Getting to and from Don Mueang International Airport is quite easy, but it can be difficult for first time travelers to Thailand. Bangkok has an excellent transportation system, but the airport is set slightly away from the main BTS/MRT railway lines making it a little more difficult to reach. As of one month ago, is also now possible to reach Khao San Road directly from the airport.
From Don Mueang to Bangkok
Immediately after clearing customs or baggage claim, there are signs in the main arrival hall saying “Airport Bus”. Follow these signs to reach the exit door directly in front of the bus stand.
There are four types of buses that meet at this bus stand. They run from 7:00 am to midnight. The most common one is the A1 bus which runs every five minutes from the airport to the Mo Chit BTS Station or the Chatuchak Park BTS Station. The price is 30 bhat and the bus takes approximately 20 minutes. Most often there is only one stop – the last stop – where everyone gets off. From there, one can easily see where to catch the BTS or MRT. These trains will connect throughout Bangkok.
The other buses – the A2, A3, and A4 – go to Victory Monument, Pratunam Lumphini Park, and Khao San Road respectively. These come approximately every 30 minutes and cost 30-50 bhat each. The A3 and A4 buses also stop in other parts of Bangkok along the way noted in the image below.
From Bangkok to Don Mueang Airport
The most common way to get to DMK Airport from Bangkok is to take the MRT or BTS to Mo Chit/Chatuchak and cross the main boulevard to the side where traffic is heading north. The A1 bus to the airport picks up from the bus stop here approximately every five minutes. The bus stop is just slightly north of the exit for the BTS station. The bus should run until midnight so ignore touts telling you otherwise. There is also a police stand near the bus stop that can help with questions. Sometimes the bus may be extremely full, so if time is not an issue, it is best to wait for the next bus.
Don Mueang Airport Information
I recently had an early morning flight from DMK meaning I would not have been able to take public transportation to the airport at this time. A taxi from Bangkok could cost 600+ bhat so I decided to take public transportation to the airport the night before and stay in one of the many hostels and hotels nearby the airport.
Once at the airport, on the bottom floor there is a small door leading to an overhead indoor tunnel crossing over the main highway in front of the airport. The tunnel door is hard to find because it is unmarked. I found it by poking my head outside the airport to see how close I was to the tunnel. Once on the other side there are many hotel options from cheap hostels to a nice hotel connected to the airport through this tunnel.
Pro tip: One time I arrived to Don Mueang Airport and my flight was delayed by over an hour. Instead of waiting in the main terminal and paying outrageous prices for the food, I used the overpass tunnel to cross over to the other side of the highway. On the other side there is a 7-11 and several made-to-order street vendors selling good cheap Thai food. I’ve also visited these vendors for breakfast before while waiting on layovers between Bangkok and other parts of Thailand.
I hope this guide helps people new to Thailand figure out Don Mueang Airport. If it was useful, let me know in the comments below!