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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: 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 Mar 28, 14, 10:08 am
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I had an annoying experience returning to the airport earlier this week. Meter showed THB 195, which was fairly accurate IMHO. I handed him 200 and was going to tip another 30 or so (change I had in my pocket). "No, 300," he said. I pointed at the meter and he said something about "airport charge."

I paid him the 300; I wasn't even sure how to resolve it. All of the other taxis I took during the week had been fine and didn't attempt any sort of shenanigans.
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See the wiki - there is no levy for travel TO the airport.
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Originally Posted by exerda View Post
I had an annoying experience returning to the airport earlier this week. Meter showed THB 195, which was fairly accurate IMHO. I handed him 200 and was going to tip another 30 or so (change I had in my pocket). "No, 300," he said. I pointed at the meter and he said something about "airport charge."

I paid him the 300; I wasn't even sure how to resolve it. All of the other taxis I took during the week had been fine and didn't attempt any sort of shenanigans.
195 is about right. How to resolve it? Once you and your possessions are safely out of the taxi, give him 200, pick up your stuff and walk away. He won't do anything. And if he tries, there are plenty of police/security types around. Just yell "police" once and the driver will take off. But this applies at the airport pax dropoff area, where there are lots of people and security types. Don't try this getting out of a taxi on the street somewhere. The only places I'd do (and have done) hard line stuff like this are the airport and the front door of my hotel when hotel security was standing there.
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Thanks for the overview great info
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Went up to 'Departures' at DMK at 6 pm heading to Thonglor. 1st 2 guys refused, 3rd wanted 600B. 4th - 400B. 5th - bingo. No tollway - 25 mins - 170B.
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UBER launched in Bangkok a while ago so getting a somewhat traceable somewhat reliable ride and paying by credit card is now possible.

https://www.uber.com/cities/bangkok
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When I returned from BKK to ORD in early May, there were turnstiles at level 4 so no more trying to get your taxi at departures level. You can't get to the street!
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Originally Posted by sim510 View Post
When I returned from BKK to ORD in early May, there were turnstiles at level 4 so no more trying to get your taxi at departures level. You can't get to the street!
I see people do it every time I'm there.

If you place the turnstiles in this configuration you can through the corners:

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Only you can decide if it's worth it.

Edit: My diagram isn't showing as typed. Suffice to say, if you angle to gates you can pass through.
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Edit: My diagram isn't showing as typed. Suffice to say, if you angle to gates you can pass through.
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I have a question about getting a taxi back to bkk. We have a 6:50am flight to NRT on Monday. We are staying at the Anatara riverside. Normally I would have the hotel just hail us a taxi...but with the curfew I'm not sure how that will work. There are four of us with a total of four checked bags and four carry on sized.

Should I arrange something with a limo company for this, or should I still be able to get a taxi?

That is in advance for the help.
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Originally Posted by serfty View Post
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Thanks.

Originally Posted by travelinterpreters View Post
I have a question about getting a taxi back to bkk. We have a 6:50am flight to NRT on Monday. We are staying at the Anatara riverside. Normally I would have the hotel just hail us a taxi...but with the curfew I'm not sure how that will work. There are four of us with a total of four checked bags and four carry on sized.

Should I arrange something with a limo company for this, or should I still be able to get a taxi?

That is in advance for the help.
Arrange, ahead of time, for an Innova taxi to take the four of you. It will be a set price (including tolls) but it will be easier than other options.
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Originally Posted by serfty View Post
Use [code][/code] tags:
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Not sure it would work for me. I always have a luggage cart, and am often carrying two suitcases. I think it would work with a small rollaboard or carry on only, that you could lift over your head. Am I wrong?
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There are taxi drivers waiting to help people get their luggage over the barriers. As I arrived last week to fly out, I saw a few people being "assisted" with their bags.
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Originally Posted by 2lovelife View Post
There are taxi drivers waiting to help people get their luggage over the barriers. As I arrived last week to fly out, I saw a few people being "assisted" with their bags.
I just went through today, at least one of the middle turnstiles turns both directions rendering it pointless.
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I just went through today, at least one of the middle turnstiles turns both directions rendering it pointless.
Where there's a will there's a way.
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