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8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

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8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

Flying back from Bangkok to London at the beginning of August. I've read that the sky train only starts at 6am which may be a little late if I need to check in 3 hours before my flight! Is there a bus which runs from the city centre to the airport? How much are taxis roughly? Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: 8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?


A taxi is the best way at that time and should be 350-400B


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2. Re: 8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

The BTS Skytrain does not run to the airport in any case.

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3. Re: 8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

Taxis run all night long. Allow time for the taxi to get there. ( I am always at the airport 2 hours early. )

When you do a forum search you will find many posts asking the same question. If you have never used a taxi in Bangkok take the time to read up on how best to do it! (If you pay a flat rate you pay more than using the meter. And don't expect a taxi driver to have change for a 500 or 1000 baht note.)


Good luck.

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4. Re: 8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

Just ask your hotel to wave down a moving taxi. Emphasise taxi meter.

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5. Re: 8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

What airline requires 3 hour advance airport check-in? In my experience quite a few airlines don't even offer 3-hour check-in other than to premium passengers as a convenience (as those passengers can usually segue to the airline lounge for refreshments, wifi, and reading materials).

I usually check in online ~24 hours prior to departure time. Then, I usually show up at the airport about 2 hours before departure - so a 6AM Airport Link (City Line local train) train would be OK for me for a 0835 departure time.

At that hour my alternative would be a booked taxi. Phone Taxi Radio 1681 (4-digit freephone number) or an alternative, and book a taxi the day previously. I would probably book the taxi for 0530 if I wanted to be early (especially if you are not sure where your airline's check-in aisle is, as Swampy airport will be quite busy at that hour). Have a phone number available for the taxi folks to ring you back with the license plate number of the booked taxi. They should phone within about 10-30 minutes before scheduled pickup time. There is a 20 baht fee for such booking, payable to the driver.

If you just get a taxi at the hotel door, or ask the hotel staff to get one for you - a taxi which pulls up to the hotel entrance to disgorge passengers should work. But at your hour I would not rely on that. (Personally, I would just walk to the nearest section of street that gets a steady flow of taxis at that hour. That could be just in front of the hotel, or could be a block or two away, depending on how conveniently located your hotel is.) Just avoid the hucksters lurking around in front of the hotel - who love to prey on the unsuspecting.

I always have a collection of red 100 baht notes, green 20 baht notes, and 1-2 blue 50 baht notes in my wallet, and also a few coins (in addition to a few 500 and 1000 baht notes). That way I can give them exact change, including for tolls if the taxi uses a toll road - and also have a good supply of small stuff for my return. If you don't plan to return to Bangkok anytime soon, and are trying to run down your baht cash, 350-400 baht, with several small notes, should be OK for the taxi fare plus tolls, if you're starting anywhere near central Bangkok.

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6. Re: 8.35am flight - how do I get to airport?

Taxi the Best.

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