Getting from Bangkok airport to city center is very easy. Getting to Khao San Road? Same as easy. Khao San Road is one of the Bangkok’s most popular areas for tourists. Like in every major city in Bangkok there are several options, how you can travel from the airport to city center. And Khao San Road is near the city center. If you want the easiest way, then you will need to choose between taxi, private airport transfer and express bus.
In case you are 2 or 3 people traveling together, then private airport transfer or taxi might be even better choice for getting from Bangkok airport to city. A taxi ride from the airport to Khao San Road should cost around 350 – 400 baht.
But if you are alone, then Bangkok airport bus will be much better choice for you. At the airport just look for the bus S1. This bus will take you all the way from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is the main airport in Bangkok, to Khao San Road. Get off at Democracy Monument. That’s a short walk away from Khao San Road. One way ticket costs only 60 baht (about 1.7 EUR/USD). It’s cheap, but it may take also 2 hours to get to the destination.
If you want to travel cheap and not that long, then there is one more, even better, option to get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khao San Road.
How to get from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport to Khao San Road? Scroll down to find out.
Best Way to Get From Bangkok Airport to City
If you’re arriving to Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok Airport Rail link, and you’ll beat the traffic jams.
It’s very fast. It’s modern. And it’s cheap.
Its last stop – Phya Thai BTS Station. From where you can take metro (skytrain) to get where you want.
Bangkok Airport to Khao San Road – by Train and Bus (the Cheapest Way)
There are 2 big airports in Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang.
If you are coming to Bangkok from Asia, you may arrive to Don Mueang. If from Europe or somewhere else – Suvarnabhumi, which is the main airport of Bangkok. When people say Bangkok airport they mostly mean Suvarnabhumi Airport. But it’s worth noting that there are two of them.
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khao San Road
At first you will need to take Bangkok Airport Rail link.
It’s a modern train, which will take you to the Phya Thai BTS Station, less than 3 miles / 5 kilometers away from Khao San Road. To find the train look for signs inside the airport! Before getting on the train you will need to buy a ticket (token), similar like on a metro.
One way ticket costs 45 baht. Journey is about 30 minutes long.
Get off at the last stop – Phya Thai!
Now you need to find the right bus stop.
You need bus No. 59. Pay attention, when going out of the Phya Thai station, do not cross the road.
Ok! So now you are outside, standing on the side of the road. Road is in front of you. And Phya Thai station is above you. Go to the right. Bus station is only 600 meters away from you, in front of Century Movie Plaza. At the bus stop there is also written, which buses are stopping there.
Bus ride from this stop to Khao San Road costs around 16 baht.
Total costs: 45 + 16 = 61 baht (about 1,7 EUR/USD).
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Another Option (if the Bus No. 59 Isn’t coming)
If you are waiting for a bus No. 59 for a long time already and there’s still no bus in sight, you may walk to another bus stop (bus No. 12). Continue walking on Phayathai road in the opposite direction you came from (away from Phaya Thai metro station). Walk past the Victory Monument BTS station and continue walking straight ahead, until you reach a large roundabout with a huge monument in the middle – Victory Monument.
It takes about 8 minutes to reach the monument.
Now you need to get to the opposite side of the road. Walk over the pedestrian bridge. When you are on the other side of the road, head to the bus stop which is just the opposite the monument.
Click here for the coordinates – Victory Monument bus stop.
Wait for the bus No. 12. They run frequently – every 5 or 10 minutes, or so. Get on the bus and tell the conductor that you are going to Khao San road or the Democracy Monument.
Get off at the Democracy Monument. Conductor usually tells foreign tourists when to get off the bus. But I still suggest you to use navigation, just in case.
Khao San road is just a few minute-walk away from the Democracy Monument.
Bus ride from the bus stop at the Victory Monument to Khao San Road costs less than 10 baht.
If you want the fastest option, don’t wait for the bus 59 and go straight to the Victory Monument bus stop.
If you don’t want to walk with your heavy bag it’s possible to go there by the BTS skytrain. Get off at the Phaya Thai station (the station you arrive to from the airport), and head to the Phaya Thai BTS station which is in the same building. Follow the signs to get there. Buy a ticket to the Victory Monument from a vending machine or at the counter.
It’s only one stop, and the ticket costs around 16 baht.
Get off at the Victory Monument, and head to Victory Monument bus stop. Use navigation, just to be sure and to find the right exit.
Don Mueang Airport to Khao San Road
Arriving in Bangkok from other countries in Asia? Chances are you’ll land in Don Mueang airport. Is it possible to get from Don Muang Airport to Khao San Road without too much hustle? Yes, it is.
Once you have left immigration and arrived in the arrival hall look for “Bus” signs.
All airport buses pick up passengers at the Gate 6. There are four airport buses:
- A1 – to Mo Chit (Northern) bus terminal;
- A2 – to Victory Monument;
- A3 – to Lumpini Park;
- A4 – to Khao San.
Take the A4 bus to get to Khao San road. The bus runs every half an hour. It is air conditioned, and it takes around 1 hour to get to Khao San (depends on the traffic).
Bus ride from Don Mueang I nternational Airport to Khao San road costs 50 baht.
Should You Stay at Khao San Road
I would say yes.
If only you aren’t coming to Bangkok to live there, or to stay for a month or two. When it might be too tiring to be in such a lively neighborhood for too long. Otherwise it’s just a really good location, from where to explore Bangkok. What to do in Bangkok? If you need tips check out this list of interesting things you can do in Bangkok.
Everything always is just around the corner.
And, nope, it’s not that crazy loud if you are worried. Just don’t stay in a hotel or hostel on Khao San road itself. Book something one or two blocks away, and you will be perfectly fine.
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Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.