Suvarnabhumi Airport, IATA code: BKK, is Bangkok's international airport. It was opened on September 15, 2006 and served only a few domestic flights. Since September 28, 2006 the airport began to serve most domestic flights and all international flights.
Today, Bangkok airport is the main air harbor of Thailand and the main transit hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, and PBair. Suvarnabhumi receives scheduled passenger, cargo and charter flights. The airport is not divided into international and domestic terminals. Today, Suvarnabhumi Airport terminal is the third largest in the world.
The airport is located in Racha Thewa tambon in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, about 25 kilometers east of downtown Bangkok. The airport cost the nation 155 billion baht (US$3.8 billion) to build.
- Airport on the map of Bangkok
The airport has two runways (4 km and 3 km 700 m long) and two parallel taxiways, this allows for simultaneous departures and arrivals. Suvarnabhumi has 120 parking spaces, five of which can accommodate airbuses. The capacity of the airport is up to 76 flights per hour. The annual passenger turnover is more than forty million people. More than three million tons of cargo per year are handled by this transportation hub.
Services at the airport
The list of services, which are provided at the airport - meets the requirements, according to all international airports of the world. In the 4-storey building of the airport terminal you will find a transit hotel, ATMs, luggage lockers, restaurants, about 50 cafes, grocery stores and post office. Internet - available at the Information desks.
There are many duty-free stores in the departure and arrival lounges. Here you can buy items that are intended for export from the country and are not subject to taxation.
Duty Free Airport in Bangkok is very popular among tourists because there are constantly held all sorts of promotions, additional discounts. At the airport equipped with a large number of currency exchange points. But the rate in them is not very profitable, so use their services only if absolutely necessary.
Try to exchange large sums at local bank branches. At the airport there is also a Web Phone, which allows you to make calls, access to the Internet or find out more detailed information about the airport.
The machine accepts payment in local currency, cards Visa, Mastercard, TOT.
How to get to Bangkok
The Bangkok Metro Airport City Line is a land line that connects the airport to the center of the capital. To use its services, you need to follow the signs down to the ground floor of the airport terminal. City Line operates from 6 a.m. to 24 p.m. Prices range from 15 to 45 baht and depend on distance.
City Line connects Suvarnabhumi and Phaya Thai Station, in 30 minutes you will be 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 goes to Makkasan Station. The second branch Airport Express Line is the same metro line but with stops to Phaya Thai Station. The fare is 90 baht and the round trip is 150 baht and it takes 15 minutes to get to the center of Bangkok.
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You can take city buses that depart from the Public Transportation Center. Characteristic prices are 32-35 baht.
- Routes and destination:
- #55 - Klongsuan - Klong Prawes - Chachoengsau - Amphur Bang Klah;
- #550 - "Happy Land";
- #551 - Victoria Monument;
- No. 553 - Samut Prakarn;
- No. 554 - Rangsit via Don Miang and Ram-Indra Road;
- No. 555 - Rangsit via Don Miang and Central Plaza Ladphrao;
- #558 - Samae dam Garage via Central Plaza Rama II.
A free bus from the airport will take you to this center. It departs from Gate 5 on the second floor of the station. There are also shuttle buses from the Public Transportation Center, but they are more expensive. There are also express buses to central Bangkok from the airport.
There are four routes with terminals in Silom Road, Khao San Road, Central World, and Hua Lamphong. The buses are air-conditioned and have 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 arrivals area you can order a "Limousine", usually a sedan class cars, such as a Toyota Camry, with leather seats, etc. This service is provided by AOT, cost from 500 baht.
On the first floor of the terminal, follow the signs to the Public Taxi counter. Here you order a cab, give the driver one of the parts of the ticket, and leave the second part with you.
The trip will cost you 300-400 baht per car. If you're traveling with friends or have hitchhikers, you can split the amount - it's a budget option. If you decide to take a cab, insist that the driver should be metered. If they offer a fixed price, negotiate.
If you come on a tourist package, shuttle service is probably included in the price. You can order a paid shuttle to/from the hotel yourself. Another option is to order a transfer online. Advantages: you will be met at the arrival hall, helped with luggage, and taken to the place you want.
From Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang
There are regular free buses between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports. The interval is every hour from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is an express bus that travels on expressways without stops. From Suvarnabhumi Airport, the buses depart from Gate 2 and 3. Travel time is 40 minutes. You can also take a cab to Don Muang Airport in 30 minutes and 400-500 baht.
City buses #554 and #555 take less than an hour to Don Muang Airport, the ticket price is 37 baht, the buses run from 04.00 to 22.00. Minibuses are parked on the first floor of the terminal, they follow the same routes, the price is 40 baht, the ticket is purchased on the transport.
The arrival area is located on the second floor of the terminal building. You will have to walk for a long time, use the numerous signs for Immigration or Baggage claim. There are moving walkways everywhere. According to the visa you have received, you are directed to the appropriate registration desks.
In the arrival area, you will give the border guards your arrival card. This is part of the immigration card you will be given on the plane. Next is the passport control area. Check the baggage claim area against the Baggage claim signs. Finding the correct baggage claim will be easier if you look at the ARRIVALS sign near the center of the hall.
You must find your flight number, time of arrival and city of departure and the number of your baggage claim ribbon. Above each of the many luggage dispenser belts you will see the number of the dispenser, the flight number and where it came from.
It is worth marking your luggage with something in advance - it simplifies the process of identification.
After receiving your luggage, you will go to the customs control area - CUSTOMS, past the Duty Free stores. The prices of goods here are slightly lower than in other outlets in Thailand. Tourists prefer to stock up on cigarettes here. But the price of alcohol is almost the same as the average price in Thailand. It is worth remembering about the current restrictions on the importation of alcohol and tobacco products into the country, read more in the article about alcohol in Thailand. Next, on the right side is the customs control area. You go through the green corridor if you are not bringing anything that requires a declaration. Customs officers may randomly check your luggage here. The red corridor is for those passengers whose luggage requires a declaration. Be careful and responsible! Do not create additional problems for yourself.
- It is strictly forbidden to bring into Thailand:
- Drugs of any kind and no matter how much. Otherwise the tourist could face life imprisonment or the death penalty.
- Any literature, photographs, other images or videos of pornographic and erotic nature. The punishment is a large fine or imprisonment.
At special desks you can buy a SIM card of local operators DTAC or Truemove, but note that the registration of SIM cards from operators to provide services, you must have a passport. There are plenty of currency exchange offices at the arrival hall. There are ATMs for cash withdrawal. At the exit you will see counters with Bangkok maps and flyers.
Lockers are equipped on the second, third and fourth floors of the airport. They are not automatic. A day of luggage storage is 100 baht. If payment is overdue, items will be sent to a special vault. As a result, at the time of receipt, you will have to spend a certain amount of time.
This area is located on the fourth floor of the airport. International Flights and Domestic Flights take place here, the sectors are separated. Be careful! After completing check-in, if you are leaving the country and flying on an international flight, head to the passport and customs control entrance - on the same floor, roughly in the middle of the building behind the check-in desks. Then follow your boarding gate. If you are on a domestic flight, after check-in you proceed to the local airline entrance, located on the far left corner on the same 4th floor.
Note that Air Asia has moved its flights to Don Muang Airport.
The passport control area has three entrances. Two of them serve passengers for international flights and one for local flights.
Here, before passing through passport control, you can apply for a Re-Entry permit - a pass for re-entry. The issuance of this document, indicates a warning to immigration officials that you are a permanent resident of the country, plans to reside further, but if necessary, must be absent from the outside.
Where to eat at the airport
The airport is equipped with catering facilities: two Family Mart brand stores are located on the fourth floor. There are tea, coffee, dried fruits, yogurts, pastries, traditional noodles, and sweets.
On the third floor there is a cafe, a restaurant. On the first floor there is a food court - "Subway", "Magic Food" where you can taste delicious Thai food. For a full meal you will pay 80-100 baht. On the ground floor, in front of the subway entrance is a 7/11 store.
Where to sleep at the airport - hotels
Comfortable airport benches are a free option for overnight stays. Some passengers prefer to spend the night in a sleeping bag. There is a hotel in the international area of the terminal - Bangkok airport day rooms, with an hourly rate. Near the airport you can find hotels for all budgets (from 500 baht per room).
- The most popular hotels among tourists:
- Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is a 10-minute walk from the airport. Free 24-hour shuttle service to and from the station is provided. It offers free Internet access, outdoor swimming pool, cafes, restaurants, fitness center, massage.
- Grand Inn Come, is located within the Samutprakarn business district, a 10-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and a TV with satellite channels. The hotel provides a paid shuttle service from the airport.
- Rafael Mansion Bangkok Airport Hotel, three stars, is located 15 minutes away. Additional services provided.
- Miracle Suvarnabhumi is a 15-minute drive away. Free shuttle service, rooftop pool, bars, restaurants, karaoke.
- Nasa Vegas is next to Ramkhamhaeng station. This is the fourth station from the airport on the Airport link subway. Take the overpass and you are in the hotel. The hotel has rooms for every taste and purse. Internet access is available for a fee of 150 baht per day.
VAT refund or VAT refund
In the terminal building before departure you can get a tax refund on purchased goods - the analogue of our VAT. It is equal to 7% of the amount. To take advantage of the service, you should know:
- Purchases must be made no earlier than 60 days before departure.
- If the item qualifies for a VAT refund, the store puts a stamp on the receipt.
- Based on the receipt in another department of the store, you will receive a tax refund document.
- Prerequisite: the purchase must be at least 2,000 baht.
- On the day of departure these documents must be presented to the customs officer.
- The tax itself will be refunded to you after you pass the passport control area.
- The minimum amount for a VAT refund is 5,000 baht.
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