Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok: a description of how to get there
Suvarnabhumi Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport), IATA code: BKK — Bangkok International Airport. It was opened on September 15, 2006 and served only a few domestic flights. And since September 28, 2006, the airport began to take on most domestic and all international flights.
Today, Bangkok Airport is the main air port of Thailand and the main transit hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, PBair. Suvarnabhumi takes regular passenger, cargo and charter flights. There is no separation between international and domestic terminals at the airport. Today, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal is the third largest in the world.
The airport is located in the tambon of Racha Thewa, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan province, approximately 25 km east of downtown Bangkok. The cost of building the airport cost the state 155 billion baht (3.8 billion US dollars).
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The airport has two runways (4 km long and 3 km 700 m long) and two parallel taxiways, this makes it possible to carry out simultaneous departures and arrivals. Suvarnabhumi is equipped with 120 parking places, five of which can take airbuses.
The capacity of the airport is up to 76 flights per hour. Annual passenger turnover — more than forty million people. More than three million tons of cargo per year service this transport hub.
The list of services that are provided at the airport — meets the requirements, according to all international airports of the world. In the 4-storey building of the air terminal you will find a transit hotel, ATMs, luggage storage, restaurants, about 50 cafes, food stores and a post office. Internet — available at the Information racks.
In the departure and arrival halls there are many shops operating in the duty free format. Here you can buy items intended for export from the country and not taxable.
The duty free airport of Bangkok, very popular among tourists, and the fact that there are constantly held all sorts of promotions, there are additional discounts. The airport is equipped with a large number of currency exchange offices. But the course in them is extremely not profitable, therefore it is worth using their services only in case of emergency.
Try to exchange large amounts in local bank branches. The airport also has a Web Phone, with which you can make calls, access the Internet or find out more detailed information about the airport.
The machine accepts payment in local currency, Visa, Mastercard, TOT.
How to get to Bangkok
Bangkok Metro Airport City Line is a land branch connecting the airport with the center of the capital. To use its services, you need to follow the signs to the ground floor of the airport. City Line is open from 6.00 am to 24.00. Prices — from 15 to 45 baht and depend on the distance.
City Line connects Suvarnabhumi and Phaya Thai station, in 30 minutes you will find yourself in the center of the capital. City Line stops at: Rajaprarop Station, Makkasan Station, Ramkhanhaeng Station, Hua Maak Station, Baan Tubchang Station and Lardkrabang Station.
The first branch of the Airport Express Line travels to Makkasan Station. The second branch of the Airport Express Line is the same metro line, but runs with stops to Phaya Thai station. The fare is 90 baht, and return ticket is 150 baht, and you can reach the center of Bangkok in 15 minutes.
See also: Bangkok areas
You can use the city buses that depart from the Public Transportation Center. Characteristic prices 32-35 baht.
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- No. 55 — Klongsuan — Klong Prawes — Chachoengsau — Amphur Bang Klah;
- No. 550 — “Happy Land”;
- # 551 — Victory Monument;
- # 553 — Samut Prakarn;
- No. 554 — Rangsit via Don Mueang and Ram Indra Road;
- No. 555 — Rangsit via Don Mueang and Central Plaza Ladphrao;
- # 558 — Samae dam Garage through Central Plaza Rama II.
Prior to this center you will take a free bus from the airport. He departs from exit number 5 on the second floor of the station. Shuttles are also sent from Public Transportation Center, but more expensive. From the airport, there are also express buses to the central districts of Bangkok.
There are four traffic routes with end points at: Silom Road, Khao San Road, Central World, Hua Lamphong. Buses are equipped with air conditioning and luggage space.
Passengers wishing to use this service can go down to the platforms located on the first floor of the terminal. The typical fare is 150 baht. In the arrival area, you can order a «limousine», as a rule, these are sedan-class cars, for example, Toyota Camry, with leather seats, etc. This service is provided by AOT, price from 500 baht.
On the first floor of the terminal, follow the signs to find the Public Taxi rack. Here you make a taxi order, give the driver one of the parts of the coupon, leave the other one at home.
The trip will cost you 300-400 baht per car. If you are traveling with friends or find fellow travelers, the amount can be divided — it turns out the budget option. If you yourself decide to catch a taxi, insist that the driver drove over the counter. If you offer a fixed price — bargain.
If you come by tourist package, transfer is surely included in the price. You can independently order a paid transfer to / from the hotel. Another option — order transfer online. Advantages: you are met in the arrival hall, assisted with baggage, and taken to the place you need.
From Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang
Free buses run regularly between Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports. The traffic interval is every hour from 6.00 to 23.00. This is an express, it should be on highways without stopping. Buses leave from Suvarnabhumi Airport from gates No. 2 and 3. The journey time is 40 minutes. Don Muang Airport can be reached by taxi in 30 minutes and 400-500 baht.
City buses No. 554 and No. 555 arrive in Don Muang Airport in less than an hour, the ticket price is 37 baht, and regular buses run from 04.00 to 22.00. The minibus parking is on the first floor of the terminal, they move along the same routes, the price is 40 baht, the ticket is purchased in transport.
The arrival zone is located on the second floor of the terminal building. You have to go for a long time, be guided by numerous signs Immigration or Baggage claim. Moving tracks are equipped everywhere. According to the visa you received, you are directed to the corresponding registration counters.
In the arrival zone you will pass the completed arrival card to the border guards. This is part of the immigration card that you will be given back on the plane. Then passport control zone. Check baggage checkout with Baggage claim. Finding the tape you need will simplify the information on the ARRIVALS (arrival) board, located closer to the center of the hall.
It is necessary to find your flight on it, in accordance with the number, time of arrival and the city of departure, in the same line will be indicated the number of your baggage tape. Above each of the many dispensing tapes is its number, flight number and where it came from.[quote font = «arial» font_style = «italic»] It is worth tagging your luggage with something beforehand — this simplifies the identification process. [/ quote]
After receiving the luggage, you will go to the customs control zone — CUSTOMS, past the Duty Free stores. The prices of goods here are slightly lower than in other retail outlets in Thailand. Tourists prefer to stock cigarettes here.
But the price of alcohol is practically no different from the average prices in Thailand. One should not forget about the current restrictions on the import into the country of alcohol and tobacco products. For more information, see the article about alcohol in Thailand. Next, on the right side is the customs control zone. You walk along the green corridor if you don’t carry anything that requires declaring.
Customs officers here can selectively check baggage. The red corridor is for those passengers whose baggage requires filling out a declaration. Be attentive and responsible! Do not create yourself additional problems.
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- Drugs of any kind and regardless of quantity. Otherwise, the tourist faces life imprisonment or the death penalty.
- Any literature, photographs, other images or video pornographic and erotic nature. Punishment — a large fine or prison isolation.
You can buy a SIM card from local DTAC or Truemove operators from special racks, but note that registration of SIM cards from the operators of the services provided is carried out with a passport. In the arrival hall you can exchange currency — there are many exchange offices here. There are also ATMs for cash withdrawals. At the exit you will see racks with Bangkok cards and advertising flyers.
Storage rooms are equipped on the second, third and fourth floors of the airport. They are not automatic. Daily luggage storage — 100 baht. If the payment is overdue, items will be sent to a special vault. As a result, at the time of receipt, you have to spend some time.
This zone is located on the fourth floor of the airport. International flights and domestic flights are carried out here, sectors are separated.
Be careful! After the end of registration, if you leave the country and fly an international flight, go to the entrance of the passport and customs control — on the same floor, roughly the middle of the building behind the registration desks. Next, follow your departure gate.
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It should be borne in mind that Air Asia has transferred its flights to Don Muang Airport.
In the area of passport control three entrances. Two of them serve passengers on international flights and one on local.
Here, before passing the passport control, you can issue a Re-Entry permit — pass for re-entry. The execution of this document indicates a warning to the immigration service that you are a permanent resident of the country, plans to continue living, but if necessary, should not be available outside.
Where to eat at the airport
To services of passengers, catering facilities are equipped at the airport: on the fourth floor there are two Family Mart stores. In assortment: tea, coffee, dried fruits, yoghurts, pastries, traditional noodles, sweets.
On the third floor — a cafe, restaurant. On the ground floor there is a food court — “Subway”, “Magic Food” here you can taste delicious Thai dishes. For a full meal in which you pay 80-100 baht. On the ground floor, in front of the entrance to the subway — store 7/11.
Where to sleep at the airport — hotels
Comfortable benches at the airport — free overnight stay. Some passengers prefer to pass the night in a sleeping bag. On the territory of the terminal, in the international zone there is also a hotel — Bangkok airport day rooms, hourly. Not far from the airport you will find hotels for every budget (from 500 baht per room).
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- Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 10 minutes walk from the airport. A free 24-hour shuttle service is available from and to the station. To services of clients: free internet, outdoor pool, cafes, restaurants, fitness center, massage.
- Grand Inn Come is located in the Samutprakarn business district, a 10-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fridge, TV with satellite channels. The hotel provides a chargeable shuttle service from the airport.
- The three-star Rafael Mansion Bangkok Airport is a 15-minute drive away. Additional services provided.
- Miracle Suvarnabhumi can be reached in 15 minutes. Hotel services free shuttle, a rooftop pool, bars, restaurants, karaoke.
- Nasa Vegas is located next to the Ramkhamhaeng station. This is the fourth station from the airport on the Airport Link metro. Overcoming the overpass, and you’re already at the hotel. Numbers for every taste and wallet. Internet access here is paid — 150 baht per day.
VAT refund or VAT refund
In the terminal building before departure you will be able to return the tax on purchased goods, — an analogue of our VAT. It is equal to 7% of the amount. To use the service, you should know:
- Purchases must be made no earlier than 60 days before departure.
- If the product is suitable for VAT refund, the corresponding stamp is put on the check in the store.
- Based on the check in another department of the store, you will receive a document for tax refund.
- Condition: the purchase must be at least 2000 baht.
- On the day of departure these documents will need to be presented to the customs officer.
- The tax itself will be returned to you after passing through the passport control zone.
- The minimum amount with which VAT refund is returned is 5000 baht.