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In this article, we share the easiest, cheapest, and quickest ways to get from Don Mueang International Airport to Bangkok city.
This article was updated in May 2022.
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Don Mueang Airport/Don Muang Airport/DMK
Don Mueang Airport, sometimes spelled Don Muang Airport, also known as ‘DMK’, is Bangkok’s hub for budget airlines like Air Asia, Nok Air, and Thai Lion. It’s where you’re likely to end up if you’re taking cheap flights within Thailand or to/from nearby countries like Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, or Laos.
DMK Airport is located about 14km from Bangkok city center. So what are the best options for transportation from Don Mueang International Airport to Bangkok City?
Fastest Options for Transport from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok City
Metered Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok City
Once you’re out of baggage claim and through customs, follow the signs on that level that say ‘Taxi’ toward the metered taxi stand. These taxis are regulated by the airport and they must use the meter. Note that there is a 50 Baht surcharge on top of the fare.
Do not go with any companies or people who may offer you a taxi while you are walking toward the metered taxi stand. This is often a scam and much more expensive than the metered taxis!
Note: There are several ATMs and places to change money on the way to the metered taxi stand. Be sure you have smaller bills (lower than 500 Baht is ideal) to pay your taxi driver as they don’t always have enough change.
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Depending on what time you get in, the lines for the metered taxis can be long, but they move consistently. There is a ticketing system where you take a number and then sit and wait for your number to come up on the screen.
When your number comes up, you’ll go to the front and tell or show the person working at the taxi stand the address of your destination, which they will write down and relay to your driver.
Keep your taxi ticket in case of any issues that arise. You do not need to give the ticket to the driver at any time. Follow the driver to the taxi and off you go!
If you arrive during a peak traffic time, you’ll have the option to take the Toll Way/Express Way. This can save a lot of time. While in line, check Google Maps to see if the route to your destination is red or yellow to see if it’s necessary. There is free wifi that you can use while you are waiting in the metered taxi waiting area.
If you choose to take the Toll Way/Express Way the driver will ask you for Baht during the ride to pay the toll. As of November 2019, the Toll fees were 120 Baht total (70 for one toll, 50 for the other). It’s better if you have small bills for this, so change big bills in the airport before you get in line for the metered taxis if possible.
Metered Taxi Costs: 300 to 450 Baht on meter + 50 Baht airport surcharge + 120 Baht toll road fees.
Total Metered Taxi Cost: 350 to 620 Baht (depending on the distance to your destination and if you take the Toll Way/Express Way).
Alternate Option for Metered Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok City
One way to save a bit of time if the metered taxi line is long is to head upstairs to the Arrivals level and catch a metered taxi that is dropping someone off there. If you’re choosing this option, be sure that you have your destination written in Thai so that your driver clearly understands where to take you.
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Grab Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok City
Grab is essentially the Uber of Asia. In fact, they bought out Uber all throughout Asia in 2017. You can download the Grab App before your trip and start using it right away when you arrive in Bangkok.
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The nice thing about Grab is you can put in your exact destination so your driver will know where to take you, ideally without any confusion. You’ll also know how much your ride will cost upfront.
A Grab taxi from DMK to Bangkok city will cost anywhere from 350 to 700 Baht depending on how far your destination is.
Airport Limo Bus Express
The Airport Limo Bus Express will take you to Lumpini Park in Silom. From there you can easily get on the BTS or MRT trains.
You can book the Airport Limo Bus Express online for a small fee or in person when you arrive at DMK for 150 Baht. The booking desk is between Gate 6-8 in Terminal 1 and Gate 14 in Terminal 2. The Airport Limo Bus Express has air conditioning and wifi.
Cheapest Options for Transport from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok City
Take the A1 Bus from DMK to Mo Chit, then the BTS or MRT from Mo Chit into Bangkok city
A majority of destinations in town are accessible by the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), also known as the Skytrain, or the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT), which is the subway. You can find the nearest BTS or MRT station from your Bangkok accommodation on Google Maps.
To get to the nearest BTS or MRT station from Don Mueang Airport take the A1 bus to Mo Chit, which comes every 5 minutes. The bus stop is just outside once you exit Customs. It should take about 20 minutes from Don Mueang Airport to Mo Chit. At peak traffic times the bus will take the Toll Way/Express Way at no extra cost to you.
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The bus makes a few stops. The last stop is Mo Chit and everyone must get out there. When you get off the bus walk about 20 meters in the same direction as the bus is facing and you’ll see the BTS and MRT stations. Walk upstairs to get to the BTS station or downstairs to the MRT.
One great thing about going from Mo Chit on the BTS is it’s the last stop of the line, so you’re more likely to get a seat before the train gets crowded.
**Lazy Hack**: If you walk to the second set of stairs there is an escalator up to the BTS, which is clutch if you have heavy luggage.
Bus and BTS or MRT Costs: 30 baht for the bus from DMK to Mo Chit + 16 to 59 Baht for BTS or MRT depending on how far your stop is.
Total cost: 46 to 89 Baht
**Bonus Tip**: If you arrive on a weekend you can pop by the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the world’s largest weekend market. There are lockers about 30 meters from where the bus drops you at Mo Chit where you can store your luggage.
Do not leave anything valuable in the locker, like money, electronics or important documents. Walk across the street on the sky bridge and through or around the park. In five minutes you’ll reach the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
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Bus from Don Muang Airport to Khao San Road
If you are staying on Khao San Road then the cheapest way to get there from DMK airport is via the A4 bus, which is located at the same bus stop outside the airport as the A1 bus.
The A4 bus to Khao San Road costs 50 Baht and runs every 30 minutes.
Airport Limo Bus Express to Khao San Road
The Airport Limo Bus Express will take you directly to Khao San Road. You can book online with a small fee or in person when you arrive at DMK for 150 Baht. The booking desk is between Gate 6-8 in Terminal 1 and Gate 14 in Terminal 2. The Airport Limo Bus Express has air conditioning and wifi.
If you are flying into Don Muang International Airport (DMK) and need to transfer to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), there are a few options. The distance between the airports is almost 50 kilometers (about 30 miles) and can take anywhere from 45 minutes to over 2 hours depending on traffic.
Don Muang Airport Transfer to Suvarnabhumi Airport (DMK to BKK)
Free Option from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport (DMK to BKK)
There is a complimentary shuttle bus from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport (and vice versa). Once you clear customs at DMK, walk outside and you’ll find the free shuttle bus stand. Note that you will need to show your onward ticket out of BKK airport to be allowed on. The free shuttle runs from 5 am to midnight.
Metered Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport
A metered taxi from DMK to BKK should cost around 300-500 Baht depending on the time of day and whether you take the toll roads.
Another option is to book a Grab taxi from DMK to BKK. The good thing about this option is you will know the cost of the ride ahead of time.
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We hope you find this article helpful! These are the best ways we know of to get from Don Muang International Airport to Bangkok City, and from Don Muang International Airport to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. If you notice any errors or have any corrections, please leave them in the comments or email us directly at Jen (at) twocantravel (dot) com. Thank you!
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