Bangkok Airport Taxis
Taking any of the Bangkok airport taxis for getting into the city is a relatively simple affair. There are two airports in Bangkok; Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. After clearing customs, head to arrivals within the airports and you will clearly see the taxi signs directing you the right way.
At either airport when you do reach the taxi counter with it’s English speaking officials, you tell them where you want to go and they’ll arrange a taxi for you. They will likewise give you a receipt, which has the cab driver registration details on it and point you to the waiting taxi car. Taxi drivers should use the meter, though some will attempt and price quote a fixed price. If this happens just get out and report it to the taxi office.
A properly accredited taxi in Bangkok is recognisable by the yellow-and-black number plates and the ‘Taxi-Meter’ sign on top of the automobile. The journey downtown will take from between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending upon the traffic and where you’re going. The closest popular tourist area to the airport is the Sukhumvit District, which on a good day will take around 30-45 minutes. Silom, Sathorn, and Siam Square will take about 45 minutes to an hour to reach while if you’re heading over to Khao San Road it could well take over an hour.
When travelling from Suvarnabhumi Airport and using the Expressway, you will pay a surcharge. This is paid for by the passenger, though the driver may pay at the time and you’ll be anticipated to pay at the end. Passengers likewise are required to pay a 50 THB airport surcharge on top of the metered cost. With all the fees included, the total cost will be around 250 THB for Sukhumvit District and approximately 400 THB to Khao San Road.
The taxi fare rate within Bangkok and Greater Bangkok from Don Muang Airport is charged by the metre plus a 50 THB airport additional charge. In addition, if taking the tollway, travellers are required to pay the tollway cost. The taxi fare rate outside Greater Bangkok and other provinces is fixed by BIA without the 50 THB additional charge for the driver.