Am arriving about 3pm in the airport and dont want to go into Bngk proper. Can i get buses to other cities/regions from the transport center and thus avoid the armpit altogether?
#1 forbesyone has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 4
I really like Bangkok, and don't know why you'd feel the need to call it an armpit. In any case, to answer your question, according to the airport information websites, Public Bus Service to other provinces goes like this:
Bus Number 389 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Pattaya
Bus Number 390 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Talad Rong Kluea
Bus Number 825 - Suvarnabhumi Airport - NongKhai
The Pattaya option makes sense to me, and I guess it would be easy to continue on to Rayong, Ban Phe (Samet), Chantaburi and Trang. But the Nong Khai route seems odd. If it's true, that could be a convenient way to get out of the city and up to Vientiane and into Laos (although I'd rather go into the city and take an overnight train). I hope that helps. Cheers.
Thanks for the info, although i already knew these particular routes already i was hoping for some more detailed information on times and the possibility for making stops on the route. For example with the Nong Kai route i didnt want to go all the way there but wanted to stop in Nakhon half way up. The official website does'nt give any specifics. Also sorry for the ''armpit'' remark but if given a choice between hopping on a ten minute shuttle bus and then leaving for my destination or sitting on a airport bus for a min 2hrs through heavy bangkok traffic and then running the gauntlent to the train station to get a ticket i may have to wait a day or two to use given the seasonal rush, I know which one I would prefer.
#3 forbesyone has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 4
I was out at Bangkok's new airport the other day and collected the following timetable info for buses from the new airport. We've also added them into the new airport story here.
Suvarnabhumi to Chachoengsao -- departs 06:40,07:40,09:40,10:40,12:10,13:40,15:10,16:40,17:40,18:40 and 19:40.
Suvarnabhumi to Chanthaburi -- departs 08:10,15:10,16:10,16:55,18:40 and 19:40.
Suvarnabhumi to Nong Khai -- departs 21:00.
Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya -- departs 06:30,08:00,09:00,11:00,13:00,15:00,17:00,19:00 and 20:30.
Suvarnabhumi to Rayong -- departs 05:40,08:40,09:10,09:40,10:40,13:40,16:00 and 18:40.
Suvarnabhumi to Trat -- departs 06:40,08:25,10:10,10:25,11:40,13:10,16:10 and 18:10.
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Nice job Somtam. Thanks for the info. Those buses to Chantaburi, Rayong, and Trat will make it really easy to get moving without having to head into the city. That 21:00 bus to Nong Khai looks like a rough time to get started, particularly after a long flight. Cheers.
So thanks for the info somtam and in fact I took that bus (Nong Khai) last night but only went as far as Udon Ratchassimo which took three and a half hours and cost about 200 baht. The bus was spanking new, quick, and included complimentary cookies and water pack. Arrving late in Udon we took a songthow (50bht) into the Tokyo hotel in town (dble room with all amenities 300 bht) and had a late night soup and sleep in. All easy and stress free. Today we took the local bus number 1305 to Phimae and here we are. I would highly recommend for those wishing to access the north and north/east. Sorry didnt get arrival times for points further on towards Nong Khai.
#7 forbesyone has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 4