Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) is Bangkok’s second airport and the main travel hub for domestic air travel as well as regional flights served by low cost airlines. If it is your entry point to Thailand, you might need to use Don Mueang Airport currency exchange to get local money (Thai baht).
Withdrawing cash from ATM or exchanging money at currency exchange booths are the best ways to get Thai baht at the airport. However, none of these options is cost effective at Don Mueang Airport (DMK).
ATMs at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport
You will find a number of ATMs at Don Mueang Airport with an exception of the area before immigration.
Even if bringing credit card and withdrawing cash from ATM sounds as a safer option than bringing lots of your local cash, 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 cash in Thailand is by far not as attractive as in other countries.
If using ATM is your only option of getting cash, just withdraw the biggest amount possible, it will help you to lower your loses as a withdrawal of 1000 baht and 20000 baht cost the same.
Currency Exchange at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport
Exchanging currency 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, foreign exchange rates at Don Mueang Airport are far from good. The worst part of this is that all currency exchange booths at Don Mueang Airport offer exchange rates that are exactly the same so there's no competition. Don’t waste your time trying to find a better deal as we already did it with no luck!
As Don Mueang Airport currency exchange rates are really bad, you shouldn’t exchange 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 branch of Bangkok Super Rich which is nearest to your location.
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.
Currency exchange rates at the arrival hall of Don Mueang Airport are no different, so get enough money from any of the booths for all your first day expenses such as transportation to the city, first meal and so on.
Currency Exchange Rates at Don Mueang Airport
How bad currency exchange rates at Don Mueang Airport really are?
As you know, the exchange rates are changing during the time and the table of currency exchange rates at Don Mueang Airport below isn’t current. However, you can know what rates to expect at Don Mueang Airport by comparing them 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 dollar, so the rate offered at the airport (29.92 THB/USD) was by 1.42 THB lower than the official rate. For every 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 official EUR exchange rate at the time was 38.50 THB for 1 euro, so the rate offered at the airport (36.70 THB/EUR) was 1.80 THB lower than the official rate. For every euro exchanged here you’re losing about 0.05 EUR or almost 50 EUR if exchanging 1000 EUR.
Exchange rates of other currencies at Don Mueang Airport
The official GBP exchange rate at the time was 43.98 THB for 1 pound, so the rate offered at the airport (41.77 THB/GBP) was by 2.21 THB lower than the official 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. Even worse rates are offered for other currencies as the less popular currency is the worse currency exchange rate you can expect to get here.
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 dollar. If compared with the 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 dollar exchanged. Saving 1330 THB (~43 USD) while exchanging 1000 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 rate offered at Don Mueang Airport (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 they 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.
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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.
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