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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 Jan 20, 14, 7:10 am
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Sathorn is around 240 + tolls + airport fee to corner Sathorn/Narathiwas, think Empire bldg or W hotel.
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Hate to appear thick, but I can't see any wiki at the top of the thread - it starts with a piece of helpfulness from 2007.
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Interesting fun fact.

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Not sure why anyone would take at taxi from Suvarnabhumi to Bangkok. Taxi will cost you 300 baht, more or less. An airport car costs 700-1,000 including tolls. 3 times as much? Yeah, but that's $30 instead of $10. And you get a nice car and a safe driver. I'm not sure some BKK taxis should still be on the road. $20 extra for safety, comfort and less hassle? After nearly a full day of flying, it's well worth it.
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Originally Posted by Tchiowa View Post
Not sure why anyone would take at taxi from Suvarnabhumi to Bangkok. Taxi will cost you 300 baht, more or less. An airport car costs 700-1,000 including tolls. 3 times as much? Yeah, but that's $30 instead of $10. And you get a nice car and a safe driver. I'm not sure some BKK taxis should still be on the road. $20 extra for safety, comfort and less hassle? After nearly a full day of flying, it's well worth it.
meh.
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meh.
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Exactly... why pay more for basically the same product. And a lot of the car options are priced substantially higher than THB 1000.
And, even though you might get an other impression reading this thread, most taxi's are perfectly fine.
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Wanted to say thank you for this thread and the advice contained herein. Spent 4 days in BKK last week and everything went smoothly. Bypassed the long line at the airport limo counter and followed the huge signs towards the metered taxis. Metered airport taxi trip to the Conrad was 349 baht all in (including 50 baht airport fee + 75 baht in tolls).
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Originally Posted by Tchiowa View Post
Not sure why anyone would take at taxi from Suvarnabhumi to Bangkok. Taxi will cost you 300 baht, more or less. An airport car costs 700-1,000 including tolls. 3 times as much? Yeah, but that's $30 instead of $10. And you get a nice car and a safe driver. I'm not sure some BKK taxis should still be on the road. $20 extra for safety, comfort and less hassle? After nearly a full day of flying, it's well worth it.
I can't understand why anyone would take a cheap airport car. The cheap version might cost THB1000, but you could get a hotel-branded BMW for only THB3000. 3 times as much ? Yeah, but (etc etc etc)
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Meh squared.
After a few cocktails at the Hyatt lounge overlooking Ratchaprasong I found this rather humorous.
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Meh squared.
Cubed.

But if I arrive a little early, I try to catch the last train to town and try to avoid the taxi

Didn't have to worry about missing the last train this time, as UA 858 went MX and got to take the bus from NRT to HND and TG 661 redeye in coach instead of Upper Deck lie flat bed seat
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