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Central Getting in & out

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By plane

Most visitors to Thailand will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's largest airport 15 km (19 miles) east of Bangkok. It is roughly a 45 minutes ride from the centre of Bangkok, but heavy congestion could make that trip into 1,5 hours or more. More information about the airport can be found in the Bangkok article.

The easiest way to get into Bangkok is by Airport Express Bus: the ticketing booth at the first floor sells flat 150-baht fixed-fare tickets to Bangkok's four main districts. You can also wait in line at the queue for a metered taxi at the first floor, a trip to the city costs about 250-400 baht. Always use the official taxi stand though, and make sure the meter is turned on, else you might get in trouble later on. In the future, a train line will open from Suvarnabhumi Airport that directly connects the airport with Makkasan station in downtown.

By car

The Central Plains has good road connections with the east, south, north and northeast of the country.

Two main roads connect the Central Plains with Eastern Thailand. The main road is Sukhumvit Road, also known as Route 3, which starts in Bangkok and via Pattaya reaches all the way to Trat and the Cambodian border. Another route goes east to Aranyaprathet from which the border with Cambodia can be crossed to Siem Reap and Angkor Archaeological Park (but don't even think about driving on the Cambodian part).

From Phuket, Krabi Province and other destinations in Southern Thailand, take Route 4 that enters the Central Plains right after Chumphon. Passing Hua Hin, Cha-am and Samut Songkhram, the long ride reaches Bangkok.

Transport Hubs in Central

Airport U-Tapao Airport
(near Sattahip) - about 50 minutes, 190 baht (2010-03-11), three different companies takes you direct to your hotel, including Bangkok Airs minibusses. No pre-booking required. Ban Phe (gateway to Ko Samet) - about 90 minutes, 150-200 baht; departures typic... more
in Pattaya
Airport From Suvarnabhumi Airport
- the official meter-taxi price to Pattaya is 1050 baht (1100 baht to Jomtien) plus the 60 baht highway ("motorway" or "expressway") toll. Allow around 80-90 minutes in favourable conditions. Scams to watch out for when headed for Bangkok b... more
in Pattaya
Airport U-Tapao Airport
. For more information, contact Bangkok Airways at number +66 2265 5678 or contact a travel agent. From the airport, it is about one hour by car or bus to reach the pier. This way of transportation is only recommended for travellers from Southern Thailand.
in Ko Samet
Airport Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport
There are direct first class buses from/to Suvarnabhumi - departures from Suvarnabhumi are at 08:00 & 14:30, departures from Aranyaprathet are at 09:00 & 14:30. The fare is 187 baht. The Suvarnabhumi Airport bus terminal can also be a good way to connect... more
in Aranyaprathet
Airport Bangkok's Don Muang Airport
To connect with Don Muang, use the MohChit bus services. When going to Aranyaprathet, it may be possible to save time by boarding the bus at Rangsit; the catch with this strategy is that 1st class buses won't stop there if all seats are already taken. When going... more
in Aranyaprathet
Airport Trat Airport
(TDX) is served only by Bangkok Airways from Bangkok. Alternatively (and much cheaper), a 1st class bus service connects Trat directly with Suvarnabhumi Airport (the new BKK).
in Trat

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