Thailand Low Cost Airline Ranking

When planning to travel Asia it obviously makes sense to look into different airlines and their offers. Thailand, luckily, sees a few low cost airlines landing and taking off. Here’s my personal low cost airline ranking for carriers that can take you to and from and around Thailand.

Scoot TigerAir

The winner of my personal ranking here is Singapore based Scoot TigerAir. As you can read in the detailed review they make the top of the list simply because they aren’t annoying, offer fast service and have big planes at their disposal.


AirAsia is quite likely the most famous low cost carrier here. Base out of Kuala Lumpur, Malayisa, AirAsia offers, at least it feels like that, the most flights in the region even planning further long haul flights as well. Click on the AirAsia link above to read the complete review and to see why they come in second.

Thai LionAir

The loser here on my list is Bangkok based Thai LionAir. Check out their review by clicking on the link above. I simply really disliked every single time I had to use them and hope I can avoid using LionAir in the future as much as possible.

Out of Competition / Honorable Mention: Nok Air

Bangkok based Nok Air is just here as an out of competition mention as I never flew with them. They’ve always been in the news for not being on time, only hiring staff for their looks, and always being in money trouble. The only experience I had with them is seeing how their flights often times have been cancelled when I flew with other airlines. Hence I don’t really feel the need to try Nok Air any time soon.

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  • Wanthida Tiwari

    being an avid flyer, I love when flights tickets are cheap but lets us not forget that cheap also mean low quality. I aim just going to speak from my personal experience. I have travelled from Air Asia numerous times and it was never my own will to buy their tickets. I usually go India and china through Air Asia and they smell exactly like the country they are going or coming from. people carry their own food cause their is no availability of food or drinks on air. Indians carry their own strong smelling food like Aachar (pickle) and onions and Chinese usually bring a foul smelling fruit that I have no intention of ever knowing what it is! and the crowd! no comments on that!
    yeah, I agree it good its cheap but then, the flights can be suffocating at times.

  • Booker Vannapruk

    For my opinion Air Asia is pretty good low cost airline as I am a musician I have fly with them for many times to play the concert. I think the price ticket and plane safety and comfortable is fair enough for this flight. I never fly with scoot tiger air however you said it is the best one in your top list then next flight I will try it haha.

  • Kewpla Kanchanaban

    I had a bad experience fly with AirAsia !!! I really hate their service and they were delay for 2-3 hours at Chiang Mai Airport with out telling the reason to the passenger.I would say that I love low-price ticket but after I buy a ticket from AirAsia, I think I need to look for a review before I buy any ticket from any airline.

  • Yotsawadee S.

    It is all low cost airlines but sometime when I browsed for a flight the cost was higher than full serviced airline. I concerned about the price and service of an airline because some flight I have to buy an extra services while full service does not to buy any extra.

  • Tim Saensupho

    As my hometown is mahasarakham, i have flied alot since i moved to bkk for studying. My favorite would be AIR Asia becuse they make everyting easy to manage and with the price it is totally cheap..

  • Peach Sawangcharoen

    I got a chance to fly with AirAsia for several times. I’m ok with it tho but my mom and dad they had a very hard time in the flight. The seat of this airline quite small and narrow. Their back and legs hurt so bad. We flew to Korea which take about 4 hrs (too long for my parents). They said next time just book another airline that have a bigger seat hahahaha.

  • Jamie Chowpradith

    I flew with both before. I would say the services are as good as the price! I experienced delay in both airlines. Also, I have had wonderful times with both of them before. I think it’s up to luck at this point haha!
    But hey, If traveling was free I would be long gone by now.So, I think we should just appreciate the cheapness of these airline. However, If you are afraid of delays, you should prepare extra time by booking early flight maybe? Thank you for sharing the informations :-)

  • Amornrat Orutsahakij

    Talking about the low cost airline I have been flying with Airasia once in my opinion I think that it’s quite good if you compare to the price that you pay and also for the Nokscoot I also used it once it isn’t that bad. I would recommend everyone to use if you don’t want to pay at the high price.

  • Ellen Deveaux

    Since the holidays are just around the corner, I want to travel with my family using a low cost airline! This article ranking has been very informative!! as well as the other low cost airline reviews. I think I have made a decision of which airline I am going to choose.

  • Cb Work

    Thai local airline is being popular in today because the price is cheaper than before, which is the better choice for people when they travel in domestic or near countries. In soon, I think there will be more airlines as people prefer it more than bus or driving car.

  • I flew 9 hours to Australia….#ouch ;-)

  • Pokpong Vetchakanjana

    I think low cost air-line is the best way for people who want to travel in the cheaper way so that, for me I am the one who want to use low cost air-line too.On the other hand, I thinking about my safety too because low cost air-line in Thailand always had an accident.

  • Chung Veeravutthiphol

    I’ve never fly with these airline before, but from the article I can see how the process is and what’re the flaws of each competitive. This is useful for audience like me, to choose the best low cost airline.

  • Tanathorn Petawan

    Thank you for suggesting it. I traveled very often with my family and I always went to those places via Air Asia Airlines with the lower cost comparing to other airlines and I really love that. Its cabin crews were very nice and that is what makes me want to always fly with this airline.

  • Natcha Lohasawad

    I flew to Japan by both Scoot TigerAir and Air Asia, Both airlines are fine for me but the bad things are that you have to wait for a really long time to be able to check in and the seats are not that comfortable to sit for 5+ hours straight. I have never travelled with Thai Lion Air, so thanks to this blog that made me know about Thai Lion Air.

  • Tanutcha Roongroj

    I never tried any low cost airline except only Airasia and Nok air (for just one time) for me, the experience with Airasia was better, the newer plane, bigger plane… while the plane of Nokair was small and the pilot did not make a soft landing, plus, on that day, there were a storm in the sky. I was like MOM HELP ME PLEASE.