There are a total of 32 airports throughout Thailand, only some of which are used for civil transport, as there are many with unpaved runways. Tourists will be interested in the international airport, where they can fly either directly from Europe or Americas with a transfer in Bangkok.
List of airports
Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located in the north of the island with the same name about 32 km from the capital Phuket City. Mostly charter flights from Europe and Russia or Asian low-cost airlines fly here.
Krabi Airport (KBV) is 11 km from the town of Krabi, which is a popular tourist destination. The airport handles domestic and Asian low-cost airline flights.
Koh Samui International Airport (USM) is 2 km from Chaweng Town on Koh Samui. The competition of airlines here is not great and the high prices of tickets correspond to this.
Chiang Mai Airport (CNX) is the main airport in northern part of the country and is located less than 3 km from the city of Chiang Mai itself. There are a lot of airlines flying to the airport and the price of tickets is very favorable.
List of airports in Bangkok
There are two airports in Bangkok. The main international airport is Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. Most likely you will always fly here from Europe or other countries. The second airport is Don Mueang. It originally served as a military, but as Suvarnabhumi could not handle the influx of passengers, many flights moved to Don Mueang. It is mainly used to travel with low cost airlines.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is an international airport located 30 km east of Bangkok. It is the largest airport in the country and also one of the largest in the world. Most flights from all over the world go here.
There are four ways to get to the city, Train, Taxi, Grab, Bus. The train, Airport Rail Link, is the fastest option, the journey takes approximately 45 minutes and runs every 10-15 minutes from the airport basement from six o’clock in the morning until midnight. It will take you to Phaya Thai Station, from where you can take the BTS, bus or taxi. If you need to change to the MRT metro, get off at Makkasan Station. The price of the train is THB 45.
The second option is to use a taxi. The price varies depending on the time of day and the distance traveled, it is approximately TBH 250 to 450. The customer also pays the entrance to the airport 50 THB and the toll on the highway. The journey takes 45 - 90 minutes. Prepare the address where you need to go in advance and check if the taxi driver has switched on the taximeter and is following it.
A third and very popular variant of experienced travelers is Grab. It is similar to Uber. You download the application, enter the address where you want to go and you will receive a fixed price in advance, which you will pay directly in the application using a card or the driver in cash. The price is THB 350 - 600. The last option is to use public transport, buses. There are many lines to the airport.
Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK)
Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) is the second international airport near Bangkok. As it is originally a military airport, there is not yet well-established transport infrastructure, but there are still plenty of ways to get to the center.
As in Bangkok’s main airport, there are options such as taxis and grab, it is the most convenient transportation to the city center. Prices are also quite similar.
The last option is orange buses. Tourists use lines A1 and A2. The price of the trip is THB 30. If you are going to the city center, it is recommended to change to the Mo Chit station, which is connected by the MRT metro and the BTS overhead set. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Both the A1 and A2 buses run from 7 am until midnight.
Line A1 runs every 12 minutes and line A2 runs every half hour.