Bangkok Airport Rail Link is Bangkok’s Mass Transit System, connecting the main airport of the city (Suvarnabhumi Airport) with the Bangkok city. Taking Airport Rail Link is the cheapest and easiest way to get to the city centre from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Airport Rail Link line covers a distance of 28 km and consists of 8 stations. There's no non-stop express train service anymore and all the trains stop at every station. The journey from the airport to the last station takes approximately 30 minutes.
Bangkok Airport Rail Link Map
Airport Rail Link line consists of 8 stations:
- Suvarnabhumi (station is located at “B” level of Suvarnabhumi Airport)
- Lat Krabang
- Ban Thap Chang
- Hua Mak
- Makkasan (connection with MRT Metro)
- Phaya Thai (connection with BTS SkyTrain)
Airport Rail Link Operating Hours
Airport Rail Link operates daily from 05.30 am to midnight.
Finding Airport Rail Link Station
Finding one of the Airport Rail Link stations isn’t difficult as they all are elevated and can be easily noticed from a distance. There are signs leading to the station as well. Check the map of Airport Rail Link Stations above and find the station which is the closest to you.
Bangkok Airport Rail Link Fare
Bangkok Airport Rail Link fare - the price of Single Journey Ticket is from 15 to 45 THB, depending on the distance.
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The exact fare for your journey can be found on the Airport Rail Link Fare Table at the station (see below).
Buying Airport Rail Link Ticket
There are few ways to buy Airport Rail Link ticket but the most common way is using Ticket Vending Machines. All these machines accept coins and banknotes.
These Ticket Vending Machines are easy to use as you can choose between English and Thai language on the touchscreen. Then you just need to choose your destination and a number of tickets. The exact fare will appear on the screen.
You need 1, 5, 10 Baht coins or 20, 50, 100, 500 Baht banknotes as 2 Baht coins, satangs and 1000 THB banknotes are not accepted. Insert coins and banknotes into dedicated slots.
When the amount inserted will reach the required fare, your ticket (token) and change will fall down into the chamber below. Take the token and your change if any.
You can also buy your ticket from Airport Rail Link Station Ticket Office. Just stand in a queue, proceed to one of the windows, tell your destination, pay money and you will get a token and change.
Update! From the 1st of November 2018 Airport Rail Link train tickets are no longer being sold at the ticket office and must be purchased from Ticket Vending Machines!
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However, it is possible to purchase a Store Value Card (Smart Pass) - a smart card which can be stored and topped up value for multiple rides, but if you are visiting Bangkok only as a tourist for a short stay it’s not worth it. Stored Value Card can be bought and topped at any Airport Rail Link Station Ticket Office. The card can also be topped up using Ticket Vending Machine.
Using Airport Rail Link Ticket
When you get your token, proceed to the metallic gates. Green arrow signs indicate entry points - you need to choose one of them.
Touch your token to the indicated place on the metallic part of the gates. The red gates will open then. Quickly walk through as the gates stay open for just a couple of seconds.
At the exit you will have to insert your token into the dedicated slot and the gates will open. Don’t lose it!
Taking Airport Rail Link Train
When you enter the Paid Area of Airport Rail Link station, you will need to choose the platform. The platforms are named with the last station of the line (Suvarnabhumi and Phaya Thai). Just choose correct direction and go up to the train by an escalator.
When you will get to the platform, you will notice that Airport Rail Link station platforms have yellow arrows in black background pointing towards the track and black arrows in yellow background pointing from the track. You should wait in a line behind the yellow arrows in black background.
The doors of the train will stop directly in front of the arrows pointing back from the track and passengers will disembark the train there.
There’s a map inside the train above the door showing stations on the line. The name of the next station is clearly announced in advance so you have time to prepare for disembarking the train.
If you will choose wrong direction or miss your station, don’t worry and just swap platforms at the next station. You don’t need to buy a new ticket if you just change platforms and don’t leave the station.
Tips on Using Airport Rail Link
Finding Airport Rail Link station at Suvarnabhumi Airport is easy – check our detailed guide How to Take Airport Rail Link from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
If your hotel is near Bangkok's MRT, you can change the train at Airport Rail Link Makkasan Station to MRT Phetchaburi Station.
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
What is the best area to stay in Bangkok? You should choose one of the areas well connected with Airport Rail Link, MRT or BTS as it can really save your time. Our recommendations for choosing the right area to stay in Bangkok can be found here: Where to Stay in Bangkok - Guide to Bangkok Best Areas.
Check our Frequently Asked Questions about public transportation in Bangkok and ask your own question if it's not answered there yet.