In this post we’ll be covering the many different methods of travelling from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport. DMK Airport mainly serves low-cost airlines such as NOK, Air Asia etc. and operates mainly within Asia. Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi Airport operates the majority of the international flights coming in and out of Bangkok.
So, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to travel from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport if you’re planning an international flight into Bangkok but looking to travel onwards to elsewhere in Thailand or Asia.
The advantage of this transfer is that it’s likely going to be cheaper than flying directly to some of the smaller, more remote airports that these budget airlines operating out of DMK tend to serve. Luckily commuting between Suvarnabhumi Airport and DMK airport is very straight-forward, and has multiple options for multiple different budgets.
Taxi – The Quick Option
The quickest way of travelling between DMK and Suvarnabhumi Airport is going to be via taxi. Taxies can be obtained from the taxi rank just outside of the airport. Ignore those inside the airport trying to coaks you into their taxi at a supposedly cheaper rate, these are uninsured, illegitimate drivers and will likely scam you.
The cost of the taxi will be on a metre and should be somewhere around 300 Bhat plus an additional 50 Bhat for an airport pick up. There’s also the option of taking the highway which makes the process even quicker but does require additional toll charges which are to be given to the driver who will then pass them onto the toll booth operator.
While the journey time will heavily depend on traffic you can estimate it to be somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour door to door if you take the highway.
Pre-Arranged Transfer – The Low Hassle Option
For a little less hassle, a little more luxury and a little bit more money you could opt for a private transfer between the two airports of Bangkok. The driver will wait for you in a designated location (provided in the confirmation email of your booking) likely with a sign of the company or your name.
From there you’ll be escorted to your vehicle and transported to Suvarnabhumi Airport (or Don Muang Airport if you’re doing this journey in reverse)
We recommend booking this service with Get Your Guide who offer the service from both BKK and DMK airports or this service with 12Go which offers a range of providers depending on your party size and the level of luxury you’re looking for.
The estimated travel time between the two airports is going to heavily depend on traffic but we’d estimate it to be somewhere between 40 minutes and an hour.
Shuttle Bus – The Free Option
Bangkok may be cheap, but nothing is cheaper than free and that’s exactly what the shuttle bus between Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport is!
You don’t need to book this shuttle bus in advance instead it’s done on a first come first serve basis for those travelling out of the opposite airport (for example if you’re going from DMK you’d be expected to show you have a flight out of BKK) either the same or the following day.
The shuttle buses start running at 5am and finish at midnight. The buses depart every 15 to 30 minutes but this heavily depends on the traffic, as does the journey time which can take anything from 50 minutes to 2 hours.
The bus departs from Terminal 1 of Don Muang Airport. Buses can be found outside the airport building on the 1st floor, at the door 6. At Suvarnabhumi Airport passengers are dropped off at the departures (4th Floor).
Meanwhile, the bus departs from the 2nd floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport (Arrivals), outside the door 3.