Airport Rail Link Train: Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok

Airport Rail Link Train

Airport Rail Link connects to both the Subway (MRT) and the BTS SkyTrain through Makkasan station. It is 28 kilometres long. Ticket prices range from 15 to 45 THB depending on the distance. Trains run every day from 05.30 a.m. until midnight

Airport Rail Link Train

Completed Guide to the City Line Train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) is linked to Bangkok by the Airport Train, often known as the Airport Rail Link.

Suvarnabhumi, Lat Krabang, Ban Thap Chang, Hua Mak, Ramkhamhaeng, Makkasan, Ratchaprarop, and Phaya Thai are the stations on the railway line. There is no longer a nonstop express train service. As a result, all trains stop at each station, and the trip takes around 30 minutes.

However, on the other hand, private transport (Private Transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to your Hotel in Bangkok) for a family or couple with a lot of luggage may be a better option.

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The Bangkok Airport train service is also utilized by commuters and airport employees, therefore it may get congested during rush hour. Passengers boarding at the beginning of the metro line — either at the airport or at Phaya Thai station – will, however, have no trouble finding a seat. If you want to travel from the airport to the station, through immigration, and to the train as soon as possible, purchasing a Fast Track Pass is a great investment.

Airport Rail Link Bangkok Timeable
Airport Rail Link Bangkok Timeable

Bangkok Airport Rail Link Stations

The Airport Rail Link connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phaya Thai Station in central Bangkok. In all, there are eight stations. Each is labeled A1 through A8.

The stations are: Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK A1 > Lad Krabang A2 > Ban Thap Chang A3 > Hua Mak A4 > Ramkhamhaeng A5 > Makkasan A6 (interchange with MRT Blue Line (Phetchaburi)) > Ratchaprarop A7 > Phayathai A8 (interchange with BTS Sukhumvit Line) 

By far the cheapest and most convenient method to travel to the city center is to use the Airport Rail Link.

Airport Rail Link Station Tips:

Makkasan Station

The fare is 35 Baht. Makkasan Station was intended to be a “city air terminal.” In other words, a big city center station with airline check-in services. That didn’t work out, and instead of having a lively city air terminal, it’s now a massive, deserted station.

However, if you want to go to Sukhumvit Road as soon as possible, get off the Airport Rail Link at Makkasan Station. Then go to Petchaburi MRT (subway) station, as indicated. It’s simply a 200-meter walk away. Take the subway one stop to Asoke Station, located on Sukhumvit Soi 21. You may either ride the BTS Skytrain or walk to your hotel from here.

Similarly, if you’re going to Hua Lamphong Station to catch a train to the north of Thailand.

Exit at Makkasan Station and take the metro to Hua Lamphong. Easy.

Ratchaprarop Station

The fare is 40 Baht. If you are staying in the Baiyoke Tower or Pratunam neighborhood, get off at Ratchaprarop.  The Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Indra Regent, is about 200 meters away from the station. The Amari Watergate, Novotel Platinum, and Centara Watergate are all about a 5-minute walk away.

If you’re going to Silom Road, you may take the subway from Petchaburi MRT station to the Saladaeng / Silom Rd stop

Phaya Thai Station

The fare is 45 Baht. It is the busiest station since it links to the Phaya Thai BTS station. So, it’s simple to take the Skytrain north to Chatuchak Market or south to the city center from here.

For example, to Siam Square BTS, which links to the major malls in downtown Bangkok such as Siam Centre, MBK Centre, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, Central World, and so on. Alternatively, you may remain on the train and go down to Sukhumvit. Alternatively, change trains at Siam to go to Silom, Sathorn, and across the river

Come To Bangkok Central From Suvarnabhumi Airport

The Express Line and City Line trains are both located on level B of Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport.

If you’re arriving at the airport, you’ll be at level 2, while departures are from level 4. The taxis are at level 1, and the restaurants and cafes are on level 3.

For taking Airport Rail Link, you need to go down by the escalator or lift.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link

The Airport Rail Link station is two levels below the arrival hall, on B Level.

suvarnabhumi airport B level.

Simply follow the “Train to City” signage; everything is signposted.

Bangkok Airport Rail Link
Bangkok Airport Rail Link

There are a few money exchange kiosks on the B level. If you need to exchange any currency, avoid the banks since the rates here aren’t very excellent.

Suvarnabhumi Airport has currency exchange booths.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has currency exchange booths.

Currency exchange kiosks situated to the left of the Airport Rail Link station give the best prices.

Check out where to get the Best Foreign Exchange Rates at Suvarnabhumi Airport and you’ll save a lot of money when exchanging your currency at Bangkok’s large airport.

Bangkok Airport Rail Link

To go to the City Line, use this route.

Bangkok Rail Link

At these Ticket Vending Machines, you must buy a single-trip ticket (token). The fee will be automatically computed when you enter your destination and the number of passengers. You may pay with coins or Thai baht notes (THB only) and get your change and receipt.

Ticket Machines at Suvarnabhumi Airport Train Station
Ticket Machines at Suvarnabhumi Airport Train Station

The ticket machines are simple to use. Simply pick English as the language, click the station to which you wish to go, and enter the needed amount of money. When you arrived, perhaps you thought to convert your local cash for Thai baht.

Ticket Machine Showing Suvarnabhumi Airport To Phaya Thai
Ticket Machine Showing Suvarnabhumi Airport To Phaya Thai

How to Buy Airport Rail Link Tickets

The Bangkok Airport Rail Link connection ticket machines are available in both English and Thai. They are simple to use. To pick English, tap the flag symbol in the upper right corner of the screen.

Then, from the route map on the screen, choose your destination. Finally, decide how many people will be traveling.

Based on your input, the total fare will be calculated. Ticket machines take 1, 5, and 10 Baht coins, as well as 20, 50, 100, and 500 Baht bills. Insert coins and/or banknotes into the appropriate slots.

When the amount input meets the requisite fare, your token, as well as any change owed, will fall into the tray below.

Token Airport Rail Link
Token Airport Rail Link

The plastic tokens come in a variety of colors. If you and a friend have different colored tokens for the same travel, don’t worry. The color is unimportant.

To access the platform, touch your token on a sensor pad on the turnstile. When you arrive at your destination, you insert the token into a slot on the turnstile gate.

Alternatively, you may buy your ticket in advance online. This is a bit cheaper and saves you from having to exchange money at the airport and then wait for change to spend in ticket machines. To enter the station, just pick up your ticket at the Klook booth beside the turnstile and touch it on the turnstile. Easy.


Book your Airport Rail Link ticket online and avoid the huge lines at the ticket selling machines at BKK airport.

Travel Tips

Buy a stored value Rabbit Card if you’re going into Bangkok and connecting with the BTS. There will be no longer a queue at BTS stations for tickets or coins. Simply touch your card on the turnstile to proceed. More information is available here

Bangkok Airport Rail Link
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It’s the last station on the Airport Rail Link, so you may ride any train – they’re all traveling in the same way.

If your hotel is close to the Bangkok Subway (MRT), you may transfer from the Airport Rail Link Makkasan Station to the MRT Phetchaburi Station.

Take a taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Central Bangkok

bangkok airport taxi

If using public transit sounds too difficult, book a private transfer online. The driver will meet you at the airport with a sign with your name. It’s the most convenient method to go to Bangkok and avoid getting confused on your first day.

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