For many travelers and most of the backpackers there is no question where to stay on their trip to Bangkok: Infamous Khaosan Road. Even though it takes longer to get there than to BKK”s city center districts, Sukhumvit and Siam, it’s the legendary status that Khaosan has with it’s crazy nightlife and cheap accommodation. Now here is how you can get there from Bangkok’s airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang.
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khaosan Road
If you are arriving at Suvarnabhumi, it’s very easy to reach Bangkok’s Phaya Thai station (which is closest to Khaosan) with the Airport Link train. The station is located in the basement of the arrival/departure hall. There are two different trains:
- City Line Train: one way fare 45 baht, 25 minutes, 7 stops
- Express Train: one way fare 90 baht (round trip 150 baht), 17 minutes non-stop
Both of these trains operate in 30 minute intervals from 6am to midnight. So there is a train service every 15 minutes, alternating city line and express train.
From Phaya Thai station, take bus no. 59 (7-8 baht) which stops right in front of the station and takes you all the way to the democracy monument. From there you basically just have to walk straight for 300m (same direction as bus is going), cross the main street, walk into Tonao Road and after 50m you’re at Khaosan Road. If it’s your first time you might have to ask someone in which direction you have to walk. Of course you can also take a taxi for this second leg from Phaya Thai to Khaosan Road and the metered fare is just about 80 baht.
If you take a taxi all the way from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khaosan Road it costs about 250 baht, depending on the traffic. I wouldn’t recommend that as the airport link train is so easy, quick, efficient and cheap.
Don Muang Airport to Khaosan Road
There is no such frequent airport link train from recently re-opened Don Muang Airport it’s not a bad idea to take a metered taxi to Khaosan which costs about 250 baht. If you still prefer going via public transport, here is how:
You can take the public bus no. 59 outside the airport which takes you all the way to the Democracy Monument, from there it’s 3-5 mins walk to Khaosan Road. The fare is 8 baht.
Or you decide to take the commuter train from Don Muang Station to Hua Lamphong Main Railway Station. The trip only costs 5 Baht (3rd class seat) and it takes about 40 minutes to get there. The problem is that the services are not frequent at all (every half an hour or so) as they are coming from the long trips of the north and north-east of Thailand so in the worst case you might end up waiting for one hour or so. From Hua Lamphong Railway Station you can take bus no. 53 that takes you to the democracy monument (7-8 baht) and same scenario, five minutes walk and you are at Khaosan Road. A metered taxi from Hua Lamphong to Khaosan Road costs 60-80 baht.
Safe trip and have fun at Khaosan Road!