Airport Guide: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of two international airports in Bangkok. It’s the newer and also bigger of the two airports and is mainly used by legacy carriers. Most low-cost carriers depart from Bangkok’s other airport Don Mueang. Due to its one terminal architecture, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is a very convenient airport and perfect for shopping and dining!

With more than 50 million passengers a year, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the biggest airport in Asia even though Bangkok’s second international airport also takes a fair share of all passengers arriving and departing in Bangkok. The by far biggest carriers at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thai Airways, which operates its hub at the airport. Thai Airways is followed by the boutique airline Bangkok Airways. The busiest route is Bangkok – Hong Kong with more than three million passengers each year.

Shopping and dining at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Due to the sheer size of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and the one terminal architecture, Thailand’s biggest airport is a real paradise for all those who love shopping pre-flight. Nearly all major international brands operate shops at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

There are dozens of shops and restaurants at the airport

Surely, you can also find convenience and souvenir shops, but the airport is also great for fashion or jewelry shopping. Not only shopping, but also dining at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is an amazing experience as there are dozens of Asian and international restaurants. There’s rarely anything you won’t find at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport!

Sleeping at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok’s biggest airport is open 24 hours a day, which means that sleeping in the airport is possible if you don’t way to pay for a hotel. However, there are not many comfortable couches or benches, which makes sleeping a little tough. Yet, there are Hotel Dayrooms inside the terminal, which are perfect for a short layover as these may be rented on a daily basis.

Okura Prestige Bangkok Premier Club Room

Luxury hotels in the city center like Okura Prestige Bangkok are 30-45 minutes away from the airport

As the rooms are relatively well equipped with a double bed and a private bathroom, the prices are a little steep though, while the ratings tend to be average. With Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport there’s also an upscale hotel close to the airport, but that’s basically it. If you are fine with a short taxi ride, you may also opt for the new Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, which is a luxury hotel with resort character not far away from the airport!

Lounges at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport comes with several different lounges, some operated by airlines and other operated by independent operators. With Air France and China Airlines two SkyTeam carriers are operating lounges at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, while Star Alliance is present with a total of seven lounges (five operated by Thai Airways, one by Singapore Airlines and one by EVA Air).

Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok D Seating

Thai Airways has a beautiful First Class Lounge at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

The oneworld airlines Cathay Pacific (First & Business Class) and Japan Airlines (Business Class only) also operate lounges at Bangkok Suvvarnabhumi Airport. Last but not least, there are also lounges operated by Emirates and Oman Air. The mentioned lounges are complemented by several independent lounges including several Louis’ Tavern Lounges and a King Power Lounge.

Lounges at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport:

  • Thai Royal First Lounges: *A FC, QR FC
  • Thai Royal Silk Lounges: *A FC, *A BC, *A G, QR BC
  • SQ SilverKris Lounge: *A FC, *A BC, *A G
  • EVA Air Lounge: *A FC, *A BC, *A G
  • Air France Sky Lounge: ST FC, ST BC, ST P
  • China Airlines Lounge: ST FC, ST BC, ST P
  • JAL Sakura Lounge: OW FC, OW BC, OW EM, OW SA
  • CX First Class Lounge: OW FC, OW EM
  • CX Business Class Lounge: OW FC, OW BC, OW EM, OW SA
  • Oman Air Lounge: WY BC, WY S, WY G, PP
  • Emirates Lounge: EK FC, EK BC, EK P, EK G
  • Louis’ Tavern Lounges: Several airlines, PP, $
  • King Power Lounge: $

Transportation at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is connected with the city center of Bangkok via the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link, where two different types of trains operate.

Airport Rail Link Bangkok

The Airport Rail Link is the most efficient way to get to Bangkok

There’s a cheaper option, which stops a few times on the way and a faster one, which connects Bangkok Suvarnabhui Airport directly with Makkassan, the so-called city terminal. There you may change to the metro or a taxi. Besides taking the Airport Rail Link, you may also opt for a taxi. While those are not expensive in Bangkok, they make take way longer than the trains as Bangkok traffic can be horrible.


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6 Comments on “Airport Guide: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport”

  1. Talking about Taxis from/to the airport: no taxi driver will take you to the city for the normal (taxameter) price. They will try to negotiate prices in the 1000-2000 THB range if you look european. The taxameter price would be something around 300-400 (depending on traffic and destination). With that knowledge it is easy to bring them down to 500 THB. Maybe even lower if you are willing to invest more time for the negotiation (which is was not). Just tell them that you know the “normal” price, and state that you payed 300 last time. Then they will tell you that the traffic is so bad and that they also have to pay for the express way (which is true) and they will make a reasonable offer. Which I will accept if it is below 500, or offer them 500 and they will accept it. – btw: the ATMs at the airport tend to give you 1000 Baht notes, so make sure to withdraw an uneven amount like 4900 THB (instead of 5000)

    • Wow, thank you for this comment! This one is definitely helpful for everyone taking a taxi in Bangkok. The scam prices non-Thai’s tend to get in Bangkok are horrible, but with good negotiation skills, you can get a fair price as well 🙂

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