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1. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 10y

Apparently..... The new Bangkok Airport opens on the 28 September and I plan to arrive in Bangkok on the 30th. Again, apparently, it's further away from central Bangkok than the current airport and there is no dedicated expressway or rail link in operation yet - so the commute out there may be ugly. I have also heard (but not sure of the accuracy) that passengers leaving the main terminal will have to take some sort of shuttle to get the taxi stand. Anyone else have info on this possible hassle?

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

I'd also be interested in getting some info on this. I know the new airport has a web site, but frankly, I haven't spent too much time looking at it. Admittedly, I'm lazy, and I've started doubting any information in life that does not come from TP-land. Personal issue.

Can this thread be moved to the Asia Forum; it might get more response? speaking to no one in particular. . .God? Forum God?

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting john7buck

... Can this thread be moved to the Asia Forum; it might get more response? speaking to no one in particular. . .God? Forum God?

God hears you. It's in Asia forum now.

4. Posted by suwannaphu (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y

The new Suvarnabhumi Airport is huge!! It boasts the world's largest single passengers terminal, and the world's tallest flight control tower. And it is built ready for the A380 to land.

I was in one of the first (domestic) commercial flights flying to and from the new Suvarnabhumi Airport on 29 July 2006. Everything was quite smooth regarding the flight operations, except the food/drink outlets - there were a few on that day and could not meet the demand of passengers! There are many, and many more booths and shops that are under intensive preparartion to be ready for the official opening day. Hope that they add more food/drink shops (like in Hong Kong Airport), not just too many souvenir shops as in the old BKK airport at Don Muang. (We cannot eat souvenir when hungry!!)

It seemed that it was faster to travel from central BKK to the new airport than that to the old one - especially those who can access to the new road to Chon Buri (motorway). Once you can get into the motorway, it is just a short ride to the airport. We left Bangkapi area by taxi and it took us less than 1 hour to arrive at the airport. Amazing! But don't take my words as traffic congestion in BKK is very unpredictable and has no mercy to you.

On our way back, like those who are used to the old airport at arrival hall, I felt a bit uncomfortable to take a (free) airport shuttle bus to the so call "Public Transport Center". It's quite long way. There, there are metered-taxi stand that uses the same system as at the old airport, and the Bangkok public bus terminals. (There are around 6 bus routes that serve BKK to the new airport.) The difference is this taxi stand is too far from the main arrival terminal. Those who (are not VIP - see below) come with a mountain of luggages, and want to take public taxi, will not be amused! Imagine, you clumsily upload and offload your big luggages on and off the shuttle bus. No mercy, guy! Ideally, the shuttle bus is for passengers only and I did not see any luggage compartment in the bus (like that on the long distance buses.) (According to airport officials, shuttle bus will leave every 5 min during normal hours, and every 3 min during heavy flight traffic hours.)

I think the reason why they put the public taxi stand so far away from the arrival terminal is those contracted (or mafia if you want to call) limousine companies. These limousine service companies will have their own stand right in the arrival terminal. This means those passengers who have mountain of luggages above will have no choice but take the limousine. Everyone knows it is more expensive than paying to the metered taxi, even plus 50 baht commision. If ones notice at the old BKK airport's international arrival terminal, there are very few arrival passengers (ordinary maybe, NOT VIP) who use the limousine service (because of its pricey fixed fares), but they are happy to wait in the long, long line to get the public metered taxi!

What you can do? Maybe one way you can do is giving your complaint to the Airport Authority of Thailand Company about this issue. Check in the website : www.airportthai.com for more detailed info about the new Suvarnabhumi Airport and send your complaint from there.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

How annoying.
I know u want an answer, to your question, but i hope u dont mind, that i ask one, instead.
Do they at least have the air conditioned buses, to the city. Or even better, a regular city bus? I dont trust airport taxi drivers.
I will be in Thailand, in November. Hopefully, there will be much more from airport transport, by then.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

just read above that there are 6 bus routes servicing between new airport and city centre.
Does anybody know the numbers of these? Can i get the buses, just outside the airport doors, or do i have to take the shuttle bus first.

7. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

There was another article in yesterday's Bangkok Post that further clarified this bizarre taxi system at the new airport. If I understand it all correctly, besides the shuttle bus that will take passengers to the taxi area (a 10-minute journey), and the overpriced limo service, passengers will also have the option of staying at the terminal and asking a "taxi supervisor" to call for a regular taxi. But...since the taxis will all be parked at the station 3 kilometers away, you'll have to wait about 10 minutes for one to show up. Not horrible, but not very convenient. The article (in the Horizons travel section, written by Don Ross) also said that the taxi prices will be much higher at the new airport. The writer says that the one-way limo far will rise from the current 600 to 1,200 baht! Plus, for regular taxis, because the new airport is further from Central Bangkok, and the series of roads and expressways do not provide a direct route, the average fare will most likely be about 300 baht, instead of the current 150-200 baht for old Don Muang. Yes folks, as the new airport opening will show; New and Attractive does not mean the same as convenient or improved.

8. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Some points of interest re: New Bangkok Airport

>The international departure tax will be increased by Bt200 to Bt700 and domestic passengers will incur a Bt100 fee, up from a current Bt50. The increase will be effective from February 1 .

>Based on Sept 1 test flights, AOT found transportation problems in two areas: First, the shuttle buses that were provided to ferry passengers from different sections of the airport were inconvenient for people with heavy luggage. The buses’ door step was too high above the curb.

Secondly, people had difficulty catching taxis from the public transportation center, located 2.5 km away from the main terminal. There were not enough taxis to meet demand.

AOT says the problems will be sorted out by Sept 28.

Well, to be on the safe side, wouldn't it be a wise idea to avoid flying into BKK for a week from the opening?

dana

9. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

just read above that there are 6 bus routes servicing between new airport and city centre.
Does anybody know the numbers of these? Can i get the buses, just outside the airport doors, or do i have to take the shuttle bus first.

This info may be of some help to you .....

Taxi to Sukhumvit Soi 7 should be no more than +20% what is from Don Muang. Travel time will depend on day/time.

Bus information:

Bus 549: Suvannabhum - Bang Kapi

From Suvannabhum Airport, passing Lad Krabang Railway station, Rom Klao road, before turning left to downtown Minburi and then turn left to Serithai Road, passign Suan Siam, NIDA. After reachign Bang Kapi District Office, it turns right to go along Nawamin Road passing National Housing Authority HQ (NHA HQ) and turn right to go alogn Sri Burapha road to pick up those who live in NHA housing. It will end up at NIDA intersection.

Bus 550: Suvannabhum - Bang Kapi

From Suvannabhum Airport, this bus turn left to go along Lad Kabang Road and then going along Onnut road (same road - with different name - change after passing the district boder). This bus will turn right to go along Sri Nakharin road, passing Hua Mark railway station (and Jusco Sri Nakharin), B-Grimm HQ, Lum Salee Intersection, Nawamin road before turnign left to go into Happyland market.

Bus 551: Suvannabhum - Victory Monument

This bus goes along BKK - Chonburi Motorway and then Sri Rat Exptressway (at Hua Mark) before going down to Rama 9 Road, Asok - Din Daeng road, Dindaeng Intersection (near Pratoo Nam) before ending up at Vicory Monument (near Fashion Mall).

Bus 552: Suvannabhum - Rama 4

This bus goes along Bang Na - Bang Pakong Highway (from km 15) passing the Nation HQ, gateway to Ramakhamhaeng U. (Bang Na campus), Sri Iam Intersection, Central City Bang Na and BITEC before turning right at Bang Na to go along Sukhumvit road all the way to Onnut station and then turn left at Phra Khanong Intersection to go along rama 4 road all the way to Klong Toei bus (near Tesco Lotus Phra Ram 4).

Bus 552 A:Suvannabhum - Praek Sa Bus terminal

This bus goes along Bang Na - Bang Pakong Highway (from km 15) passing the Nation HQ, gateway to Ramakhamhaeng U. (Bang Na campus), Sri Iam Intersection, Central City Bang Na and BITEC before turning left at Bang Na Intersection to go along Sukhumvit road all the way to downtown Samut Prakarn (Pak Nam) before turningn left to Sri Nakharin and then turning right to go along Thepharak road and end up at praek Sa bus terminal.

Bus 553 Suvannabhum - Samut Prakarn

This bus goes along Lad Krabang road and then turn left to go along King Kaeo Road all the way to Bang Na - Bang pakong Highway and then turn right go go along Bang Na - Bang pakong highway to Wat Sri Iam Intersection. After that, it turns left to go along Sri Nakharin road and then turn right to Samut prakarn Provincial Hall.

Bus 554 runs from Rangsit via Ram Intra.

This one goes from Rangsit Bus terminal (opposite to Rangsit railway station) and the it turn right go reach Future park and the turn right to go along Vibhavadee Rangsit Highway all the way to Laksi Intersection and then turn right to go along ram Indra road all the way to Fashipon Island Intesection to go alogn Eastern Outer Rihg road to Thap Chang and the turn left to go along BKK - Chonburi Motorway and then turn right to Suvannabhum airport.

Special Shuttle bus: Don Maung Airport - Suvannabhum Airport. This one go along Don Maung tollway before entering to 1st stage expressway. After that, it turns left at Makkasan Interchange to go along Sri rat expressway adn BKK - Chonburi Motorway before ending up at Suvannabhumi Airport.

Hope this helps!

dana

10. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting danalasta

[quote=Mel.]just read above that there are 6 bus routes servicing between new airport and city centre.
Does anybody know the numbers of these? Can i get the buses, just outside the airport doors, or do i have to take the shuttle bus first.

This info may be of some help to you .....

Taxi to Sukhumvit Soi 7 should be no more than +20% what is from Don Muang. Travel time will depend on day/time.

Bus information:

I could have missed it, but is there a bus that goes all the way to the Sukhumvit Soi 5 through Soi 11 area?

These appear to be regular "city" busses, I take it that there is no dedicated AIRPORT BUS any more?

Bus 552 seems to go only part of the way on Sukhumvit, I could be reading this list wrong in my old age. The old Airport Bus system was pretty simple compared to this laundry list.

Looks like the taxi cabs will be making out a lot more now!

Any info on this? Thanks.