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Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Suvarnabhumi: one of the world's most futuristic and modern airports

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the main entry point for most visitors to Thailand, and the second largest terminal building in the world. The new and very spacious passenger terminal handles all domestic and international flights to Bangkok, with connections to all airports in Thailand, and most major regional and global destinations.

The airport is serviced by a large number of the world’s major airlines including Thai Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Emirates, and is a hub for many visitors to South East Asia as well as a stop-over point for those continuing on to Australia and New Zealand. Accordingly, there are plenty of flights originating in Europe as well as a number of flights either originating or ending in Bangkok that stop in Japan en-route to and from the west coast of the US and Canada.

Bangkok International Airport has one very large passenger terminal, with seven levels and seven concourses. Level 1 houses the bus lobby; Level 2 is the Arrivals area, with Immigration and Customs, Baggage Claim and transfer services; Level 3 contains most passenger facilities and amenities; Level 4 houses the Departures areas; Level 5 is occupied by airport and airlines business offices; Level 6 has restaurants; and Level 7 boasts an observation deck. The seven concourses are labelled A through G, with A and B servicing domestic flights, and C through G handling all international services.

Food and beverage outlets abound and you’ll find restaurants offering fast-food and Thai specialties as well as bars that are open round-the-clock. There is a Thai food court located on the Departures level, between the domestic and international concourses. Duty-free shopping options are plentiful, as are shops specialising in Thai products and handicrafts, and others offering clothing, gift items, jewellery, books and other reading material.

The new single terminal creates plenty of space and natural light

On arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, nationals of most countries will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. It’s best to check visa requirements beforehand to be sure about current requirements, however. Baggage Claim is located on the same level, immediately after the immigration point. The Customs area is situated just beyond the baggage carousels, and only spot checks are conducted.

After leaving Customs, you will enter the Arrivals Hall and will likely be overwhelmed by the barrage of transport representatives and freelancers offering you special deals on transportation to Bangkok or other destinations. It’s a good idea to ignore them and head to Level 1 for the shuttle bus that will take you to the airport’s Transport Centre, from where you’ll find a selection of express buses, public buses and taxis.

ATMs and currency exchange counters are located throughout the passenger terminal, and are open 24 hours. There is also internet service available, although it’s rather expensive.

Getting to and from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)

There are a number of convenient options on offer at the Bangkok International Airport for transfer to Bangkok and destinations in the surrounding area. Choices include airport express bus services and public buses, and taxis and limousine services. The airport is located 18 miles east of the centre of Bangkok, and several major divided highways and expressways link the airport with the rest of the country.

Car hire is also an option if you don’t mind trying your hand at driving in Bangkok’s traffic, and is also a suitable option for anyone planning to visit one or more of the provincial areas. To obtain the best possible rates and ensure that a vehicle is reserved for you, we recommend carrentals.co.uk as an efficient online booking service, having access to all the major car hire companies represented here.

If you choose to travel by public transport, there is reliable and inexpensive service on express and regular public buses that operate from the airport to most of the city’s popular tourist destinations. You’ll need to hop on a shuttle bus at Level 1 first, which will take you to the bus terminal at the airport’s Transport Centre.

The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Bangkok is located in the airport complex, directly across from the passenger terminal, and is connected by a walkway. The hotel features over 600 guest rooms and business and conference facilities.

You can find other airport hotels here.

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