The Green Cycle Track at Suvarnabhumi Airport

October 28, 2014

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A great way to keep fit is cycling. It combines exercising with being outdoors in the fresh air. It is also a social sport as many cycling clubs have sprung up around Thailand that take members on regular weekend trips. Every year I see more and more people taking up cycling. For me it is convenient, I use my bicycle to visit the local shops, and also a way to keep moving. Cycle paths along the road are being built all the time and over the last year several dedicated cycle tracks have been built in the Bangkok area. One of my favourites is the so-called Green Track around Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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It may sound strange to have a cycling track at the airport. But it is actually a lot better than I thought it would be. I was expecting a lot of noise pollution from airplanes both landing and taking off. But really, most of the time it is very peaceful. And when an airplane does take off it isn’t that loud. However, there isn’t a lot of shade and so the best time to go is early in the morning when the track opens at 6 a.m. or late in the afternoon. Last entry is at 6 p.m. and you must be off the cycle track by 7 p.m. at the latest. Although the starting point has lights, there are none along the track itself. Not yet anyway.

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The green cycling track is just over 23 kilometers long. It’s a one way course and so once you are on it you are committed. There is no going back. There are two lanes which is useful if you want to go at a steady pace, like me, or race in the right-hand-side lane, like everyone else. Every 250 meters there is a marker showing your progress which helps when it comes to pacing yourself. If you need to take a break there are clumps of palm trees every now and then which provide some shade. There are also several bridges that you pass under. I guess it is possible to take a picnic with you if you want to sit and watch the planes taking off and landing.

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In October 2014 a new entrance and dedicated car park opened in the northeastern corner of the airport. I think they were just overwhelmed by the sheer number of cyclists that were turning up every day and there was just nowhere to park. However, when I went last Sunday, the new larger car park was already full and there were several hundred cars parked along Suvarnabhumi 4 Road. I guess during the week it would be easier to park. Peak times are early in the morning and late afternoon. I arrived at 7:30 a.m. and people were already leaving. Parking is free as is the cycle track. But don’t get the idea about leaving your car here if you are jetting off somewhere. There are regular security patrols.

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One new addition in October was the 800 meter beginner’s track. This is ideal for families or people who want to do a warm-up before trying the longer track. As you can see, joggers are also allowed to use the short track. However, only cyclists are allowed on the longer 23 km track. The 800 meter track is right next to the car park.

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Another new addition are the portable toilets. These ones are at the starting point next to the car park. There are also two more along the track at the 8.25km marker and the 18:50km marker. There are no refreshments yet which is a shame. Nor can you rent any bicycles. However, the last time I was there someone was selling refreshments and snacks over the fence near the starting point. Hopefully they will have a dedicated shop here later.

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The new entrance to the green cycle track is now in the Northeastern corner of the airport. It is near the bus terminal and long term parking. The geo coordinates are 13.708880,100.780807. The easiest access is from Lat Krabang Road. Turn off onto Suvarnabhumi 4 Road. Entrance is on the left just after the bridge. From the motorway, head to the transportation center. Drive past the bus terminal and straight across the traffic lights. Turn left and the entrance is on your right. You need to do a u-turn under the bridge. From Bang Na-Trad highway, drive up the Eastern side of the airport. At the traffic lights near the bus terminal turn right and then left. The entrance is on your right. If you have a folding bike you could come here on the Airport Rail Link or on an Airport Bus.

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It is free to use the green cycle track at Suvaranbhumi Airport. It opens at 6 a.m. with last entrance at 6 p.m. If you have used the cycling track and have some tips, then please post in the comments below.

45 Responses to The Green Cycle Track at Suvarnabhumi Airport

  1. Deepak Dutt on November 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I’d heard that one needs to leave one’s id card or passport at the gate; is this true?

    • Richard Barrow on November 28, 2014 at 6:24 am

      When I went at the weekend there were so many people that they weren’t doing that. But, I guess during quieter times they will. Don’t give your passport. Hopefully a photocopy will suffice.

    • Phanthorn on February 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      I am Thailand people .In the evening of everyday in bicycle way it so many people .And I will let you know they not need any passport .and now it change to blue bicycle track.it is 23.25km and it will have 4 checkpoint

    • Phanthorn on February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      It will open again because it enervate . It opened last month and it change from green to blur track it opened 24 hour

  2. Sascha on December 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    How would I go there? Probably a stupid question but without car and being based out there in Don Mueang I wonder what the fastest way would be. I wouldn’t mind cycling to Mochit but I’m not sure if the BTS guys (and then the Airport Rail Link) would let me on.

    • Richard Barrow on December 26, 2014 at 6:25 am

      You can use the ARL if you have a foldable bike or take off the front wheel on a normal bike.

      • emmanuel on January 7, 2015 at 6:33 pm

        Are you sure that you are allowed to take your bike on the Arl? Today I tried and I took off the front wheel but they refuse me entrance.

        • Richard Barrow on January 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

          It is starting to look like you can no longer take your bicycle on the ARL. Maybe it became too popular? Not sure.

          • Deepak Dutt on January 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

            To the best of my knowledge, one can carry a full-size bicycle on the ARL Express only, in the baggage car at the Suvarnabhumi end of the train, therefore one is restricted to embarking and disembarking at the Express stops only…at this time that would be Phaya-Thai to Suvarnabhumi and back, as I don’t think the Makassan Express is operational.
            A folding bike can be carried at any time in any of the cars of the City Link or Express Link.

          • Craig McLachalan on February 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

            just been on the phone with these guys.

            http://www.vincita.co.th/

            You can get a bag from Bikezone in Amarin Plaza for 2000 baht and you are allowed on the ARL with it I have been told

          • Richard Barrow on February 4, 2015 at 11:18 am

            That’s a good idea as they don’t know if you are going to catch a plane or ride your bicycle. But what to do with the bag once you get there? Does it fold up easily?

    • Ryan on June 4, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Ride to Green Cycle Track from Down Town Bangkok (start near Jim Thompson’s Museum/house):

      https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/9799775#.VW8wdcOTAR8.mailto

      If you average @ 15 mph (24 kph) it takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Quite a work out if you include the track loop and a ride back to town!

      • Joon Park on September 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        wonderful guide…

        I prefer to get there by bike…

        and on weekends by car with family…

        tanks a lot…^^v

  3. Danilo on February 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Hi there
    I recently moved to Bangkok and I was just wondering if anybody has tried to reach the track by taxi? Would that be feasible? I guess the taxi back from track would be a bit troublesome – one could go to airport taxi stands?
    Thanks for sharing your comments and ideas

    • Richard Barrow on February 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

      You can if you have a folding bike. About returning home, plenty of taxis leaving the airport empty.

      • Danilo on February 4, 2015 at 9:40 am

        I actually ride road bike. Back home I used to dismount the front wheel and load the bike on the leg area of the rear seats. Wonder if taxi drivers here would accommodate this?

        • Richard Barrow on February 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

          You cannot put in the trunk because of the gas tank. Some taxi drivers might be accommodating but others will worry you will scratch something or get oil from the chain on the seats.

          • Dan on May 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

            I used to manage to convince taxi drivers to take me and my road bike. If you take the front wheel off of your bike it will fit in the footwell of the backseat. You can then sit in the front seat. Not all taxi drivers like it, but with plenty of smiling I used to get about a 1 in 5 acceptance ratio. 😉

  4. Aj on February 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Can you rent bikes there ?

    • Richard Barrow on February 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Not so far.

  5. o rearry on March 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    CAN SOMEONE please provide the ACTUAL rules regarding the annoying Airport link bicycle FACTS??

    im SO sick of them changing the ‘rule’ twice a week and being ignorant & rude about it – WHAT THE HELL is their problem???

  6. AD on May 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Hi, is it still open? I heard they’re going to close it. Just want to make sure before travelling there.

    Thank you

    • Richard Barrow on May 18, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Closed June to September for renovations. See my blog here.

      • AD on May 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        Thank you!

  7. lui on May 23, 2015 at 9:06 am

    any bicycles for rent there now?

    • Richard Barrow on May 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Not that I know about it.

  8. Ryan on June 4, 2015 at 1:55 am

    YouTube video that is in Thai with English subtitle concerning the Green Cycle Track:

    https://youtu.be/qnrLby-OBWI

  9. Ryan on June 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Another video from YouTube that describes the Green Cycle Track:

    https://youtu.be/ImQhVxgBU6U

  10. MS on June 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you know of anywhere else in Bangkok that is similar to The Green Cycle Track at Suvarnabhumi Airport? Now that it is closing down for 4 months I’m looking for a new place that is very similar to this. Thanks.

    • Richard Barrow on June 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Try googling Peppermint Bike Park.

      • ryan on June 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        N 13.816108, E 100.629238

        Peppermint Park

        Peppermint Cycle Club:

        The Peppermint Bike Park is located on Soi Yothin Phattana 3 in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok. Parking is available in front of Peppermint Bike Park entrance. There is a Tesco Lotus Express store just across the street from the park if you forget to bring your own drinks or snacks.

        Read an interview Khun Suwanna Eiampikul gave Bicycles United magazine in their “I Am Woman” No. 3 Issue (Page 36).

        Peppermint Bike Park
        Soi Yothin Phattana 3 (Map)
        Khwaeng Khlong Chan, Khet Bang Kapi
        Bangkok 10240
        ภาษาไทย [+]
        Tel. 029-327-501
        GPS – N 13.816108, E 100.629238

        One of the coolest features of the Peppermint Bike Park is the ability to ride at night. The entire park is well lit at night and evening sessions begin at 6pm and go until 10pm. The park is open to everyone, but there are fees involved.

        Annual membership fee is 200 THB and it entitles individuals to discount rates for use of the park.
        Rates for members:
        Day Bike – 7:00am until 5:30pm (0700-1730) 100 THB.
        Night Bike – 6:00pm until 10:00pm (1800-2200) 150 THB.

        Rates for non members:
        Day Bike – 7:00am until 5:30pm (0700-1730) 150 THB.
        Night Bike – 6:00pm until 10:00pm (1800-2200) 200 THB.

        http://bicyclethailand.com/peppermint-bike-park/

  11. rukshan perera on September 10, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    hello! Is it possible to rent bicycles at the track?

    • Richard Barrow on September 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      No, I’m afraid not.

  12. rukshan perera on September 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    should a proper cycling attire be worn at the track?

    • Richard Barrow on September 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      No, you can wear what you like.

  13. Danilo on September 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Hi there.
    Do you know when is the track going to open again after renovation?
    Thank you

    • Don on October 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

      I’d also like to know when it reopens. I see it’s been repainted…

      • Danilo on October 28, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        SCB Thailand tweeted “please kindly be informed that we will soft launch on 7-8/11/15(if not any force majeure)

  14. Ryan and ken Benoit on December 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Ryan and Ken Benoit biked there from Minburi (15.7km each way) on 10 Dec and were disappointed to find out that the track is still closed. It has been repainted blue and appears to have lights was well. looks amazing! As we don’t speak Thai we were unable to get an opening date!

    • Richard Barrow on December 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      It will open later this month. If I remember correctly, 26 December.

  15. Sue on March 3, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Hi, what’s the requirements to be able to go in for ride in the track?

    • Richard Barrow on March 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      You need to register. Just take along your passport.

  16. PJP on March 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Has anyone tried to use Uber rather than a taxi to get back and forth with their bike?

    • Richard Barrow on March 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Depends on the size of the car. I found one before that could accommodate a bike in the back – but unfortunately he has stopped now.

  17. Emma Leonard on June 19, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I am from Australia and also a triathlete this bicycle track is remarkable and I think a lot of countries should follow suit. I left my id no problem it’s more safety for you than anything so that if anything happened they can identify foreigners. Safe, easy, enjoyable and advanced. We need one of thes. Perth !

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