how much it will cost and could we book in advance and pick up and rop service and where to book it how much ti cost

    thanks
    vipul

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Vipul,

      We refer your question to the article above, as it contains all the information about transiting between the two airports, public buses, shuttles and taxi’s, their times of operation and estimated costs.

      -Admin

  96. Hannah

    Hi ,

    I reach BKK airport tomorrow (18th jan) at 12.10am and have a flight to catch at DMK at 5.50am. I’m a little worries about transit time between the two airports at that time and realise I won’t be able to catch the shuttle bus. Will that be sufficient time to catch a taxi between the two airports at that time? What is the traffic like in the night with the protests at the moment?

    You have mentioned the best option at the moment is to book a private company car transfer. I’m not sure how to do this before hand do you have any names of companies I could use at all?

    Thanks for all the up to date info at the moment!
    Hannah

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Hannah,

      There will be no shuttle running at that time so yes a taxi or private car would be our most recommended option. If you go with a taxi check with the airport staff on the conditions of transit and any protest updates or concerns. For a private car pickup Bangkok Airport Limousine offers private car and van transfers between the airports. Enjoy your trip,

      -Admin

  97. Andrea

    I am arriving at BKK at 12:10 am…and have to be to DMK to catch a flight at 645am. With everything going on, do you think I will be able to get a private car pick-up at the airport when I land?? Or is there any way to book one in advance??

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Andrea,

      A private car pick up would work best if arranged ahead of time so that you can be assured of your transfer. Bangkok Airport Limousine is one company to contact. Also you may phone the airport +66 2 132 1888 to see what companies or transfer options they might recommend in advance or once you are there.

      Admin

  98. Volodymyr

    Hi,
    I’m arraiving at BKK in few days and have 4 hours for transfer from BKK airport to DMK airport. I’m wondering – may be it’s possible to get to Mo Chit subway station from BKK airport and there get taxi to DMK airport? Would be it faster then transfer by shuttle bus?
    Thaks for advance.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Volodymyr,

      To take the train into Bangkok and to Mo Chit would take longer than a direct taxi between the airports or the free shuttle. It is going into the city and out again which is not direct and increases your chances of getting stuck in some kind of traffic.

      Admin

  99. akshay

    Hey! Very useful info thanks a lot.

    I will be flying in to Don Muang early morning and need to get to Lumphini park by 2PM. How should i do this and how much will it take?

    Thanks

    1. admin
      admin

      The best way to get to Lumphini park would be to take the airport train to the city. It will drop you off right at the BTS Skytrain, take the skytrain to the BTS Si Lom Station and from here it will be a 10 minute walk to the park. The total cost for the public transit should be something under 100 baht.

      admin

  100. Ray

    Hello
    I’ll arrive at DMK 09:00 25th Jan and I have to go to BKK to catch another outbound flight which will take off at 12:55, and I’m concerning if the protests would affect the transit between these two airports and cost much time than it used to be. That will be a big trouble for me if I miss the flight. Any advice?

    1. admin
      admin

      Our advice would be to see if you can request from the airline to get a later flight out of DMK if at all possible. Otherwise perhaps a private car transfer leaving from BKK would be your best way of navigating the traffic, which is impossible to predict.

      Admin

  101. Naima

    Hi,

    Firstly, thank you for the really useful, and current information on this website.

    I hope you can help. I have a few questions. I’ll be landing in Don Mueang Airport on 27th Jan at 12:50 pm, I then want to catch the free shuttle bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport to pick up my friend who lands at 15:55 pm. First, would I be allowed to board the shuttle bus, as I am not going to catch a flight, but pick a friend up? If not what is the other cheapest and most convenient way to get there?

    Secondly, on the same day, my friend and I then need to come back to Don Mueang Airport to board our flight which leaves at 9:10 pm. Again, what is the quickest way to get to the airport? We would probably want to find some local shops to buy a few clothes beforehand. So, taking the current situation into account do you think it’ll be wise to head straight to the airport, and skip shopping?

    I hope you can help. Any suggestions or advice would be highly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Naima

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Naima,

      We are glad you find the information helpful.

      If you do not have a ticket for a flight departing Suvarnabhumi then you are not allowed to take the free shuttle. A taxi would be the quickest way to arrive costing around 150-300baht. Otherwise more affordably, but more time consuming you could take the A1 bus from Don Munag to the Mo Chit stop at the BTS Skytrain. Board the Skytrain and take to Phaya Thai stop and there get off and board the Airport train: Express (150baht) or regular (45 baht) to Suvarnabhumi.

      In regards to your second question, it would seem best to take a taxi or the free shuttle depending on the traffic and protest situation at the time. (since you have a flight out of Don Muang you are able to take the shuttle from BKK to DMK) Any idea of shopping would seem imprudent at this time to us with the uncertainties of traffic jams and delays.

      -admin

  102. Yoel Abrams

    Is the a1 bus from dmk to mo chit working as usual during the shutdown?

    1. admin
      admin

      The updates we have is that it is working, some days it has experienced disruptions but for the most part is working as normal.

  103. Walti

    Hi,
    I have to do the transfer from DMueng to Suranab. on Jan 27 and have 6 hours between flights. I thought i would take the shuttle-bus, but i read its not working now? Is that true? So taxi is best option?
    Thanks a lot for info and help!
    Best, Walti

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Walti,

      The protests have affected taxi and shuttle transit in recent days. But to really know the most up to date information its best to phone the airport before you depart or inquire on arrival what’s the status +66 2 132 1888. If neither shuttle nor taxis are available then we suggest go for a private car transfer.

      -Admin

      1. Walti

        Hey thanks a lot for the information!
        Your website is really amazing, and all the work and effort you put in, great!! Thanks a lot!
        Cheers Walti

        1. admin
          admin

          Thanks very much for your message. We love traveling and we love to help others to discover the world! We invited you to follow us in any of the social networks to keep receiving updates and trip ideas.

  104. Jabar Inda

    hi…..
    ur site is pretty amazing and a real help…

    im comin to thailnd with my wife…for 13 days..
    Out of which last 3 days was supposd to be in bkk but lookin at the protests and the state of emergency which ur govt. has declared for 60 days….i hav cancld the last 3 days bangkok stay….

    im continuing with my plan for rest 10 days in phuket krabi and samui…

    1. can u please suggest if it is safe to be at these places..? are they not affected at all by protests?

    2. arrivin bkk suwarnbhumi arprt at 2 am…will complete visa and immigration and wl try to take the free shuttle at 5am…
    havn’t booked the next airasia flight from DMK to SURAT thani…
    wut time do u suggest which i should book the flight for..
    keeping in mind the protests delays affecting the transfer time from swrnbhumi to Don muang

    3. from surat thani from where will i get bus and ferry tickets to reach koh samui…

    ur valuable reply will be appreciated…

    thanks..

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Jabar,

      1. Everything we have read about the protest situation suggests it is centered in Bangkok. The resort places you mentioned have remained stable and undisturbed so far. It is always best to exercise normal prudence in any place where one is traveling, but we haven’t heard of any reason to be alarmed.

      2. Transferring at 5am means you should give yourself in our suggestion something around five hours, to avoid any delays. So we would suggest something around 9am-midday.

      3. No one of our team has made the ferry trip from Surat Thani to Koh Samui but online information says tickets for the ferry may be purchased at the airport itself or at the main pier of Surat Thani where the boats are parked. There are packages of transfer from the airport that include a trip to the ferry pier and ferry ticket to Koh Samui.

      -Admin

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  105. Francesca

    HI!! On February 21st my flight will land at Don Meung airport (DMK) at 15.30 and I have a flight to catch at Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) at 20.10. Am I going to have enough time to reach the aiport with the free shuttle or the taxi? Or should I change my plans and arrive in Bangkok the day before?
    Thanks in advance for your help!!
    Francesca

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Francesca,

      In general the time frame you mention between flights is adequate for the free shuttle and plenty of time for a taxi. The only variable will be the state of things with the traffic due to the protests. It is a long time from Feb. 21 to say one way or the other if you will have enough time. We recommend you follow the news as to the state of things closer to your travel date. If you must solidify your plans now, it cannot hurt to plan prudently and spend the first night in the city.

      -Admin

  106. albert

    Hi,

    Next June, I will land at 9.40 am (on a Wednesday) and I have booked a flight with Nokair from Don Mueang to Udon Thani at 13.20… Will I be ok in normal traffic conditions?

    1. admin
      admin

      Our recommendation is 3 hours for transit in normal conditions, so insofar as everything goes normally you should be ok.

      Admin

  107. Rishi

    Hi Team,

    I am reaching BKK airport at 00:45 and have a connecting Airasia flight from DMK at 8:40. What mode of transport would you suggest and what time should i depart safely. Is it ok to leave at around 3 am morning from BKK through taxi. How much would taxi cost from BKK to DMK. The other option is free shuttle, but this will start only at 5am, so if I start at 5am.. will it be too late?

    Regards,
    Rishi

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Rishi,

      Since you have so much time during the nighttime hours it would be better to take a taxi and not wait around for the first shuttle. A taxi should cost between 150-300 baht depending on the rate you are able to get.

      Admin

  108. kami

    Hello
    I am arriving at bkk airport at 9 pm, my next flight is from dmk next day at 6 am, if I want to stay in one of these airports meanwhile,which one do you recommend?
    Thanks alot

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Kami,

      Suvarnabhumi BKK definitely has more advanced facilities, restaurant options and places to perhaps rest than DMK, which is a much older airport with very few options for things to pass the time.

      Admin

  109. Renata

    Hello,
    we are travelling on 1st February from Bangkok to Samui. Our plane lands on 9:45am on Suvarnabhumi and we have connected flight from Don Mueang on 14:20pm with Air Asia. Do you think this is possible to catch the flight or better to choose another company, who has departure from Suvarnabhumi? Later flight with Air Asia is not possible. Many thanks for your advice. Renata

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Renata,

      The timeframe you mention should be enough under normal circumstances to make a transfer between the airports with plenty of time. In case of any change in circumstances or very heavy delays we would recommend a private car company transfer, but you should have plenty of time.

      Admin

  110. Francesca

    Hello!
    February 21st I’m landing at DMK airport at 15.30 and I have a flight to catch at BKK airport at 20.10. Am I going to have enough time to reach BKK (taxi or shuttle are both ok)?
    Thanks for your help!
    Francesca

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Francesca,

      In general the time frame you mention between flights is adequate for the free shuttle and plenty of time for a taxi. We recommend to follow the news of the ongoing protests to be sure that taxi and shuttle options are running on time and to phone the airport if necessary closer to your travel date.

      Admin

  111. gaurav

    Hi Administration,

    I have a flight from suvarnabhumi on feb 2 and will reach bangkok from phuket on 31jan 2014, can you let me know if i can use free shuttle service on jan 31 coz i have ticket for feb 2??

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Gaurav,

      If you have a flight leaving from DMK airport, even if it is on a different day, you can present your boarding pass to take the free shuttle.

      Admin

  112. Walti

    GOOD NEWS!
    I made the transfer from DonMuang to Suvarnabhumi yesterday (at 7pm), and the shuttle-bus worked normally, it took me exactly 1 hour. There were also Taxis available (500-600 Bath) and the persons at the information desks said that there was no risk or obstructions. Theres even the possibility to go with Bus A and then train/metro/airport link.
    Good travels to everybody,
    cheers Walti

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Walti

      We really appreciate your update on this matter, since we are receiving many e-mails asking about it.
      We are glad to hear that everything went well.
      Enjoy the rest of your trip there!

  113. sharla

    I am landing at DMK airport via air asia flight but my friend is arriving at Suvarnabhumi. It is her first time traveling to asia. Am I able to use the free shuttle even though I do not have an outgoing ticket??

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Sharla,

      The airport has stated to us that the free shuttle is only for use with those who are in possession of an outgoing ticket from the destination airport.

      Admin

  114. Okan

    Since this page comes up at high ranks on google search, I thought it would be helpful to give an update. I have a flight 4 hours apart and was a little stressed about getting late, so i called the number given in one of the comments above, they said the shuttles still work and it does not take more than 2 hours to get from dmk to bkk. In my case it is even faster, it took onl 50 minutes to get bkk(Depart at 7.30) Hope this would help someone.

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks very much for this update.
      We are glad to hear that this shuttle continues working with normality and that travelers are able to enjoy a normal visit to this amazing destination.
      We are happy to hear you had a good trip!

  115. gg

    Just reportinf to everyone from on board the bus that the service is live and well. Just remember that due to construction you kust walk down towards the end of the terminal where there would be signs as well as a booth to check ur ticket.
    Lots of people using the service. We are over capacity and there is actually 10 people standing for the ride.

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks gg,

      We always appreciate updates in addition to our own experiences and news we receive from the airport and we encourage our readers to point out any information based on their most current experiences.

      Admin

  116. Jerry Chan

    Dear Admin,
    My question is that I will travel from Jamaica to Myanmar via Germany and Thailand with Condor Airway and AirAsia but Condor Airway will arrive only to Suvarhabhumi Airport and AirAsia Departure from Don Muang Airport,so do I need to applied for visa for transit between two airports and how can I get to the free shuttle terminal.

    Thanks you.
    With Regards,
    Jerry

  117. Paul

    Good day all

    Service is alive and well. A check in desk has been setup just outside gate 5, at arrivals (Don Mueang). Here one presents your ticket for the onward flight from SUVARNABH. The bus leaves from here as well. Left Don Mueang at 20h00. Arrived Suvarnabh exactly 50 minutes later at departures, gate 5.

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks for the update and details, we will be sure to share them with our readership.

      -admin

  118. Eva

    Hello,
    I am travelling with my family (2 adults 3 children) to Suvarnabhumi Airport from Frankfurt landing at 10.05am Monday 22.12.14 and am looking at catching a 14:00 Asia air flight from Don Mueang Airport. Do you think we have enough time considering it is high season. We would try and catch the free schuttle but if we have to wait more than 20 min then we would catch a Taxi, are there taxis that can take 5 people and luggage? What do you think?

    regards
    Eva

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Eva,

      Under normal circumstances even in the high season you should have enough time to take the free shuttle. Basically the point to decide on a shuttle or taxi is once you’ve collected your bags and passed immigration. If you still have 2.5 to 3 hours remaining before your next flight departs, you should be fine taking the shuttle. Taxi’s can accommodate groups of all sizes no problem.

      Admin

  119. Kerryn

    We have a flight landing in Suvarnabhumi Airport at 05:55am on Saturday 22 June and will have to go through passport control etc. We would like to take the free shuttle service for our next flight from Don Mueang at 09:45… would this be enough time between flights? [Was hoping someone else would ask for almost these exact times - you must be so tired of these questions ;) ]

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Kerryn,

      The timeframe you present should work fine to take the free shuttle. However as we recommend to everyone, just be prepared in case for whatever reason your immigration and baggage claim take an extra amount of time. Basically once you find yourself outside looking for the shuttle do you have at least 2 hours until your flight departs (hour and a half for transit, half hour for check in)? If you don’t have sufficient time then grab a taxi. Have a wonderful trip!

      Admin

  120. Ameena

    Hi There,

    We are landing in Don Muang from Chiang Mai but wish to take the bus from Suvarnabhumi to Hua Hin for the next stop of our trip. Do you know if it is possible to take the shuttle bus with only a bus ticket in hand, or must it be an airline ticket?

    Thank you kindly,

    Ameena

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Ameena,

      It is not possible to take the shuttle bus with a bus ticket, it is only for airline transfers. So we recommend a taxi for direct transfer.

      Admin

  121. Percy

    Hi
    We arrive at S’bhumi BKK at 14:10 from Trat via Bangkok Airways & due out from Don Mueang DMK at 15:40 for Krabi, so we have 90 mins to get from BKK to DMK.
    Rather than run the risk of delays from traffic jams, would it be practicable & more predictable to use the rail link from BKK to Makkasan & then onwards to DMK?
    We are not familiar with how the rail links work between the two airports.
    Any advice would be great & much appreciated. Many thanks.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Percy,

      The rail link won’t do you any good for the timeframe you mentioned, because it links BKK with the downtown of Bangkok. In order to continue on to DMK you would have to get on the MRT city train, take that to the last stop and board a public bus for DMK, all of which would take far longer than a taxi ride from airport to airport, which we would suggest as your best option for the short timeframe you have, even with possible traffic delays.

      Best wishes,

      Admin

  122. sharma

    Hello,
    I will be coming to Thailand in april with my husband. I wil be reachind S’bhumi airport on 18th april at 12:30 pm and I am having my next flight from DMK to samui on 19th april at 9:45 am.
    I just want to know that whether we can avail the free shuttle or not(coz our flight from dmk is on next day)??
    Thankyou :)

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Sharma,

      You can most certainly use the shuttle even if your flight is the next day, just present your outgoing flight ticket and that will get you on the bus.

      Admin

  123. sharma

    Thanks for the information.
    Can you please tell me that how safe is to visit thailand because of the protest. We are staying for 1 night in donmuang airport hotel(before our flight to samui) and just have to travel from sbhumi to donmuang in bangkok. How safe it is? what is the current scenario of protest there?? thanks..

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Sharma,

      The protest continue to be centered around government buildings and areas where tourists are not normally found. Concerning safety, we recommend one take the normal precautions one would take in any big city as well as pay attention to the news regularly. Tourists continue coming and going during the protest period.

  124. Stanrick

    Hi Admin,

    Your advice is greatly needed.

    I am arriving at Airport (Suvarnabhumi) 5.25pm on 11 April 14 through Singapore Airline and I am required to take NOK Air from Airport (Don Mueang) 7.30pm to Nan.

    Based on your knowledge and experience, am I able to make it? Taking into Song Kran crowd (around the corner) into consideration? I am willing to take a taxi.

    Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you

    Regards,
    Stanrick

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Stanrick,

      Based on our experience that is quite a short time. If your immigration goes fast, baggage pickup goes fast and taxi encounters no traffic (all things that are impossible to predict) you might just make it. Everything would have to go perfectly. We always recommend three hours for a smooth transfer. You might consider trying to book a later option with Nok Air

      Admin

  125. Josefina

    Hi Admin!

    your site has been a real help for me
    I am arriving to BKK airport the 22nd of July at 9:00 pm, and taking an Air Asia flight at 06:00 am from DMK airport on the next day. At what time does the free shuttle service ends? Am I able to reach it on time?

    Thanks a lot !
    regards,

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Josefina,

      We are glad you find our site helpful. The shuttle normally stops running at 24:00 as you can see on the timetable written above in the article for your reference. Arriving at 9pm should give you sufficient time to catch any one of the last shuttles of the day.

      -Admin

  126. Blog

    Hello,

    I have a flight arriving at 1:40pm in BKK and i got a flight to catch at 4:30pm at DMK, do you think I can make it on time?

    I do not have any luggage etc.

    Thanks in advance,
    Blog

    1. admin
      admin

      We normally recommend 3 hours for transit, which is what you are proposing as your timeframe. Not having baggage will give you some time and in good traffic the actual journey time on the shuttle is 1hr 20 minutes, so you should have time.

      -admin

  127. Dominic

    Hello

    Firstly I think your website is excellent and provided me with a lot of information.

    Quick question, though this does relate to me travelling in June 2014.

    I will be flying into DMK from Siem Reap and arrive at 12.55pm. I then need to travel to BKK to catch my next flight to Samui which departs at 4.30pm. As this is approximately 3.5 hours in between, would it be beneficial to get on the FREE Shuttle between airports or to either get a taxi or use the rail link?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Dominic :)

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Dominic,

      The time you have between flights should be enough under normal circumstances of exiting Don Muang and traffic to use the free shuttle. Should you find yourself delayed for a substantial amount of time in getting your baggage and crossing immigration, then you may want to make a decision on the spot to grab a taxi. Under normal circumstances the 1hr 20 min shuttle ride between airports should work fine with your timeframe.

      -admin

  128. Rvthryet

    Hi Admin
    You guys Rock!!! A lot of help given to a lot ppl. A big thank you to you from all of them!!(and me of course).
    My enquiry, if i may be so bold – flight touches base at suvarnabhumi 1620 hrs and my connecting from don muang @1955 hrs for my onwards destination.. you think I can make it?

  129. Rvthryet

    …Another quick question from the same.. Landing in Suvarnabhumi at 1620 hrs and connecting flight to Seim Reap is at 1740hrs thru bangkok air.. do you think I can make it?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Rvthryet,

      Both scenarios you describe sounds like close calls, the first one because of the hour and a half travel time between airports(plus traffic at rush hour which is impossible to predict) and the second even in the same airport there will be transit time and it is a tight margin, why not think about spending the first night in Thailand near BKK airport? There are many good hotels nearby for good rates.

  130. DenDen

    I am going to travel in September. Arrive in BKK at 8:50 and have an **international** flight leaving DMK at 13:25. Is 4.5 hours enough?

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear DenDen,

      We normally suggest at least 3.5 hours and recommend one be aware of the traffic at various points. Your transfer time suggests you should be okay, just be on top of getting your luggage, immigration done quickly etc so as to maximize your transfer time.

  131. ajinkya

    i am landing at suvarnabhumi at 0650 hrs from mumbai by bangkok airways and leaving for malaysia the same day at 1430 hrs from DMK Airport. so finally i am going to malaysia. do i need to take a thai visa for those 7hours? if yes then which category of visa would you suggest?

    1. admin
      admin

      Yes since you are entering the kingdom of Thailand even for just a few hours you need whatever visa corresponds to your passport. We recommend you check with the consular authority website in your country to see what options are available. If you are coming back the same way with a transfer remember you will need a multiple entry visa. Go for the visa which is least hassle but covers your transit needs.

  132. kevin jordan

    Hello,

    I’m planning to visit Bangkok for two days flying into BKK on Oct 3 and arriving at 10:50am and departing from DMK on Oct 5th at 6:30am. What neighborhood do you recommend I stay for this short period? Would it be wiser to stay near DMK since I have an early Sunday morning flight or is the city better? Also, how would traffic from the city to DMK be Sunday at around 3am if I were to take a cab to DMK? Thanks in advance for any answers!

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Kevin,

      We recommend you stay in a hotel in the city proper, you will find nicer properties with more competitive rates and amenities so you can enjoy the city. Traffic in an early morning cab should not be bad.

  133. Helen

    Hi, I’m flying to BKK next week, landing at 7.30pm and then fly from DMK the next day at 10am so was planning on staying near DMK airport to save time in the morning. I have an email confirmation from Nok Air for my flight out of DMK, will this be okay to use the shuttle bus? It has a receipt and itinerary attached and has a bar code and booking reference and booking number… hoping to save a bit of money! H.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Helen,

      Experience indicates they will honor your DMK flight information even if it is the next day, the general rule is accepting a ticket up to 24 hours later then the time you are boarding the free shuttle.

      Admin

  134. Vicknesh

    Hi! I have Air Asia flight from Chiang Mai arriving DMK at 3.50pm. I need to catch my Tiger Airways flight to Singapore from Suvarnabhumi airport at 5.30pm. How long does it take to reach BKK airport from DMK by taxi? Am I still able to catch the flight?
    Thanks.

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks for your comment.
      To be honest, that sounds very difficult or even I will say impossible.
      Taxi takes at least one hour or longer in normal conditions, but you are arriving in rush hour.
      We advice people to allow them at least four hours for connections between these two airports.
      We invite you to like our page in Facebook and follow us in twitter to be always update about travel.

      Best Regards

  135. Lauren

    how much is a taxi between the two airports and will it save you a lot of time compared to the free shuttle in Bangkok?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Lauren

      Taxi’s can range from 150 baht to 350 baht depending on the price you get. The time saved can depend on the rush hour traffic, the time spent waiting for the next shuttle etc. It is a similar trip, but the taxi may be 20 min faster all things considered.

  136. ondrej

    I started with the questions from 2013 and moving to August 2014 are the replies a bit more sceptical.
    We are supported land at BKK at 1225 and leave from Don’t Mueang at 1650. We do not need a visa, but have check in baggage.
    I expected to get out of the airport at 14 at worst case ( possible?). Is 2,5hr gap good enough to get either by bus or taxi to Don’t Mueang?
    What is in your opinion sufficient time buffer after airport leave at this time of the day?

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks for your message.
      Well what happened is that there has been many changes during the last months in Thailand.
      Nowadays situation is quite normal, but there are still other things to considered such as the fact that traffic can be very bad at rush hour and some times lines at immigration are very slow.
      2,5 hours should be enough to move from one airport to the other in normal conditions, we personally prefer to have 3 or four hours.

      1. ondrej

        Thanks for the reply.
        The 3-4 hrs you prefer is time from the cleared immigration process? In 2013 you mentioned that at least 1,5hr is needed from that point of time till the plane leaves from the other airport.
        If the bus takes 1hr and one should be 1hr before the departure at the airport, I find my 2,5hr once I leave the airport hall just at the border line.
        Is my understanding correct?

  137. Harish Ananthan

    I wanted to get to DMK from the main airport. Is it easy to take the 555 no. bus and how much will it cost in a cab?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Harish,

      The 555 public bus operates as a standard public bus, the airport information can point out its departure point and it can be crowded or empty depending on the time of day. Taxi’s can vary depending on the carrier from 150-350baht.

      Admin

  138. Gopan Mondal

    Do I need visa for transferring from Bangkok international airport to Don Muang Airport to catch airaisa flight ?

    1. admin
      admin

      If you need a visa to enter Thailand you do need a visa for this transfer, because you are entering Thailand and moving across the city to another airport.

      Admin

  139. Rahul

    Hi

    Great work on helping people with these niggling doubts!
    My travel plans are :
    Mumbai to Bangkok via Kolkata which is a 7 hour trip with layovers included.
    I will depart from Mumbai at 7:45PM and reach BKK at 410AM.

    I am planning to head directly to Phuket what would be an ideal time to book the outbound flight? Any particular carriers you think are better than others? I am considering NokAir and Air Asia.

    I would want to take a breather, but avoid the rush hour so it would be great if you could elaborate on facilities to relax at DMK too!

    appreciate your help!

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks very much for your message.
      We normally recommend at least four hour to transfer from one airport to the other. Sometimes rush hour is a problem and even when it is difficult to predict when it exactly occurs most likely there will be a lot of traffic around 7 to 9 am.
      We like Air Asia, we never have had any particular problem with them and the carrier is quite punctual. There is not a lot to do in DMK it is actually kind of a basic airport, on the other hand BKK is an impressive international terminal.

  140. Sarah

    Hi,
    I have a flight into Suvarnabhumi airport, then have an overnight stopover in bangkok. Can i show my flight itinerary the next morning to catch the bus from Suvarnabhumi airport to DMK for my flight with airasia?

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Sarah
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yeah as long you have a copy of your itinerary or boarding pass they will allow you to use the shuttle.

  141. Shailender

    Hi,

    I will be travelling to Phnom Penh via Bangkok.

    I will land at Suvarnabhumi Airport, collect my check-in luggage and take a shuttle to Don muang Airport for my connecting flight to Phnom Penh.

    My question is, since I have to take a shuttle and also collect my luggage from conveyor belt, do I need Thai Visa.

    Regards,
    Shailender

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Shailender,

      Since I do not know your nationality, I do not know if you need a Thai Visa or not. However if you do need a visa to enter Thailand at all, you will need it here because even though you are just in transfer, you are actually entering the country to switch planes.

      Admin

  142. Abhishek

    Hi, I am travelling to BKK, Phuket and Koh Samui

    My travel plans are :
    Mumbai to Bangkok via Kolkata which is a 7 hour trip with layovers included.
    I will depart from Mumbai at 7:45PM and reach BKK at 410AM.

    Which low cost airline would you recommend for Bangkok to Koh Samui ?

    Which mode of transportation would be cheapest From
    koh Samui to Phuket and
    Phuket to Bangkok

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Abhishhek,

      All the low cost airlines we’ve experienced are quite good, Air Asia has a great reputation and of course provides many options in the region. When you ask about cheap transportation you could take buses but these tickets are often sold out and distances can take 24 hours based on the routes you are asking about. Flights are often the most affordable and time efficient, while buses are sometimes cheaper and not time efficient.

      Admin

  143. Deep

    Hi
    Many bthanks for your inputs they’ve been great help, keep up the good work !!
    Im flying from Delhi, India to Bangkok, reaching bangkok by 5:25 AM and have booked a 10:45 AM flight to Phuket from Don Muang airport by Air Asia. Had a couple of questions
    – Is the time good enough keeping in mind on arrival visa, baggage collection, traveling to Don Muang and boarding the flight
    – Can i use the shuttle service since i would not have the boarding pass for the second flight
    – Since im travelling to Phuket anything specific i need to mention to the visa officials

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello,

      We recommend 3 hours for immigration, security and transit, so you should have plenty of time to switch airports. You need some proof of a ticket to use the free shuttle, it can be a boarding pass or a receipt that AirAsia has sent you showing you have a flight at that date and time. There’s nothing specific you need to mention, you are free to move about within the country for the amount of time allowed by your visa.

      Admin

  144. gubbi

    Question # 1: I am American citizen. I will be reaching Bangkok international airport on 11/16/14 at 11:45 PM by Air China. I need to go to Don Mueang airport (DMK) next day. My flight to Siem Reap is on 11/17/14 at 10:15 AM by Air Asia. I prefer to use free shuttle bus bew teen BKK airport and DMK airport. The first shuttle bus from BKK Suvanabhmi airport is at 6:00AM. Since my flight from DMK airpot to Siem Reap is at 10:15AM, do I have sufficient time to reach DMK from BKK.

    If I decode tp take taxi from BKK, is it safe to travel from BKK to DMK in the middle of night.

    Questuin # 2: I know I can get Exempt Visa for US citizens at BKK airport to enter Thailand . When I return from Siem Reap on 11/21/14 and renter Bangkok, can I get another exempt visa to enter Bangkok.or I will have to get multiple entry Thailand visa for US citizens, when I first enter BKK on 11/16/14.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hello Gubbi,

      Since you are an American Citizen you have no need of a tourist visa to enter Thailand for thirty days. Any time you enter or exit the country the thirty days resets again. Secondly the time you ask for about the shuttle bus should be fine since it is 4 hours before your fight and the transit time is generally 3 hours total with immigration and security inspection. If you decide to take a cab in the middle of the night, it is safe, just exercise the normal precautions one would take in any major world capital.

      Admin

  145. Harsh Shah

    I reach BKK at 0410 and have a flight from DMK at 0835… do u think there is good enough a time for us o make it considering visa on arrival, immigration etc?

    1. admin
      admin

      It is four hours so in theory there should be enough time, of course things can always be delayed.

      admin

  146. Harsh Shah

    I appreciate the time that ull take in keeping this page so up-to-date by replying to every single comment. hats off

  147. DMH

    Hi, We’re arriving this Thursday into BKK at 7am with a connecting flight departing from DMK at 10am. No luggage.I have 3 questions please
    1) Do you think that’s sufficient time?
    2) What is the traffic like a that time of the morning? Heavy? Predictable?
    3) Is the connecting shuttle every half hour or every hour at that time?
    Thanks!

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi DMH

      The time is sufficient for what we recommend under normal circumstances of course anything can change and things can be delayed in the course of any trip. Traffic varies there as it does anywhere else in the world. The shuttle does come at regular intervals as you can see on the schedule posted in the article.

      Admin

  148. Vineet Gera

    Hi,

    I read your replies to so many queries and they are quite helpful. I will be reaching BKK Svarnbhoomi on 20th Dec at 620 AM. I will be taking Thai Airways flight. I want to catch Air Asia flight from Don Muang at 1020 AM. Is the plan okay and workable? Can I use shuttle or straight go for a taxi?

    Thanks a lot,
    VG

    1. admin
      admin

      4 hours should be enough in normal circumstances to be able to go from one to the other airport. The only problem is that your trip may be happening at the same time than rush hour and it is something to consider. No one as well can predict how long it will take for you to go thorough immigration, so if you noticed that it took a long time use your better judgment at the time and maybe jump into a cab.

  149. Abhishek Baliya

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for replies.

    I am reaching 4.10 at Bangkok Airport. Airasia flight is at 7 am from DMK to koh samui/ koh phangan.

    Is this 2 hour 50 min time safe ?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Abhishek,

      We recommend 3 hours total for the getting in and out of airport formalities plus the standard transit time 1hr 15 min. You will have to take a taxi arriving that early and it will probably be the fastest way to connect you at that time, instead of waiting around for the first shuttle.

      Admin

  150. Tapash Chakraborty

    As an INDIAN to go KOLKATA from YANGON via BANGKOK any visa is required between two air pot in BANGKOK .

    1. admin
      admin

      Yes since you are entering Thailand you will need to get the appropriate visa to your citizenship.

  151. Ben Israel

    Dear Admin,

    You are extremely generous with your time and knowledge. You’ve proven your expertise and reliability. Why not charge $2 per question?

    1. admin
      admin

      Thanks very much for your comment and compliments.
      We really love this! We are passionate travelers and we enjoy a lot helping people to travel.
      The best token of appreciation from all to us is to keep visiting our page, interacting with us, following us in Facebook, twitter, Instagram and the other other social networks and sharing with us travel experiences so in this way we can keep learning even more.
      Traveling is really fascinating!

  152. brenda

    Hello!

    My fiancé and I will be on our honeymoon arriving into BKK at 10:55PM. The next day we will be flying out of DMK to Krabi at 2:00PM.

    Do you suggest we stay at an airport hotel close to BKK? Or stay at a hotel close to DMK?

    Thank you =)

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Brenda,

      Since you are leaving DMK somewhat late and getting into BKK late we definitely recommend you stay near BKK. BKK has much better hotel options and almost any in the area of various budgets have free shuttles to and from BKK. The Novotel sits right on the airport grounds so you can simply walk out the main entrance and check into the hotel.

      1. brenda

        Thank you for responding! How do you suggest getting from a hotel near BKK to DMK the next day? What would be the cheapest and most efficient way?

        I like the Novotel but its about 150 US dollars for the night, so we will most likely stay somewhere cheaper. If you have any more suggestions that is more budget friendly that would be great!

        1. admin
          admin

          If you have a flight from DMK and you have time the free shuttle is a great option, you just get back to BKK and catch that shuttle.

          The Novotel is a very nice hotel, indeed a little expensive but great value, here is an article we wrote about other good options close to the airport http://www.traveladept.com/good-and-affordable-hotels-near-suvarnabhumi-airport-in-bangkok/

          Enjoy your trip!

  153. Girish Sajwan

    Hi,
    I am arriving at Swaranbhoomi at 4.10 am by spicejet from Kolkota on 16th Jan15. My next flight is from Dom Mueang to Hanoi at 7 am by Air asia. Would I be able to connect ?
    Thanks
    Girish

    1. admin
      admin

      Dear Girish,

      Since you arrival time is early and you have under 3 hours we recommend you take a taxi. The time you have is less than we normally recommend for the whole process, (3 hours) but it seems you may be able to transfer as long as there are no delays, it is never possible to say with full assurance.

  154. Jack

    HI.

    I am reaching BKK at 4:10 am and have to catch AirAsia flight at 7.30 AM from DMK. Will that be sufficient time for me to change the flights and transit from one airport to other. I will take either taxi or shuttle bus which ever is available. Also wanted to know the fare of taxi and are there any prepaid taxi stand?

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Jack,

      The time we recommend from gate to gate including transit is 3 hours (the transit in vehicle is 1hr 15 min in ideal conditions). It seems your timeframe fits this recommendation, but be aware there can always be unexpected occurrences like lines and traffic delays. Taxi fares usually run between 150 and 350 baht, there are metered taxis available, however we are unsure on the prepaid stands.

      Admin

  155. Surya

    Hi,

    I am traveling from New Delhi to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) on 18th September. I was originally planning to travel to Vientiane (Laos) via the internation train t Nong Khai.

    I am now looking at taking a nok air flight from DMK airport to Udon Thani and the shuttles from there (Fly n ride Service). Will i be required to take a Thailand Visa for these transfers? Without the Visa fees this will be a faster n cheaper way for me to get to Vientiane.

    Thanks in advance

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Surya,

      Since you are transferring airports BKK to DMK you are entering the kingdom of Thailand, as well once you arrive in Udon Thani you are in Thailand taking a ground transfer. If your citizenship requires you to have a visa to enter Thailand you will need to get that visa since you will be in the country.

      Admin

  156. Mayur

    Hi, on my return trip the time between the flight is only 2.35 Hours and i have to change the airport as well. From Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi. Besides, we are required to check in early. I read most comments above and i think i may run into trouble with such a short time. Will Taxi be fast enough in this case? Thanks in advance for help.

    1. admin
      admin

      The ride time in a taxi is 1hr 15 min in ideal traffic conditions. There’s no way to predict traffic so it will really be up to you to make the decision, we can’t say whether it will be enough time or not.

      Admin

      1. Mayur

        Actually, I think 2.5 hours is just too crazily short. Its just not possible to change airports within 2.5 hours. I know I am definitely going to miss the flight in this case. So I have contacted the agency i booked the tickets with, told them about the problem, and they said they will contact Thai Airways. I am hoping to get new flight details, I asked them to give me at least 5 hours to change airports. I will give another update here which may help others.

        1. admin
          admin

          Thanks very much for your update. We really appreciate this feedback that can indeed help other travelers. Yes, 2.5 hours can be really tight, that is why we recommend at least 4 hours.
          Have a great trip!

  157. Adripriya Ghosh

    Hi Admin. I have a query. On 10th of March’15 I am arriving in BKK on 4.15 am. Then I have a connecting flight from DMK to Krabi at 8. 25 am. In this 4 hrs can it be possible to do all the following jobs.

    1> Apply & getting the Free Visa for my Thailand Trip.
    2> Luggage Claim @ BKK.
    3> Taking the Shuttle for DMK to BKK.
    4> Boarding for the Flight from DMK to Krabi.

    Please assists.

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Adripriya,

      We recommend 3 hours for persons transiting the airports as you are. Of course we cannot guarantee anything, there can always be unforeseen delays, but the time you propose seems to work under normal circumstances.

  158. Laura

    Hey, I have one question. I will arrive at DMK at 18.20, then I need to go to BKK to catch my flight at 23:40.
    Do you think I will do it in 5 hours with the Shuttle or should I better book the flight from Phnom Penh directly to BKK.
    Unfortunately there is just that one flight from PP to DMK this day, otherwise I would take an earlier one.

    Thank you so much,
    Laura

    1. admin
      admin

      Hi Laura,

      we normally recommend 3 hours for transfer with use of the shuttle and all practical concerns like immigration security baggage claim etc. 5 hours is likely to be sufficient time for your transfer with the shuttle.

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