Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Link

The Suvarnabhumi Airport's Link is already started its services from August, 2010 with special discount fares offered until the end of 2010, shortening travel times for inbound and outbound air travellers as well as easing arrivals and departures compared to existing airport transport. 

It is connecting downtown Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi airport with trains now running from 6am to midnight. The Airport Link can carry up to 50,000 passengers a day.This rail link will help ease traffic, lower pollution and make it easier for the public, according to the government officials. The Airport Link's City Line runs every 15 minutes and the Express Line every 30 minutes. The trains have a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. Passengers using the City Line pay a flat rate of 15 baht for a trip during the promotion period. Fares will range from 15 baht to 45 baht, depending on the distance travelled, after Jan 1, 2011.

The Express Line is a 15-minute non-stop journey between Makkasan and Suvarnabhumi and the fare is 100 baht per trip. However, the fare will be raised to 150 baht after the check-in system are fully set up at Makkasan station. The Airport Link's luggage service is not fully set up yet. The State Railway of Thailand expected it to be operational before the end of this year. People with many bags may have some difficulties during the check-in process. 

Express Train takes 15 minutes from the City Air Terminal (Makkasan) train station. This service will connect to the city’s mass transit subway system. Passengers will have the opportunity of checking in their luggage at the City Air Terminal, before boarding the express train to Suvarnabhumi airport. The City Line will make eight stops throughout the city, taking 30 minutes to travel the 28 kilometers (17 miles) to the airport and linking with both the Subway and Sky train systems in Bangkok. 

Subway Link: Phetchaburi station for MRT (subway) Blue line 
Sky Train: Phayathai Station for BTS Sukhumvit line. 
Is it better than taking a taxi? 
To find out watch this video on “You Tube” by www.thai-faq.com

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