We arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport at about 8 pm on a Saturday. We followed the signs towards the taxi stand, it's located just outside the airport. We walked up to the automated machines and took a number. The number was our designated taxi lane. We walked up to the taxi parked in the lane (or wait until a taxi pulls up into the lane). We told the driver our destination is the Lebua State Tower (on the west end of Silam Rd, next to the Chao river) and he turned on the meter without us asking him to. As the driver exited the airport he showed the gate attendant a card and we went through ((no money was paid). Along the drive we went through two toll gates, each time the driver paid. We arrived at our hotel and the meter read 280 baht so we paid that amount. The ride took about 40 minutes.
Grand Palace. It was about 2 pm on Sunday, we flagged a taxi outside of the palace. We got in and told the driver where to go. He did not turn on the meter, he said it would cost 300 baht because of traffic. We asked for the meter and he said no because there's a lot of traffic. We said no and just exited the cab since we were stopped at the red light.
We flagged another cab and he also didn't turn on the meter. He asked how much did we pay to get to the palace, since we took the water taxi we didn't have a price or clue. He said he would charge us 150, we said no so he asked how much would we pay. We didn't respond, we just said no thanks and got off.
We ended taking the water taxi back to our hotel, which was suppose to be 80 baht, but the lady only charged us 24 baht.
On our way to Khao San Road. We didn't go to our hotel taxi stand, we flagged a taxi from the street outside our hotel at about 4 pm on a Sunday. We told the driver where to go and he turned on the meter without us asking to. There was a lot of traffic at that time. The drive took about 30 to 40 minutes. We arrived and the meter read 130 baht. We paid that amount and went on our way.
To our hotel from Khao San Road. We left at about 9 pm. We flagged a taxi from the east end of the road. We told the driver our destination and he turned on the meter. There was no traffic, the drive was much faster, about 15 minutes. He pulled into the hotel and the meter read 90 baht. We paid that amount.
To our hotel from Khao San Road at about 5 pm on Monday. We flagged a taxi on the east end of the road. We told the driver where to go, he did not turn on the meter. He said it would cost 150 baht, I rebutted and said 130 baht. He said because of traffic it's more. I responded and said that yesterday there was traffic and the cost was 130 baht with the meter and 90 baht with the meter and no traffic. He just laughed and said it's different, but he agreed at 130 baht. (20 baht is a very low amount and even 60 baht, but I didn't want to encourage that meterless behavior so I stuck with 130. There was no traffic and we arrived within 15 minutes to our hotel.) He did not pull up to the hotel, he dropped us off outside in front of the hotel. I gave him 140 baht and he returned 20 baht I said no to keep the rest, but he insisted so I ended paying 120 baht.
Our hotel to Suvarnabhumi Airport. It was 6 am on Tuesday. We took a taxi from the hotel taxi stand. The concierge gave us a taxi ticket with the driver's information. The driver told us the fee is 500 baht. I asked for the meter but he said he is a hotel taxi and charges a flat fee to the airport only. I was about to rebut, but I held back since it made sense. Five star hotels usually do have taxi available 24 hours a day and do charge a hotel fee. This happened in other European, Nordic country hotels in the past so we agreed.
Taxis are everywhere in Bangkok, and are easily recognisable as they are usually very bright pink, orange, yellow and green, or blue. Strangely for such a big city with lots of tourists, the level of English is very low (broadly, there are exceptions). Also weirdly, unless you tell the driver to take you to a very famous monument or a general area, they won't know the place or the address, they don't use satnav/GPS, and they can't read maps. What they'll often do is drive to an area and drive around in hope they'll see your destination, or find someone to ask for directions.
What we found helped was having the name and address of where we wanted to go in Thai, and where possible talking through a map with a Thai/English speaker at the hotel so they could give detailed directions. This worked very well.
This tip is also valid outside Bangkok, and for tuk-tuks.
Easiest way to get to center of Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi airport is to take a taxi or train depending time and cost. Taxi is easiest way to get where your going if you dont know city well but cost like 300baht to get center of city and if its bad traffic time it will take lots of time.
Train from Suvarnabhumi to Makkasan cost 35baht and is very fast/cheap even if your going bad traffic time. If your going to like sukhumvit road (basicly middle of city) you can change to MRT (Metro) in Makkasan station, just follow signs and you find it easily. Asok station is just one hop away from Makkasan station.
Starting price of taxi in meter is 35baht. There are many taxies on anytime of day and night, day time its more easy to ask taxi to use meter but often in tourist areas drivers try to say some flat price which is quite over priced. So always ask meter on! If driver dont wanna go, ask next taxi as there are many. Night time in tourist/entertainment area (when people leave bars/night clubs) its even harder to get taxi put meter on, sometimes it takes 5-7 taxi to take you where you wanna go if its little bit far away than middle of city.
For example if I go home from sukhumvit to huai kwang at night time, first taxi asked 300b, next 250b then 200b, normal price is 60-70baht if you use meter (depending on time and traffic) in night time as there is very little traffic you get fast and cheap. So i suggest always ask the meter on. Ofc some taxies can have meter fixed but its always better choice ask meter on than flat price if you dont know how much the price is normal. I usually give +20% tip if taxi is using meter as taxi is anyway quite cheap way to move in city. Day time its usually better use MRT, BTS or motorcycle taxi to move as traffic is quite terrible.
I Hope this help at least little bit :)
If you arrive to Bangkok by way of Don Mueang International Airport, you may need a taxi to get to your hotel. After immigration and customs you descend an escalator to the arrival/departure area. You will see many taxi counters with employees directing you to their counter. Many of them are flat fee counters which are definitely more expensive than you need to pay.
To use the meter taxis, walk to the very far left of the arrival departure area (when you are facing the building exits). You will see bright yellow signs with explanations of cost and fees. This is the cheapest way to get into Bangkok from the airport by taxi. Approach the yellow counter and tell the staff where you want to go. If you are not sure on pronunciation, have a print out of the hotel reservation. This should have the address and they will tell the driver.
My recent trip I told the taxi driver not to take the tolled highway. The trip only cost me 260 Baht with the 50 Baht surcharge. If I were to take the tolled highway, I would be responsible for the tolls, one for 70 Baht and the other for 50 Baht. The flat fee places quoted me 800 Baht.
Taxis are so cheap in Thailand I found myself tipping 50% or more, because I couldn't understand how they could make a living. One trip of about 8 kilometers took over an hour because of the horrendous traffic, and cost than 150 baht (about 4 euros). The traffic really is bad, though, and sometimes it feels that walking would be faster. You will want to consider taxis for some journeys, especially to the grand palace, as the main public transport lines (Skytrain and metro) don't go there.
All Bangkok taxis are metered, but getting the driver to use them can take some negotiation. I found the easiest way to get an honest taxi driver was to ask at my hotel, or use one of the manned taxi ranks outside places like Siam Paragon shopping centre. Definitely don't take a taxi waiting outside a hotel or train station, and the airport taxis have a bad reputation too.
In Bangkok, there are tons and tons of taxis! Usually, taking a taxi from your hotel is fairly easy and cab drivers tend to always use their meter. But....once you're out and about, grabbing a taxi could cost you a lot of money. After you tell them your destination, they will blurt out a price to let you know what it costs to take you there. I guarentee that this is much more than what it would cost if they just use their meter to take you to the same destination. And if you asked them to use their meter instead, they usually refuse. Just wait for another taxi who will use their meter. One will come along, like I said there are tons of taxis. In any case, using a taxi is fairly inexpensive. Using the metro is even cheaper but the metro only makes certain stops.
Taxi in Bangkok
All taxis have a taxi meter that begins from 35 baht. There is taxis with different colors (red, yellow and more) and always you find one. Be careful and say the taxi driver to put the taxi meter on before he begins to drive.
First Photo: Taxis in Siam, Bangkok
Second photo: Taxi in Rama I Road in Siam, Bangkok
Third photo: Taxis in Surawong Road in Bangkok
Forth photo: Taxis in Siam, Bangkok
Fifth photo: Taxi outside the hotel
At Bangkok airport, as a beginner in global travel n age not on my sight, plane landing at Swarnabhoomi airport was at midnight, Metro trains were closed, little confused, outside it was hot, I ventured with local taxi drivers, shown them d address of my hotels n inquired about d rates, pleasantly bargain was possible n from my indian experience rates were reasonable. they came done from 700 Bahts to 350 Bahts or so. Taxi men was gentle, ride was good. Thai drivers know very little English but things are manageable, they pick commercial practical points n reply as well. people in Thailand are tourist friendly.
There are meant to be 200,000 taxis in BKK.
That's a lot of cabs.
So it stands to reason that there are going to be some "bad" experiences based on numbers alone.
I travel to BKK and other provinces 2-3 times a year, so I have picked up a few tips.
You can't pick and choose your taxi at the airport because of the process involved, but, if the driver insists on a fixed rate before he drives off, then just get out and go back to the point where you got your taxi voucher.
Don't get angry either.
If the exterior and interior of the vehicle is damaged, smelly or makes you uncomfortable in any way, then politely exit.
You pay two tolls leaving the airport en route to the city. It, is not a rip off.
Have plenty of smaller notes on hand. There are plenty of Banks in the airport.
Do not hand the driver a 1000THB note.
If the fare is e.g. 320THB give him 350. 30THB is nothing. Round the fare up, it's only fair!
You will find going to the airport a bit trickier because they know you need to get there without fuss or bother.
Hopefully you have scored a professional and proud driver. If you are staying at a good hotel then the Concierge will take note of your needs.
For pickups from the (BKK) airport there are now a number of transport providers viewable online.
I have just booked and prepaid a trip to Pathum Thani from Suvaranabhumi Airport at a reasonable rate in a standard sedan.
I hope this helps...
Try to use the metered taxis which are very comfortable and with AC rather than Tuk Tuks as the price is more or less the same when bargained. We used metered taxis most of the time as we found they are more comfortable and price wise the same.
Good standard and well organised bus terminal for bus departing to all regions within Thailand. More than 100 counters divided in different aisles as per regions. Costs around THB100 from BKK city centre to bus station, by taxi.
The bus station has a very large and very economical shopping centre with some very good bargains.
Took a bus from here to Cha Am (Hua Hin), which costed THB 155 per person. The coach was airconditioned, but not deluxe though I was told this was a First Class fare ! .....all seats were Firs Class :-). The bus was a bit run down with not a very comfortable suspension. The jouney took around 3 hrs 45 min to Cha Am, including a 20 min refreshment / refuelling stop
enroute. We were dropped off on the main road in Cha Am and from there had to take a taxi to our hotel on the beach. Taxis are difficult to get, however, near the bus stop there is a shanty restaurant which displays a "Taxi" sign. Got a pick-up style taxi with benches rather than seats. Tel of the driver: +668 5704 2290. The driver promised to be at our location within 5 min the famous "on the way" statement. Remember to add 15 min to that 5 min promised waiting time !!! The drive was quite exciting as it was a different experience sitting on a semi open taxi. Taxi costed THB 200 which was a bit on the higher side, however, the availability was more important.
We however, took a direct taxi back from Cha Am to BKK, which costed us THB 3000/-. We were a family of 4.
Bangkok is a very crowded city, with a lot of traffic; rash hours are not only in the early morning and late evening as in Europe, but all over the day. However the best way to move in BKK is by taxi (metered taxi), which bring you everywhere you need for a ridiculous amount (from/to airport the very center of the city costs about 250 bath (one hour), while within the city you can drive for 20 minutes with not more than 70 bath).
- only taxis by meter (just say "by meter" while boarding) are so cheap, other ones are only tourist traps....
- if a taxi driver invents strange excuses not to bring you somewhere (like "there is a revolution" or "it is closed today") just take the next taxi; they just tell you so because they don't earn anything (extra) by driving you to your destination.
- avoid tuk tuk (don't even answer to them, it is better not to care about them at all, otherwise they could be really noisy and annoying)
One of the transportation modes while traveling in Bangkok is taxi. Although riding taxi will be quite expensive and if you take taxi during rush hour, be prepared to get stuck in the traffic.
We used taxi from the airport to our hotel in Shukumvit road. The taxi charged us 400THB with toll road inclusive, plus 50 THB for surcharge (charged by the airport). As it was nearly midnight and we were unsure about using MRT to the downtown, it seemed pretty good deal.
The taxi driver offered to take us without meter on. On our return, we were charged 280 THB, excluded toll road fee.
Whenever you can, please choose taxi with meter. If you are in the tourist area, we found that it would be better to walk for a while to stop the taxi. As we found out that taxi parking in the tourist spot has to “pay” to park there.
Taxis in Bangkok are very colorful and I see more pink colored taxis around the city. Not all Thai taxi drivers know how to speak English but they can still help you to reach your destination. Also, I guess all taxis are metered now. When we’re in Bangkok, we rode the taxis and all used their meters. Fare starts at THB35. They aren’t fond of tipping too.
However, taxis from Suvarnabhumi Airport gives higher meter rate, they say that fare meter starts at 50Baht… I dunno but when we arrived at 9pm, there were only a few taxis lined up along the airport. So we decided to take a taxi going to the hotel since we’re so exhausted from the trip. We were given a specific fare amount of THB300 and they say that it’s the normal rate for airport taxis. but we talked to a few locals, they say that taxis from the airport really cost that much. I really dunno, but I recommend you to take the train going to the city instead of taking the taxis from the airport. But I didn’t regret to take that ride because the driver was very friendly and talkative too. I had a few Thai phrases written in my small guide notebook that I used to communicate a little with him and he was very pleased. We kept laughing inside the taxi.
I guess.... our THB300 was worth it after all.
There have been several negative comments about taxis in Bangkok lately. Here are some helpful suggestions:
There have been some comments on the website about Bangkok taxi drivers. I have had few problems with them. Make sure they start the meter and make sure they understand that BEFORE you get into the taxi. Also a good idea to photograph the taxi number (and make sure the driver sees this) in case of problems. You can tell him you do this so you can locate the taxi again if you forget something. If problems DO occur, you can let him know you sent a picture of the taxi information to a friend. Oh, and if you threaten to report him to the "Tourist Police" make sure the taxi is stopped or on a straight road. Told one that onetime and he nearly lost control while in a curve!!
You will nearly always come out ahead by paying the meter-rate instead of a negotiated rate. Exceptions might be if you are familiar with the meter rate and the driver offers a better deal. Other times during heavy traffic or long trips, the driver may refuse to accept a meter rate passenger. (When I get what I consider to be excessive requests, I usually tell him, "I want clear title and a full tank of gas!")
Passengers are responsible for tolls.
There is a service charge from (but not TO) the airports
Don't be afraid to contact the Tourist Police if you have problems!!!
MOST IMPORTANTLY--Have a good trip. Thailand is by far my favorite country and I get there about 5-10 times a year!