Before we get started. This is an article based on how to get to Don Muang Airport (DMK) in Bangkok, Thailand not Suvarnabhumi Airport. Be sure to check your ticket twice before travel, as I know first hand of people going to the wrong airport in Bangkok and then have to frantically hop in a taxi to the other airport with the hope they’ll make their flight in time… – many fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport. Then go onto use budget airlines to fly to other destinations within Asia from Don Muang Airport (DMK).
With that in mind, let’s get onto; How To Get To Don Muang Airport From Bangkok Centre. I’ve broken this guide down into multiple methods, scroll down to find the method that fits your preference. If you’ve any questions about this guide on how to get to Don Muang Airport then be sure to leave us a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Taxi To Don Muang Airport
If you’re a solo traveller, or a couple getting a taxi isn’t going to be the cheapest way to get to Don Muang Airport. However, if you’re a group it likely will be. Aside from the cost of getting to Don Muang Airport (that we’ll cover in more detail later). The easiest, quickest and most convenient way to get to Don Muang Airport is by taxi.
An in most cases the taxi is only slightly more (around 100 – 300 baht depending on your location). If you’re a couple who are able to split this cost then I highly encourage you to do so the convenience probably outweighs the cost in this case. (if you’re not convinced, scroll down to learn how to get the bus to Don Muang Airport or the train to Don Muang Airport).
For our trip from Bangkok Loft Inn, Thonburi to Don Muang Airport we chose to hail an Uber (if you’re new to Uber sign up using my code ‘CWHFJ‘ to get a discount)
The advantage to using Uber to get to Don Muang Airport is;
- There’s a little bit more protection should anything go wrong than you have when compared to hailing a cab on the street
- You can estimate the cost of the taxi to Don Muang Airport
- Payment via credit card is enabled (in our case the Halifax Credit Card that with awesome real-time exchange rates) – including the cost of the tolls.
- You don’t have to struggle with language translations
- You don’t have to argue as to whether or not the cab is using a metre
The disadvantage of using Uber to get to Don Muang Airport is;
- There maybe a ~10 minutes for the taxi to turn up depending on where the most local Uber driver is based who takes your request (it’s not as quick as sticking out your hand at the side of the road)
- You may end up paying a surcharge depending on the time in which you choose to travel
- You need WIFI or mobile internet to use the service
The cost of our Uber is shown below;
Of course, the cost of your trip will vary depending on the following;
- The number of tolls you go through
- The time of day you travel (surcharges & traffic)
- Whether or not you need a bigger form of vehicle (for example SUV for more than 4 passengers)
- Your location within Bangkok
You can use the estimated service to estimate your fare, but remember that’s exactly what it is… an estimate.
Grab Taxi isn’t as well known as Uber – at least in Europe and North America, however here in South East Asia, it is. So much so you’re likely to see more Grab Taxi stickers on cars than you are Uber stickers.
The advantages of using Grab Taxi to get a taxi to Don Muang Airport is;
- There’s a little bit more protection. Just incase anything goes wrong (when compared to hailing a cab on the street)
- You’re able estimate the cost of the taxi to Don Muang Airport
- You can pay by credit card (in our case the Halifax Credit Card that with awesome real-time exchange rates)
- Don’t have to struggle with language translations
- No need to argue as to whether or not the cab is using a metre
The disadvantage of using Grab Taxi to get to Don Muang Airport is;
- The wait maybe ~10 minutes for the taxi to turn up depending on where the most local driver is based who takes your request (it’s not as quick as sticking out your hand at the side of the road)
- A surcharge maybe applicable depending on the time in which you choose to travel
- WIFI or mobile internet will be required to use the service
Hailing A Cab On The Street
If you’re not a big believer in the concept (or the politics) or Uber or Grab Taxi then you can always get a taxi the more traditional way by hailing a cab.
This can be done in one of two ways;
Ask reception to assist you – they will be able to do the translation and are less likely (it’s never guaranteed) to get scammed.
Just hail an available cab – you’ll know if the cab is available by seeing this in the windscreen. Be sure the taxi is on a metre to ensure you get maximum value for money.
The advantages of hailing a cab on the street and using that to get you to Don Muang Airport are;
- It’s instantaneous (stick your arm out to hail the available taxi and you’re off!)
- You can pay in cash
The disadvantages are;
- There’s less of a ‘quote’ / estimate system to find out how much you might pay to get to the airport
- You might find yourself haggling over whether or not the taxi has a meter – which you should always look to use.
- You’ve more chance of being scammed, and there’s very little you can do in the terms of reporting the driver
Train To Don Muang Airport / Bus To Don Muang Airport
Earlier in the article in reference to getting a taxi to Don Muang Airport, I suggested that it was more convenient. The reason being is there is a serious lack of public transport within Bangkok serving Don Muang Airport. Meaning you’ll often find yourself needing a combination of buses and trains to get to/from your location in Bangkok.
All this costs you time… In fact, while the taxi only took us around 50 minutes, it was expected that public transport would take us over 2 hours – and that’s if everything ran smoothly (which let’s face it, it never does)
To take the train/bus to Don Muang Airport you’ll need to do either of the following;
Use the BTS to get to Mo Chit station. Then use bus 29, 49, 59 – running 24/7 or A1 running between 7.00am and midnight to get to the airport. (the bus will drop you off at the other side of the airport.
Depending on the terminal you’re flying from it will take you ~10 minutes to walk) The A1 buses are every 15 minutes and it takes around 30 minutes from Mo Chit at a cost of 30 baht per person.
Use either a local bus or the BTS to get you to Bang Sue Junction. From there take the SRT (State Railway of Thailand) to Don Muang. While I’ve not followed this method myself. It’s as much as a 20 minute (2km) walk from Don Muang station to the terminal (depending on the terminal in which you are flying from)
As a side note you can use a combination of taxi and public transport to streamline your journey from Bangkok to Don Muang Airport (or vice versa) you do this by;
- Going from your accommodation to the nearest BTS (Bangkok Sky Train) and taking the BTS to Mo Chit (the nearest BTS Station to Don Muang Airport) – The cost of which will be 30baht – 80baht per person depending on the station you’re going from/to.
- Then hailing a taxi from Mo Chit to Don Muang Airport (which should cost circa 100 baht – If they say it’s 200 or more they are lying!)
Transfer To Don Muang Airport
Much like a traditional holiday. You’re able to book a transfer (shared or private) to Don Muang Airport in advance online. I recommend Hoppa. It’s a service we use for transfers around the world that offers bus transfers, private or luxury transfers.
The screenshot below is a quote for a one-way service from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok Centre for 2 persons booked one week in advance via the Hoppa website.
Alternatively, you can pre-book a private transfer in advance for up to 5 people using Voyagin for as little as £10.46 per person. The driver will come and wait inside the airport’s arrivals lounge with a board containing your name.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to get to Don Muang Airport from Bangkok City. Regardless of the way you get to Don Muang Airport. There are two major things I want you to take away from this article. (Along with a plan of how to get to Don Muang Airport of course…)
First, the traffic in Bangkok centre is ALWAYS bad. So regardless of how you plan to get to Don Muang Airport, set off with plenty of time. Second, if you get a taxi (from the side of the road) ensure it has a metre.
If you’ve any advice or find any of this information to be incorrect then please do leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to update it.