Airport Taxis, Bangkok
I would also say take a cab. Instead of getting one from outside arrival, go up to departure instead. It's slightly cheaper..I stayed at Fraser Suites Sukhumvit when I was in bangkok.
If I remember correctly, the fare from the airport to Sukhumvit was less than 500 baht. Just make sure that the driver turns on the meter, that way he doesn't just quote you any price. Happy travels!
Look for the public taxis outside the airport; there is a 50 baht surcharge, then we paid an additional 270 which was around $10 to take us directly to Khao San Rd. I think it would also depend on what time you arrive, we arrived at midnight so there probably wouldn't be much other public transportation anyway.
If you don’t mind spending a little more money for transit into Bangkok from the airport and depending on the time of day you will go into town from Suvarnabhumi Airport this might prove to be a decent way to spend a few extra Baht.
I found and used a METERED taxi on the GROUND LEVEL from Door 8. The doors are numbered and you will easily find the line for taxis, access is controlled and assigned in a pretty organized fashion. Go down a level from the main Arrivals level and you’ll find the taxis. I was staying in the Banglamphoo area and I think I paid about the equivalent of about $ 20.00 including the tolls used for the freeway. Given the distance involved I thought it was a pretty reasonable cost.
The LITTLE catch with using this mode of transit is that to save money in transit time its BEST for the driver to use the TOLL freeway and you must pay for the TOLL in addition to the taxi fare, however in the long run it’s still faster than using the buses that are available.
If I was arriving mid day during the week I would consider other cheaper options to get into the city because of traffic congestion but during off hours this proved to be a fast and efficient way to get to my accommodation. Nowadays the airport is served by a sky train to move you to the downtown area of Bangkok so the train might be a better option for you although I like the idea of hopping into a taxi.
If you use the taxis on the MAIN floor Arrivals level you can negotiate a fixed rate but it will not be metered and it’s MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE so BEWARE of this….CHEAPER and METERED taxis are to be found on the ground floor level below ARRIVALS…take the elevator or escalator down and walk to door 8.
Never, ever take anything but a metered taxi available outside the airport. Those inside will cost you dearly and you'll probably end up somewhere other than planned as you will be convinced that your hotel is booked solid, or has even reciently burned to the ground. A big problem here, believe me as I see it every time I'm ion the airports and constantly warn the unknowing first time tourists. Get in the que outside tell them where you want to go and they will assign you a taxi. If you take the highway you will be expected to pay the tolls. Depending on where in the city your going, typically 2 tolls, less that 100 baht combined and expect your fare to be 200 or so baht. Always take a metered taxi.
In the city they're everywhere with a lit light on the roof. Tell them where your going because many times they will refuse to take you if it will involve a lot of traffic congestion.
Hi Jan, very easily. Should only take you about 20-30 by taxi, at most. I don't know what bus takes you there but you will have plenty of time to spare either way. On a saturday and 9am there will be no traffic that will delay you. Shouldn't be more than a couple hundred baht but make sure that you have the driver run the meter, or grab another taxi.
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Good luck and have fun
The 1st time I took a Taxi to the Airport from my Hotel near Phra Arthit wharf, I was told a set fare of 400tb.
The second time, I asked for the Meter to run. I was travelling from MBK. What I didn't realize until too late, was that he wouldn't use the expressway, took the side roads and we were in bad traffic jams. The Expressway was often alongside, and I could see the traffic zooming along while we were at a standstill. Through this, I only just made it in time for my flight.
If you are going to use the meter, THEN CHECK FIRST IF THEY ARE GOING BY EXPRESSWAY OR BACKROADS, it makes a lot of difference to the time it takes to get there.
Once you arrive at the airport, the best way to get to Bangkok is via meter taxi. Now, there are two ways you can catch a taxi. The tourist way is to exit the building at the arrivals hall at gate 3 and go to the meter taxi counter to take a taxi. Try very hard to ignore the official and unofficial touts in the arrivals hall. Make sure that the taximan turns on the meter. A B50 surcharge applies on top of the meter fare and tollway charges if used.
The second method whereby most if not all Thais use is to go up to the arrivals hall and take a taxi where a departing passenger has got off. That way, you avoid paying the B50 surcharge.
The airport train is about to be ready as I am typing this but still, I would prefer the more personal and direct door to door meter taxi.
When departing Thailand, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to go through immigration as it can take forever processing a passenger, not forgetting it is a huge airport too.
We caught a taxi at the departure hall instead of the arrival hall. We negotiated the price with the taxi driver and quickly hoped into the taxi. The taxi is not supposed to pick up any passengers at the departure hall but a lot of taxi drivers are doing that.
Initially we asked for 250 baht and the taxi driver told us we need to pay toll. We asked what is the best price inclusive of toll and settled for 300 bhat. Later we found that there is no toll on the way to the hotel.
The easiest and fastest way is by taxi. As you exit the airport you will see taxi stands just before you hit the road. Grab ticket, attendants will approach you usually, and wait for your taxi. It's about 500 baht or less from airport to downtown Sukhumvit Rd. You will have to pay for the toll road, minimal. Yeah it's more than taking the bus or MRT but so much faster and convenient, not to mention the taxi will take you right to your hotel. Bus or MRT you'll end up taking a taxi anyway once you get into town, and you'll have to drag your luggage around.
The price at the taxi stand should run you about 600B and that should also include the toll. You could get a meter run taxi and that may run you about 400-500 but probably about the same to Khao San Rd. You are better off with the taxi stand. Unless it is way out of the way, the price will be the same in the general area of downtown.
Just got back from Bangkok last week, being first timer there, I really don't know my way around, so its better to take a taxi from the airport to the city, it save your time, and all the hassle you might face there, and its cheap as well.
A note to point is that, remember to get the Airport public taxi not the Airport Limo or the taxi tons tons.
You will be at the 2nd floor (the arrival gate), after collecting your luggage head outside and turn right, you will see the Airport personal manning the taxis, go to them and tell them where you are going, they will give you a piece of paper for the taxi driver, this is to make sure the taxi runs on meter. You will be told in advanced that you are required to pay additional 50bath for the toll.
There you go hope this help
A Taxi is the easiest wayto get from the airport to downtown
Its about 700 baht to the centre. You will be bombarded with people asking if you want a limo or taxi as you walk out of the airport. Ignore them all and head for the taxi rank. There will be someone there who will take your fare before you board.
It also helps having the name and address of the hotel written down so they can understand you easier.
The easiest way is to take a taxi. It will take about 30-45 minutes depending on where you are leaving from and what time of day allowing for traffic. If you happen to leave at or near peak traffic time, no bets on time, could take you over an hour. Make sure the taxi that you are using is metered and that you agree that the meter will be used prior to leaving. The cost is or should be around 700 Baht, give or take a hundred or so plus a tip depending on your luggage situation. This is usually hassle free for the most part.
You could also take a hotel limo, same as a taxi but it'll cost you 2-3 times the amount, but it is alsao fast and hassle free.
You can take a bus and they, like a taxi will drop you at the front but this can be time consuming but the cost is a fraction of what you'd pay a txi.
The MRT will also get you there but it means hauling your bags around, unless you travel very light. Not sure where this drops you but I beleive it's close. But if you have some bags to carry around, close is'nt good enough.
I always take a taxi, just plain easier and the cost is worth the effort of having to carry your bags around
When you walk out of Bangkok airport there will be loads of taxi drivers trying to get your fare. Go to the desk to book a taxi and you will pay a set price rather than having to barter with the drivers. We paid approx £6.50 gbp for a taxi from the airport to the centre of Bangkok i.e. Khao San Road. Speaking to other travellers this seems the average price as it is quite a distance.
When you arrive at the new airport in Bangkok, there is a taxi stand at the luggage caurosels
but they want between 900-1500 baht to take you into Bangkok
Walk outside the airport and go to the left, past anyone asking if you want a taxi
The metered taxi stand is the best with fares around 300-350 baht to the Royal Orchid
Make sure you have tha address or a map to the hotel, as the taxi drivers sometimes dont know they way