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

Well, if you want to give the airport shuttle to the Transport Centre a skip, then you can take the Airport Express (can we call this the dedicated airport bus?) which provides air-conditioned bus service between Suvarnabhumi Airport and- ahem! first-class Bangkok hotels! Not much of a help for us backpackers, right?

Pick up area is at the Arrivals level - 2nd floor (inner curb)and the drop off area is at the Departures level - 4th floor (inner curb).

dana

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

I had planned on going to Myanmar in early October but after the Thai governement kept insisting on this Sep. 28 opening of the new airport, I changed my mind and pushed my trip up to early September (I leave later this week). Why? Because I absolutely dread having to undergo the ordeal of trying to get to and from the new airport. I'll let them sort out the opening week/month glitches and other annoyances, and then maybe I'll use it...next year! Seriously, I'm postponing any and all trips until I feel confident that getting to and from this airport is not going to be an excercise in transportation torture. Hmm...that rail link should be ready in another 2 or 3 more years, right?

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

Hi Donald,

I think the bigger hassle will be for those flying into the new airport!It'll be a bit like "feeling your way in the dark"...Anyway, I think you've made a point - avoid all the possible hassle. As for me, it's the case of Don Muang for my departure to Yangoon (Sept 23), and the new airport on my arrival (Oct 12). Let's see how things work out...

Also, I am told that if you want to skip using the shuttle to Transport centre, you could weave your way out to Novotel (with your trolley half way, using the underpass!), and then hail a taxi from across the road to the city. Cheaper than using the taxi from Transport Centre, it seems!

Anyway good luck on your trip to Myanmar!

Dana

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

Quoting buzzard

I had planned on going to Myanmar in early October but after the Thai governement kept insisting on this Sep. 28 opening of the new airport, I changed my mind and pushed my trip up to early September (I leave later this week). Why? Because I absolutely dread having to undergo the ordeal of trying to get to and from the new airport. I'll let them sort out the opening week/month glitches and other annoyances, and then maybe I'll use it...next year! Seriously, I'm postponing any and all trips until I feel confident that getting to and from this airport is not going to be an excercise in transportation torture. Hmm...that rail link should be ready in another 2 or 3 more years, right?

I modified my Thailand trip so that I could still leave from the old airport on the 27th, figuring that the first week or two at the new airport would be a "clusterfudge!"

;)

"Well, if you want to give the airport shuttle to the Transport Centre a skip, then you can take the Airport Express (can we call this the dedicated airport bus?) which provides air-conditioned bus service between Suvarnabhumi Airport and- ahem! first-class Bangkok hotels! Not much of a help for us backpackers, right?"

If this Airport Express bus stops at the Landmark or the Ambassador I can walk from there to my regular cheap hotel a couple streets over. I am assuming that they will also provide passenger pick-up too like the old Airport Bus did!

Am I right or not, if I am at Sukhumvit Soi 8 or Soi 7, is the direction the bus or taxi takes to the new airport is toward the "high numbers" in the direction of the Ekamai Bus station? Or am wrong and the bus heads for the expressway for a big U-turn?

Coming from Pattaya last time I thought I saw some traffic signs for the new airport.

Thanks

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

Hi Frosty,

Hope this info helps:

The best bet, if you live in central Bangkok, would be to ride a BTS sky train to Victory Monument Station. Then catch a Suvarnabhumi Airport bus, 551, from the old Fashion Mall/Robinson Department Store side. Number 551 will run from Victory Monument, entering Express Way in Din Daeng, via Rama IX and the Eastern Sea Board (BKK-Chonburi) Motorway, to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The fare to the new airport is only 35 Baht one-way, and it does not take long to get there, with the express/motorway and all. Just a reminder, these buses are not really equipped with overhead luggage compartment or any specific storage area for bags. So, if you have big bags or packages you need to carry with you, it's best to call a cab.

dana

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

Hi everybody.....

After probably receiving so many complaints and criticism about public transport from the new airport to central BKK (especially the public metered taxi), the airport authorities now allow the taxi to be able to wait for the passengers at the arrival terminal! However, there will not be more than 20 taxis waiting at a time. Hope that this could help cease worry of many. (I hope that the Thai minister of transport really meant it as he himself annouced this on TV.)

Dana ... Mel is wanting to know what is the bus number that serving between the new airport and Khaosarn Rd. (I really forgot as on that day at the airport I just approached to catch taxi.) Post here or send message to him directly. Thanks.

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

Hello again
All this info is so fantastic. It will spare me so much hassle, when i get to Bangkok.
Would anybody know, which of the busses Dana listed goes closest, to Khao San Road\/
Mel

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

Quoting danalasta

Well, if you want to give the airport shuttle to the Transport Centre a skip, then you can take the Airport Express (can we call this the dedicated airport bus?) which provides air-conditioned bus service between Suvarnabhumi Airport and- ahem! first-class Bangkok hotels! Not much of a help for us backpackers, right?

Pick up area is at the Arrivals level - 2nd floor (inner curb)and the drop off area is at the Departures level - 4th floor (inner curb).

dana

I guess AIRPORT EXPRESS is the new name for the old AIRPORT BUS.

I noticed on another website that there is a direct airport to Pattaya bus route planned too! "Bus Number 389 - Ekamai - Suvarnabhumi Airport - Pattaya - Price approx 120 baht."

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

Hello Frosty
I pressumed, that the busses on the list are regular city busses, that start at the airport.
The old airport used to have regular city busses that went to the airport and then to various parts of the city. I am hoping that is what i will find at the new airport.
This airport confusion will get sorted sooner or later. I have 2 months to get it together.
Mel

20. Posted by Bruce Lee (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

If you need to use a phone at the Survanabhumi Airport, don't go look for a public one. There is absolutely no public phone in the place. I urgently needed to make a call before I boarded my plane last Friday when I left Thailand. Without a mobile, I ran the length of the whole airport, all the floors, and there wasn't a phone to be found. I asked every member of staff I met, and no one knew. When I finally found the Information Desk, the staff there gave me a friendly smile and said sorry, no public phone.

A monumental oversight, or what? A piece of the most fundamental equipment, and they don't provide it! Unblievable!