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Air Travel: Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (pronounced "Su-wan-na-poom") is 30 km (18 miles) southeast of the city. Bangkok's old international airport, Don Muang (now dubbed DMK), which is 25 km (16 miles) north of the city, now offers domestic flights.
Do not accept any offers from taxis that want fixed prices or refuse to turn on their meters. A taxi-meter fare into Bangkok will run about B250-B300 maximum, plus any expressway charges if any.
Taxis, cheap and available 24 hours, are the most convenient way to get between downtown and the airport. Get your taxi by heading to one of the taxi counters on Level 1, near Entrances 3, 4, 7, and 8. State your destination to the dispatcher at the counter, who will lead you to your taxi. Allow 30 minutes to 1½ hours for the trip to or from your hotel, depending on traffic. Don't forget to get Thai baht at the airport, as you'll need it to pay for your taxi.
The new Airport Link sky rail is now fully operational and is the best option during rush hour. The express train takes 15 minutes to the Makkasan Terminal (where baggage check-in is available for returning to the airport) next to the Phetchaburi MRT subway stop and costs 150 baht. There is also a local train that takes 23 minutes and finishes at the Phaya Thai BTS Station, convenient for those staying on the Skytrain line. Go downstairs to find the entrance to the system.
The Airport Bus Express is also an option, and it costs about 40% less than a taxi (if you're alone; the cost for two is about the same as a taxi or more). The bus runs from 5 am to midnight. Head to the Airport Bus Counter on Level 1, near Entrance 8. The service, which costs B150, operates four routes; ask at the counter which route to take to reach your hotel. Route AE1 serves the Silom neighborhood. Route AE2 serves Khao San Road and the Old City. Route AE3 serves Sukhumvit, and Route AE4 serves Hua Lumphong, the city's main railway station.
Bus Travel: Bangkok has three major terminals for buses headed to other parts of the country. The Northern Bus Terminal, called Mo Chit, serves Chiang Mai and points north. The Southern Bus Terminal, in Thonburi, is for buses bound for Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Phuket, and points south. The Eastern Bus Terminal, called Ekkamai, is for buses headed to Pattaya, Rayong, and Trat provinces. There are also minivans to nearby destinations like Hua Hin, Cha Am, Pattaya, Kanchanaburi, and elsewhere, leaving from Victory Monument, and a far closer and more convenient option than making the long haul to the Southern Bus Station.
Bus companies generally sell tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. This is seldom a problem, as the service is so regular that the next bus is sure to depart before long. The air-conditioned orange 999 buses are the most comfortable, along with any services from Nakhon Chai Air. Blue VIP buses, though not quite as luxurious, are the next-best option.
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