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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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Catching a taxi at BKK and general Thailand taxi discussion

Old Mar 15, 2017, 5:50 am
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I used GoTaxi

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Old Mar 15, 2017, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by CJKatl
Ultimately I paid him - It's $2 US - but it wasn't about the money.
You're safe at the front door of a high end hotel with doormen. Once you and your possessions are out of the taxi and in the presence of hotel staff, offer the driver what the fare should have been (or less, if you wish to penalize him for trying to rip you off). Tell him that if he doesn't wish to accept your offer, you'll be happy to ask the hotel to call the police.
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Old Mar 16, 2017, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by transpac
I used GoTaxi

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I meant GrabTaxi. Sorry about that.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 4:06 am
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Local cab app in the pipeline

SAMUT PRAKAN - Three local taxi companies and a software developer plan to launch a cab-hailing application in October that can be used around the country.

The announcement of the move came from taxi operators Mitsib Leasing, Mena Leasing and ThaiAce Leasing and application developer Maya Wizard Co.

Natcha Yongsa-nguanchai, deputy chief executive of Mitsib Leasing, told the press at his company in Muang district on Wednesday that the taxi operators had been in business for a long time and planned an application for nationwide use to compete with international players.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/tran...n-the-pipeline
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 5:27 am
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Now it all makes sense.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH
You're safe at the front door of a high end hotel with doormen. Once you and your possessions are out of the taxi and in the presence of hotel staff, offer the driver what the fare should have been (or less, if you wish to penalize him for trying to rip you off). Tell him that if he doesn't wish to accept your offer, you'll be happy to ask the hotel to call the police.
I had to do this just last week from BKK to the Sheraton Sukhumvit.

Fare should have been THB 225-250 (plus the 50-Baht airport surcharge). Somehow ended-up double that.

Told the driver he needs to have his meter fixed and handed him 300. He laughed.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by Always Flyin
I had to do this just last week from BKK to the Sheraton Sukhumvit.

Fare should have been THB 225-250 (plus the 50-Baht airport surcharge). Somehow ended-up double that.

Told the driver he needs to have his meter fixed and handed him 300. He laughed.
You should have handed him 200 and given him the choice of accepting it or waiting for the police. In the end he was even; there's no loss for him in that situation.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by yosithezet
Now it all makes sense.
Indeed. There's always a perverse (financial) rationale.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by dsquared37
You should have handed him 200 and given him the choice of accepting it or waiting for the police. In the end he was even; there's no loss for him in that situation.
After 24-hours in transit from JFK, it wasn't worth the bother.

I have in the past, however.
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it wasn't worth the bother
This is why I always take the AOT option. It's not worth the $15 I'd save taking a meter taxi for the 20% chance there'll be some drama.
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Old Apr 2, 2017, 6:31 pm
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for the 20% chance there'll be some drama.

Seems like there was a lot of taxi drama this week...

Police chase taxi driver accused of trying to rape passenger

An arrest warrant has been issued for a taxi driver who allegedly tried to raped a Myanmar passenger, while the police expressed confidence that they would be able to capture the suspect soon.

Metropolitan police chief Pol Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn said on Sunday after the court issued the arrest warrant for Khomsan Totim, a 34-year-old fugitive, that the investigation team was tracking the suspectís escape and would apprehend him soon.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311095


Cabbie fined after throwing out passengers

The cabbie, identified by the Land Transport Department as Phussdee Anchanpat, is wanted by the agency which has fined her for rude behaviour. (Photo from Yaowalak Chusri Facebook account)
The Land Transport Department is trying to locate a woman taxi driver after it slapped a fine on her for rude behaviour and forcing passengers to get out of her cab before they reached their destination.

Department director-general Sanith Phromwong said on Wednesday that the agency has alerted police and taxi networks to locate Phussadee Anchanpat and report to the department.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...out-passengers

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/c...-family-video/
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Old May 5, 2017, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by transpac
for the 20% chance there'll be some drama.

Cabbie fined after throwing out passengers

The cabbie, identified by the Land Transport Department as Phussdee Anchanpat, is wanted by the agency which has fined her for rude behaviour. (Photo from Yaowalak Chusri Facebook account)
The Land Transport Department is trying to locate a woman taxi driver after it slapped a fine on her for rude behaviour and forcing passengers to get out of her cab before they reached their destination.

Department director-general Sanith Phromwong said on Wednesday that the agency has alerted police and taxi networks to locate Phussadee Anchanpat and report to the department.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...out-passengers

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/c...-family-video/
This has happened to me/us too many times ... but was very happy to be thrown out to fetch another cab that would use a meter and eliminate the reason for my complaint!
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Old May 7, 2017, 3:13 am
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I got back from my last domestic trip today.

I flew out of DMK
And back into BKK

Taxi to DMK was about 170 (plus the tolls 45&70??, I forget).

Taxi from BKK was 249 @32+km. It was a little higher than it should have been because the minute counter was charging even at highway speed. (+50 airport fee and 25 toll).
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Old May 7, 2017, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by 2lovelife
It was a little higher than it should have been because the minute counter was charging even at highway speed. (+50 airport fee and 25 toll).
IME it nearly always does. That's a scam which seems to bother me less, and they pretty much all do it.
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Old May 7, 2017, 6:40 pm
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A 32 Km trip with zero traffic surcharge (2 THB/min when under 6 KPH) would be 238 - 240 THB, the same distance with 5 minutes of traffic surcharge would be 248 - 250 THB, under the new faring system.

Obviously you have to slow down/stop to pay tolls, turn right or left, at traffic lights, etc. AFAIK, there is no "per second" billing with the traffic surcharge?
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