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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 Aug 15, 2014, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Tchiowa
If ARL,
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.
Remember there are some maintenance issues with the ARL the moment. The acting managing director (!) said that the fleet had passed the due date for checking with no checks probably until December
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Old Aug 15, 2014, 10:56 pm
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Not sure how long it's been it's been the case but today i noticed the turnstiles on the 4th floor are run by a motor and constantly in motion. This is actually a very clever way to further restrict access to the taxis on departure level.
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Old Aug 15, 2014, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by dsquared37
Not sure how long it's been it's been the case but today i noticed the turnstiles on the 4th floor are run by a motor and constantly in motion. This is actually a very clever way to further restrict access to the taxis on departure level.
I noticed this last week for the first time as well.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 1:14 am
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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.
I take ARL to Makkasan, change to MRT, get off at Lumpinee and take taxi from there. You avoid getting a taxi at Makkasan or at Petchaburi MRT St (can be very troublesome with luggage) and the congested Sukhumvit Rd.

My Q: Any tips on getting a taxi at Makkasan? (if going to Sukhumvit Rd). If you take a taxi from the entrance of Makkasan St. you will need to make a huge detour towards Rama 9 for the taxi to get in the right direction towards Asoke; if you use the pedestrian bridge to Petchaburi MRT, I find it difficult to find a taxi and - if you are are able to flag one down - that will take you to Sukhumvit Rd (unless you pay 200 B). Most frequently used excuse: Traffic jam....

Why it is so diffucult to get a taxi at Petchaburi MRT St going towards Sukhumvit?

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Old Aug 16, 2014, 1:20 am
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Originally Posted by dsquared37
Not sure how long it's been it's been the case but today i noticed the turnstiles on the 4th floor are run by a motor and constantly in motion. This is actually a very clever way to further restrict access to the taxis on departure level.
So the trick of taking a taxi from dep. level at the airport (rather than the official taxi stand on level 2) is no longer possible/more diffucult?
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 1:47 am
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Originally Posted by SK AAR
So the trick of taking a taxi from dep. level at the airport (rather than the official taxi stand on level 2) is no longer possible/more diffucult?
Certainly more difficult I would imagine.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 1:50 am
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Originally Posted by SK AAR
So the trick of taking a taxi from dep. level at the airport (rather than the official taxi stand on level 2) is no longer possible/more diffucult?
Yeah, that extra 50 thai baht is a real budget breaker.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico
Yeah, that extra 50 thai baht is a real budget breaker.
It's not necessarily the 50 Baht. Downstairs you're at hte mercy of whomever is next in line while at departures you can potential choose the taxi you feel comfortable with.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 6:16 am
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Originally Posted by dsquared37
It's not necessarily the 50 Baht. Downstairs you're at hte mercy of whomever is next in line while at departures you can potential choose the taxi you feel comfortable with.
Agreed ... It's definitely not the 50 baht. At least not for me.

Downstairs the dispatch tended to be very inefficient, I have waited long times when there were very few people on line. Thus pushing me to pursue either the 4th floor or the ARL or some other method just to avoid dealing with the airport bureaucracy just to get a taxi.

With the changes they made recently to eliminate the taxi mafia there, did the dispatch times improve at all? Did anybody notice?

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Old Aug 16, 2014, 6:28 am
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I've never had a problem with dispatch times. I've had problems with long lines when there were too many arrivals.

Tuesday night I arrived and it was the end of a four day weekend. I was 10th in line and maybe it took 8-10 mins. The driver said it was his 3 consecutive run but warned traffic was bad so the fare may be high. It was 10:30pm so traffic had disapated and the fare was normal.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 6:44 am
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Originally Posted by LIH Prem
did the dispatch times improve at all? Did anybody notice?

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Yes I have noticed shorter dispatch times.

Last week was also very good with no queue.

Will be back on Tuesday and will report then how it is.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by yosithezet
I've never had a problem with dispatch times. I've had problems with long lines when there were too many arrivals.
My experience as well. Landed three weeks ago, maybe 6-8 people in front of me, took less than ten minutes to get a taxi.
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by SK AAR
I take ARL to Makkasan, change to MRT, get off at Lumpinee and take taxi from there. You avoid getting a taxi at Makkasan or at Petchaburi MRT St (can be very troublesome with luggage) and the congested Sukhumvit Rd.

My Q: Any tips on getting a taxi at Makkasan? (if going to Sukhumvit Rd). If you take a taxi from the entrance of Makkasan St. you will need to make a huge detour towards Rama 9 for the taxi to get in the right direction towards Asoke; if you use the pedestrian bridge to Petchaburi MRT, I find it difficult to find a taxi and - if you are are able to flag one down - that will take you to Sukhumvit Rd (unless you pay 200 B). Most frequently used excuse: Traffic jam....

Why it is so diffucult to get a taxi at Petchaburi MRT St going towards Sukhumvit?
It is exactly that, bad traffic. Asoke rd is often a carpark during most of the day so that short trip south to Suk rd could take 20 mins or more, especially if it raining.

Why not just use the MRT to get to Sukhumvit and then taxi or BTS the last section?
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 12:07 pm
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So, my experience today... went to the dispatcher, got the card. Taxi driver didn't use the meter and tried to charge me 1000bht for the ride. As soon as I asked for the meter he changed his tune and went to the proper price. Thankfully I asked the airbnb host the proper rate for the taxi.
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Starblazer
So, my experience today... went to the dispatcher, got the card. Taxi driver didn't use the meter and tried to charge me 1000bht for the ride. As soon as I asked for the meter he changed his tune and went to the proper price. Thankfully I asked the airbnb host the proper rate for the taxi.
The proper price is the meter. If you paid a "quoted" price you probably got taken.
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