The quickest way to get to Ubon Ratchathani is by air. The flight time runs around one hour. Many people use air to get here. There are currently ten flights a day to get you to and from Ubon. If you want to fly here you should find a flight that fits your needs. Happy Flying.
Ubon Ratchathani International Airport
Ubon Ratchathani International Airport is a small, typical Thai airport. It bears the name international because in the past there were flights from Ubon to Viet Nam but that service was cancelled a few years back.
Thai Smile Airways flights to and from Ubon Ratchathani and Bangkok orignate or terminate at Suvarnaphum International Airport. Nok Air flights and Air Asia flights orginate and teminate at Don Mueang Airport.
If you are flying only domestically you can get to town from Don Mueang by taxi or bus. If you are connecting to a flight from Suvarnabhum Airport there is a shuttle but or you can catch a taxi. If you are coming from town or returning to Bangkok at Suvarnabhum you can get a taxi or but or, my favorite, catch the City Line from downstairs. The City Line takes about 40 minutes at a fare of 45 Baht per passenger.
After you arrive in Ubon you will get off the plane either by mobile stairs on the tarmac or by way of one of the two gates. After collecting your checked baggage you will exit the baggage claim area. To your left is Chao Wattana Car Rental and limosine service and another limosine service. Budget car rental is just to the left of the exit. You can rent a car or just get transportation to your destination. Also, now there are metered taxis in Ubon but they are not allowed to enter the airport to pick up fares. They wait just outside the airport entrance.
To your right down by the exit on the left hand side you will find information and Tourist Police. Staight ahead from the baggage claim area is the exit. Waiting out the doors are the hotel shuttle service drivers. If you are staying in one of the larger hotels they should have a van to take you to your hotel.
Futher down to the right past the Tourist Police and information booth there are 3 shops for you to get a quick bite to eat whether you are just arriving or awaiting departure. There are also a couple of ATM machines if you need some cash.
If you are arriving in Ubon and already have reservations or bookings at a local hotel, you will find most major hotels offer free transfer to the hotel from the airport. After you exit the baggage claim area, walk straight out through the terminal exit doors. Just outside you will see hotel representatives displaying signs for their hotel, in both English and Thai.
Thai Smile Airways has two flights a day to Ubon Ratchathani, in the afternoon. They are fairly reliable and the fares are mostly set. There are promotions from time to time.
Flights for Thai Airways originate from Suvarnbhum Airport in Bangkok. So if you arrive in Thailand at Suvarnabhumi International Airport you will have to get transportation to Don Mueang to get your flight to Ubon.
You can check their website at Thai Smile Air.
Air Asia is a "no frills" airline. Their slogan is, "Now everyone can fly." Their fares vary according to supply and demand and also when you purchase your ticket. The flights are open seating, not assigned seating. You can take any vacant seat once you board the aircraft. If you want snacks or drinks on board you must pay for it.
Ubon is serviced with two flights a day to and from Bangkok. The service originates in Bangkok at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Although, Ubon airport is still just domestic, Air Asia now offers flights to and from Chiang Mai and Phuket. Air Asia is set up to you can buy your tickets online, at a travel agent or at any Air Asia office. There is also a booth at Sunee Grand Hotel on the ground floor next to Watson's.
All Air Asia flights to and from Bangkok are via Don Mueang Airport. If you want information about other flights or purchase tickets online you can visit their website at Air Asia.
Nok Air, another "no frills" airline. Their slogan is, "We Fly Smiles." Personally, I would rather fly an Airbus A380, 737 or even a wing and a prayer than a smile. They offer three classes of fares. Eco which is low cost but cannot change the ticket, Flex which gives you the option of changing withing 90 days of purchase and Premium. The fares vary accordingly, from 1700 Baht to over 3000 Baht.
Ubon is serviced with six flights a day, morning, afternoon, and evening. Nok Air flights originate and terminate in Bangkok at Don Muang Airport.
You can check their website at Nok Air.
Coming soon to Ubon Ratchathani is a small airline named Kan Air. They are headquartered in Chaing Mai. They will be providing flights between Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani for a price beginning sometime in August '14. They plan to schedule two flights per week on Friday and Sunday. If you want to know more about this service you can do a search for Kan Air and get all the information, to include fares and schedules.
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