Bangkok has two airports and many travellers will use both of them on a trip to Thailand. Opened in 2006, Suvarnabhumi (airport code: BKK) is located 30 kilometres east of the city centre and serves dozens of long-haul international airlines along with domestic flights with THAI and Bangkok Airways. You’ll arrive here if flying to Bangkok from, say, Europe or North America. Up in Bangkok’s northern reaches, the older Don Muang (airport code: DMK) is a hub for low-cost carriers like Air Asia and Nok Air, which mainly offer domestic and regional flights within Asia. Free shuttle buses link the two airports, each of which can be reached from central Bangkok by various modes of transport.
Further reading regarding air travel to/from Bangkok.
The four main rail lines that make up Thailand’s slow and ageing long-distance railway network are all anchored at Hualamphong Station near Chinatown in downtown Bangkok—most travellers who prefer trains to buses and planes will get to see this historic station.
If you’re travelling out of North Bangkok or are heading west to Kanchanaburi, you might use one of the city’s smaller railway stations instead.
Refer to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) website and Travelfish partner 12go Asia for timetables, fares and online bookings.
Further reading regarding train travel to/from Bangkok.
Just about every bus and minibus (van) heading from Bangkok to other provinces departs from one of three terminals. Focusing on points in Central, Northern and Northeastern Thailand, the largest and most overwhelming terminal is Morchit in North Bangkok.
In the city’s far western reaches, Sai Tai Mai is the place to catch buses to Southern and Western Thailand.
The smallest and most convenient of the three is Ekkamai, located off Sukhumvit Road and offering departures to Eastern Thailand. You can reach any of the kingdom’s 77 provinces—plus Laos and Cambodia—from one or more of these terminals.
Tickets can be purchased at the terminals and many fares are available online through Travelfish partner 12Go Asia.
Further reading regarding bus travel to/from Bangkok.
Travellers often ask, “How do I get from Bangkok to (this or that destination)?” You’ll need to hit the Travelfish forum for help with reaching some spots, but we’ve provided detailed advice for three of the most popular paths out of Bangkok: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) in Cambodia and Ko Samui, Pha Ngan & Tao in South Thailand.
Further reading regarding other travel to/from Bangkok.
Wading into Bangkok’s sprawling web of roads, lanes, metro lines, rivers and canals can be thrilling and frustrating in equal measure. An overview of the metro system is a good way to start. The river ferries and canal boats can also be fun and convenient, especially for hitting Bangkok’s historic districts.
Or you can always go for the ubiquitous taxis, tuk tuks, motorbike taxis and city buses that are like the foot soldiers of transport in the Big Mango.
On top of all this we’ve added tips for pedestrian safety and renting a car or motorbike.
Further reading regarding getting around Bangkok.