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Take a songtaew
Songtaews are the cheapest way to get around bangkok. They are big pick up truck looking things with a giant hood on top (protect riders from weather and sun). There are two benches inside and a railing for support. You can hail them down like taxis-they will either take you to your route privately(which costs a little more) or you join the group and he drops you and the others off. Some do have routes and will only pick ones up going that way.
They are located at the bottom of some skytrain stations. For instance, at BTS Saphan Taksin there is a fleet of them. This is more popular in other cities-such as chiang mai.
You always haggle the price with the driver ahead of time. The drivers are quite honest and some do have a fare chart. If they offer less than one us dollar -just go with it. Don' t be stingy. You may also have to show them a map where you want to go, so have it ready. Prices will be a little higher at night.
Bangkok Intl Airport
Bangkok International Airport is located in the north, outside the city. If you have ATM card, you don't really have to change dollars on arrival, you can simply withdraw some pocket moneyfrom any cashier.
There is no BTS metro to the airport. You will have to take a taxi or one of the 3 lines of buses going to the centre.
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BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Wide range of transportation travel between downtown and airport:
1. Limousine, fare starting from 650 Baht 650
2. Taxi, go to taxi stand in front of Terminal 2 Arrival Hall. Fare based on meter plus Baht 50 surcharge
3. Train, Don Muang Railway Station is about 500 metres across Terminal 1. Fare to Bangkok with Ordinary Diesel Train is Baht 5/person.
4. Airport Bus, Air-conditioned airport bus service operate between Bangkok International Airport (BIA) and downtown for 4 main routes. Fare is only 100 Bath per person throughout one single journey.
5. Public Bus, at bus stop in front of the Airport.
6. Airport Shuttle Bus, 2 routes only, Free of charge.
7. Car Rental
Meter Taxis from the Airport
Most people arrive in Thailand via Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport, 20 kilometres north of the city centre. There are two inter-national terminals. However , the principle is exactly the same in each terminal.
1. Out of Customs
2. TURN LEFT
3. Past the counters within the passengers only area (changing money here is okay for the rates)
4. Pass the lasses in the area where all the greeters are – outside the rails, smiling and snacking away. They may attempt a fast one on you, often they are selling an unofficial cab / limo.
5. Go for PUBLIC TAXI METERS exit. They are in a rank outside the automatic doors (ON YOUR RIGHT AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE GREETERS AREA) A booth is at the end of the queue dishing out tickets that give you contact details of who to contact if you have a problem (nice touch).
Taxi drivers are only permitted to pick up passengers at these authorized stands and they are not allowed to offer their services to passengers in the terminal building.(So no nipping up to arrivals and expecting a shorter queue – unless you only have hand bags - guess who does this all the time?).
Fares to Silom around 200 THB in total, Sukhumvit about the same. You pay an extra 50 THB on top of the meter fare. It's standard procedure – it's for lost time waiting at the airport.
Trips to Silom / Sukhumvit take anything from 30 mins to 1 hour depending on the time of day and weather.
Add on around 40 THB for expressways. You pay for these while you are still in the cab at the toll booth (tell the taxi to use the expressway – it’s worth it, believe me.)
No excess / number of bags fees.
Tips of around 20THB will keep the driver happy.
Have small notes ready, 20THBs and 100THBs. Often they can't break a 500 THB or a 1000THB.
Driver? ...guaranteed to know all the latest football scores and transfer market goings on.
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Airport to City on Taxis
Take the taxis from outside the airport - either left or right exit.
Do not take private taxis. The journey downtown is around 40 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic. The total metered cost around 200 baht and if the taxis travel on the
tollway and expressway downtown (faster), there are two charges of 30B and 40B to pay.
On top of that the passenger also has to pay a 50 baht airport surcharge on top of the metered fee.
Caution is that many taxi drivers claim they do not have small change; so do carry them. alternatively ask the driver to go to the nearest convenient store - 7-11 will do the trick, and funny but the taxi driver will suddenly find that he has all the loose change!!!
Therefore it should cost about 300 baht all cost covered. For a hotel limousine it cost about 1000 baht.
Trains from downtown to the airport
If you don't have much luggage (in fact no big deal even if you do, depending on you!!), you could consider taking a train from Hualamphong Train Station. It's a straightforward 60-75 minute ride to the airport. There are several stations on the way, but the airport is so visible on your right, you can't miss it.
At Hualamphong, there are tourist information advisers happy to be of assistance. At the ticketing window, they speak enough English to explain when the next train is & from which platform. Cost for this journey is a paltry 5THB!!! Platforms are on the left, before you go to buy tickets.
Frequency is roughly 2 trains an hour, best to check before your departure day.
Benefit is you can compare & contrast the several forms of transport in Bangkok, this being one of the oldest & most neglected. Also you will pass over several khlongs, seeing boats whizzing goods/passengers along the narrow canals, often at impressive speeds!!
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From Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport), I choose Limousine Service to Pattaya and vice versa. We can get a Volvo 740 Turbo intercooler or Honda City (depend on their service) It takes 1500 Baht or around USD 30 per trip. Please note about the traffic jam. In normal condition, per trip only takes 2 or 2 and a half hours but in 'abnormal' condition maybe it takes about 4 hours!
Taxi from / to Airport
After exiting the customs check at Bangkok airport, ignore all the taxi touts and follow the taxi sign to the taxi stand located outside the airport building. When taking a taxi in Bangkok, always confirm with the taxi driver that the meter will be used before boarding. The starting fare is 35 Baht.
There will be a 50 Baht airport surcharge for taking a taxi from the airport. Tell the driver to use the tollway for a fast journey to your hotel. However, you will have to pay for all the toll fees. There will be 2 toll stations along the way, and you will need to pay a total of 60 Baht (20 Baht for the first toll station, and 40 Baht for the second one). If you give the driver a 100 Baht note at the first toll station, he will give the note to the cashier and return you 40 Baht, retaining 40 Baht for the second toll station. A typical journey from the airport to the central area will cost about 160 Baht (excluding airport surcharge and toll fees). I usually round up the taxi fare to the next higher 10 Baht.
From hotel to the airport, you should definitely make sure that the taxi meter will be used, even if the hotel doorman got the taxi for you, and especially so if the taxi was waiting just outside your hotel. In my case, the taxi driver did not want to use the meter and tried to charge me a fixed fare (including toll fees) of 350 Baht!
Don Muang International Airport
Don Muang International Airport is about 24km north of downtown Bangkok, using the toll expressway or the Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road...
The airport has 3 terminals... Terminal 1 and 2 for international flights and the Domestic Terminal for domestic flights... The domestic terminal and international terminals are connected by a walkway or you can take a free shuttle bus service...
Transport to Bangkok include public taxi, limousine, airport coach from the arrival lounge... train service is also available across the road form the airport terminal building...
DEPENDS WHICH DIRECTION YOU...
DEPENDS WHICH DIRECTION YOU ARE COMING FROM BUT MOST VISITERS ARRIVE AT DON MUANG AIRPORT,WHEN TRAVELLING INTERNAL, THEY DONT COME MUCH BETTER THAN bangkok airways
DONT BE PUT OFF BY ALL THE HORROR STORIES ABOUT TUK-TUKS EVEN IF THEY ARE TRUE IT WOULDNT BE RIGHT TO VISIT BANGKOK AND NOT GO ON ONE, BE AWARE OF THE PRICE BEING CHARGED, I HAVE SPENT NIGHT AFTER NIGHT DRIVING AROUND BANGKOK IN ONE, IT HELPS WHEN THE DRIVER IS YOUR MATE, IF ANY ONE NEEDS A DRIVER OR GUIDE LET ME KNOW HE ALWAYS NEEDS TO EARN A LITTLE MORE MONEY. MY WIFE AND FRIENDS WERE IN THIS TUK-TUK I WAS IN FRONT WITH MY MATE.
cheapest way between airport & city
there are loads of way to go between the airport and the city.. the cheapest way is by train.. it's at least 10 times cheaper than the next option!! a train between hua lamphong station and the airport costs 5 (old train with fan), 10 or 20 (with aircon and stewardess) baht per person depending on the type of train.. basically, you don't get a choice.. the type is fixed with the timetable.. the other thing to note is that there are no trains between half past eight and two in the afternoon.. so try to avoid departing or landing at that time and you'll save loads of money.. ;)
the other alternatives include airport bus (100 baht per person), taxi (approximately 300 baht, if there is no traffic jam) and minivan (80 baht per person)..
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Bangkok Airport to Chinatown by Train, Bus, Taxi
The cheapest way into town from the domestic Don Muang airport is to take the local train from the airport to Chinatown (Hua Lamphong station). Ignore the taxi touts and the outside taxi que - just walk outside through the car park - and to your right. About half-way down the now-closed domestic-international walkway - you'll see a break in the fence and a pedestrian walkway over the highway. Just walk over to the small train station.
It will cost 21 baht to take the very interesting local train one hour (22 kms) straight to the end-of-the-line. You'll get out at the historic terminal - and then can walk to the underground subway. Or you can take a taxi to the backpacker Khao San road. (If you arrive in the morning, the trains go every 20-minutes but after lunch they'll only be every hour.)
The old-option of going from the international terminal to the main Don Muang train station doesn't work since they've closed the overhead pedestrian walkway from the terminal to the Amari airport hotel. Anyway, this sub-station is much closer to the domestic terminal!
Of course the easiest way into town is just to walk out the arrival hall and join the taxi que. You can't choose your taxi but it's all quite efficient. Along with paying the 50 baht airport charge, taxi meter cost, and any toll-ways - it's a smooth ride to where you want to go. It'll take 45-minutes (or more) to get to town.
FREE shuttle bus from Don Muang to the underground subway - MRT Blue Line (Chaloem Ratchamongkhon) Lat Phrao Station for Thai Airways passengers who show their boarding pass stub at EXIT 2.
If anyone's ever taken a local bus into town - I'd be interested to know the number and route. I'm thinking this could be a very long ride of a couple hours.
29 – Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong Station) - Chinatown
59 – The Emerald Buddha Temple (Sanam Luang) - Closest to Khao San Rd
95 – Ram Indra Rd – Ramkhamhaeng Rd.
4 – Silom Rd.
29 – Victory Monument – Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) - Chinatown
10 – Victory Monument – Southern Bus Terminal
13 – Sukhumvit Rd – Eastern Bus Terminal
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Never pay a surcharge for taxi's at the airport!
The absolute best piece of advice I have for people visiting Bangkok is to skip the lines at the taxi waiting area, walk around the outer edge of the airport, and then head towards the main highway that runs directly parallel to it. There are cabs that have stopped at the side of the road that you hire just as you would in any part of the city. Saves you time from waiting on line with the added bonus of not having to pay the surcharge.
Hua Lamphong to Don Muang airport
Hi, The train from Hua Lamphong is VERY reliable, as it's still the main mass transit mode of getting about. And VERY inexpensive, one-way ticket for 8 THB! Plus plenty of storage space/facility for your luggage.
After trying the riverboats, modern subway, modern skytrains, and taxis, this is another way to travel worth experiencing. For me, it was the quirkiest, with lots of friendly locals who are only too eager to assist!
Plus the journey is nice & relaxed, get to see the suburbs, people navigating small boats along the narrow river canals, residences scattered around, etc.
The airport is easy to spot on arrival too, approx 40 minute trip.
Taxi time depends on traffic, can take over an hour many times, costs around 300 THB.
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Getting To and Getting Around
By Air : Most people enter Thailand via Bangkok's Don Muang Airport, about 24 kms (15 miles) from the city centre. A second international airport is apparently under construction in the Bangkok area, at Nong-Ngu Hao in Chachoengsao province, about 29 kms (18 miles) east of the capital. When it becomes completely operational, Don Muang will become a regional airport.
Taxi : fares vary, depending on your destination, but are quite reasonable. Rates between Don Muang and Bangkok are standardised. Travellers are advised to use only authorised taxis or services under the airport's jurisdiction. Taxi drivers keep the metre running continually or ignore them altogether, so each new passenger should bargain over the fare before they begin their journey. Many hotels advise their guests to use the hotel taxi system, which is expensive but trustworthy. Just be certain the vehicle is air-conditioned or you will quickly suffer from the traffic's dreadful fumes.
The city has thousands of three-wheeled, motorised tuk tuks that also serve as taxis. They're much cheaper than the four-wheeled kind, although a bit hair-raising. There are also samlors (bicycle-powered rickshaws) and songthaews (pick-up trucks with benches for seats).
The city buses are not the most elegant way of getting around, but they're cheap, reliable, and cover a lot of territory.
Travelling by boat through Bangkok's many klongs (canals) is a charming tourist attraction and it is also a very efficient, mode of transportation. The price of a seat in a hang yao (long-tailed motorised boat) is only a few baht, or you can charter your own for about 50 baht (US$2) an hour. Expect to be splashed though. Regular ferries run upriver from the Oriental Hotel, past Wat Arun, Wat Po, and the Grand Palace. You can also bargain a bit with one of the boatmen and make your own sightseeing tour for just a few dollars.
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