Don Mueang Airport (DMK), Bangkok’s second airport, is the main travel hub for domestic air travel and regional low-cost flights. In case you need Thai Baht on arrival, you can use ATM or Don Mueang Airport currency exchange service as money exchange here is offered by several DMK Airport money changers.
Withdrawing Thai Baht from ATM or exchanging foreign currency at money exchange counters are usually the best ways for getting local money at the airport. However, be noted that none of these options is cost-effective at Don Mueang International Airport (DMK).
ATM at Don Mueang Airport
You will not have a problem finding an ATM at Don Mueang Airport, with an exception of the area before immigration. ATMs of all main Thai banks are easy to spot and they are normally set in clusters so you can choose the bank to withdraw Thai Baht according to your liking. At Don Mueang Airport you can find ATM of Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Bangkok Bank, Krungthai Bank, Krungsri Bank and several other Thai banks.
Even if bringing credit card and withdrawing cash from ATM sounds as a safer option than bringing tons of cash in foreign currency, in Thailand it has a significant downside – all ATMs in the country charge international cards with an additional fee of 220 THB for every withdrawal. Add the fees of your home bank and currency exchange rate loses to this amount and you will see that this option of getting local money in Thailand is by far not as attractive as in other countries.
If using ATM is your only option for getting Thai Baht in Don Mueang Airport, it is best to withdraw the biggest amount possible. It will help you to lower your ATM fee loses as a withdrawal of 1,000 THB and 20,000 THB costs the same.
Don Mueang Airport Money Exchange
Money exchange at the airport in Bangkok might be the best way to get Thai Baht, when it comes to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) as it’s possible to find really good currency exchange rates at BKK Airport.
However, Don Mueang Airport money exchange is a completely different story as foreign exchange rates here are far from good. The worst part of this is that all money changers at Don Mueang Airport offer exactly the same exchange rate so there's no normal competition. Don’t waste your time trying to find a better deal at DMK Airport as we already did it with no luck!
As Don Mueang Airport currency exchange rates are really bad, we wouldn't recommend exchanging here more money than you need for your first day in the city. In Bangkok you can easily get much better currency exchange rates, just check for the nearest to your location branch of Bangkok Super Rich.
If you need Thai Baht for paying your Visa on Arrival fee (at the moment it’s 2000 THB), you will find currency exchange booths of 3 banks on your way to Visa on Arrival department, just before immigration posts. All 3 currency exchange booths offer exactly the same rates, so choose any bank to your liking.
Don Mueang Airport money exchange at the arrival hall is no different even if you can find a row of money changers next to each other. Foreign exchange rates there are all the same and not better than anywhere else in the airport.
Therefore, we only recommend to exchange money at Don Mueang Airport just enough for all your first day expenses such as transportation to the city, first meal and so on.
Don Mueang Airport Currency Exchange Rate
How bad Don Mueang Airport currency exchange rate really is?
As you know, foreign exchange rate is changing during the time and the table of Don Mueang Airport currency exchange rates below isn’t current. However, you can know what foreign exchange rate can be expected at Don Mueang Airport by comparing the displayed rates with the mid-market exchange rates at the time the photo was taken.
USD to THB exchange rate at Don Mueang Airport
The mid-market USD exchange rate at the time was 31.34 THB for 1 US Dollar, so the rate offered at Don Mueang Airport (29.92 THB/USD) was by 1.42 THB lower than the official rate. For every US Dollar exchanged here you’re losing about 0.05 USD that can be a significant amount (50 USD) if you’re exchanging 1000 USD.
EUR to THB exchange rate at Don Mueang Airport
The mid-market EUR exchange rate at the time was 38.50 THB for 1 Euro, so the exchange rate offered by DMK airport money changers (36.70 THB/EUR) was 1.80 THB lower than the mid-market rate. For every Euro exchanged here you’re losing about 0.05 EUR or almost 50 EUR when exchanging 1000 EUR.
Exchange rate of other currencies at Don Mueang Airport
The mid-market GBP exchange rate at the time was 43.98 THB for 1 Pound Sterling, so the exchange rate offered at Don Mueang Airport (41.77 THB/GBP) was by 2.21 THB lower than the mid-market rate. AUD to THB exchange rate was lower by 1.33 THB/AUD and SGD to THB exchange rate was lower by 0.73 THB/SGD than mid-market foreign exchange rate. Even worse rates are offered for other currencies as the less popular currency is, the worse currency exchange rate can be expected.
Where to Exchange Currency in Bangkok?
You will find banks and other currency exchange companies at the public transport stations, shopping malls, streets and all main touristy spots of Bangkok, you can get really good deals for currency exchange in Bangkok. For getting the best possible deals, check Super Rich Thailand.
How good the rates of Super Rich are if compared to currency exchange booths at Don Mueang Airport?
USD to THB exchange rate at Super Rich
The USD exchange rate offered by Super Rich at the time was 31.25 THB for 1 US Dollar. If compared with the exchange rate offered at Don Mueang Airport (29.92 THB/USD), the difference is huge as at Super Rich you’re getting 1.33 THB more for every US Dollar exchanged. Saving 1330 THB (~43 USD) while exchanging 1000 US Dollars to Thai Baht is a pretty good deal, isn’t it?
EUR to THB exchange rate at Super Rich
The EUR exchange rate offered by Super Rich at the time was 38.45 THB for 1 Euro. If compared with the exchange rate offered by Don Mueang Airport money changers (36.70 THB/EUR), the difference is huge as you’re getting 1.75 THB more for every Euro exchanged. Choose to exchange 100 EUR at Super Rich instead of Don Mueang and you will get 175 THB or ~4.6 EUR more.
Exchange rates of other currencies at Super Rich
The less popular is the currency, the lower is the exchange rate at Super Rich too but foreign exchange rates here are still much better than you can get at Don Mueang Airport.
More detailed information about Bangkok's best currency exchange and current exchange rates there you can find here: Super Rich in Bangkok.
SuperRich Don Mueang Airport
Contrary to Suvarnabhumi Airport, there’s no branch of the famous Bangkok money changer SuperRich at Don Mueang Airport.
However, currently there is a solution if you find yourself in Don Mueang Airport and want to get a foreign exchange rate that is better than offered by money changers at DMK airport. To get a fair currency exchange rate, you will need to leave the terminal building of Don Mueang Airport and walk a bit.
Nearby the airport, you can find not a SuperRich Don Mueang Airport branch but the currency exchange point of their competitor Happy Rich, which is also providing currency exchange service at Suvarnabhumi Airport in competition with SuperRich.
To find Happy Rich Don Mueang branch, you need to exit the airport via the skywalk connecting Don Mueang International Airport and Amari Hotel, cross the street and then go down the stairs or ramp to Don Mueang Railway Station.
Happy Rich Don Mueang is open every day, except Sunday, from 6:00 to 18:00.
Currency exchange rates at Happy Rich Don Mueang are not the best in town as even their own Suvarnabhumi branch is offering exchange rates that are by 0.10 THB/USD, 0.10 THB/EUR, 0.10 THB/GBP, 0.10 THB/CHF, 0.10 THB/AUD higher. However, foreign exchange rates here are much better than offered by the banks at Don Mueang Airport as at Happy Rich Don Mueang you can expect to get around 3-4% more for your money.
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For a hassle-free trip from the airport into the city, book DMK Airport private transfer online and you won't need to exchange currency at the airport at very low rate as your transportation will be fully paid.
If you have connecting flights at different airports in Bangkok, use the free shuttle bus between BKK and DMK airports and exchange your money at Suvarnabhumi Airport currency exchange, not Don Mueang Airport.
Use Don Mueang Airport buses for cheap and easy transportation from Don Mueang Airport to Bangkok.