I will be traveling from Vietnam to Thailand arriving at Don Mueang International Airport.

How can I get from DMK to Sathorn Road and how much would it cost if I take a taxi?

  • Sathorm Road? Are you sure? In Bangkok there is a street called Sathon Road, but I can't find any "Sathorm Road". What's the exact address you are looking for?
    – Ivan
    Mar 2, 2013 at 23:45
  • @Ivan: Thai is one of those languages with many many ways to write a word in the English alphabet. It's very possible these are two ways to spell the same road. Mar 3, 2013 at 0:34
  • @hippietrail: That's true, but when I stayed in Bangkok I had a lot of problems with taxis because they don't "understand" where I want to go. May be, the op should ask to get the address in thai characters.
    – Ivan
    Mar 3, 2013 at 21:53
  • Sathon is definitely the same as Sathorn, it's a major road/district and they're both readings of สาทร. Mar 4, 2013 at 3:00

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Get in the official taxi stand queue just outside the airport doors and give the person at the counter the address you're going to. They will tell you how much it will cost (or more likely the ride will be metered - it won't matter much either way, as Bangkok taxis are cheap). They will give you a docket, and point you towards the taxi driver who will take you.

Politely ignore any hawkers who try and convince you to go with them in their private car or "taxi". They'll want a higher price. Just go to the official taxi stand queue.


The sensible answer is "taxi", and I hope you have a more exact address because Sathorn Rd is rather long. There are a number of large hotels there, so eg. "Banyan Tree Sathorn" should get the message across, and the taxi dispatchers at the airport will translate English to Thai for the driver.

Personally, though, if I was travelling lightly and looking to save a few bucks, I'd hop on any bus running south underneath the elevated road next to the airport and tell the ticket seller "Chatuchak" as my destination, the fare will be ~20 baht depending on the bus type. Get off at Chatuchak near the Phayonyothin Rd intersection and board the MRT (rot fai tai din), then take it all the way across town to Lumphini station (fare 40 baht). Ta-dah, the northern end of Sathorn Rd, cheaply and without traffic jams. Alternatively, to get to the southern end, go one more stop to Si Lom, change to the Skytrain and go to Surasak.

But I know Bangkok well and speak some Thai, whereas you probably don't, so just take the taxi. ;)


Taxi is always an option, should be around 200 Baht, depending on the traffic. If you arrive during rush hour, it can climb to a much higher price, of course. Here is a quite nice calculator. However, it does not take traffic into consideration.

If you do not mind waiting in the traffic and want a cheaper solution, you can also take the bus No 29, will cost only 18 Baht to the center, but then of course you will have to find and take another taxi to get where you want to, but it stops on sathorn, depends only how far your actual place is from the stop. Check this for the route.

Alternatively, you can also take a train, you will have to walk 500 meters to get to the station. It will be cheaper and you will not have to face the traffic. But it is very slow and does not run often. For the relatively short distance this might be not recommended.

  • That train route you offer looks like a bus route (bus routes are numbered, but train routes not). There's no train stations out by Don Muang. I think your first option is the best (and almost only) option for Don Muang airport: taxi.
    – sobri
    Mar 2, 2013 at 12:44
  • @sobri Pretty much every website describing the airport talks about the train station. It's across the highway.
    – uncovery
    Mar 3, 2013 at 12:18
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    Okay I looked it up. It's actually the intercity train. Runs every hour, if you're lucky, and takes an hour. We're not talking BTS or MRT here, we're talking proper old school. So technically, yes there is a train, but it's definitely not what people would expect, and not recommended.
    – sobri
    Mar 3, 2013 at 18:34
  • @sobri I guess it depends on people's budgets. changed the text accordingly.
    – uncovery
    Mar 3, 2013 at 22:26

As mentioned in Which transportation is best from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin?

I have used www.bangkokshuttle.com several times to get from the airport (BKK) into downtown Bangkok, but they also serve DMK. Clean, quick, and hassle-free.

DMK to downtown currently costs 1,100 Thai Baht. (Updated 1/1/2017)

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Bangkok Shuttle other than as a satisfied customer.

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    1000 baht is at least five times the price of a taxi, possibly closer to ten times.
    – sobri
    Mar 3, 2013 at 18:36
  • @sobri True, but it's another option to get from DMK to downtown.
    – arboc7
    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:45

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