Many tourists chose to stay near the Pratunam area in Bangkok for the vibrant shopping scene. Besides taking a taxi which will set you back about THB300-400, one can also go from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pratunam by train (airport rail link).
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Getting to the entrance to the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link Station
To get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pratunam by train, upon exiting, get to the first floor (follow the signage), where the entrance to the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link Station is.
Getting the tickets
The tickets can be bought from the ticket vending machines or at the ticket office. There are clear instructions on how to purchase the tickets at the vending machines.
The price of the tickets for the City Line start from THB15 up to THB45. To get to Pratunam, we need to alight at the Ratchaprarop Station and the fare is THB40. There is an option to purchase a single trip ticket or to use the stored value card (smart pass) to top up and pay for the tickets. Note that there are a THB30 deposit and a THB30 issue fee for the purchase of a new card.
Get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pratunam by Train
It takes about 25 minutes (6 stops) to get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pratunam by train. The train runs from 05:31 to 00:00 daily, at intervals of about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the time and day. Get the timetable here.
The train is often filled with both locals and tourists. There are no special compartments to store the pieces of luggage so be prepared to place them in front of you.
Ratchaprarop Station to Pratunam
Upon reaching Ratchaprarop Station, look around for the tall buildings like Novotel, Glow Pratunam or Amari Watergate hotel. Orientate yourself and begin your 10 to 20 minutes (depending on where you stay and how distracted you are by the street vendors) walk to your hotel in Pratunam.
Or simply use Google Map to navigate.
Operating hours: 05:31 to 00:00 daily
Train frequency: 10 to 15 mins
Ticket price: THB40 per pax
Duration: About 25 minutes
Getting from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pratunam by train is a convenient and cheap way, especially if you arrive during the peak traffic hours (Bangkok jams are no joke). However, if you are traveling with a large group or with elders or kids, taking a taxi will be more convenient and cost-effective.
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