How to get from Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang and back - all the ways

Very often they ask how to get from Suvarnabhumi airport before Don Muang airport. Flights from Russia arrive at Suvarnbhumi, and then the flight must be made from Don Muang to get to Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, etc. All Thai low-cost airlines such as AirAsia or NokAir fly from Don Muang. The distance between the airports is 50 km, so they can only be overcome by transport. Below I will list all the ways.

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Free shuttle bus

Free shuttle bus runs between airports from 5 am to midnight.

Every 30 minutes: from 5:00 to 8:00, from 11:00 to 16:00, from 19:00 to 24:00.
Every 20 minutes: from 8:00 to 11:00, from 16:00 to 19:00.

Normal travel time: about 1 hour.
Travel time during rush hour: from 1.5-2 hours.
Allow more time to wait for the shuttle.

The shuttle leaves from the 2nd floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport (arrivals area) from exit 3 and arrives at the departure area of ​​Don Muang airport. That is, after arriving in Suvarnabhumi, you will need to leave the arrival hall and walk along the same floor to the exit to the street. He will be on his right hand if you stand facing the exits to the street. Then just go outside and there will immediately be a shuttle stop. If you need to drive in the opposite direction from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi, then look for exit number 6 in Don Muang..

The bus is free and runs non-stop. To travel on it, you need an air ticket, for example, a boarding pass or just an electronic ticket (you can show it on the phone screen) with a departure from Don Muang on the same day. The shuttle counter will check your tickets and put a stamp on your hand. They can not always meticulously check tickets, but I would not count on it. If there is no ticket, then you need to make at least a reservation, they still do not break it, at least when I was there last time.

Free shuttle bus from Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang

Free shuttle bus from Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang

Rules for travel by shuttle Suvarnabhumi - Don Muang

Rules for travel by shuttle Suvarnabhumi - Don Muang

Exit number 3 on the second floor of Suvarnabhumi

Exit number 3 on the second floor of Suvarnabhumi

How to get between Bangkok airports

How to get between Bangkok airports

Taxi and transfer online

Since the time for a transfer should be set decently, especially if you find yourself in rush hour, it is often easier to take a taxi. I usually go this way, as it happens I come to the shuttle, but right now literally half an hour is not enough to go on it, and in the end I go by taxi.

It is inexpensive - about 300-500 baht, depending on traffic jams and, accordingly, the duration of the trip. It takes about 40 minutes to drive, again like traffic jams. Taxi is the fastest way. Of course, you need to go to a public taxi by the meter or through the GrabTaxi application, otherwise the cost will already approach 1000 baht at a fixed rate.

Alternatively, take a transfer in advance by ordering it online through Kiwitaxi. Then you will be greeted with a sign and without unnecessary actions taken directly to Don Muang, or in the opposite direction. True, the price is 2 times more expensive than a public taxi on the counter. So let's say, an overpayment for minimizing actions and not having to look for something at the airport.

Transfer from Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang>

Metro + taxi or bus

This is a dubious option, since, although it is more economical than taking a taxi right away, but not much, and it takes a lot of time. First, go down to the lowest floor of Suvarnabumi and take the Airport Link. Drive to the end to the Phaya Thai station, where you will need to change to the BTS metro and already take it to the BTS Mo Chit station. Travel time is about 1 hour. The cost is about 100 baht per person for 2 metro lines. Then, going out into the street, take a taxi and for about 150-200 baht by the meter you will get to Don Muang airport. It's still about 20 minutes. In total, this method will take about 1.5 hours in total..

Everything is the same as in the previous method, only without a taxi at all. The most economical and longest way. We get to BTS Mo Chit station by subway with one change. But now it is no longer necessary to take a taxi to the airport, but to wait for the bus. I won't tell you the number, I don't know. It will take about 30 minutes to drive..


There is a bus terminal near the airport. There you can take bus 555, which will take you to Don Muang. The ticket costs about 45 baht.

How much time to lay for a transplant

Also very often asked. Let's try to count.

  • Passport control in Suvarnabhumi and baggage claim takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Yes, yes, when there are many flights, you can spend 2 hours there, I myself ran into this. So, when you come to the baggage claim belt, the suitcases are already lying on the floor, and on the belt is expected to be issued from another flight. However, if you have children with you, then the Thais will most likely let you through the booth for Thais and diplomats. Also, those who receive a visa on arrival (VOA), they can spend 3 hours with all the registrations.
  • If you need to withdraw money from an ATM, exchange currency, buy SIM cards, then it will take a total of another 30 minutes.
  • The shuttle ride takes about 1.5 hours, including waiting time, and about 1 hour by taxi. Stays longer during rush hour. In any case, I would lay at least 1.5 hours for everything about everything.
  • Check-in for local flights ends in 45 minutes, but I personally prefer to arrive 2 hours in advance, having an hour in reserve, you never know what happens on the way, and there will be a gag at the airport.

In total, it turns out that you need to lay at least 4 hours between arrival in Suvarnabhumi and departure from Don Muang. Of course, it all depends on how quickly the passport control will pass (maybe half an hour in total), what you are going to do in Suvarnabhumi (currency, SIM cards), what will you take to the airport, and how long you prefer to arrive for registration. I would lay down generally 5 hours (6 hours at rush hour). It is better to wait in Don Muang and calmly eat or drink coffee, but there will be less hassle.

P.S. Just in case. If you fly with Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways, then they fly from Suvarnabhumi, and if you make a transfer to them, then you do not need anywhere from Suvarnabhumi.