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Transport from / to Bangkok Don Muang Airport

Transport between Don Muang Airport and Bangkok

bangkok-red-line.jpg Don Muang Airport is the least known of Bangkok's airports but it is the one that was there first. It welcomed its first commercial flight in 1924 and is Asia's oldest operating airport. Nowadays it operates mainly domestic flights in Thailand and flights to neighboring countries and has become the ''low cost airlines'' hub, the top 3 low cost airlines operating in Thailand, Nok Air, Thai Air Asia and Thai Lion Air, are based in Don Muang. the airport is accessible by train or by road with several dedicated bus lines and one of the extensions of the metro currently under construction will also serve it in the future.

Don Muang Railway Station has moved in early 2023. The station at road level has been closed and the new one is now above the road where Red Line arrives. The suspended walkway connecting the railway station and the airport is located at the end of Don Muang Terminal 2 on the 3rd floor, the floor of the airlines' check-in desk for domestic departures. It is therefore very practical for connecting a train to a domestic flight. If inside the airport, to get to the train station, follow the Red Line. The walkway is at the end of Terminal 2 3rd floor, you walk along the 7 Eleven, then the car park, and at the end of the car park, you take the footbridge at the right (do not go straight away).

Get to Don Muang with the Red Line

Since 2021, the suburban train line, Red Line operated by the SRT (State Railway of Thailand) serves Dong Muang and its connected to it with a walking bridge arriving at Terminal 2 check-in counters (domestic flights). Connected to the MRT subway at Bang Sue station (trip to Don Muang = 20 minutes), the Red Line offers an alternative option to the BTS or MRT + bus A1 or A2; to get to Bangkok's second airport.

More information on the Red Line

Coming by train from Hua Lamphong

Not everybody knows it but one of the cheapest way to go to Don Muang airport from Bangkok or to reach the city from the airport, is to take the train at Hua lamphong Railway station. Don Muang Railway station is connected to the airport with a suspended walkway arriving at Terminal 2 check-in counters (domestic flights). So if you are coming from Northern Thailand by train with a connecting flight to the South in Don Muang, no need to go to Bangkok, get off at Don Mueang station and take a flight from this airport, you will save time and money.

You will find here the timetable for trains from Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Don Muang and here the timetable for trains from Don Muang to Bangkok Hua Lamphong

Free shuttle bus between Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi

Travelers in transit with an air ticket confirmation from Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok's other airport, can get in the free shuttle buses between the two Bangkok airports.

Count roughly 1h30 to get from one airport to the other.

Information and timetables on the page about the free shuttle between Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang

Don Muang Airport Buses A1 to A4

Otherwise, to go to Bangkok downtown but also Rangsit, there are several bus lines, buses A1 to A4 which connect Don Muang airport to Khao San Road, Sanam Luang (the esplanade in front of the Grand Palace), Mo Chit Skytrain Station or Mo Chit Bus Terminal, Lumphini park, Victory Monument and Rangsit Future Park Shopping Center.

Information and timetables on the page about Don Muang bus service

Les Airport Limo Bus

PMore expensive and more comfortable, these buses announce to be faster. They also connect Don Muang Airport to Khao San Road but also to Silom, Ratchadamri, Ploenchit and Pratunam BTS metro stations.

Detailed information, timetables and fares on the page about Airport Limo Bus

Collective minivans

There are also collective minivans services that mainly travel between the neighborhood of Khao San Road and Don Muang Airport for around THB 150 per person. Personally, I am not a big fan because they are very dependent on the traffic (the A buses have often their dedicated lane which avoids them a big part of the traffic jams) and they are not convenient to travel with large luggage. I'd rather take bus A4.

Bangkok Taximeter

At Don Muang Airport, there is a waiting area for taxis with several queues. it is located at Gate 8 of Terminal 1. There are no automatic machines as in Suvarnabhumi but counters with an employee at the end of each line. He will ask you where you want to go and give you a customer ticket and then a driver will take you to his taxi. Usually drivers turn on their meter automatically but if not, insist. 50 THB airport tax will be added to the price indicated and maybe tollway tickets price if you took the highway, which is recommended. GRAB, the equivalent of UBER, is in service in Bangkok but avoid ordering a VTC to come to pick you at the airport, they are obviously not welcome there.

More information here on Bangkok taxis

Long Distance Transport from Don Muang

If once you have landed at Don Muang airport, you want to go directly to another province, it is possible by taxi or private transport with drivers like minivans if you travel in group or family. But there is no long distance bus service at Don Muang like the one existing at Suvarnabhumi.

Private minivans with driver

Private minivans with driver must be booked in advance, they will wait for you at a specific gate (usually not far from the taxis' gate) they will tell you which one exactly. There are several companies offering this service.

The most popular routes are (click on them if you want to book through my partner):

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