How To Get A Transfer Between The Two Bangkok Airports

From October 1st 2012 AirAsia will only be arriving and departing from the old Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, not from the new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Here are the details on the shuttle service to transfer from one Bangkok airport to the other

Air Asia Airplane
Air Asia Airplane

If you’re flying with AirAsia from October 1st 2012, it’s important to remember that the budget air carrier will only be using the old Don Mueang airport for arrivals and departures.

If you are flying into the new Suvarnabhumi airport and need to make a connection to an AirAsia flight, you will need to get a transfer from one Bangkok airport to the other.

The airport authorities are providing a special express bus that runs from one airport to the other without stopping along the way.

The buses depart hourly from 6am to 10pm.

The buses depart from the first floor of Don Mueang Airport’s Terminal 1.
They disembark at the second floor of Suvarnabhumi’s Terminal Building, Gate 3.

It’s apparently free, but that’s not confirmed yet.

More importantly, how long the transfer takes is completely down to how bad the Bangkok traffic is. The buses will use the expressway and the journey could take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

The problem for passengers transferring between Bangkok airports is that Bangkok traffic is not predictable, so it’s definitely better to err on the side of caution. Don’t forget to leave at least 1 hour for check-in for domestic flights and 2 hours for international flights.

You can of course always take a metered taxi which will need to deal with the traffic as well. There’s also the 555 bus which runs between the two airports but this makes several stops along the way and so is slower than the express shuttle bus.

As such, make sure you plan ahead and ensure there are several hours between your flights so you have time to get your luggage, get the transfer bus and check in again at the other airport. You can check current flight times of almost all major airlines including Air Asia at Skyscanner.

From the original MCOT briefing:

“AoT Vice President Somchai Sawasdipol said the shuttle bus services will be offered for passengers between Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport next month after low-cost carriers move their operations bases to the capital’s original international gateway Oct 1.

Mr Somchai, also director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said four buses will be on service hourly from 6am to 10pm between Don Mueang-Suvarnabhumi airports.

He said the services will give passengers more convenience and that the buses will run on the expressway with airport to airport services.

Passengers board buses at the first floor of Don Mueang Airport’s Terminal 1 and disembark at the second floor of Suvarnabhumi’s Terminal Building, Gate 3, said the AoT executive.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Transport Authority (BMTA) began bus service between the two airports Aug 1 but bus 555 serves not only passengers but also the general public, stopping at municipal bus stops enroute between the airports, not only airport to airport.”

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