Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is one of two airports serving the Thai capital, sharing its domestic workload with Don Meung (DMK). Suvarnabhumi is the busier of the two, and is listed in the top ten airports in Asia for annual passenger numbers. It's a hub for more than half a dozen airlines, including Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways.
The airport has a single terminal for all its flights, spread across seven levels. Because of its popularity, this terminal is extremely large.
If you want to get something to eat, there are more than 50 dining options to choose from. Prices tend to be more expensive than out on the street, but cheaper than airports in New Zealand.
The majority of the duty-free shopping can be found on the fourth floor, close to the recreation areas. Sauna and spa services are found on floor three.
The airport provides free Wi-Fi for passengers waiting for a flight. For those without their own devices, there are more than 100 free-to-use internet kiosks throughout the terminal.
The only direct flights from New Zealand to Bangkok depart from Auckland.
Getting to Bangkok city centre
On the basement level of the arrivals terminal is a station for the Airport Rail Link, which is open from 6am to midnight. Two types of trains connect the airport with the city – the Express Line and the City Line.
As the name implies, the Express Line is the quicker of the two, going directly to Makkasan Station. Departures are hourly. The cheaper City Line leaves every 15 minutes to Makkasan, taking half an hour with six stops along the way.
A number of bus lines run from the airport to places all over Bangkok. Unless you're familiar with the routes, or you're staying in an out-of-the-way suburb, these tend to be worse options than the others. Prices are similar to trains, but take twice as long to reach the centre (or up to two hours in bad traffic).
A free shuttle service connects Suvarnabhumi with Don Mueng Airport.
Official taxi stands can be found outside exits 4 and 7 on the arrivals level. Be aware that drivers may approach you in the terminal, but these are likely to be unlicensed and potentially uninsured drivers.
Taxis from the airport should run on their meter, but be sure to check this before you start your journey. A fare into the centre of Bangkok should cost around 300 baht.
More expensive limousine taxis are also available, which need to be booked at special counters inside the airport. These may be slightly more comfortable than normal taxis, but will be at least double, if not triple the price.
There are seven companies that offer car hire at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. As well as the familiar international names, two local companies operate here: Bizcar and Thai Car Rental Association.
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