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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 Dec 1, 2014, 1:30 am
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Originally Posted by Tchiowa
Uber says they will try to follow the law:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...ling-to-comply

Interesting part to me is that Uber was declared illegal but , according to the article:

"Uber did not say, however, whether it would continue to provide services in Thailand."

and

"An Uber driver on Friday tweeted a message he claimed was sent from Uber after the ban, urging all drivers to keep serving passengers as Friday was the busiest day for taxis."

The law in Thailand is sometimes "fluid".
Fully operational as of today.
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Taxi fare hike delayed

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong Monday postponed a planned increase in taxi fares while saying officials would ask ride-sharing service Uber to halt operations in Thailand

As for Uber, which competes directly with regulated taxis and limousine operators, ACM Prajin said the Department of Land Transport would try to persuade operator Uber Technologies Corp to end its operations...

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/tran...-uber-shutdown
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 6:20 am
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Transport Minister Prajin Juntong Monday postponed a planned increase in taxi fares


It seems weird that no one can seem to make a decision regarding this taxi fare increase. One day it's a go, the next it's under evaluation. And here I thought these military types were action oriented?



edited to add:


Taxi price remains at same rate today

Date : 1 ธันวาคม 2557

BANGKOK, 1 December 2014 (NNT) – The Bangkok Taxi fares will not be increased this month, while the new rate hike will be officially announced in the government gazette, said an official.

The Director-General of the Department of Land Transport (DLT) Teerapong Rodprasert has revealed that the new taxi fare rate will not come into effect today (1 December 2014), as it has to be approved and announced by the government gazette first.

He said that all taxi cars must pass the quality inspection in order to become eligible for the new price. Currently, the DLT has already inspected 20,000 existing taxi cars.

Taxi cars that have passed the quality test will become eligible for the meter adjustment under the new fare rate. All the procedures will be done within 30 days after the new pricing is officially announced, said the DLT Director-General.

The Director-General of the DLT also mentioned that taxi-like services utilizing private cars and applications such as UBER TAXI have not cooperated with the DLT.

He said that the DLT must consider about issues regarding regulation, fairness and the safety of the services regarding the pubic car services.



http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/...C5712010010040

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Old Dec 2, 2014, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by transpac
Transport Minister Prajin Juntong Monday postponed a planned increase in taxi fares


It seems weird that no one can seem to make a decision regarding this taxi fare increase. One day it's a go, the next it's under evaluation. And here I thought these military types were action oriented?
True. It seems like "more of the same". IMO taxi rates are pretty low and a small bump would probably be justified.
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 7:10 pm
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It seems like GrabTaxi and EasyTaxi are also "under review". One step forward, two steps back. And supposedly the "Digital Economy" was one of the Military Junta's proud reforms.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...ort-department

The department said hailing a taxi through a smartphone application or website is illegal because the law recognises only call centres registered with the government. Drivers accepting bookings via software...
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by transpac
It seems like GrabTaxi and EasyTaxi are also "under review". One step forward, two steps back. And supposedly the "Digital Economy" was one of the Military Junta's proud reforms.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...ort-department

The department said hailing a taxi through a smartphone application or website is illegal because the law recognises only call centres registered with the government. Drivers accepting bookings via software...
Yes, taxis are required to have 2-way radios installed. The equivalent of smoke signals in the digital economy. Probably as high-tech as the old farts running the show over here can manage.
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Old Dec 5, 2014, 3:37 am
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I realize this is primarily an Airport Taxi thread, but I found the non-airport experience more difficult than the airport one. Had no problems with the taxi queues and trip to Sukhumvit, but various day trips during a week long stay were not as easy. We typically left at 10AM for various temples and tourist sites, and we were able to hail a rolling taxi or ask the bellman to do so, and they were OK to use the meter. Later in the afternoon, say 3PM or later trying to get a taxi back to Suk was trying,you could ask 6 consecutive cabs to use the meter and they all quoted 100-150 Baht above the meter fare to make the trip, because of wait times and traffic.

So the $3 or so to get in an airconditioned taxi and back to the pool is not a deal breaker for me, but the prevailing wisdom here seems to be that you should never get in a taxi that is asking for a surcharge, but fellow novices should be aware that can involve a long wait.
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Old Dec 5, 2014, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by quickcanuck
I realize this is primarily an Airport Taxi thread, but I found the non-airport experience more difficult than the airport one. Had no problems with the taxi queues and trip to Sukhumvit, but various day trips during a week long stay were not as easy. We typically left at 10AM for various temples and tourist sites, and we were able to hail a rolling taxi or ask the bellman to do so, and they were OK to use the meter. Later in the afternoon, say 3PM or later trying to get a taxi back to Suk was trying,you could ask 6 consecutive cabs to use the meter and they all quoted 100-150 Baht above the meter fare to make the trip, because of wait times and traffic.

So the $3 or so to get in an airconditioned taxi and back to the pool is not a deal breaker for me, but the prevailing wisdom here seems to be that you should never get in a taxi that is asking for a surcharge, but fellow novices should be aware that can involve a long wait.
This is a valid post, with good feedback for those new to Bangkok.

Bangkok has dozens of intersections with notoriously long backlogs. Getting a taxi to go through one will not be hard. But, when your journey covers 2 or more of these zones, the trip cannot be reasonably made, so the taxi will refuse, or ask for an unreasonable fare.

The answer takes a little understanding of Bangkok, the zones where things clog up, or at least the methods to bypass these (skytrain, subway, river boad, motorcycle taxi, canal boat, elevated highways, public bus, etc).

Best advice is to plan and ask.

Your journey can then be made peacemeal. Taxi to transit/boat, then once near your destination, perhaps another cab. Sometimes it's cheaper, sometimes the opposite. But, it beats trying to find a cab when no one will take you, and much better than an hour (or more) in traffic jams.

Other ideas welcome!

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Originally Posted by 2lovelife
This is a valid post, with good feedback for those new to Bangkok.

Bangkok has dozens of intersections with notoriously long backlogs. Getting a taxi to go through one will not be hard. But, when your journey covers 2 or more of these zones, the trip cannot be reasonably made, so the taxi will refuse, or ask for an unreasonable fare.

The answer takes a little understanding of Bangkok, the zones where things clog up, or at least the methods to bypass these (skytrain, subway, river boad, motorcycle taxi, canal boat, elevated highways, public bus, etc).

Best advice is to plan and ask.

Your journey can then be made peacemeal. Taxi to transit/boat, then once near your destination, perhaps another cab. Sometimes it's cheaper, sometimes the opposite. But, it beats trying to find a cab when no one will take you, and much better than an hour (or more) in traffic jams.

Other ideas welcome!
Only other idea seems like "patience". Even shopping centers with organized taxi queues have problems in the afternoon or when it's raining with drivers trying to go off meter. If you insist on using the meter, you'll get a taxi. But it might not be the first one. Or the second.

Get maps of MRT and BTS and see you you can use them to help you get around. Taxi from wherever you are to mass transit is often easier.
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Originally Posted by 2lovelife
This is a valid post, with good feedback for those new to Bangkok.

Bangkok has dozens of intersections with notoriously long backlogs. Getting a taxi to go through one will not be hard. But, when your journey covers 2 or more of these zones, the trip cannot be reasonably made, so the taxi will refuse, or ask for an unreasonable fare.

The answer takes a little understanding of Bangkok, the zones where things clog up, or at least the methods to bypass these (skytrain, subway, river boad, motorcycle taxi, canal boat, elevated highways, public bus, etc).

Best advice is to plan and ask.

Your journey can then be made peacemeal. Taxi to transit/boat, then once near your destination, perhaps another cab. Sometimes it's cheaper, sometimes the opposite. But, it beats trying to find a cab when no one will take you, and much better than an hour (or more) in traffic jams.

Other ideas welcome!
Sometimes a request will take the taxi out an area thought to be more profitable and thus a denial of service barring a huge premium. While this is unlikely to be the cause of quickcanuck's situation it's still a possiblity to be considered at other times.

And sometimes you hit against a shift change and the price increase will (likely) go toward appeasing the next hack who will be receiving the car somewhat after the set time.

In any of these situations the piecemeal plan is best. But it also takes some geographical and mass transit (river/BTS/MRT/bus) knowledge to put together.
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So the $3 or so to get in an airconditioned taxi and back to the pool is not a deal breaker for me, but the prevailing wisdom here seems to be that you should never get in a taxi that is asking for a surcharge, but fellow novices should be aware that can involve a long wait.



As with anything, it's really up to you, the customer to decide if any surcharge (albeit "illegal", as if anything is "illegal" here), represents a fair value. If my only option is to pay a premium I might negotiate it down to 100 baht?

There are many, many, many reasons why a particular taxi may not want to take you to a particular destination. The typical reasons, which have been covered quite a bit in this thread, involve: traffic, proximity to "salary day" (last Friday of the month), rain/flooding, time of day, lack of a return fare, not enough fuel/no place to refuel, shift change.


In other taxi news...with typical Thai "clarity"

Higher taxi fares likely at end-of-month

By Digital Content | 5 ธ.ค. 2557 15:21 | 108 views | View Comment

BANGKOK, Dec 5 -- An increase in taxi fares in Bangkok is likely to be implemented before the end of the month, according to Theerapong Rodprosert, director-general of the Land Transport Department.

Mr Theerapong said the new fare rate--expected to be increased by 7-8 per cent during the initial period--would be implemented after all taxis running in the capital have undergone a safety standard check.

About 25,000 taxis out of over 100,000 in the capital have already completed the required safety standard test, while it is expected that at least 85 per cent of the total would complete testing by December 21, he said.

The Land Transport Department will test the taxis from 7am to 6pm daily, starting tomorrow, to enable taxis in the capital to raise the fare as demanded by drivers for several years.

Currently, metred taxis charge at Bt35 for the first kilometre travelled, with the fare increasing dependent on the distance and time stuck in traffic. (MCOT online news)

http://www.mcot.net/site/content?id=...047081818b463d
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Originally Posted by 2lovelife
Doesn't this sound inaccurate?

There was a price increase within the last decade, if I recall correctly.
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The only change was that the flagfall rate of 35 used to be for the first 2kms. In 2006, this was changed to the first 1 km. The rates were not changed...
Actually they did increase too. I'm surprised people forget.

Thanks to google, I found the current and the old fares.

The increase last time around was similar to the proposal below.

The old rates:
1.25 Baht per minute stopped
2-12 km at 4.50 Baht/km
12-20 km at 5 Baht/km
Over 20 km at 5.50 km

Current rates:
1.50 Baht per minute stopped
1-12 km at 5.00 Baht/km
12-20 km at 5.50 Baht/km
20-40 km at 6.00 Baht/km
40-60 km at 6.50 Baht/km
60-80 km at 7.50 Baht/km
Over 80km t 8.5 Baht/km

It meant an insignificant rise in short trip fares and a hike of only 15 Baht/hour in traffic jams. But for longer trips it meant raising the typical 29km BKK to the city trip from about 173 to 193 THB (appx 10%), and a 50km fare from 285 to 319 Baht (appx 10%).

http://www.thaizer.com/wp-content/up...rd-Thaizer.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DIowf3GprL...0/DSCF9165.JPG


Originally Posted by transpac
The rise will come in two phases.

A 50 satang increase from previous 1.50 baht to two baht will apply to each subsequent kilometre and when the car stops.

The distance to be calculated will also be reduced to every 10 kilometres from 12 kilometres , thus resulting in lower fares for shorter distances.

At present, taxi fares are 35 baht for 0-1km, five baht each for the first to 12th kilometres, 5.50 baht each for the 12th to 20th kilometres, six baht each for the 20th to 40th kilometres, 6.50 baht for the 40th to 60th kilometres, 7.50 baht each for the 60th to 80th kilometres, and 8.50 baht each for the 80th kilometre or higher.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/tax...8-13-december/
Thank you for the link.

The big jump here seems to be the waiting time, from 90 Baht/hr to 120 Baht/hour and that 29km trip from the airport will soon be 209 Baht (from 193).

Sounds reasonable to me.

That 50km fare now jumps to 360 Baht though.
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Krabi Airport Taxi

Will I get a taxi at noon from Krabi Airport to Tha Len Pier without hassle or should I prebook a transfer? Prearranged Service is 1000 Bath, will the taxi fare be simular to this?
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According to the news, Thailand has banned Uber from using privately owned cars. Cars owned by Uber are still allowed. Not sure how much this will affect their operation.
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Taxi fare to go up tomorrow - (December 13, 2014)

December 12, 2014 3:05 pm

The transport ministry has given a green light for taxis to use the new metre rate beginning tomorrow.

The new rate will see a phasal rise in taxi fare from 8 -13% , and two baht/minute rise in case of traffic jams that the vehicle can move no more than six kilometres an hour.

Under the new metre fare system, the starting rate for the first kilometre will be 35 baht.

Over 1-10 kilometres will be 5.50 baht/km, 10-20 kilometres will be 6.50 baht/km, 20-40 kilometres will be 7.50 baht/km, 40-60 kilometres will be 8.00 baht/km, 60-80 kilometres will be 9.00 baht/km, and over 80 kilometres will be 10.50 baht/km.

In case of traffic jam which the vehicle can not move or move slowly of not more than six kilometres an hour, an extra fare of 2 baht per minute will be added.

Taxi service via taxi call centre, 20 baht extra charge will be added.

For taxi service at taxi stands arranged by authorities at the Suvarnabhumi airport, extra charge of 50 baht will be added in addition to the rates.

The new taxi rates will become effective tomorrow after it was published in the Royal Gazette today.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/taxi-fare-go-tomorrow

http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/...O5712120010011

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/...ab-fare-rates/
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