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    DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

    Thailand operates several domestic carriers to connect you to most parts of the country. Cheap flights to Bangkok from other destinations and flights out of Bangkok are numerous. There are several domestic airlines operating routes throughout Thailand’s 38 airports.

    BEST AIRLINES FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL IN THAILAND

    All airlines offer special promotions throughout the year on various routes so you’ll find cheap tickets to Bangkok and other destinations if you research online. Prices will fluctuate throughout the year based on seasons.

    Recommended Airlines

    Bangkok Airways

    A boutique airline with private lounges and VIP service, only 5-kilo carry-on allowance but 20 kg checked luggage allowance and advance seat reservation during booking without any extra cost.

    Thai Airways

    A boutique airline with private lounges and VIP service, only 5-kilo carry-on allowance but 20 kg checked luggage allowance and advance seat reservation during booking without any extra cost.

    Low Cost Airlines

    Thai Smile

    A low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, is not a full-service airline but not the bare minimum either. They offer 20 kg checked baggage allowance with meals served on board. Up to 120 days prior to your departure, you can reserve your preferred seat online.

    Air Asia

    A popular low-cost carrier offering cheap and competitive prices. They allow 7-kilo carry-on luggage allowance, but you have to pay extra to check-in baggage, reserve seats, or have a meal. You can select and prepay all these options online.

    Nok Air

    A low-cost airline offering snacks and waters with free Wi-Fi on some routes. They offer the largest variety highest of domestic routes, with wider seats than other low-cost carriers.

    Thai Vietjet

    The newest low-cost airline and flys to 13 different Thai destinations. Their policies are strict especially with check-in times and they will make customers pay extra if carry-on baggage is only over by a few 100 grams.

    Thai Lion Air

    Offers cheap flights and free checked baggage up to 15 kg with optional extras at an additional cost.

    All airlines offer special promotions throughout the year on various routes so you’ll find cheap tickets to Bangkok and other destinations if you research online. Prices will fluctuate throughout the year based on seasons. But the cheapest flight to Bangkok can usually be found using the low wet season. Prices drop significantly and you’ll find great domestic deals to fly to Phuket, along with one-way and return flights throughout Thailand’s most popular destinations.

    Bangkok Flights generally operate from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is the newer main airport. Higher-end domestic airlines such as Bangkok Airways operate flights out of this airport too. But low-cost carriers generally use the older airport Don Mueang.

    Travel to central Bangkok is about 30 km away from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Airport Rail Link City Line is the most convenient and quickest way to travel back and forth between this airport and downtown Bangkok. The rail link station is located in Basement B of the passenger terminal. The travel time is around 30 minutes and leaves every 12-15 minutes.

    Public van is another cheap way to travel to downtown Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The pick-up spot is outside gates 1 and 8 of the Arrival Terminal on the first floor and departs every 20 minutes.

    Taxi is the most convenient option as it will bring you straight to your hotel. Taxis are available at first-floor Passenger Terminal outside of gates 4 and 7. It is recommended to take a metered taxi. Don’t be pressured into negotiating a non-metered fare. This is an illegal practice. Be aware that you will be asked to pay tolls and airport tax which may or may not be included in the price.

    Don Mueang International Airport is the other older Bangkok airport, which is now used for budget airlines and it costs more to travel to downtown Bangkok because it is located a little further out.

    The free shuttle that runs to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang with a travel time of anywhere from 50 minutes to two hours depending on the time of day and traffic. Taxis between the two airports cost approximately 350-450 Baht plus road tolls and airport tax fees.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are domestic flights operating in Thailand?

    Thailand operates several domestic carriers to connect you to most parts of the country. Cheap flights to Bangkok from other destinations and flights out of Bangkok are numerous.

    Which airlines fly in Thailand?

    Thailand operates several domestic carriers such as Bangkok Airways- they are a boutique airline with private lounges and VIP service, the full-service airline Thai Airways, Thai Smile – a low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Vietjet and Thai Lion Air.

    How many airports are there in Bangkok?

    Bangkok flights operate out of two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport, the newer main airport and Don Mueang the older airport. Most international flights to Bangkok will arrive in Suvarnabhumi. Melbourne to Bangkok, Sydney to Bangkok, Brisbane to Bangkok and Perth to Bangkok will all generally arrive in Suvarnabhumi. Flights to Phuket from Brisbane will transit via Bangkok.

    What is the name of Bangkok’s airport?

    The main newer airport is called Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang is known as the older airport.

    Do I need a passport for domestic flights in Thailand?

    Technically you don’t because you are staying within Thailand’s borders, however, domestic carriers will need to see some form of personal identification which is usually a passport for foreign visitors.

    Can you take liquids on domestic flights in Thailand?

    As per Australian flights, any liquids allowed in cabin baggage must be no more than 100 ml each.

    Is Bangkok to Phuket a domestic flight?

    Yes, you can take a Bangkok flight direct to Phuket daily and the duration is 1 hour and 25 minutes. You can find cheap flights and travel deals with various domestic carriers, one way or return. Phuket is also an international airport hub for flights to and from Thailand from various international destinations. Jetstar is the sole airline operating non-stop flights from Sydney to Phuket but other airlines like Scoot, AirAsia, and Malaysia Airlines offer non-direct flights. Likewise, there are no direct flights from Perth to Phuket, but non-direct flights are operated by Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Scoot.

    How far is Bangkok to Phuket by plane?

    Bangkok to Phuket flight time is 1 hour and 25 minutes. Travelling over overland is approximately 840 kilometres.

    What is the baggage allowance on Thailand domestic flights?

    Baggage allowance is subject to the conditions and policies of the airline carrier. Please check directly with each airline for your flight details.

    What time do I need to check-in for a domestic flight in Thailand?

    You will need to check the requirements for your flight with the airline you have booked you tickets with. But usually, there is a minimum 45-minute check-in requirement.

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