Guide to Bangkok International Airport
Bangkok International Airport (also known as Don Muang) is about 25 kms north of the city. Bangkok's airport is a busy hub for the Asia and Pacific region. Don Muang handles a lot of traffic, especially during the high tourist season.
Terminals and facilities at Bangkok International
Bangkok's airport has two international terminals and a domestic terminal. The international terminals are built side by side with the domestic terminal nearby, connected by an air-conditioned walkway and a free shuttle bus. Bangkok's Terminal 1 handles Asian and Eastern European Airlines while Terminal 2 takes care of mostly Western and Australian airlines. Bangkok's Domestic Passenger Terminal handles all the domestic flights. The two-tiered building has departures on the upper level and arrivals on the lower.
There are three banks in the airport, one in each terminal, as well as ATMs and currency exchange bureaux.
Bookshops and specialty shopping are plentiful in the airport. Perfume, cigarettes, and alcohol are available from the airport’s two duty free shops. An extensive range of duty free goods are available in the departures hall as well as variety of Thai cultural souvenirs and gifts.
In the transit center of International Passenger Terminal 1, there is a business center. Telecommunications centers are located in International Passenger Terminal 2 and International Terminal 1’s post office. More business facilities can be found at one of the Bangkok airport hotels. The airport hotels are also a good place for those just passing through Thailand's capital. Bangkok airport hotels can be reserved here.
Don Muang offers a variety of dining options, ranging from fast food to traditional Thai cuisine. Food vendors are located throughout the airport.
If you want to hire a car from Bangkok International, there are several car hire companies available. The best deals on Bangkok airport hire cars are available online.
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Hotels at Bangkok International Airport
If you are only in Bangkok for an overnight stay, it may be ideal to stay at one of the Bangkok airport hotels. The airport hotels will save you the trouble of fighting through the city's thick traffic. Good rates on hotels at Bangkok airport can be found here.
Some of the airport hotels nearby include: Amari Airport Hotel, Quality Suites Airport, and Merchant Court Hotel.
Transportation and parking at Bangkok airport
Don Muang train station is a short distance away from the airport and is accessible by an overhead walkway. It provides train services to and from Bangkok and the north of the country. Public bus stops are situated in front of the airport on the main highway in and out of Bangkok.
Minibuses can also be hired for group travelers and hotel pick-ups. There are several airport minibuses that run to different sections of central Bangkok. The set down points are posted on the side of each bus and there are stops outside each Terminal.
Taxis are the most convenient means of getting around Bangkok and aren't very inexpensive. Taxi stands are right outside the airport.
Bangkok International Airport provides airport parking space for both short term and long term airport parking. There is a seven-story car park next to International Passenger Terminal 2 and a three-story car park outside the Domestic Passenger Terminal. Another car park is located in the basement section of International Passenger Terminal 1. If you'd like to reserve car parking at Bangkok airport in advance, click here.
Car hire at Bangkok airport
To get into Bangkok by car, follow Viphawdee Rangsit Highway and enter the toll-way in the direction of city center.
If you want to brave the roads in Bangkok, you can hire a car from the airport. There are several car hire companies available. It's usually cheaper to book hire cars from Bangkok airport in advance.
Though Bangkok may be hard to navigate by hire car, the roads aren't difficult once you get out of the city. There are many smaller villages to explore, temples to see, and beaches to enjoy if you are willing to drive there by hire car.