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Flying into Beautiful Bangkok

Dealing with anything aviation-related can be a stressful experience, especially if it means traveling to a foreign city where you don't speak the language, are unfamiliar with the local customs, and don't know your way around. Flying to and from Bangkok, Thailand, can be such an experience. Airports are confusing places, and Bangkok's two airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, are no exception. Hundreds of airlines operate out of these hubs each day. You have to check in, deal with security and immigration, board, and then fight for overhead space in the cabin.
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Worried yet that you won't have a convenient and affordable experience? With a bit of leg work, you can fly in and out of Bangkok unscathed.

How Do I Book a Flight?

Using Hipmunk's search option, you can look for flights to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in advance of your trip. Book at least six months out to get the best deals. The months of April through June, September, and October are the cheapest and least crowded times to visit.

A roundtrip flight in coach class to and from North America averages around $1,100. Europeans and Australians have it slightly cheaper with prices in the $700 range. South America is the most expensive, with flights averaging $1,800 round-trip.

What's the Best Way to Get to and From the Airport?

One source of stress for travelers is figuring out how to get to and from the airport. The Airport Rail Link provides service from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Bangkok's Phaya Thai Station. It's one of the cheapest ways to travel, costing between 15 and 45 baht. If the 30-minute travel time is too slow, you can take the 17-minute express train, which will set you back 150 baht round-trip.

The A1 bus will take you between the city and Don Mueang International Airport. You can pick it up at the Mo Chit BTS station. Running every 20 minutes, this will only cost you 30 baht.

How Do I Travel Between the Two Airports?

If you need to travel between the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, you can grab a seat on the free shuttle, which operates between 5:00 a.m. and midnight. The bus departs on the hour from either airport and takes about an hour to travel between the two, depending on traffic. The trip is 40 kilometers (25 mile) each way. To catch the bus at Suvarnabhumi Airport, go to Level 2 between gates 2 and 3. If you're leaving from Don Mueang, the bus leaves from the ground floor in Terminal 1.

Just remember, you need to have your outbound flight ticket handy to board.

Are There Any Hotels Nearby?

The only hotel located within walking distance of Suvarnabhumi Airport is the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. Just a 10-minute walk away, you can practically roll out of bed to travel between airport and hotel. The hotel also offers a free, 24-hour shuttle service if you want a 5-minute ride.

If you're at Don Mueang Airport, the Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok Hotel is just a 5-minute walk across the street. The hotel provides free shuttle bus service to Mo Chit BTS station. From there, you can take a short train ride to all the sites Bangkok has to offer.

What About Traveling Within the Airport?

Suvarnabhumi Airport is a large airport that covers 8,000 acres. When you first land, chances are you won't be anywhere near immigration and baggage claim. Moving walkways help speed everyone along, but they're often clogged with travelers. There is a shuttle bus service within the airport that's free for passengers and airport staff. It has an express route and four local routes. These shuttles run every 5 to 15 minutes. Try to give yourself some time between transfer flights because you risk not being able to catch them.

Doing your research and planning ahead can help you find cheap international flights to Bangkok. Any last-minute flights, however, will cost much more. Look for flights on budget airlines such as Jetstar. Domestic flights are pretty cheap through AirAsia, which flies in and out of Don Mueang Airport. For instance, a flight from Bangkok to Phuket runs frequently throughout the day and can cost as little as $30 round-trip.

If you're a Star Alliance member, use your miles to fly in and out of Thai Airways Bangkok hub at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Other partners include United Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air China.