There are two airports in Bangkok, Thailand; Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi Airport. If you’re flying long haul internationally then you’ll likely fly into Suvarnabhumi, meanwhile, if you’re flying domestically within Thailand or on budget airlines from elsewhere in Asia you’ll likely fly into Don Muang.
We’ve visited both airports when flying in and out of Thailand, and personally prefer Don Muang due to it’s luxury airport lounges yet relaxed atmosphere.
The best way to get to Don Muang Airport from Bangkok is by taxi which can be done outside the airport or using the GRAB mobile app. The 40-minute journey is roughly 28km depending on exactly where in Bangkok you’re coming from and costs roughly 400 – 650 baht (including toll fees).
However, if you’re travelling between airports then you might want to opt to get the shuttle bus instead.
There’s a number of different options for the journey, and the right one is likely to depend on your timescale, budget and the number of people you’re travelling with which is exactly why I’ve broken this post down to include details of each form of transport.
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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.
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.
Grab Taxi’s To Don Muang Airport
For our trip from our hotel Bangkok Loft Inn, Thonburi to Don Muang Airport we chose to get a Grab Taxi.
Grab Taxi isn’t as well known as Uber at least in Europe and North America, however, here in South East Asia, it is.
The advantages of using Grab Taxi to get a taxi to Don Muang Airport is;
There’s a little bit more protection. Just in case anything goes wrong (when compared to hailing a cab on the street)
You’re able to estimate the cost of the taxi to Don Muang AirportYou can pay via credit or debit card
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 are;
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 may be 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 is 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 get the taxi drivers 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 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 to Don Muang Airport.
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!)
Private Transfer To Don Muang Airport
Much like a traditional holiday. You’re able to book a transfer to Don Muang Airport in advance online.
This takes the stress out of worrying about hailing a taxi or whether you’ll be able to manage all your luggage on public transport. However, it is slightly more expensive.
Don Muang Airport To Bangkok City
However, there’s a couple of things to note that will differ;
Unlike other taxi apps elsewhere in the world there is no designated pick up point for the Grab taxies.
Instead, simply order the taxi at your current location and check the details on the app correspond with the driver and vehicle that’s arrived.
There’s a 50 baht airport pick-up surcharge that will be added to your metred fare.
Ignore those looking for you to get in their taxi and instead head to the metred taxi standpoint which is directly outside the arrivals terminal and clearly signposted.
Your driver might ask you want to take the “expressway”, although most will do so by default.
The Expressways have two separate tolls of 50 baht and 70 baht that you’ll have to pay on top of the metered fare. You will be expected to pay for it at the toll rather than a lump sum at the end, so make sure you have change cash on hand
The A1 bus stops at terminal 1 (ground floor exit 6), and terminal 2 (ground floor exit 12, 14). You can board the bus at any of these locations.
Read up on the details of the private transfer company you pick. They might have a designated pick up location inside or outside of the airport, a booth or have a driver wait outside the arrivals doors with your name on.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to get to DMK from Bangkok. 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 find yourself with extra time at Don Muang Airport then consider checking into one of the many airport lounges.
Helen and I spent an entire day visiting all the airport lounges at DMK in order to find the best one for you.
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.