Getting from the airports to the city always seems to be the most expensive commute and also the most time consuming especially in some of the larger cities in the world. This rule applies to Bangkok too. While, the more popular Suvarnabhumi airport has an airport express train service that connects to the Bangkok skytrain network, the other Don Mueng international airport doesn’t seem to have any such express train service. For all those who fly Air Asia or the other low cost airlines or are flying domestic routes in Thailand, this is the airport that they use and I hope this post will help those travelers find some effective ways to commute from the downtown part of the city, especially the famous Khao San road and the airport and vice versa.
There are 4 broad options to make this commute:
1) A taxi from Don Mueng international airport to Khao San road. This should cost you between 300 and 400 baht depending on traffic conditions. It will work cheaper per head if you can share the cost with someone else. This will also take a long time if you arrive during the day.
2) A shared van from the airport to the city should cost you 150 to 200 baht. This option will take you the most time as you will have to wait till the van is full and when you do the return trip from Khao San to the airport, the van will invariably pick up all the guests from their different hotels around the city and this will take a lot of time.
3) You can take a taxi or bus to the nearest sky train or the Mo Chit sky train station and from there take a sky train to Siam central. From here, a taxi should cost you 70-100 baht, depending on traffic.
4) The cheapest option is to walk out of the airport while following the directions for the railway station. At the Don Mueng railway station, buy a ticket for either Samsen station or Bangkok (Hua Lumpong) railway station. This ticket should cost you 5 baht and there is a train running every 20 minutes. The journey to the final destination should take about 40-45 minutes. From here, you can take a taxi to Khao San road for 50-60 baht.
I hope you find this information helpful and I hope it helps you save some money while traveling from the Don Mueng airport to Khao San road and vice versa.