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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 Jul 2, 2014, 10:18 pm
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Now that Uber have added a whole bunch of cars to their pool in Bangkok I just use Uber. No more rigged meters, no more going around in circles, no more un-traceable, insane drivers who eat Durian and talk politics in the car.
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Old Jul 2, 2014, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by forumpersona999
Now that Uber have added a whole bunch of cars to their pool in Bangkok I just use Uber. No more rigged meters, no more going around in circles, no more un-traceable, insane drivers who eat Durian and talk politics in the car.
..... and no more 200-300 baht fares. I guess if I had your money, I'd throw mine away
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Old Jul 3, 2014, 3:39 am
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Originally Posted by whackyjacky
..... and no more 200-300 baht fares. I guess if I had your money, I'd throw mine away
They had a rate decrease which brings it to half the price of an AOT limo.

Metered point-point its marginally more than a taxi and the flat rate from the Airports is now 550 Baht for a Camry / Benz E-Class.
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Old Jul 3, 2014, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by forumpersona999
They had a rate decrease which brings it to half the price of an AOT limo.

Metered point-point its marginally more than a taxi and the flat rate from the Airports is now 550 Baht for a Camry / Benz E-Class.
That makes a lot more sense than 1000.
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Old Jul 3, 2014, 7:07 am
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Originally Posted by forumpersona999
They had a rate decrease which brings it to half the price of an AOT limo.

Metered point-point its marginally more than a taxi and the flat rate from the Airports is now 550 Baht for a Camry / Benz E-Class.
that's great ... anybody use it for pickup at the airport yet on arrival? Where do they pick you up?

Never mind ..the uber thread will be better for this, I posted there.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by LIH Prem
that's great ... anybody use it for pickup at the airport yet on arrival? Where do they pick you up?

Never mind ..the uber thread will be better for this, I posted there.
Can you post a link to that thread?
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 10:56 pm
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Originally Posted by LIH Prem
Never mind ..the uber thread will be better for this, I posted there.
Originally Posted by 2lovelife
Can you post a link to that thread?
I think he was referring to the http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/thail...w-bangkok.html thread here in this forum...
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 2:22 am
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH
We've already seen substantive results of the military government's initiatives. I have no reason to believe that they will stop in the immediate future.
I'd be interested to hear what you've already seen. From my perspective it's same old/same old.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 5:53 am
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Originally Posted by Tchiowa
I'd be interested to hear what you've already seen. From my perspective it's same old/same old.
As has already been described. E.g., elimination of taxi mafia in Phuket and at BKK, traffic tickets now result in official paperwork in duplicate rather than just money in the cop's pocket, "voluntary resignation" of unqualified people (air force officers) from positions of leadership/authority at TG and AOT.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 9:27 am
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I imagine this will be temporary. If they take away the tea money, who is going to want to wear the brown ? They'll either have to pay them a good wage (like that will happen) or they'll end up with a force of idiots.
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Old Aug 12, 2014, 9:48 am
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Taxi or Hotel Limo?

Will be coming to BKK next week. Traveling with 5 adults and carry-on luggage. Would it be better to get a limo which assures 5 passenger seating and luggage capability or just go with a cab (or how about Uber?).
Advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Old Aug 12, 2014, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by radonc1
Will be coming to BKK next week. Traveling with 5 adults and carry-on luggage. Would it be better to get a limo which assures 5 passenger seating and luggage capability or just go with a cab (or how about Uber?).
Advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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You would need multiple cabs.

Get an AOT van. Or go with http://www.limousine.in.th/ and book ahead of time then you won't have to wait. 1100 THB for a van to downtown BKK. 2 taxis would be 7-800 including tolls. So 300 THB (10 USD) for a more comfortable and safe ride.
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Old Aug 15, 2014, 1:01 pm
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Which stop along the Airport Rail Link is more convenient for getting onto a metered taxi to the Conrad hotel (Wireless road) at 4pm on a Saturday - Makkasan or Ratchaprarop?

Am I right to say that the latter would have more taxis available and does not require making a detour? Thanks.
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Old Aug 15, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by eriond
Which stop along the Airport Rail Link is more convenient for getting onto a metered taxi to the Conrad hotel (Wireless road) at 4pm on a Saturday - Makkasan or Ratchaprarop?

Am I right to say that the latter would have more taxis available and does not require making a detour? Thanks.
You can get to Conrad on Soi Ruam Rudi which means you can get to it via Sumkhumvit/Ploenchit. So don't let a taxi detour you around to Rama IV.

Actually the Ploenchit BTS station is less than a 5 minute walk to Conrad if you don't have luggage to drag around.

If ARL, I'm guessing Makkasan.

Given the time involved, hassle of waiting for a train, connecting to a taxi, etc., I suspect you'd be better off with an airport taxi.
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Old Aug 15, 2014, 6:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Tchiowa
You can get to Conrad on Soi Ruam Rudi which means you can get to it via Sumkhumvit/Ploenchit. So don't let a taxi detour you around to Rama IV.

Actually the Ploenchit BTS station is less than a 5 minute walk to Conrad if you don't have luggage to drag around.

If ARL, I'm guessing Makkasan.

Given the time involved, hassle of waiting for a train, connecting to a taxi, etc., I suspect you'd be better off with an airport taxi.
+++ ! Especially since the Tollway gets off right there.
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