The Suvarnabhumi Airport is located east of downtown Bangkok, with just one terminal, the fourth-biggest single-building airport terminal, handling the area’s domestic and international flights. “Suvarnabhumi” was the name given by the King Bhumibol Adulyadej and relates to the mythical “Golden Land” believed to have been at the central plains of the kingdom. The airport is one of Asia’s busiest and a very popular location for Instagram photos.
Travellers enduring a long transit or wish to stay near the airport may visit the Notovel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, just three minutes’ walk from the airport via an underground walkway. Alternatively, visitors keen to catch a short rest before their next flight may head to the Transfer Passenger Lounges on the third floor, where there’s comfortable chairs and televisions for their entertainment.There are also airlines lounges for travellers with relevant access. Lounge facilities include meeting rooms, quiet areas for working, complimentary food and drinks, plush sofas for resting, newspapers and so on.
Free wireless internet is available throughout the airport, and travellers may access the internet for a maximum of 2 hours each day. There are also internet kiosks, which provide 15 minutes of free internet service each time. Additionally, SIM cards are available for purchase outside the arrival hall. These SIM cards are pre-paid and travellers may choose from a variety of plans which include talk time and internet data depending on how many days they plan to stay in Thailand.
Travellers who are handicapped are encouraged to notify their respective airlines ahead of their actual date of travel, so that special arrangements can be made for them. Complimentary wheelchairs are available from the medical centre of the airport, and electric car or buggy services can be arranged.
There is a huge duty-free area selling items such as cosmetics and skincare, tobacco, liquor and local snacks. Luxury brand names have also set up shop at the airport. Additionally, there are plenty of Thai and Western eateries, including international names such as Burger King, Starbucks and Coffee Bean.
To get taxi out to the city, travellers should head for the taxi counter outside the terminal, obtain a voucher with their destination and look for their driver. Fares are charged by the meter, with an additional fee for toll. Insist on metered fares as some drivers may want to charge a flat rate, which is typically much higher.
The Airport Rail Link is also a cheap and fast option. Travelling from the airport to downtown stations such as Phaya Thai and Makkasan Station takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, opt for the Bus Bor Khor Sor, which takes travellers to different areas in Bangkok and neighbouring cities such as Pattaya or Rayong.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 04 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) website for the latest update of the following information.