Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Bangkok Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I had to spend a few nights at BKK recently after losing my passport and i have to say, next time, id CHOOSE to stay there. - gentmartin
March 2015 - I slept in Suvarnabhumi a couple of times, because I'm too cheap for a hotel and the last time was because I needed a Chinese visa that was not issued on time, so changed my flight to two days later.
Anyway, as the other reviews mentioned, it is a great airport, with a lot of good spots to sleep at. Let's start with the sole complaint that I have: there are no ways to take a shower in the airport, except if you fill a bottle with water and use the disabled toilets on the 4th floor which are really spacious. No bum guns with the toilets as well.
My 3 favorite spots to sleep at are:
1) on the Observation Deck (4th floor, take the stairs on the right near row P/Q, follow the directions for 'airlines passenger services'), there's little to no air con. You won't be freezing cold during your night, yay! There are a couple of wooden benches, so not the most comfy but kinda quiet by night and safe place to rest. The seats at the airlines offices just downstairs got the comfiest seats available in the airport, but with air con.
2) On B floor, as mentioned, the seats next to the Subway and 7/11 are a really good place to take a rest, and it's a really quiet place. Not a lot of seats though, so be quick!
3) On B floor again, just under the stairways seems to be the locals' favorite spot to nap. It's probably the quietest place to do so, but be ready to sleep on the cold floor - I hope you brought a blanket!
There's free drinking water (which doesn't taste bad, as it might in some other airports) next to every restrooms, so instead of buying 10 bottles of water at the 7/11, just bring one and refill it.
The airport in itself looks great, is clean, and even if it doesn't offer couches and super comfy chairs as its neighbours (HKG, SIN) it's overall an awesome airport.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Bangkok airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Louis' Tavern CIP First Class - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse A, Airside, Block 2, Level 3 (East Side). Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (from £29) • Priority Pass.
- Louis' Tavern CIP First Class - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse C, Airside, Level 3 (East Side). Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (from £29.00) • Priority Pass.
- Louis' Tavern CIP First Class - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse F, Level 3 (West Side). Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Priority Pass.
- Louis' Tavern CIP First Class - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse G, Airside, Level 3 (West Side). Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (from £29) • Priority Pass.
- Louis' Tavern CIP First Class - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse G, Airside, Level 4 (West Side). Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (from £29) • Priority Pass.
- Qantas Club - Location: Airside, Departures Level 3, Concourse G, near Gates 1-5. Lounge Access: Priority Pass • Qantas Club Membership.
Transfer Lounges - Free lounges for the purpose of resting in between flights. Equipped with reclining leather chairs. Location: Airside, Concourse B and D (west side)
- Free WiFi is available at Bangkok airport for 2 hours. Beyond that time, you will have to pay. Connect to the "AOTFreeWiFibyTRUE" network and select "Get Free WiFi".
- There are 126 internet kiosks offering free internet. Users can only connect for 15 minutes at a time. Once your time expires you can login again.
If sleeping in Bangkok Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels inside and near the airport:
- Louis' Tavern Transit Hotel Dayrooms - Located inside the airport, Airside, 4th Floor, International Departures Hall, Concourse G.
- Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - 10-minute walk from the airport or free airport shuttle. They offer day rooms and 24-Hour Flexi -check in at any time and check out 24 hours later.
- YHA Bangkok Airport Hostel - (4 min from the airport) No airport shuttle.
- BS Residence Suvarnabhumi - (5 min from the airport) 24-hr free airport shuttle. Day rooms available for use from 9:00am to 5:00pm for 600 THB.
- Plai Garden Boutique Guesthouse - a budget hotel located 5 minutes from airport. 24-hour airport shuttle.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotel deals in Bangkok on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Cash machines are available in Terminals 2, 3 and 4.
- Children's Play Areas - Location: near the transfer lounges in Concourse B and D (west side)
- Currency Exchange - Location: Concourse D, B Floor.
- Food & Drinks - Information not available
- Information Desk - Information not available
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Location: Left Luggage Baggage Service Center, 2nd Floor, Arrival Hall, Baggage Claim and 4th Floor, Departure Hall, behind check-in counter Q. Rate: THB 100 per bag per day.
- Mobile Charging - Information not available
- Prayer Rooms - Location: Terminal 3, Airside and Landside
- Rest Zones - the airport has a few rest lounge areas with comfortable reclining chairs on the third floor, Concourse B and D (on the west side).
- Showers - Showers are available in the Louis' Tavern Transit Hotel and Louis' Tavern CIP First Class Lounges in the International Terminal, Airside, Concourse G, Airside, Level 4 (West Side) and Level 3 (West Side). [ see Airport Lounges and Airport Hotels above ]
- Sightseeing Tours - If you are in transit, you can take advantage of 4, 5 and 7 hour tours in Bangkok. The tour desks are located on the Arrivals Level, Concourse C/D and D/E intersections.
- Smoking Room - Location: Concourse D, 2nd Floor, landside
- Spa - Location: Terminal 3, Airside and Landside
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Five BMTA local bus lines operate from the Public Transport Center. Fares range from THB 24 - 35. The bus routes are:
- 550 > Suvarnabhumi to Happy Land (5:00AM - 12:00AM)
- 553 > Suvarnabhumi to Samutprakarn (5:00AM - 10:00PM)
- 554 > Suvarnabhumi to Rangsit (4:00AM - 10:00PM)
- 555 > Suvarnabhumi to Rangsit (runs to 2:00AM)
- 558 > Suvarnabhumi to Samae Dam Garage (hours not available)
Bor Khor Sor regional buses serve the airport from the Public Transport Center. Flat-fare tickets can be purchased from the service counter, open from 5:40AM - 9:00AM.
Car rental service is available 24 hours on the 2nd floor of the passenger terminal, Gate 8. The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Bizcar, Budget/World Class, Hertz/Paragon, National (open 8:00AM - 10:00PM), Sixt and Thai Car Rental.
A free shuttle bus service operates between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports from 5:00AM - 12:00AM. The bus from Don Mueang Airport will drop passengers at Gate 5 on the 4th floor of the passenger terminal.
The airport operates a free shuttle bus service on airport grounds. Passengers can use one of four different shuttle lines to reach the Public Transport Center, Rachathewa Police Station, Novotel Airport Hotel and the airport’s other terminals and parking lots. Lines A and B run from the 1st floor of the passenger terminal (Gates 1 and 10). Lines C and D run from the Departure Terminal (4th floor, Gate 5) or the Arrivals Terminal (2nd floor, Gate 5).
Limousine service is available 24 hours a day at the airport. A range of chauffeur-driven luxury class sedans and SUV’s are available for hire from the Airport Limousine Service Counter on the 2nd floor at Baggage Claims and Arrivals Halls exits. Rates are charged according to the distance travelled, and all vehicles are equipped with GPS for passenger security.
Public Van Service
Several public van routes operate from the airport’s Public Transport Center. Public vans are a shared ride service, charged by distance, with designated routes and destinations throughout Bangkok. Departures are frequent, and van stops are located on the 1st floor of the Arrivals terminal, at Gates 1 and 8. Fares range in price from THB 20 - 45 per passenger.
Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day at Gates 4 and 7 on the 1st floor of the passenger terminal.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is served by three train lines, which operate from Basement B:
SA City Line: Service between the airport and Phaya Thai Station, with six stops along the way. Total travel time from originating point to end of the line: 30 minutes. Tickets cost up to THB 45 (maximum fare).
Makkasan Express Line: Express service between the airport and Makkasan Station (total trip time 15 minutes). THB 90 for a single trip ticket and THB 150 for a round trip ticket.
Phaya Thai Express Line: Express service between the airport and Phaya Thai Station (total trip time 15 minutes). THB 90 for a single trip ticket and THB 150 for a round trip ticket.
Airport Transportation: Getting Around
For travel within the Suvarnabhumi Airport complex, shuttle buses operate 24 hours. There are 4 lines each with different stops. For routes and schedules, visit the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi web site.
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Last Updated: 09 April 2015
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