We took this from the airport to get closer to our hotel near Khao San Road (we took a taxi from... read more
When I was in Bangkok in early May 2017 - I was informed by the Air Link staff that it was not running. Whether this was true just for the day that I was travelling from the airport to the city or whether they have withdrawn... More
When I was in Bangkok in early May 2017 - I was informed by the Air Link staff that it was not running. Whether this was true just for the day that I was travelling from the airport to the city or whether they have withdrawn this service altogether was not made clear. I have a feeling that the express service has been withdrawn because on my return from the city to the airport a week later - the express service was not operating. You are better off travelling from the airport to Makkasan station or Phaya Thai station with the non express train service. It costs 45 Thai Bahts for the journey and it takes about half an hour. (You get a token which you tap on the ticket barrier to gain entry. When you get off at your destination, you insert the token into the exit barrier). Taking a taxi from the airport will cost over ten times more - and you will be subject to traffic jam delays as you approach the city centre. I do not know the cost of a taxi fare from Makkasan to the Courtyard Marriott hotel. In any case, you will still face traffic delays as the rush hour lasts from about 4pm to almost 8pm. I suggest you take the air link train from the airport to Phaya Thai (costs 45 Bahts). Then you take the BTS metro train from Phaya Thai to Ratchadamri. It will probably cost about 25 to 30 Baht. First, take the Sukhumvit line from Phaya Thai (going southbound towards Bearing), and get off at the second stop - SIAM. Then change for the Silom line (going towards Bang Wa) and get off at the second stop - RATCHADAMRI. The hotel is a short 5 minute walk from the station. If you have a lot of luggage, you may consider taking a tuk tuk from the station. Using the Rail Air Link and the BTS metro train system is very cheap, and you will not face any road traffic delays. All metro stations in Bangkok have security personnel - and you could be subject to a security check on your bags before you enter the station. If you take the metro train from Phaya Thai, you could be subject to a security check, although once they realise you are a tourist - you will be allowed through without a check. Tickets for the BTS metro system have to be bought from the ticket machines. If you do not have coins, you can get change from the ticket offices. I don't think you can buy tickets from the ticket office. The staff will only give you change in coins - and you have to buy your tickets from the ticket machines. You get a plastic card, which you tap onto the barrier to gain entry. At the end of your journey, when you exit the metro system at Ratchadamri, you insert the card into the exit barrier, and you get through - the card is retained by the barrier.