The Don Mueang Airport Bus Service A1 is a convenient high-frequency bus service linking Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport to Mo Chit BTS Station at most times of the day. Despite being an almost non-stop express bus running via the tollway, it is part of the BMTA network of public buses in Bangkok, and charges reasonable local fares of just 30 Baht (~S$1.36). As the last train of the day had departed from Don Mueang before my arrival, I opted to use this bus service to get to the city since it was still running despite my late night arrival in Don Mueang.
The BMTA airport bus counter outside Gate 6 of Don Mueang International Airport Terminal 1 Arrival Hall.
There are 4 airport bus routes departing from Don Mueang International Airport to different parts of downtown Bangkok, but the A1 bus is the most direct and convenient route for connecting to the BTS Skytrain.
The airport bus stop is clearly marked just outside Gate 6.
The route map of the 4 airport buses heading to Bangkok city. The A2, A3 and A4 are less frequent than the A1, which comes every 5 minutes.
However, I had actually waited about 10 minutes for my A1 bus to arrive.
Boarding the A1 bus at Don Mueang International Airport Terminal 1 Arrival Hall Gate 6.
Don’t worry about the ticket – just take a seat in the bus. The conductor will come around to sell tickets later during the journey.
The view of the bus from my seat. Do note that this isn’t a dedicated bus for travellers, but rather, an actual public bus, so there’s no additional premium facilities on this airport bus. The fares aren’t that premium too, so don’t expect too much. If you are travelling with cabin baggage only with budget airlines at Don Mueang, this won’t be a problem at all.
Departing from Don Mueang International Airport Terminal 1.
The conductor will make her rounds to sell tickets once the bus departs.
The A1 bus will make another stop at Don Mueang Domestic Terminal 2 to pick up more passengers.
Departing from Don Mueang Domestic Terminal 2.
My ticket for the Don Mueang Airport Bus Service A1 from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport to Mo Chit BTS Station. The fare is just 30 Baht (~S$1.36) per person.
Heading up to the tollway.
Queuing up to pay for the toll.
Heading down to Mo Chit via the tollway, which makes for a very fast journey.
Heading down the tollway.
Passing through the complicated Lat Phrao Intersection.
The journey from Don Mueang International Airport to Mo Chit BTS Station took just 23 minutes.
Disembarking from the A1 bus at Mo Chit BTS Station.
The A1 bus at Mo Chit BTS Station. The A1 bus will continue on to Mo Chit Bus Terminal (Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal) where it terminates.
The immediate entrance to Mo Chit BTS Station is a staircase-only entrance. For the unfamiliar, they would climb up to the Skywalk to Mo Chit BTS Station from here.
The Skywalk to Mo Chit BTS Station under the tracks.
The Chatuchak Park MRT Station entrance is just ahead.
Continuing straight to the next exit beside the station building.
This entrance has an escalator, which is a lot more easier to ascend to the station.
Here, I continued my journey into downtown Bangkok by the BTS Sukhumvit Line.
Overall, a quick and efficient journey via the tollway to get from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport to Mo Chit BTS Station late at night, though the bus did not come as frequently as advertised, but the wait was still bearable. I have usually taken the train to Hua Lamphong since my flights coincide with the train departure most of the time, but assuming if there’s no trains connecting smoothly with my arrival, I’ll definitely get this A1 airport bus.