Grand Palace, Bangkok The Grand Palace, Bangkok – Image courtesy of Mda/Wikimedia

How to get to Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Central Thailand.

Thailand – officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam – is located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Thailand regional map

Thailand is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.

The most convenient route to Bangkok is by air to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), located at Samat Prakan around 35km (22mi) east of Bangkok and 60km (37mi) east of Pattaya.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, commonly known as Suvarnabhumi or Bangkok Airport, replaced Don Mueang Airport as Bangkok's main airport in 2006.


Flight times to Bangkok

The following are the most convenient international flights to Bangkok, Thailand.

From Australia: Thai Airways International, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Brisbane to Bangkok is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Sydney to Bangkok is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Bangkok is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Perth to Bangkok is 7 hrs, direct flight

Adelaide to Bangkok is 10 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Thai Airways International offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Auckland to Bangkok is 12 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways offer the most convenient flights to Bangkok.

Beijing to Bangkok is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Bangkok is 4 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Bangkok is 2 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Jetstar offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Singapore to Bangkok is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From Malaysia: Malaysian Airlines and Thai Airways operate the most convenient flights to Bangkok.

Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates and Thai Airways offer the most convenient flights to Bangkok.

Dubai to Bangkok is 6 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: British Airways and Thai Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

London to Bangkok is 13 hrs 55 min, direct flight


From France: Air France and Thai Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Paris to Bangkok is 11 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From Germany: Thai Airways, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Bangkok.

Dusseldorf to Bangkok is 11 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Bangkok is 10 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Munich to Bangkok is 10 hrs 30 min, direct flight

Berlin to Bangkok is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Bangkok is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, British Airways and Thai Airways offers the most convenient flights to Bangkok.

Dublin to Bangkok is 18 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: British Airways, Thai Airways International, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Atlanta to Bangkok is 20 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Bangkok is 19 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Bangkok is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Bangkok is 21 hrs, connecting flightˆ
New York to Bangkok is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Bangkok is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Bangkok is 18 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Thai Airways International, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Bangkok.

Toronto to Bangkok is 19 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Bangkok is 19 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Bangkok is 17 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) is located at Samat Prakan, around 35km (22mi) east of Bangkok.


Transfer between terminals

A free, 24-hour shuttle bus operates between the terminal and car parks, as well as to the airport Novotel hotel.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxis are available outside Arrivals. You may either book taxis (tel: +66 2 132 9199) at the service counters or queue in the official taxi rank where fixed rate prices are offered. It is advisable to avoid touts.

A fee of 50 Baht is paid to the driver in addition to the fare, which averages about 300-350 Baht.

Shuttle: A public van service (tel: +66 2 134 0171) operates fixed routes at regular intervals to a number of destinations in and around the city.

Bus: Public Transport Centre buses BMTA (tel: +66 2 246 4262) offer five routes into Bangkok, taking on average around 45 minutes with a fare starting from 24 Baht.

A free bus service connects Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport from 05.00am until 12:00pm.

Note: Local buses run from the Public Transport Centre, which is reached by a shuttle bus.

Rail: Airport Rail Link (tel: +66 2 308 5600; www.srtet.co.th) runs from a station immediately beneath the terminal building.

The Airport Rail includes the Phaya Thai Express Line, which goes non-stop to Phaya Thai Station in the city centre taking around 17 minutes with a fare of 150 Baht.

The Airport Rail Link operates every 15 minutes between 6:00am and 12:00pm.

A slower city train, which stops at seven stations and takes a little under 30 minutes, with a fare of 45 Baht.


Car rental

Car hite agencies at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport include Avis, Budget, Sixt, National, Hertz, Europcar plus local operators.

The car hire service counter is situated outside the international arrivals area. Hire cars should be returned to the Car Rental Service Office in the Public Transport Centre.


Terminal facilities

Money: Bureaux de change, banks and ATMs are located throughout the terminal building.

Food: Numerous fast food outlets, bars and restaurants are located on levels 3 and 4.

Shopping: Shops selling everything from freshly cut flowers to designer clothing are available on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the terminal building.

Duty-free shops are also on these levels, with most located on the main departures level (level 4). VAT refunds are available for departing international passengers.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access (free for the first two hours) is available throughout Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport's terminal building. There are also PCs in the terminal offering 15 minutes of free internet use at a time, as well as an internet cafe.

Public telephones are situated on all levels. Postal facilities are located on levels 2 and 4.

Other: A wide variety of facilities are available in the terminal building, including traditional Thai massage and spa facilities and three medical clinics (tel: +66 2 132 7777) available on levels 1, 2 and 3.

Muslim prayer rooms are located on level 2 of the terminal building. There is also a playground for families.

CIP airline lounges (tel: +66 2 134 6284) are located on level 3, some of which offer a range of services to first and business class travellers, including state-of-the-art video and visual entertainment facilities, as well as showers.


Disabled facilities

A range of facilities and assistance is available to disabled passengers, from lifts and accessible toilets to dedicated parking spaces.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.


How to get around Bangkok

On foot, but only when you reach your destination. Bangkok is not a pedestrian friendly city – hot weather, pollution and footpaths clogged with vendors and motorcycles make walking one of the least convenient ways to get around.

The convenient BTS (or Skytrain) – Bangkok’s efficient elevated rail line – and the MRT subway offer the best way to get around Bangkok’s main commercial centres and beat the city's often clogged roads.

Bangkok's taxis are reasonably priced and the best choice for door-to-door transportation outside of rush hour, and tuk-tuks (three-wheeled motorized open vehicles) are often the best way to get around smaller streets.

Bangkok’s public riverboats provide a great way to travel throughout the city, especially the Chao Phraya Express, which offers a frequent service stopping at several public piers along the river.

While the relatively slow, wide-bodied Chao Phraya Tourist Boats offer a relaxed way to cruise Bangkok's fascinating waterways and spy on the locals.

Alternatively, you can charter a fast long-tail boat to race along the river or cruise the narrow canals of neighbouring Thonburi. Boat charters are easily available at every pier and can also be booked at the riverfront kiosk at River City or at the Grand Palace.

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Latest update: Best Time to Visit Bangkok: 4 June, 2020


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