Cheapest time to fly to Bangkok
Since Bangkok is one of the hottest cities in the world, the best time to visit is when the weather is at its coolest – typically 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, try to avoid Christmas and New Year’s Eve if you can, and make sure you book at least eight weeks in advance.
Best time to book your flight to Bangkok
Flights to Bangkok are cheaper during the low season. This can also be a good time to pick up last-minute deals on flights. If you want to travel during the peak tourist season, when the weather is best, you should book flights at least two to four months in advance. This will give you the most choice and flexibility on both routes and prices. 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's also the largest and busiest airport in Thailand
. With long space-age corridors of glass and steel, this bright and airy airport is one of the most Instagrammable 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
both offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
. TUI Airways also provide direct flights to Bangkok from Birmingham
, London Gatwick
. 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 fly from several airports across 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 Bangkok Airport. Located around 30 kilometres from the city centre, the time it takes to get into the city by road can vary, 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, then 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. 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. Although it's often seen simply as a gateway to the country’s paradise beaches, many come for the city’s culture and nightlife too. Sites, like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the one-time residence of the Thai monarch) and the Banglamphu District (a leafy, traditional 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.