The Bangkok Airport Rail Link opened in 2010 and is a welcome addition to the city mass transit system. It operates 18 hours a day and extends 28 kilometers, connecting the Suvaranabhumi Airport to central Bangkok.
It enables international travelers to travel between them in a fast, timely, convenient, and inexpensive manner, thus avoiding traffic jams and the notorious taxi mafia. It also benefits residents of metropolitan Bangkok who never fly anywhere in that it links previously neglected eastern Bangkok with the rest of the city.
There are two parts of the airport link. One is an express train, which runs between the airport and the Makkasan Station without any stops in-between. The other, the City Line, makes six stops between the Suvarnabhumi Station and the westernmost station.
All stations operate from approximately 6:00 Am to midnight.
The Express Train:
the express trains – there are four of them and each train has three passenger cars and one baggage car - cover the distance from the Makkasan Station to the Suvarnabhumi Station in approximately 15 minutes, cruising at speeds of around 160 kilometers per hours.
Trains depart from Makkasan and Suvarnabhumi on the hour.
The cost for the service is 150 baht. This seems rather high when one considers that the cost of the City Line train from Makkasan is only 35 baht and doesn’t take that much longer.
A big selling point of the Makkasan Station is that it is also the “City Air Terminal” and one can do their check-in at this location, BUT only passengers of Thai national carriers can use this service, which means, more likely than not, you can’t! Another problem with this location is that, while there are nice hotels, a MRT underground station, and some BTS Skytrain stations within three quarters of a kilometer or so, walking to these places – especially with luggage – is very difficult.
It is necessary to go to and from these places by taxi or bus.
This location was probably chosen as the western end of the express system because the Thai National Railway, which manages the Airport Link, already maintained facilities in this location and there was sufficient land for adding more facilities.
All riders of Air Link transportation should be aware that neither the BTS Skytrain nor the MRT Underground operates past 12:00 midnight.