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Best way to travel from BKK airport to the Khao San Road

Posted by PabloUK on 14/8/2011 at 22:40

I'm wondering what the best/cheapest way to get from BKK to the Khao San Road area, i dont wanna get ripped off either so how much should it cost by taxi etc?


Any help would be wicked

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Posted by MADMAC on 14/8/2011 at 23:01

If you take a taxi, go upstairs and catch a metered taxi. You might have to argue a bit with a guy, or walk away and try the next one...

The best way would be a sky taxi - one of those helicopters that super rich people take from the airport to their penthouse apartment with rooftop landing pad. I am assuming this is outside of your budget though.

Cheapest is probably the sky train - which will get you close, but not all the way. Then you have to hope a taxi or try and figure out a bus route, which I would never consider.

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Posted by JenP on 15/8/2011 at 02:24

I was in Thailand two years ago and it was about 500baht then. I will be there again this year and hope myself that it is the same!

Do not let them rip you off though, happened to me. Haggle with them, don't just jump in and accept what they say.

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Posted by SBE on 15/8/2011 at 04:53

500B is a bit high Jen ...did your taxi driver use a meter?

Don't haggle about the price, just insist the driver uses the meter. If the first taxi refuses, take another one.

Not sure how much KSR would be on the meter but getting to the Sukhumvit area costs about 200B. If you get a taxi at the arrivals level you'll have to pay a 50B airport charge as well. And you'll also have to pay expressway fees when the taxi goes through the toll booths. Total price should be in the region of 350B. (I always give a tip too because the set fare has been 35B for over a decade and petrol prices have gone up a lot since then).

There are bound to be other people on your flight heading to KSR ...you could try and find someone to share the taxi with to reduce costs.

You'll need some change so if you're withdrawing money from an ATM at the airport get 19,900B rather than 20,000B (or 9,900B instead of 10,000B). That way you'll have some hundreds to pay the taxi and the toll fees.

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Posted by lunar on 15/8/2011 at 05:20

The cheapest way is airport rail to "phaya thai", then change to skytrain to "siam", from there change to another skytrain to "saphan taksin". Then take a boat to "N13", but watch out, not all boats are stopping at N13. From there it's a 10-15 minutes walk to Khao San Road.

A taxi should cost 250 - 300 baht to Khao San Road. There is a taxi counter for meter taxi at the airport.

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Posted by JenP on 15/8/2011 at 15:28

Did i get ripped of twice?! grrr! I spoke to a group i met who had paid 500, wow at least i know for when i go back later this year! :o)

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Posted by mikethediver on 15/8/2011 at 16:15

hi,
The best way & the cheapest way are normally different things! The best way (& most expensive) is the taxi.
The cheapest way is go get the free airport shuttle bus to the airport bus terminal. There take the bus 511 to Victory monument (50 baht I think).
From the Victory monumnet get the public bus No. 28 (18 baht). This bus passes close to KSR (a few minutes walk).

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Posted by sayadian on 15/8/2011 at 16:30

If you are going to the airport bus terminal you could also see if the 556 hourly service to the Southern Bus Terminal is running now. This is the best and cheapest way to get to KS as it stops at the junction of Ratchdamnoen and Thanon Tanao which is 100 metres from KS Rd. The bus is 20 something baht,is air-conditioned and takes the expressway.

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Posted by SBE on 15/8/2011 at 16:45

Does the 511 go to the airport Mike? I use that particular A/C bus quite a lot because it's very handy for going to the Southern Bus terminal from both Sukhumvit and the KSR area.

I'm a bit puzzled because the 511 definitely goes past Democracy Monument but I've never noticed it goes past Victory Monument ...unless the route has been changed recently? And I wasn't aware it went to Suvarnabhumi either. It would be very useful if it does though!

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Posted by wanderingcat on 15/8/2011 at 17:31

there's a 551 bus that links Suvarnabhumi airport bus terminal & Victory Monument.

& a 556 bus that links Suvarnabhumi airport bus terminal - Democracy Monument - southern bus terminal.

details (hours of operation, etc) here: http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/to_from_public_bmta_en.php

there's no 511 bus from Suvarnabhumi by any bus company (Transport Co. or BMTA)...maybe a typo somewhere?

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Posted by PabloUK on 15/8/2011 at 18:56

thanks for the advice guys, its really appreciated!!

i think for the sake of a few quid i'll probably take a taxi, for about £7 i'd rather avoid the hassle of taking the buses etc, especially after a long haul flight, so will prob ask around at the arrivals at BKK and see if anyone wants to share a cab.

thanks again for the advice ;0)

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Posted by cybervlad on 16/8/2011 at 14:03

I agree with mikethediver - the cheapest (but not quickest) option is to take bus N511 (less than 50 bahts) from bus terminal then change it to another one in the city center.
List of the city buses running from airport transport terminal can be found at www.bmta.co.th web site:
http://www.bmta.co.th/en/bus_search.php?cat=15&place=Suvannabhumi+Airport&Submit=+++Go+++

Alternatively you can reach Phaya Thai station using skytrain (see: http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/02-route-current.aspx) and take bus N503 to Democracy Monument (near KhaoSan).
See:
http://www.bmta.co.th/en/bus_search.php?cat=0&place=Phaya+Thai+Police+Station&Submit=+++Go+++
Unfortunately bus N556 no longer runs from Survanabhumi bus terminal.

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Posted by SBE on 16/8/2011 at 14:27

Well I agree with wanderingcat (partly).

That link you posted definitely says the 551 goes from Suvarnabhumi to Victory Monument cybervlad! :-)

I'd heard the 556 had stopped running though. Which link is the most reliable?

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Posted by wanderingcat on 16/8/2011 at 14:47

think this is the most up to date i can find, posted by someone who has been pretty trustworthy & the most detailed about public transport in BKK over the years - http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/483568-update-on-city-and-other-buses-to-airport-suvannaphumi/

in short, says that:
- 551 bus has been replaced by vans, which travel directly from Suvarnabhumi (no stops along the way) to Victory Monument
- 556 bus route has been shortened, from southern bus terminal it goes only as far as Makkasan station (to tie up with the airport rail link?), no longer all the way to Suvarnabhumi

not sure if there will be further changes to routes of buses/vans with the recent opening of the BTS skytrain extension beyond On Nut.

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Posted by cybervlad on 16/8/2011 at 14:48

SBE, last time I visited Bangkok I heard that bus 556 is running from Makassan BTS station to the SaiTaiMai (southern bus terminal). See: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/04/12/travel/Is-Khao-San-Road-any-good-30153062.html
But now I couldn't find any info about 556 bus on official site (www.bmta.co.th). Looks like it stopped completely. But I'm not sure :)

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Posted by Gary1878 on 16/8/2011 at 22:24

Pablo, when are you arriving? I'm in the same boat as you. I get to BKK airport at 08:20 on Thursday morning. I'll probably take a taxi myself.

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Posted by christay2009 on 17/8/2011 at 00:34

....so is there a bus from the Airport to KSR? :)

I would like to get it in a week if there is

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Posted by PabloUK on 17/8/2011 at 02:37

Gary, not for a while yet, land in Thailand in Jan next year, just trying to get a scope on things.

Have a good trip!

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Posted by JenP on 17/8/2011 at 03:00

I think i shall be taking a taxi when i get there in Dec, so anyone that's there around the same time and wants to share let me know!!

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Posted by Rasheeed on 17/8/2011 at 10:32

There should be other people arriving in December as well. You might need to wait a couple days at the airport but you should be able to find someone to share with.

'sheeed

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Posted by MADMAC on 17/8/2011 at 10:38

I noticed no one was excited about the sky taxi option.

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Posted by cybervlad on 17/8/2011 at 10:42

....so is there a bus from the Airport to KSR?
christay2009, there is no direct bus from airport to KSR, but you can reach KSR from airport by bus:
- take shuttle bus (free of charge) from airport to airport's transport terminal;
- take bus 551 to Victory Monument
- take one of several buses to KSR area (Democracy Monument)
This is the cheapest way. But it takes long time.
If the taxi direct to KSR (or other destination) still too expensive for you, there is "mid-priced" way:
- take raillink to Makkasan or Phaya Thai station;
- take bus 503 to KSR.

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Posted by Rasheeed on 17/8/2011 at 10:46

MAC, how much is it?

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Posted by MADMAC on 17/8/2011 at 11:07

Probably about 5,000 USD, but I've never actually priced it myself. I only know it exists.

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Posted by Rasheeed on 17/8/2011 at 11:14

Well, if you find a couple to split the cost with it isn't so bad.

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Posted by MADMAC on 17/8/2011 at 14:03

Good point. If only I could get one of those apartments with the helipads now.

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Posted by Rasheeed on 17/8/2011 at 14:38

True. Parking can be a *****.

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Posted by ZeeRun on 22/6/2012 at 14:56

I'm thinking of getting the train (either BTS or MRT) from the airport and then a taxi. What station is closest to Khao San Road and how much can I expect to pay in the taxi?

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Posted by cybervlad on 22/6/2012 at 22:59

ZeeRun, there is no BTS and MRT at airport, only train (Airport Link).
Take train to Phaya Thai station then catch taxi.
Do not wait for express train, take ordinary (City Line). Express take 15 minutes to reach Phaya Thai, City Line commuter - 30 minutes. But City Line departs every 15 minutes, express departs every 30 minutes. Why wait? :)
Taxi-meter from Phaya Thai to KhaoSanRoad will costs you no more than 100 bahts.

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Posted by altmtl on 23/6/2012 at 06:18

If I was going from the airport to KSR, I would use the rail link, then skytrain, then river boat... it's a little long, but simple and cheap.

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Posted by cybervlad on 23/6/2012 at 11:21

Ok, then simplest (but not the cheapest) way is take airport bus AE2, 150 THB.
http://bangkokairportonline.com/node/55

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Posted by VictoriaT on 23/6/2012 at 15:28

Hi All,

I will be in BKK in August and coming from the United States. Due to such a long flight and arriving in the evening, I would like to take a taxi for the most convenient transportation.

Should I demand the meter? Last time the driver told me the rate was significantly less with a set price which included tolls. Perhaps meter is better?

What should be the most honest and responsible rate from the airport to Lumphini Park?

Any advice will be most appreciated!!

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Posted by wanderingcat on 23/6/2012 at 17:00

#31:
Airport Express bus services were terminated about one whole year ago. It's stated on the link you posted too. Better to refer to the official website of Suvarnabhumi Airport (http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/index_en.php) instead to see what transport options are currently available.

#32:
stick to the meter, & hand the cash for the tolls (think you have to pay expressway tolls twice for that route & it comes up to about 70 baht) to the driver when you reach the toll booths. there's also B50 airport surcharge. think the total should be in the region of B350 (including tolls + airport surcharge).

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Posted by VictoriaT on 23/6/2012 at 18:09

Thanks Wanderingcat!

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Posted by cybervlad on 23/6/2012 at 23:51

wanderingcat,Airport Express bus services were terminated about one whole year ago.
Very strange, but I saw it recently with my own eyes near KSR...

Better to refer to the official website of Suvarnabhumi Airport(http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/index_en.php) instead to see whattransport options are currently available.
The information there isn't correct. For example, bus 556 doesn't run anymore, but still in list:
http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/to_from_public_bmta_en.php

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Posted by ZeeRun on 24/6/2012 at 03:20

Thanks cyberbvlad, will just get the skytrain and a taxi :)

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