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Over 45 different airlines serve Suvarnabhumi, with exotic names like
Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Air, El Al, KLM, Air Macau, Air France, and
Finnair, as well as US carriers including Delta Airlines, United
Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.
In addition to private automobiles, transportation
options at Suvarnabhumi International include taxis, limousines, rental
cars, public buses, and rental cars. There is a 42,000 square meter
Public Transportation Center (adjacent to the Bangkok Catering Company
Limited and LSG Sky Chefs) which serves as a hub and parking area for
these services. The transportation center also houses fuel stations and
some convenience stores. Shuttle bus service is available from the Main
Terminal to the Transport Center.
Suvarnabhumi passengers have a choice of rental car agencies including
Avis, Hertz, Budget and Thai Car Rental. The car rental agencies are
located in the Public Transportation Center. There is also a service
counter in Concourse B inside the Arrival Hall.
Bus service is available 24 hours per day from the Bus Terminal located
at the Public Transportation Center. The fare from the airport to
downtown Bangkok is 35 baht. Additional route and connection
information is available at this page.
There is a 28.6 kilometer high speed rail link from the airport to
A shuttle bus service called Airport Express
provides service from 5:00am to midnight between Suvarnabhumi
International and several Bangkok hotels. It has four routes that go
downtown from the airport; the cost is 150 baht. The Airport Express
counter is located on Level 1 of the main terminal, near Entrance 8. A
list of the routes and stops are here.
Limousine service provided by AOT is available at the Limousine Counter
located on the Level 2 of the terminal in the Baggage Claim and Arrival
Hall. Limo pickup is on the level 2 outer curb.
Taxis are available in the Public Transportation Center and at a Taxi
Counter located on Level 1 of the main terminal building near entrances
3, 4, 7, and 8. Taxis charge a metered fare plus a 50 baht surcharge
and 'expressway fees.'
There are now two commercial banks on service at the airport which are
Thai Military Bank Public Co., Ltd., located at the northern part of
international terminal 1, and Bangkok Bank Public Co., Ltd, located on
the 2nd floor at the northern part of international terminal 2.
Exchange counters are provided in both arrival and
departure halls and lounges of international terminals. In addition,
currency exchange booths are also situated at various areas within the
Left Baggage is located in both arrival and departure hall of
international terminals 1 and 2 as well as domestic terminal.
Praying Room Provided for Muslim passengers/users, located
in the departure hall at the linking area between international
passengers terminal 1 and 2. The other one is in the departure hall of
domestic terminal. Essential facilities are also available in the rooms.
- Variety of goods are provided for choices of passengers which are
duty free goods, handicraft and local products from Royal Folk Arts and
Craft Center, Bang Sai, Thai traditional cloth and world's brand name
products. Moreover, there are florists selling fresh and dry flowers
and preserved food and there are also some kinds of stores.
- Many types of restaurants which offer many kinds of food such as Thai
food, Chinese food, European food, Japanese food including famous fast
food and snack bars located at various areas in the terminal.
You can walk in many places but often sidewalks are crowded and
shell-pocked, with tired dogs and hyped vendors leaving only a
thread-thin path down the pavement. Add in the heat, humidity and
pollution and you can conclude Bangkok is not a good walking city.
Taxis are everywhere and very cheap. Starting fare is 35 baht (under
US$1 in 2004) and unless you get snared by Bangkok’s
Matrix-sized traffic jams, even cross-town trips are cheap. Unless you
speak Thai, it is best to have your destination written out in Thai, as
most drivers do not speak English. Be sure and
“remind” the driver to turn on the meter by
pointing at it and saying “meter” to avoid
negotiating your fare at the (wrong) end of the ride.
This is one of the fun things that make travel worth doing. Bangkok
sits alongside a wide river, and is interlaced with canals. Many have
been filled in over the years as cars outpaced boats, but water travel
is still very much a real thing in the city. For all of 8 baht (about
20 US cents in 2004) you can board a small boat, a river taxi, at any
of dozens of stops in Bangkok and ride until the end.
These are three wheeled open-to-the-air motorcycle taxis and yes, your
kids will want to ride in them. They hang out near the tourist places
and the drivers will often call out to you. It is fun to ride-once-in a
tuk-tuk. They have no meter, so negotiate the fare before you drive
off. You are riding in the open air, so all that yummy Bangkok air
pollution is being rammed down your throat and into your eyes at 35
mph. You also have nothing between you and the incoming traffic, so
suggest to your driver that he avoid any accidents or tipping over on
turns. It seems many of the drivers are young and may have acquired all
their driving skills from Super Mario bouts, so be advised.
Buses go everywhere and cost just pennies, but without speaking Thai
and/or having a sense of adventure can be hard to figure out. Some are
air-conditioned and a bit more expensive, some are insanely crowded,
but with taxis as cheap as they are, you probably won’t have
too many reasons to check them out.
A fairly recent addition to Bangkok is the SkyTrain, pretty much like a
subway up in the air. It is sort of, but not exactly goes where you
want to go. So use it mostly as a way to shorten a cross-town taxi ride
rather than as a one-stop transport method as you might do in London,
Tokyo or NYC. The stations are all elevated and all have stairs, though
with some looking you will found an elevator at most places. If the
journey is only a few stations and you are three or more, a taxi might
be about the same price and easier.
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