Jan 29, 2018
For flights from Tokyo to Bangkok a number of options are available to the traveler, befitting of the status of these two major centers for tourism and travel in the Far East. Routes between Tokyo and Bangkok are plied by some of the largest airlines in the region and the distance between the Japan and Thai capitals is such that making the journey either directly or by connecting in another city in the region presents a set of pros worthy of consideration. Here we look at some of the flights available from Tokyo to Bangkok and how much one might expect them to cost.
How far is it from Tokyo to Bangkok?
The distance between these two cities is around, 4,620 km.
How long does it take to fly from Tokyo to Bangkok?
The outbound Tokyo to Bangkok leg of flights between the two cities is typically the longest at around 7 hours to 7 hrs 30 mins. Coming back from Bangkok to Tokyo flight times are a little shorter at around 5 hrs 30 - 50 mins.
In Bangkok, the major carriers land at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), over 10 km east of downtown Bangkok. The budget airlines flying between Tokyo and Bangkok will likely use the older Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), just north of the city’s central districts.
Airlines flying between Tokyo and Bangkok
Many of the regional flag carriers operate flights on routes between the Japan and Thai capitals, however, the flag carriers that had direct flights at the time of research were All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL) and Thai Airways (TG).
Many of the other flag carriers in the region offer some interesting routes, connections, and fares, which may better suit the budgets / schedules of some travelers.
Interestingly, Singapore-based budget airline Scoot, along with Thai AirAsia X also offer direct flights between Tokyo and Bangkok.
How much do flights cost between Tokyo and Bangkok?
Of the major carriers operating direct flights, the cheapest flight from Tokyo to Bangkok that we found was with Thai Airways at around 67,000 yen (615 USD) return. Next was the "Economy Saver" from JAL at around 75,000 yen (689 USD) return.
When we consider that the few direct fares with budget airlines are, at their cheapest, around 63,000 yen (578 USD) return, the Thai Airways fare, and to some extent the JAL fare, are very competitive.
With plenty of airlines criss-crossing a region packed with air travel hubs, it should come a little surprise that, if the traveler doesn't mind connecting, there are plenty of ways to fly from
Tokyo to Bangkok.
Of these indirect flights, Philippine Airlines looks to be offering some of the cheapest, with their "Economy Supersaver" fares coming in at around 45,000 yen (413 USD) return. With some reasonable connections in Manila, this route could be a good choice for many.
Connecting in Beijing, China Airlines and their "Economy Flex" fares can get the cost of flights from Tokyo to Bangkok down to around 56,000 yen (514 USD) return.
(Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport)
Below we break down how much it costs to fly from Tokyo to Bangkok in a little more detail, exploring some of the variety of fares offered by major carriers in the Japan / Southeast Asia region. These costs are based on making bookings around one month in advance, online, directly with the airline. Costs / fares are displayed in Japanese Yen. The codes next to each airline are those issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and are those codes typically used in ticketing and scheduling.
Early summer (around June) marks something of a "low season" for travel between Tokyo and Bangkok, with the April / May "Golden Week" period being the highest. Booking early enough could keep a raise in the cost of flights for this busy season down to around 5%. Leave it late though, and be prepared for your eyes to water, if there are any flights left at all.
Direct flights from Tokyo to Bangkok - flag carriers
Japan Airlines (JL) from Tokyo to Bangkok
JAL operates flights from both Narita and Haneda airports (with Haneda just edging it(?)) to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.
Flight times (out) are around 7 hrs 20 mins. Coming in it's around 5 hrs 50 mins).
Indirect flights to Bangkok from Tokyo with JAL include those with connections in Kansai (Kansai International Airport) and Nagoya (Chubu Airport).
|Premium Economy Special Saver||123,990||n/a|
|Premium Economy Saver||183,990||n/a|
All Nippon Airways (NH) from Tokyo to Bangkok
Even balance between departures from Narita and Haneda. Flights out from 7 hrs to 7 hrs 30 mins. Flights in are from 5 hrs 30 - 50 mins. All flights arrive at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
|Economy Basic Plus||169,590|
|Premium Economy Value Plus||169,590|
|Premium Economy Basic Plus||216,590|
|Business Value Plus||210,590|
|Business Flex Plus||352,590|
|Business Full Flex Plus||482,590|
Thai Airways (TG) from Tokyo to Bangkok
Thailand's flag carrier flies to / from Suvarnabhumi International Airport on its Tokyo route. In Japan, it offers a mixture of Narita and Haneda departures. Flights out (from Tokyo) are around 7 - 7.5 hrs. Flights in, from Bangkok to Tokyo, are around 5 hrs 40 - 50 mins.
|Super Saver Plus||66,910||n/a|
|Royal Silk Flexi||195,830||135,160|
|Royal Silk Full Flex||244,230||169,000|
|Royal First Flexi||349,930||243,100|
|Royal First Full Flex||380,830||264,700|
Direct flights from Tokyo to Bangkok - budget airlines
Singapore-based budget airline Scoot operates what looks to be a single direct flight each day between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Don Mueang in Bangkok, on a 787 Dreamliner.
The costs below are for Scoots “Fly” option (seat only). Packages for baggage allowance, meals, and entertainment range from around 3,500 - 18,500 yen (one way).
Scoot’s connecting flights between Tokyo and Bangkok typically involve stops at Taipei and Singapore.
Thai AirAsia X (XJ)
Thai AirAsia X is a part of the AirAsia X group, handling budget long-haul flights into and out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) -- formerly the major international airport of the city but now playing second fiddle to the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Direct flights with Thai AirAsia X between Narita and Don Mueang International take from 6 hrs 15 mins to 7 hrs 10 mins. There are no direct flights from Haneda (but those with connections in Kuala Lumpur are available).
With Thai AirAsia X's "Low Fare" buy “Value Pack”s and “Premium Flex” packs for around 6,000 yen and 12,000 yen (one way) respectively. These are for baggage allowances, seat selection, meals and other comforts.
Indirect flights from Tokyo to Bangkok
The flight from Tokyo to Bangkok is long enough that making a connection between the two cities is something that some travelers may prefer to do. Plus, in such a dense and well-traversed region, there are any number of reputable carriers and travel hubs to choose from. How much does it cost to fly from Tokyo to Bangkok, indirect?
Singapore Airlines (SQ)
A major travel hub boasting one of the best airports in the world, Singapore is a legitimate place to connect between Tokyo and Bangkok (even if it isn't as "en route" as other cities).
Singapore Airlines operates flights from Narita and Haneda to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Connections at the award-winning Changi Airport are available from 1 - ~ 4 hrs.
|Premium Economy Flexi||227,530||147,080|
Malaysia Airlines (MH)
Operates flights between Narita and Suvarnabhumi airports with connections in the Malaysia capital, Kuala Lumpur. Flights are around 7 hrs to KL and it's 2 hrs from KL to Bangkok.
Philippine Airlines (PR)
With the Philippines flag carrier flights from Tokyo to Manila are around 5 hrs 20 - 30 mins. From Manila to Bangkok it's around 3 hrs 40 - 50 mins. Coming back, expect flight times of around 3 hrs 30 mins to Manila, 4 hrs 20 mins to Tokyo.
Departures with Philippine Airlines from Narita International and arrive in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi.
The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is not so far off course when heading to Bangkok and there are some interesting connection options, some with only an hour wait, on this route.
|Economy Supersaver|| 44,290||N/a|
China Air (CI)
No direct flights. Beijing Capital International Airport. Arrive at BKK. Tokyo to Beijing around 4 hrs. Beijing to Bangkok around 5 hrs. Connections from between 1 hrs 45 mins to 5 hrs 40 mins. Departures from Narita and Haneda.
Somehow the Economy Flex worked out as significantly cheaper than the Economy Saver (in large part due to a very cheap return leg). For the one way flights the difference between Economy Saver and Economy Standard fares was negligible for the dates we selected.
Looking at the above indirect flight options, we can see that, in terms of cost, Singapore Airlines perhaps doesn't make so much sense for a route like this, although frequent flyers and fans might still be persuaded.
Do you have an answer to the question, "How much does it cost to fly from Tokyo to Bangkok?" Got any tips for making the journey between these two amazing cities? Let us know in the comments below.
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