Photo of check in desks at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

Navigating Suvarnabhumi Airport: Your Ultimate Guide for a Seamless Journey

Suvarnabhumi Airport, located in Bangkok, Thailand, is a bustling international hub that caters to travellers from around the globe. 

Whether you're catching a connecting flight to another international destination or heading to one of Thailand's many internal destinations, this guide will ensure your journey through Suvarnabhumi Airport is smooth and stress-free.

Passing Through Immigration

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport's immigration process is typically efficient, but it's essential to arrive early when departing, especially during peak travel times. 

When arriving, unless you are very lucky, prepare to queue!

Make sure to have your passport, visa, and boarding pass ready for inspection.

Internal Destinations and Major Airlines

Suvarnabhumi Airport serves as a gateway to numerous domestic destinations within Thailand. Major airlines like Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, and Nok Air operate flights to cities like Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, and more. 

Whether you're exploring the cultural wonders of Chiang Mai or relaxing on the beaches of Phuket, Suvarnabhumi Airport can connect you to your next adventure.

We'll be publishing a separate guide to onward flights, both internal and international later in the year

Transport Links to Don Muang Airport

Bangkok's other airport, Don Muang, services a plethora of internal destinations and 'local' cities elsewhere in South East Asia. Keep an eye out when booking if you don't want to change airports as well as planes!

If you do have a connecting flight from Don Muang Airport, you can take a taxi or use the free shuttle bus service that runs between the two airports. The journey takes approximately 1-2 hours, depending on traffic conditions.

arrivals travellator at Bangkok airport

Airport Facilities

Suvarnabhumi Airport has a single, sprawling terminal building that houses both international and domestic flights. The airport is well-organized, with clear signage, making it easy to navigate. The airport offers a wide range of facilities to ensure passenger comfort including:

Duty-Free Shops: Suvarnabhumi boasts an impressive array of duty-free shops, where you can find everything from luxury goods to local souvenirs.

Restaurants and Cafes: Hungry travellers can choose from a variety of dining options, including Thai cuisine, international fast-food chains, and coffee shops.

Lounges: Numerous lounges offer a comfortable place to relax, enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks, and access Wi-Fi.

On-Site Hotels and Restaurants: For travellers with long layovers or early flights, Suvarnabhumi Airport provides on-site hotels, such as Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. These accommodations offer comfort and convenience within the airport premises.

Commuting to and from the City by Public Transport: 

Suvarnabhumi Airport is well-connected to Bangkok's city centre by various public transportation options. Here's how to make the most of these options:

Airport Rail Link:

The Airport Rail Link offers a fast and affordable way to reach the airport. The City Line stops at several stations, making it convenient for travellers staying in different parts of the city.

Trains depart from the lowest section of the airport which is also home to the best value currency exchange booths (don't exchange in the arrivals lounge unless you absolutely have to!)


Suvarnabhumi also offers an extensive bus network that connects to the city. The Airport Bus is a convenient option for many travellers.

There are two main routes:
AE1: This route runs between Suvarnabhumi Airport and the city centre, with stops at major transport hubs like Makkasan Station and Victory Monument. It's a cost-effective way to reach the airport while avoiding traffic.
AE2: AE2 is another option for those traveling from the airport to downtown Bangkok. It connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Mochit Bus Terminal, providing easy access to various parts of the city.

By Car:

If you prefer driving, Suvarnabhumi Airport offers extensive parking facilities for both short and long-term stays.

Parking Costs:

Short-term parking is convenient for those picking up or dropping off passengers. Expect to pay around 25-40 Baht per hour.

For extended trips, long-term parking options are available. Rates typically range from 250 to 400 Baht per day, depending on the parking area chosen.

Taxis and Ride-Sharing:

For a more direct and personalized experience, taxis are readily available and provide a comfortable door-to-door service to and from the airport. 

Again these are located in the lower reaches of the airport.

A 50 baht surcharge applies. Insist on the meter being used as some unscrupulous drivers will attempt to exploit tourists by agreeing a flat rate which far exceeds the average meter cost.

Ride-sharing services like Grab and Bolt are also popular and can be booked via mobile apps.

Internal Airports

Links to the official airport sites elsewhere in Thailand

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