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Catching a taxi at BKK and general Thailand taxi discussion

Old Jan 3, 2015, 2:56 am
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Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Taxi at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)


BKK Terminal Map

Source: AOT

MAP KEY

Arrival Gates - Level Two
Immigration
Baggage Claim Carousels
Customs and Exits to Landside Terminal Area
Elevators/Escalators to Ground Floor Level One
Numbered Exits to Outside (taxi queues are near exits 4 & 7)

WHAT TO DO

Taxis accept cash only. There are ATMs and currency exchangers inside the terminal.
  • Take an elevator or escalator down to the ground level.
  • Follow the signs to one of the two taxi queues outside of the terminal on Level One.
  • The taxi queue attendant will ask your destination and write it on a taxi slip. UPDATE: There are no longer attendants to write your destination at BKK. You get a slip from a touchscreen kiosk which directs you to a parking stall number where you meet your car/driver.
  • The larger part of the taxi slip is yours to keep, the smaller part goes to your driver. Be sure to keep your taxi slip as it contains information you will need if a problem arises. Do not give your portion of the taxi slip to the driver, even if he asks for it. UPDATE: There is no portion of the new slip from the kiosk to give the driver.

BASE COST
  • Airport Fee - THB 50 per taxi levied from the airport (never to the airport)
  • THB 35 - flag drop through 1km
  • +THB 5.50/km for kilometers 1+ through 10
  • +THB 6.50/km for kilometers 10+ through 20
  • +THB 7.50/km for kilometers 20-40
  • +THB 2 per minute waiting or standing in traffic (less than 6kph)

TOLLS
  • THB 75 to city center (two toll booths)
  • THB 60 to DMK

SAMPLE FARES FROM BKK TO...
Amounts are approximate and will vary with traffic, specific drop point, etc.
  • City Center - THB 170-200
  • Grand Palace - THB 215
  • Don Mueang Airport (DMK) - THB 290
  • Hua Hin - THB ___ (typically a negotiated flat fee)
  • Pattaya - THB ___ (typically a negotiated flat fee)

FARE CALCULATOR TOOLS
Reasonably accurate fare estimates are available from a number of websites and apps. These services provide estimated base fares only. Calculations do not include traffic, tolls, airport fees, etc. Reliability varies - use at your own risk.
FAQs

Q: Should I use the hotel's airport transfer service instead of a taxi?A: It depends on your comfort zone, budget, time of day, number of people/bags, etc. In general, the cost will probably be about two to three times the typical taxi fare, or more. If you are relatively new to Asia, it might be a bit overwhelming, and you might find it reassuring to see someone holding a sign with your name as you walk out of baggage claim.
Q: Is it best to take the expressway or surface streets?A: Depending on your destination and time of day, surface streets might be quicker and/or shorter. However, expressway tolls will usually add less than THB 200 to the trip (see above), so you may wish to defer to your driver.

Q: What types of scams should I watch for?A: The most common thing you'll encounter is taxi drivers who do not want to use the meter. They will often ask for a flat fee that is usually much higher than the meter would register. If a driver refuses to use the meter, it's best to exit the taxi and get another. Do not get angry or argue with the driver. If a driver demands more money on arrival at your hotel, wait until your bags have been offloaded from the vehicle, then seek out a porter or other hotel employee to assist you. Again, do not get angry or argue with the driver. A driver may say there is a THB 50 fee to go to the airport. There is no fee to go TO the airport. If the fee is mentioned at the outset, get out and flag down a new taxi. If it is mentioned upon arrival at the airport, remove all your belongings from the taxi and calmly state that there is no such fee while handing over the metered amount. If the driver is insistent, offering to call over a police officer to assist will usually put an end to the discussion.

Q: What is the most common meter scam?
A: Very often, when you enter the taxi, the meter is obscured with a rag or towel, so you do not see that it has been running prior to your entrance,
and is now well over 100 Baht. Always ensure that you observe the driver starting the meter.
Q: If the driver does scam me, how much money are we talking about?A: Usually no more than THB 200-300, which is about USD 7-10
Q: I think I still have other questions...A: Just hit the reply button and get feedback from other helpful FlyerTalkers who take Bangkok taxis regularly!

Q: This all sounds like hassle. Is there some way I can use a small amount of money to make that go away?A: The AOT limo stands before and immediately after customs are trustworthy, although their initial quote will be for their most expensive vehicle. Ask for the Isuzu SUV. You'll be looking at 1,050THB / $33.50 to the center of town, inclusive of all fees and fares, and a small increment on that for a sedan. Credit cards are accepted. You will get a printed receipt before you get in the taxi. The vehicle will be well-driven, clean, and will have seatbelts.



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Old Oct 23, 2022, 7:03 pm
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The walk from the Phaya Thai Airport Link Station to the Phaya Thai BTS Station is a downhill gentle slope. Walking the other way up the ramp is harder with luggage but doable.

I like that the Phaya Thai BTS station has wide gates for luggage and handicapped people (on both sides where you can enter/exit). It's easy to pull my bags through without having to worry about getting hit by the strong closing gates (that seem to enjoy bruising people), or hassle with going through the handicapped gate near the booth to temporarily put my bags, then walking though the gates, and then picking up my bags.

I might do it today when I land in BKK on my way to the Hyatt Place Soi 24, esp. since I land during rush hour. I might get lazy though and walk up to the arrivals level and just find an arriving taxi.

I want to take the Airport Link though to see if my Airport Link cards (regular and senior) still work after a couple of years. I haven't used them on my other 2 trips to BKK this year (too lazy or physical ailments). If my senior card works, it will be 23b for the Airport Link and mb 20b (using a senior card) to Phrom Phong Station. It's not an easy walk from Phrom Phong through the shopping center and then down the narrow Soi 24 sidewalk to the Hyatt Place.
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by kevino
The walk from the Phaya Thai Airport Link Station to the Phaya Thai BTS Station is a downhill gentle slope. Walking the other way up the ramp is harder with luggage but doable.

I like that the Phaya Thai BTS station has wide gates for luggage and handicapped people (on both sides where you can enter/exit). It's easy to pull my bags through without having to worry about getting hit by the strong closing gates (that seem to enjoy bruising people), or hassle with going through the handicapped gate near the booth to temporarily put my bags, then walking though the gates, and then picking up my bags.

I might do it today when I land in BKK on my way to the Hyatt Place Soi 24, esp. since I land during rush hour. I might get lazy though and walk up to the arrivals level and just find an arriving taxi.
Do note that today is a public holiday, so rush hour traffic will be less of a hassle I just went to see a client (who does not observe today as a holiday) out by Lat Krabang and traffic was like a dream in both directions
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Old Oct 24, 2022, 6:45 am
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You are 100% correct. I sucked it up even though I was tired and took the Airport Link, only to see from the window of the train that the highway had no traffic the whole way into Makkasan. The good news for me though was that the BTS was empty.
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