I will be traveling from the Bangkok airport to the main train station to catch a train to
Nong Khai. I saw on the internet that there is now a train station at the airport. Could
anyone tell me if I can catch a train from the airport to the main train station?
It even has its own Wiki article now =)
Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (SARL) Makkasan station is ~300+m away from the MRT Phetchaburi station. a linkway between the two has yet to be built. you'll have to cross a road (no pedestrian crossing if i recall correctly) & a single track railway line when walking between the two stations. not that bad in heavy traffic cos you can cross the roads by weaving in between the vehicles as they crawl along...but maybe not so fun if it's raining & if you have lotsa luggage to carry/drag along.
btw there's a direct overnight bus from Suvarnabhumi to Nong Khai (though i understand not everyone likes sleeping on buses).
But doesn't the Petchaburi MRT station have entrances on each side of the road or is my memory playing tricks? Still it's very amiss on the part of the Thais not to have sorted this out by now as Airport to Railway station is an important link.
The thought of 12 hours on a bus after a long haul doesn't really grab me either but nice to know it exists.
My apologies Wandering Cat.I just went over the route in my mind and there is a T-junction joining the main road,so you DO have to cross qiute a busy road linked to the main road but I think it has traffic lights so you'd still have an opportunity to weave your way through, though as you say not ideal if you have a lot of luggage.
Thanks you all for your help. I'll be flying in from Hong Kong, so a short flight, arriving about 1:00PM. I've booked a ticket on the overnight train to Nong Khai, which leaves, I believe, about 8:30PM, so I have lots of time to get to the station. I would rather take a train than a taxi, as I have found some of the Bangkok taxi drivers to be a little less than honest. Anyway, thanks again for the information.
just walked the route between SARL Makkasan station & the closest exit of MRT Phetchaburi station last Dec (2010)...as far as i rem, the junction of Kamphaeng Phet dunno-what-number Rd & Asok Rd didn't have a proper pedestrian crossing, so you just cross through the gaps between vehicles.
the big junction (under a flyover i think) further on towards another exit of MRT Phetchaburi station closest to Khlong Saen Saeb/Asok Pier does have a proper pedestrian crossing with lights.
thing to note about the MRT system (esp if you're in a hurry) - you'll have to go through metal detectors to enter the stations, & have seen quite a few tourists asked to open up their luggage bags for inspection (can be quite a pain if your bag was packed to bursting point).
there's a motorbike taxi 'stand' at SARL Makkasan station.