Last updated: Nov 14, 2019

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Overview | Bus | Taxi | Train

 

How To Get From/To Don Muang Airport (Bangkok)?

Don Muang Airport (DMK) is located 26km north of downtown Bangkok. When traveling to and from the airport you can take a bus for 40+ minutes, take a taxi for 30+ minutes or ride the train for about 1 hour. Taking the bus is the cheapest option with fares starting at just 30 THB ($1).

Taking the bus won’t take much longer than a taxi as both will depend on traffic. If you are staying in the Khao San Road area, you can take Airport bus 4 which will take you directly to the airport.

A taxi ride between the airport and Bangkok center will cost about 300 THB ($10). The drive to the city will normally take around 30min to 1 hour if you travel during off-peak hours. During peak hours the journey can easily take over an hour by both taxi and bus. Keep in mind this price does not include highway tolls, if you choose to take them.

As a third option you can also take the train, although we don’t recommend this option. The train does not travel all the way to the airport or to the Khao San Road area, therefore you will need to take a bus or taxi from the train station to your destination. 

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus40m - 1.5 hours30-170 THB ($1-$6)Check bus tickets
Taxi30m - 1 hour300 THB ($10) - 850 THB ($28)Reserve a taxi
Train1 hour5 THB ($0.20)No online tickets

Note: If you need to catch a connecting flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), there is an airport shuttle bus outside of Gate 6 at Don Muang Airport (DMK). It’s free of charge if you show the staff your flight ticket and valid ID. The bus trip between the two airports will take about 50 minutes.

 

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Bus icon

Don Muang Airport by Bus


Duration: 40 minutes – 1.5 hours
Costs: 30-170 THB ($1-$6)

When travelling between Don Muang Airport (DMK) and Bangkok center, you can take the orange colored buses parked just outside of Gates 6 and 12 at the airport.

There are four different buses departing from the airport and each follows a different route. For travelers stay around Khao San Raod, airport bus A4 will take you directly there.

See the table below for a route overview of the different buses:

Bus RouteFareInterval
A1Airport - BTS Jatujak - Jatujak Bus Terminal
(vise versa)
30 THB ($1)every 5 minutes
A2Airport - Victory Monument
(vise versa)
30 THB ($1)every 30 minutes
A3Airport -Lumphini Park
(vise versa)
50 THB ($1.70) depends
A4Airport - City Center
(vise versa)
50 THB ($1.70)depends

Fares are 30 THB ($1) for routes A1 and A2 and 50 THB ($1.70) for routes A3 and A4.

A1 and A2 buses are available from 07:00 to 00:00.

The A3 and A4 routes final departure from the airport is 23:00 and the bus will take the expressway into Bangkok.

There are also many local buses going into the city which can be found outside of the airport grounds along the main road. Keep in mind these buses tend to be extremely crowded and rarely offer air conditioning. For more comfort, we suggest taking the buses from inside the airport area.

You can also book a bus online for 170 THB ($6).

Check bus tickets

Bus Stops for the Airport Buses

To make it easy to find which bus has a stop nearby your accommodation, we created a map with all bus stops from each bus in different colors. Bus A1 (grey, A2 (red), A3 (green) and A4 (blue). Check out this map of Don Muang Airport Buses.

Prefer to have an overview with all stops in a list? Here you go:

A1 – Central Lat Phrao Mall, BTS Mochit/MRT Jatujak, Jatujak (Chatachuck) Bus Terminal

A2 – Kasetsart University, Central Lat Phrao Mall, BTS Mochit/MRT Jatujak, Saphan Kwai, Ari, Sanam Pao, Victory Monument

A3 – Din Daeng, Pratunam, Ratchaprasong, Ratchadamri, Lumphini Park

A4 – Khao San Road, the Democracy Monument, Phanfa Bridge, Lan Luang Yommarat, Tha Prachan, Tha Chang

 

Taxi

Don Muang Airport by Taxi


Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Costs: 300 THB ($10) – 850 THB ($28)

Travelling between Don Muang Airport and Bangkok by taxi is the easiest way and will only cost you about 300 THB ($10).

Simply hail a taxi or order a Grab and you should be in the center or airport within 30-60 minutes, depending on the traffic. You can also book a car online.

Reserve a taxi

Note: If you need to catch a flight, it’s important to take in mind the cities peak hours.

These are between 06:00-09:00 in the morning and between 16:00-20:00 in the evening. Traffic is very congested during these hours, so you may be charged more and have long wait times on the roads. It is not uncommon that you will be stuck in the traffic for one hour during these peakhours!

To avoid a large part of the busy traffic, drivers will give you the option of taking the expressway for a small additional payment of 70 THB ($2.30) This charge is not included in the metered price and you will need to pay cash at the toll gate.

If you arrive/depart during peak hours, we definitely suggest using the expressway, it could save you 1-2 hours in traffic.

Additional airport surcharge

It is important to know that there is a 50 THB ($1.70) surcharge when taking a taxi from the airport.  This amount will be added to the meter rate at the end of your trip, so don’t be surprised when the driver asks for an amount higher than what the meter says.

Some taxi drivers may want to negotiate a flat rate, even though this is officially not allowed at the airports. Make sure to agree on an amount not too high above the $10 or ask to use a meter before getting into the taxi.

Tip: Always make sure the meter is running so you avoid paying more. You can find the meter in the front of the car, usually mounted on the dashboard.

 

Train

Don Muang Airport by Train


Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 5 THB ($0.20)

While it is extremely cheap, we do not recommend to take the train from Don Muang Airport.  This will be a lengthy journey, because you will need an additional transfer upon arriving at the Hua Lamphong Train Station.

The train journey from Don Muang Aiport will take about 45min and from there you will likely need to transfer to the MRT/BTS/taxi or tuk-tuk to reach your accommodation.

As an indication, Hua Lamphong railway station is about a 15-min taxi ride from Koh San Road when you travel outside the peak hours.

When you add this extra travel time, there is a high chance that this journey by train will take longer by train than the bus.

If you still want to travel by train, you can head to the Don Muang Train station which is a 15 minute walk from the airport. While walking towards the train station, you will see the overhead bridge that connects the airport to the train station.

Tickets from Don Muang to Hua Lamphong Station cost 5 THB ($0.20).  You can buy your ticket at the ticket counter in the train station.