How to use the Bangkok Airport Rail Link (ARL)

The Airport Rail Link (ARL) is a rapid transit line in Bangkok, Thailand which travels to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The ARL consists of 8 stations: Phaya Thai, Ratchaparop, Makkasan, Ramkhamhaeng, Hua Mak, Ban Thap Chang, Lat Krabang, and Suvarnabhumi.


Express Line & City Line

Passengers traveling to/from central Bangkok have the option to take the Express Line train, which stops only at Makkasan and Phaya Thai stations. The nonstop service departs every 30 minutes and takes 15-18 minutes

Passengers traveling to/from other stations must take the City Line train, which stops at every station and departs every 15 minutes.

Important Notice: Express trains to the airport are out of service until further notice (est. May 2015). Travel time is increased for City Line trains, so plan your trip accordingly.

Transfer Stations

The ARL connects with the other mass transit systems in Bangkok; the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) and the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT).

ARL Station Transfer Type Transfer Station
Phaya Thai station BTS (Sukhumvit Line) Phaya Thai station
Makkasan station MRT (Blue Line) Phetchaburi station

Ticketing & Fares

There are two types of tickets offered: tokens and Smart Passes. Tokens are often used for one-way trips, while pre-paid Smart Passes are used by frequent travelers and commuters. Tokens can be purchased from ticketing machines at every station and price is calculated when a destination is selected. Smart Passes can be purchased from ticketing booths.

Luggage Check-In

Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways International allow passengers to check in their luggage at Makkasan Station from 08:00 – 21:00 daily. The service is only available to Express Line ticket holders, the luggage must be no heavier than 35kg, and check-in must take place 3-12 hours prior to flight departure.

Other Useful Information

  • Hours of Operation: 06:00 – 24:00 daily
  • Taxi service may be more convenient and economical for groups of 2+

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