Thai Lion Air

Company information

Thai Lion Air is a relatively new airline, founded in 2013, and is an associate company of the Indonesia-based Lion Air. The airline is based in Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, from where it serves 22 destinations across Thailand and Asia.

The airline has 25 planes in its fleet, carrying a maximum capacity of 215 passengers. The company's very first scheduled flight was between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Routes served by Thai Lion Air

Thai Lion Air services domestic destinations across Thailand as well as international routes to airports in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. As with all flights, prices can change rapidly so plan ahead, but Thai Lion Air is almost always offers the most budget friendly options. The prices below are listed as a guide only and refer to flights from Don Mueang.

Most popular domestic destinations

For visitors looking to travel around Thailand, there are plenty of options with this airline. There are 11 departures to Chiang Mai each day, with a journey time of 1 ¼ hours and tickets available from around THB800. These flights depart throughout the day between 08.55-22.25. If you want to head to one of Thailand's famous beaches there are numerous scheduled flights to Krabi and Phuket every day, priced at around THB800.

Most popular iInternational destinations

If you want to pop over to Vietnam, that's easy as well. There are eight flights per week to Hanoi (at 10.00 and 17.35) and one every day leaving for Ho Chi Minh City at 05.25, with both taking less than two hours and priced from around THB1,100.

There are many options for those wanting to visit other countries within SE Asia as well. There are two departures daily to Singapore, at 07.40 and 15.40, taking around 2 ¾ hours, usually costing around THB1,800. There are also two flights every day making the one hour journey to connect Bangkok with Yangon in Myanmar (09.05 and 18.15), with prices often approximately THB1,200. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, is further away but there is also a departure every day at 19.05, with the 3 ½ -hour flight costing about THB2,300.

Thai Lion Air also service destinations across China. There are around 10 departures each week to Guangzhou, with a journey time of just under three hours. Chengdu has one flight a day at 22.05, taking the same amount of time as flying to Guangzhou, with similar prices of close to THB2,300. Those looking to travel to Nanjing can expect to pay slightly more, maybe around THB3,000, but there are seven flights per week making the four hour journey.

Pros

The biggest benefit with travelling with Thai Lion Air is that checked luggage is included, even sports equipment! This is the case for both domestic flights, where you receive a complimentary 15kg of baggage, and international flights where this allowance increases to 20kg. You can, of course, pay a little bit extra if your luggage is heavier but this is a real money-saver!

Although the fares can sometimes be higher than some of their competitors, not having to pay for luggage can make the flight cheaper. Plus they also regularly offer promotional fares which can be great value.

Thai Lion Air also allow you to choose your seat for free, not something that some other budget airlines offer.

Cons

Unfortunately, Thai Lion Air does not offer complimentary food or drink on its flights. You can purchase snacks and drinks when on the plane but as anyone who has flown before will know, this isn't always the best quality and usually expensive.

The aircrafts also do not have any in-flight entertainment. Whilst this probably won't be an issue for very short domestic flights lasting an hour or two, on longer flights this can be a pain. It's best to have a good book handy!

Keep in mind

Thai Lion Air is a fairly new airline so the services are continuously being expanded and improved. If they don't fly to whichever destination you want to travel to, chances are they will in a year or two. So keep your eyes peeled for any new route announcements.

When travelling with children, it's worth bearing in mind that those over the age of two will be required to pay full price for their ticket. Infants, children under two years old, are typically charged at around 30% of a full fare.

Travellers reviews

Travellers are always pleasantly surprised to learn that luggage is included when they book a flight with Thai Lion Air. This is a pretty rare perk in Asia and unheard of in Europe where budget airlines will always charge for checked bags. This can often be almost as much as the flight itself! Many customers leave glowing reviews of the airline, almost solely based on the fact that they aren't required to pay additional fees for luggage.

Complaints about Thai Lion Air tend to focus on the size of the seats on their flights. Unfortunately, for many travellers of average height or above, it is likely to be a bit of a squeeze and may not make for the most comfortable flight. This shouldn't be too much of an issue with domestic flights but if you're travelling for four hours, from Bangkok to Nanjing for example, then this could be something to consider.

Finally, as is the case with airlines across the globe, delays are not uncommon. It's always worth leaving plenty of time if you have a connecting flight, just in case. This is especially true if you need to travel from Don Mueang International Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport, as Bangkok is notoriously busy at the best of times!

Thai Lion Air Company Reviews

4.2
810 / 25,145
5 443
4 217
3 74
2 31
1 45
99.7% of 25,145 travelers were presumably happy with Thai Lion Air as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jul 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Very good flight!
Jul 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Excellent service from our driver who turned up on time & was very efficient & polite. The van we travelled in was very comfy. Everything went smoothly & all our documentation supplied by 12goasia was in order. Highly recommended, I would definitely use this service again. We were very impressed.
Jul 12, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Price was reasonable and the flight was smooth. No free on board service but relatively short flight. Plane was 45 minutes late leaving. Arrived safely along with our bags.
Jun 29, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Warm in the bus
Jun 29, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Delay in flight. Staff unsure of departure. Not good service.
Jun 23, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Good plane. Good service. Great price. Would definitely use again!
Jun 21, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Flight left and arrived on time. Couldn’t check into chaing mai till 2 hours before our flight so had to wait 2 hours . No vegetarian food in Chiang Mai airport. Don Mueang airport is really nice except had to wait 30 mins for bags and mine had been opened.
Jun 21, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Everything is fine. Great job!
Jun 19, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Flight delay due to bad weather is acceptable but it took whole lot of time at the baggage collection to collect the baggage.
Jun 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Very professional and customer friendly, was a little late in arriving at the destination.
Jun 16, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
This is what you want. On time. Courteous Staff. Value for money.
Jun 16, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
We enjoyed our flight.
Jun 15, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Flight was delayed, but due to circumstances @ destination airport.
Jun 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Full airplane. With very cramped seating, but fine for a short flight. But everything went smoothly from airport to airport. Took a while to take off but made up for lost time so was fine.
Jun 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
The flight was great, no problems. It did not affect my trip at all, but the flight left an hour late.
Jun 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
The flight was on time and the staff was courteous. Me and my wife try to never check in baggage and we had one strolley plus one shoulder bag each which did not pose a problem. Overall a good experience flying lion.
Jun 9, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
During time of the flight 1 hour and 15 minutes but it took more then 2 and half hour to put nu feet on the floor of the airport.
Jun 6, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Great Experience.
Jun 2, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Plane was clean. Check in was ok. Did not offer any complimentary drink like water.
Jun 2, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Staff were kind and efficient! Excellent food choices at airport!
May 31, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Really nice airport, very quick service and easy
May 27, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Super! Staff wad good and we landed in Bangkok at night - super view!
May 23, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Todo bien aunque tuvo un poco de retraso
May 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Flight was on time and service was good.
May 16, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
no option for excess pre baggage check online. no acceptance of north american visa coming from koh samui , no way to get to airport in 4 hours to do pre baggage check in
May 8, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Really nice airplane, I liked the jetways for the planes instead of buses. Felt like a luxury plane experience instead of a budget one. Nice job!
May 5, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Airport were great, flight was good, and affordable, but offered no refreshments, they can at least give some free drinking water
Apr 30, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
1 hour delay but a good flight.
Apr 29, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
Flight delayed, no bus on arrival to terminal, had to sit in the plane for 20min. Then the bus to the terminal drove like a maniac.
Apr 25, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Overall good
Apr 24, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Short flight, good staff and very helpful
Apr 22, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
No wing headrests, WTF?
Apr 22, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
They had those headrests with the little wing bits you could fold forward to cradle your head. A big plus for me!
Apr 20, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
At the counter they told me I could only check in 10 kilo, the advertisement said 20 as well as my booking. I took stuff out and then the security took it because it was over 100ml. But I could keep some other things that where 125ml. If you complain about it they suddenly dont understand you. Very disappointing!

Thai Lion Air Stations

Don Mueang Airport Kuala Lumpur Airport Singapore Airport Chiang Mai Airport Chiang Rai Airport Hat Yai Airport Krabi Airport Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Phuket Airport Suratthani Airport Ubon Ratchathani Airport Udonthani Airport Yangon Airport Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Ho Chi Minh Airport Noibai Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Utapao Pattaya Airport Taoyuan Airport Phitsanulok Airport Khon Kaen Airport Trang Airport Nanjing Airport Chongqing Airport Chengdu Airport Nanchang Airport Wuhan Airport Changsha Airport Zhengzhou Airport Changzhou Airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport Ningbo Airport Pu Dong Airport Tianjin Binhai Airport Xian Xianyang International Airport Hefei Airport