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

How to get to Bangkok

The Thai capital of Bangkok 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), (also known unofficially as Bangkok Airport), which is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km (18mi) east of Bangkok and 60km (37mi) east of Pattaya.

Bangkok is well serviced by direct and one-stop flights from most of the world's capital cities.


Flight time to Bangkok

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

From the 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, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Bangkok is 19 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Bangkok is 19 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Bangkok is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Bangkok is 19 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Bangkok is 19 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Bangkok is 18 hrs 50 min, with 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, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Bangkok is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Bangkok is 17 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


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

Adelaide to Bangkok is 10 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
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


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

London to Bangkok is 11 hrs 15 min, direct flight


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

Paris to Bangkok is 11 hrs 15 min, direct flight

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km (18mi) east of Bangkok.


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.


Getting around Bangkok

On foot once you reach your destination – Bangkok is not a pedestrian friendly city. Take great care when crossing streets even at traffic lights.

The convenient BTS (or Skytrain) – Bangkok’s efficient elevated rail line – and the MRT subway offer a way to get around Bangkok’s main commercial centres and beat the city's often clogged roads. A new high-speed elevated railroad – the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link – now links the city with Suvarnabhumi International Airport

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’s length.

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: 29 May, 2019


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