Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is the largest airport in Thailand. This airport in Bangkok receives a huge number of international flights from all around the world, so there’s a big chance that you will start your Thailand trip there. As you need to use Thai Baht (THB) here, you might need to use currency exchange at Bangkok Airport.
As Thai banks charge foreign cards with an extra 220 THB fee for every ATM withdrawal, exchanging foreign currency to Thai Baht is normally the cheapest way for getting local currency. However, you need to know where to exchange your money if you are willing to get the best currency exchange rates at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Money Changers at Bangkok Airport
At Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport you will see a big number of currency exchange counters operated by various Thai banks. These banks offer really bad exchange rates so you should skip all the banks when looking for the best exchange rate at Bangkok Airport.
However, there is a place at the airport where currency exchange rates are very close to the best you can find in Bangkok. Where to find the best money changers at Bangkok Airport? Read here: Where to exchange currency at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Currency Exchange Rates at Bangkok Airport
Let’s check, how good the currency exchange rates offered the best money changers at Bangkok Airport are and compare them with the rates given by the banks operating there.
USD to THB exchange rate at Bangkok Airport
The official USD exchange rate on the day of writing was 30.46 THB for 1 US Dollar, so the best rate offered at Bangkok Airport (30.28 THB/USD) was only by 0.18 THB or 0.6% lower than the market rate. However, the best exchange rate is offered for 100 USD banknotes only. For 50 USD banknotes you could get 30.23 THB, for 10-20 USD banknotes – 30.13 THB and even less for smaller denominations.
At the same time, the banks at Bangkok Airport were offering only 28.70 THB for 1 US Dollar. USD exchange rate at the bank was by 1.76 THB or 5.8% lower than the market rate.
You can easily save 5.2 USD per 100 USD exchange when exchanging at the right place of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
EUR to THB exchange rate at Bangkok Airport
The official EUR exchange rate on the day of writing was 33.55 THB for 1 Euro, so the best rate offered at the airport (33.30 THB/EUR) was only by 0.25 THB or 0.7% lower than the market rate. However, the best exchange rate is offered for 100-500 EUR banknotes only. For 50 EUR banknotes you could get 33.25 THB and a bit less for smaller denominations.
At the same time, the banks at Bangkok Airport were offering only 30.93 THB for 1 Euro. EUR exchange rate at the bank was by 2.62 THB or 6.9% lower than the market rate.
You can easily save 6.2 EUR per 100 EUR exchange when exchanging your European currency at the right place of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
GBP to THB exchange rate at Bangkok Airport
The official GBP exchange rate on the day of writing was 37.52 THB for 1 British Pound, so the best rate offered at Bangkok Airport (37.40 THB/GBP) was only by 0.12 THB or 0.3% lower than the market rate.
Banks at the airport were offering much lower GBP exchange rate – only 34.71 THB/GBP.
Exchange rates of other currencies at Bangkok Airport
The official AUD exchange rate at the time was 20.96 THB for 1 Australian Dollar, so the best rate at BKK airport (20.70 THB/AUD) was only by 0.26 THB or about 1.2% lower than the market rate.
The official SGD exchange rate at the time was 22.15 THB for 1 Singapore Dollar, so the best rate offered at the airport (21.95 THB/SGD) was only by 0.20 THB or 0.9% lower than the market rate.
The official CHF exchange rate at the time was 30.69 THB for 1 Swiss Franc, so the best rate offered at Bangkok Airport (30.40 THB/CHF) was by 0.29 THB or about 0.9% lower than the market rate.
Should you exchange currency at Bangkok Airport? If you have time for getting to “B” level of Suvarnabhumi Airport, exchanging currency at the airport is really worth it. However, you can get almost the same exchange rate at other branches of the best money changers in the city or even better rate if exchanging at the headquarters of the company. Where to find them in Bangkok? Check here: Super Rich Thailand – Best Currency Exchange in Bangkok.
Exchanging at the banks of Bangkok Airport is never a good deal. You can get much better deal not only at “B” level of the airport but even in the city. Centrally located branches of the same banks offer better foreign exchange rates as well.