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To/from Bangkok International Airport
(Don Muang)
Bangkok Hotels
Airport Bus 

Taxi (~175-250 baht/30-90 minutes)

How do we do it? Our recommended way to get into the city is simply via a taxi. They're quick and air-conditioned, take you directly where you want to go and are among the cheapest per mile in Asia. BUT, you must insist that they turn on their meter before you get in. There's a well-organized line of taxi's just outside the international terminal that is impossible to miss. If the queue is too long and you don't want to wait, take a short hike (1,000 feet) to the expressway just where taxis are joining the expressway and flag one down. You won't have to wait long and they'll turn on their meter right away. For the adventurous only, but at least you can drag your trolley with you.

Tell the driver to take the tollway. It's far less crowded, plus it's safer than the main highway below. It will cost you 50-60 baht (a buck and a half) extra for the tolls, but it's well worth it.

Airport Bus
(~100 baht/up to one hour+)
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These often overlooked gems are an air-conditioned, comfortable, efficient (if somewhat leisurely) way to get into Bangkok for a bargain price of ~100 baht. The buses run every 15 minutes between six in the morning to midnight and cover four main routes. The bus counter is 500 feet to the left of the left-most exit to the international terminal.


Route A-1
Goes to the Silom business district via Pratunam and Thanon Ratchadamri. This stops at hotels such as Indra Regent, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Regent Bangkok, and Dusit Thani, and stops within a two-minute walk (really) of the following hotels: Amari Watergate, Arnoma Hotel, Holiday Inn Phetburi, Intercontinental, Pan Pacific.

Route A-2
Goes to Sanam Luang via Thanon Phaya Thai. Take this route for the Victory Monument, Democracy Monument, or Banglamphu (Khao San Road).

Route A-3
Goes to Phrakhanong district via Sukhumvit Road (and Ekamai for buses east to Pattaya). Good for going to any hotel on Sukhumvit including JW Marriott, Amari Boulevard, Ambassador, Grand Pacific, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, etc.

Route A-4
Goes to Hualamphong Train Station via Thanon Phra Ram IV and Thanon Phaya Thai with stops at Novotel Siam Square MBK (Pathumwan Princess).

Train (~5/45/65 baht/45 minutes to Hualamphong)
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This is more of a "secret" than the Airport Bus. Outside Terminal 1, go over the expressway via the overpass, turn left and walk about 300 feet. Opposite the Amari Airport Hotel is tiny Don Muang station. Prices up to 65 baht and depend on the type of train. Trains run often from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm and take about 45 minutes.

This is a healthy walk and you can't bring your trolley for the last half of this one. Don't do it with a lot of luggage.

Helicopter (~14,000 baht for 3 people/15 minutes to Shangri-la Hotel)
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For Shangri-la Hotel guests only. Avoid traffic jams, and get a great view of the city at the same time! Minimum of three (relatively wealthy) persons per trip. If you're interested, please let us know • Copyright © 1997-2005• All Rights Reserved