Don Mueang International Airport
Don Mueang International Airport is the smaller of Bangkok’s two international airports, and one of the oldest commercial airports in the world. It has been in business for more than 100 years, having been officially opened in 1914 as the Royal Thai Air Force Base. Commercial flights began operating from the airport in 1924.
In recent years the airport has undergone major refurbishments, and in December 1915 the new Terminal 2 building, serving domestic flights, opened for business.
The airport benefits from a good location, approximately 22 kilometres northeast of Bangkok. With a variety of transport options at Don Mueang, getting to Thailand’s capital city after your flight is an easy and simple affair.
Whilst at the airport, there is a host of attractions and facilities such as restaurants, shops, hair and beauty services children’s playgrounds to cater to every traveller’s needs. And if you love looking at planes, you can go to the Observation Deck in the Terminal Building 1 to watch jets as they take off and come into land.
The new Passenger Terminal Building 2 encompasses four floors.
Floor 1: Domestic arrivals, meeting points, car rental company counters, airport limo bus express counter, taxi stand, free shuttle bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport, bus stands, AOT Free Charger at gate 9 and between gates 12-14, information counter and shops and restaurants.
Floor 2: Airline office and Magic Food Park.
Floor 3: Domestic departures, airline counters, information desks, access to Terminal Building 1, tours and hotel reservation service, ATM machines, shops and restaurants, medical services and AOT free chargers.
Floor 4: Shops and restaurants, including Mee Fann Café, Tourus Cafe, McDonalds, Subway, The Pizza Café and Thai Express.
Security Screening in the Terminal 2 Building
To avoid major delays bags are not x-rayed on entry into the terminal building, but after check-in. Your bags will be carried on a conveyer built to the Hold Baggage Screening Room. Go to the window of this room to check to see that your baggage has cleared.
When You Arrive: Domestic Flights
After disembarking, follow the signs to Baggage Claim. You can check the baggage carousel number of your flight on the baggage claim flight board. Once you have collected your bags, or if you have no baggage at all, proceed to the Arrivals Hall on the first floor.
When You Arrive: International Flights
After stepping off your plane follow the signs for Internal Arrivals, Immigration and Baggage Claim. Show your passport at the immigration counter and then proceed to the baggage hall. After collecting your bags, go to the Arrivals Hall on the first floor of the terminal building.
You will need to complete and hand in the Passenger Arrival Document no. 6 issued by the Immigration Bureau. This will be given to you on your flight by members of the crew.
Arriving passengers must pass through the customs area. If you do not have any items for customs declaration pass through the green lane with the “Nothing to Declare” sign. If you have items for declaration, fill in the declaration form and proceed to the red lane with the “Articles to Declare” sign. If prohibited undeclared items are found on your person or in your baggage, they will be confiscated and you will be fined four times the value of each item.
Transport To and From Don Mueang
Although driving in the city can be challenging at the best of times, a rental car gives you the freedom to move around under your own steam when you want. Several major car rental companies operate out of the airport, including Thai Rent a Car, Budget, Hertz and Avis. Book ahead online before your trip to avoid queuing for your vehicle at the airport.
Go to the taxi stand, which is situated in front of the Arrival Halls of the International and Domestic Passenger Terminals. The fares are based on the taxi meter rate as well as a 50 baht airport surcharge. In addition, if the tollway is taken, passengers are required to pay the tollway fee. To give you an idea of prices, the fare for 27-kilometer trip from the airport to the Grand Palace is approximately 220 baht. The price for the 23-kilomtre journey to central Bangkok is about 200 baht. Depending on traffic levels, the journey time to the centre of Bangkok can be between 30 minutes and one hour. Always insist that your driver uses his meter.
The nearest train station is Station Bangkok, situated just 500 metres from the airport. From here, you can board a train for Hua Lamphong (Central Railway Station), which is close to Bangkok’s Chinatown. The trains are every hour and the journey time is typically an hour. Note that because of the relative infrequency of the trains, the carriages can be packed.
Shuttle buses connect the airport’s two terminals and are free.
Comfortable, air-conditioned buses leave the airport from in front of the arrivals area. This is by far the cheapest way to get into downtown Bangkok. Take your pick from a handful of bus lines, which serve several city locations, including some hotels, the Grand Palace and the Victory Monument.
There is also the Limo Bus Express, which operates two routes that run in opposite directions:
Don Mueang Airport – Bangkok – Lumpini Park
Don Mueang Airport – Khaosan Road
The first bus leaves the airport at 09:30 and the last bus departs at midnight. Buses leave every 30 minutes.
The first bus leaves Lumpini Park and Khaosan Road at 4:00 pm and the last bus departs at 20:30 hours. Buses depart every hour.
There are 33 seats on each WIFI-equipped bus and the fare is 150 baht.
At the airport, pick up the bus from outside the Arrivals Hall of the Terminal 2 building.
For more information, get in touch with the call centre on: 09-9191-8800
If you are driving to the airport, you can use the seven-story car park adjacent to the Terminal 2 building. The lowest rate is 20 baht for up to three hours, while a stay of between 8 and 24 hours will set you back 250 baht.
Facilities Inside the Airport
Don Mueang International Airport provides passengers with a host of services, facilities and attractions. Whether you are looking to exchange some money, post a letter, catch up on your emails, search the internet, occupy the kids, shop for bargains or enjoy a meal, there is a lot on offer to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.
There are two banks within the airport. Krungthai Bank Public Company Limited can be found on the first floor outside Terminal 1. Opening hours are Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 16.00 hours. Telephone number is 0-2535-2468.
Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited is also situated on the first floor outside Terminal 1. Its business hours are Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 15.30 hours. Telephone number is 0-2535-3657.
For your convenience, there are also currency exchange services in the arrivals and departures area of Terminal 1. Plus, there are numerous ATM machines in the arrival and departure lounge of Terminal 2.
Free WIFI is available at the airport for up to two hours. All you need to do when you are on the airport grounds is select the following network (SSID): “.@ AirportTrueFreeWiFi”. Then open your browser to automatically access the login page, select the language and fill-in a few personal details such as your name and year of birth. A username and password will be automatically created, and then you are good to go.
Hungry visitors have a few options to satiate their appetite and please their taste buds. There are restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops. They offer a wide selection of meals and snacks for whether you are time-pressed and want something quick or have time to spare and can luxuriate for a while over a full meal.
Pick up some superb bargains on alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics and local products at the airport duty free shops. They are located in the international arrivals and departure areas.
There is also a smattering of other shopping opportunities. Browse Phuket: Pearl Jewellery for its stones, jewels and pearls. Update your look at The Pasco, which sells clothing and jewellery.
Take away a momento of your time in Thailand from one of the airport souvenir shops and pick up a good read from the bookshop. Other shops include a toy store and Boots, which sells cosmetics, personal care products and pharmaceuticals. There is also a shop selling organic vegetables and products.
Airports don’t have to be stressful, but if you find yourself getting wound up, there’s an excellent way to soothe your body and mind. Go to Amax’s in the Public Zone (Departure) FL3 and sit back in the comfortable back massage chairs. Let the machine annihilate the knots in your back and get you relaxed and ready for your trip. You can also pamper yourself with a haircut and a foot massage at Orchid in the Public Zone FL4.
Airports can be pretty boring places for young children, who may have very little with them to occupy their minds. Fortunately, Don Mueang International Airport has thought about that and has provided brightly coloured children’s play areas. There are two of these Kids Zones, one in Domestic (Departures) FL3 and the other in International (Departures) FL3. Let your children run, climb and investigate the play apparatus.
Book tours, find hotels and learn more about what to see and do in Bangkok or Thailand by visiting the airport’s tourist information centres. They are located in the Arrivals Hall and the Departures Hall. Staff members are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your time in the country.
Don Mueang International Airport’s post office is located in the departure lounge, 3rd Floor, north of Terminal 1 and offers a wide range of postal services. Among them are EMS, parcel posts, money orders, bill payments for credit cards, envelopes and post boxes.
The office hours are:
Monday to Friday: 08.00 to 19.00
Saturday to Sunday: 08.00 to 19.00
Annual Holiday and Substitution Holidays: 08.00 to 15.00
The emergency treatment clinic is situated north of Passenger Terminal 1 on the 1st floor. Medical experts are on hand daily between 08.00 and 17.00.
Telephone: 0-2535-1113, 0-2535-1755
AOT Charging Stations
What can be more annoying than sitting on a plane and seeing the battery sign of your portable electronic device in the red? All those films and programmes you loaded up will go unwatched and the computer games won’t get a look in. Check your battery levels before you get on your plane. If you need to recharge the batteries of your mobile phone, laptop or other portable electronic devices, you can use the free charging stations dotted throughout the airport.
Public phones are available for local, national and international calls. The price of a local call is 1 baht for the first three minutes. The fee for calling a mobile phone starts at 3 to 12 baht depending on the destination. Phone cards can be bought at the souvenir shop in the airport terminal. Oversees calls can also be made at the post office in the domestic terminal.
If you need a comfortable place to rest your head, there are lots of different options within and near the airport grounds, including the funky, new Sleep Box Hotel.
The Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel is the only airport that is connected to the airport via an air-conditioned walkway. The conveniently sited hotel features restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and business and convention facilities.
You can also enjoy a comfortable stay in the Sleep Box Hotel, which is located in Terminal 2. It first opened in March 2016 and bills itself as the “mini-sized hotel with full facilities”. There are 25 small and stylishly fitted out rooms that are 13 to 15 square metres in size. Each room can sleep up to a maximum of two people and features a bathroom, free water and free WIFI. The hotel also has a lounge and coffee bar. It is a great option, especially if you have an early morning flight and don’t want to feel rushed or panicked.
Rates for the Sleep Box Hotel:
- 1,000 baht for three hours with a 200 baht charge for every additional hour.
- 1, 800 baht full-night rate. Additional person is charged at 300 baht.
The full-night rate comes with a free food coupon that can be used in the Dining area, Lounge & Coffee Bar and the Magic Garden Zone.
There are several other airports situated close to the airport, but not within the airport grounds. They include Take a Rest Donmuang Residence (0.89 kilometres from the airport), Montri Resort Donmuang Bangkok (1.06 kilometres from the airport), Max One Hotel (1.5 kilometres from the airport), the Royal Bee Aparthotel (3.2 kilometres from the airport) and the TK Palace Hotel (4.97 km from the airport).
Other Facilities at the Airport
- Information counters
- Lost and Found Centre
- Smoking areas
- Hair and beauty services
Essential Facts about Don Mueang International Airport
Keep up to speed with what’s what at the airport with these fascinating bite-sized facts:
- Don Mueang International Airport was officially opened on March 27, 1914.
- There are two runways.
- Runway 1 is 3,700 meters long and 60 meters wide.
- Runway 2 is 3,500 meters long and 45 meters wide.
- The airport’s two runways can support 60 flights per hour.
- There are 167 check-in counters in the Terminal 1 building.
- Terminal 1 can accommodate up to 16 million passengers a year.
- Terminal 2 can accommodate 2,000 arriving passengers every hour and 2,500 departing passengers every hour.