Cheapest time to fly to Bangkok
As one of the hottest cities in the world, the best time to visit Bangkok is when the weather is coolest, typically sometime between November and March. This is also when the city is at its busiest, and Bangkok flights are in high demand. To find cheap flights to Bangkok, avoid Christmas and New Year’s if you can and make sure to book at least six to eight weeks in advance.
Best time to book your flight to Bangkok
Flights to Bangkok are cheaper during the off-season. This can also be the best time to pick up last-minute deals on flights. If you’d like to travel during the peak tourist season, book flights at least two to four months in advance. This will give you the most flexibility in routes and rates. Keep in mind that being flexible with dates can lower costs and allow you to snap up bargain last-minute flights.
Flying to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), also known as Bangkok International, is one of two international airports located near Bangkok. It is also Thailand’s largest and busiest airport. With long space-age corridors of glass and steel, this bright and airy airport is one of the most Instagram-able airports in the world. As you might expect from such a modern transport hub, it boasts top facilities for its travellers.
Compare direct and indirect flights quickly and easily with Netflights. Thai Airways and British Airways are both offering direct flights to Bangkok (BKK) from London Heathrow in 2018. TUI Airlines provides direct Bangkok flights from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester. With dozens of airlines from around the world offering indirect flights to Thailand (most with only one stopover in Europe or the Middle East), you can leave from several airports around the United Kingdom.
On arrival and getting around the airport
Bangkok’s airport comprises of three terminals: two international and one domestic. All are connected by free, air-conditioned shuttles. For international flights, check if you’ll be departing from the east or west terminal. For connections to domestic flights, use the second floor on the east side of the terminal. There are many restaurants and shops located within the departure terminals, which include speciality foods and souvenir shops. Free Wi-Fi is provided for up to two hours throughout the airport. On arrival, simply follow the arrival signs; the airport is well-marked. With 83 escalators and over 100 moving walkways and lifts, it’s easy to get around Bangkok’s airport.
Getting to the city from the airport
There are shuttles, public buses and an airport rail link as well as taxis and car rental services available at the airport once you arrive in Bangkok. Located around 30 kilometres from the city centre, the time it takes to get into the city by road varies a lot, depending on traffic. The fastest and cheapest way to get from the airport to Bangkok’s Central Business District (CBD) is with the Airport Rail City Line, which departs every 15 minutes and takes 25 minutes. It’s easiest to take the train to the centre; after that, take a taxi to your final destination.
Why visit Bangkok?
The City of Angels is a frenetic and fascinating melting pot of cultures. In Bangkok, the bustling markets, open-air food vendors and a bizarre mix of Buddhist temples and neon-lit dens capture visitors’ imaginations. Don’t miss the floating markets, where exotic fruits and vegetables are sold from bobbing boats, or the Chatuchak market, which is one of the largest in the world. Bangkok is a city of contradictions and paradoxes, and for travellers with a sense of adventure, it’s non-stop fun.
Spending a few days in Bangkok is an essential part of any visit to Thailand. Despite being seen simply as a gateway to the country’s paradise beaches, many come for the city’s unique sense of fun, too. Sites, like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the one-time residence of the Thai monarch) and the Banglamphu District (a leafy, old-fashioned area), should be on everyone’s itinerary. The Thai people are famously friendly so getting around Bangkok won’t be difficult despite the language barrier.
Don't forget before you fly
UK passport holders are granted a visa exemption if they spend less than 30 days in Thailand. This can be renewed once, although those using the land borders regularly should obtain a visa prior to arrival. It’s a good idea to have some local currency with you upon arrival, although there are also plenty of ATMs and money exchange facilities at the airport.