Bangkok taxi can be a comfortable and affordable way to get around Bangkok. A huge number of brightly colored Bangkok taxi cars can be found all around the streets of Thai capital. In the capital of Thailand taxi meter is used but as a foreigner you should read these tips to get a fair Bangkok taxi fare.
Getting Taxi in Bangkok
The most common colors of Bangkok taxi cars are yellow/green and pink. However, you can expect to see bright blue, green, red, yellow, orange, pink/white or white taxis as well.
There is no difference which color of Bangkok taxi you will choose as the meters on all them run by the same metered fare.
You can know if the taxi is free or occupied by checking its front window. If the LED sign with 3 red Thai symbols on the front window of taxi is on (see below), the taxi is free and you can take it. However, before you get into the car, ask the driver if he will take you to your desired destination as it might be not on his way and he might refuse bringing you there. In such a case, just stop another free taxi.
For getting a fair price, you should make sure that the taxi meter is on. Normally it’s mounted on the front panel of the car.
If the driver refuses to put the taxi meter on, just get out and get another taxi – there are plenty of them on the streets of Bangkok and you won’t have a problem to find an honest driver not refusing to put the meter on.
Bangkok Taxi Fare
The list of Bangkok taxi fare according to the distance should be hanging in front of your eyes when you are sitting on the back seat of the taxi but not all Bangkok taxi drivers fulfill this requirement.
Bangkok taxi fare is really affordable by western standards as for a 5 km long journey here you will pay only 57 baht (~1.5 EUR) and 10 km trip in good traffic conditions will cost you only 85 baht (~2.3 EUR).
Bangkok Taxi Meter Rate
35 baht is a starting taxi fare in Bangkok so you should see it on the meter at the start of your journey and for this price you can travel up to 1 km.
For the distance from 1 km to 10 km the taxi meter rate is set at 5.50 baht/km. Bangkok taxi fare changes by 2 baht so the meter will go up every 0.36-0.37 km at this rate.
The longer the distance of your trip by Bangkok taxi, the higher taxi meter rate is. When the distance gets over 10 km, up to 20 km you will be paying 6.50 baht/km and the meter will go up by 2 baht every 0.30-0.31 km. The distance from 20 km to 40 km has a set meter rate of 7.50 baht/km, from 40 km to 60 km - 8.00 baht/km, from 60 km to 80 km – 9.00 baht/km and over 80 km - 10.50 baht/km. The meter will still go up by 2 baht but the more far you go, the faster it will be happening.
The taxi meter price for the distance covered usually isn’t the only part of taxi fare in Bangkok. As traffic conditions in Thai capital are complicated and traffic jams here is a norm, for every minute the taxi cannot move by more than 6 km/h speed you will have to pay extra fare of 2 baht/minute.
Bangkok Taxi Surcharges
If you will decide to take a taxi at Bangkok Airport taxi stand in one of city’s airports (Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport), there will be an additional airport surcharge of 50 baht to the metered fare.
There is a 20 baht surcharge for hiring the taxi through the radio communication center but you won’t really need to use it as it’s much easier just to get a taxi on the street.
Passengers are also required to pay any road tolls on top of any metered taxi fare.
Long Distance Journey Taxi Fares
Even if sometimes you can see recommended fares for long distance trips outside Bangkok (see below) displayed in taxis, the price should always be negotiated before the journey.
Recommended long distance journey taxi fares are:
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Pattaya – 1700 baht
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Trat (ferries to Koh Chang) – 3800 baht
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Rayong (ferries to Koh Samet) – 2700 baht
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi – 2000 baht
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Ayutthaya – 1300 baht
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom – 1000 baht
Taxi fare from Bangkok to Lopburi – 2200 baht
To avoid dealing with local taxi drivers and escape possible scams at the airport, book a private transfer online and the driver will be waiting for you at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. It's definitely the most comfortable way to reach the city and not to get lost in Bangkok on the first day of your trip.
Private transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Central Bangkok can be booked here: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Transfers.
Private transfer from Don Mueang Airport to Central Bangkok can be booked here: Bangkok Don Muang Airport (DMK) Transfers.
Using Bangkok public transportation can help you save some money and avoid traffic jams. If you need to cross the central part of Thai capital, consider using BTS SkyTrain or MRT Metro instead of taxi, especially if you’re in a hurry.
Airport Rail Link is a much cheaper and faster alternative to taking taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok. By taking Airport Rail Link you pay much less that taxi metered fare and escape paying airport surcharge and expressway toll fee. The journey by train from the airport to the last station in Central Bangkok takes about 30 minutes and it’s much less than the same distance by taxi.
An easier option to travel from Bangkok to Pattaya is by private taxi. You can book online a private taxi transfer with Bangkok hotel pick up, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) pick up or Don Mueang Airport (DMK) pick up and you will enjoy easy door-to-door transfer to your Pattaya hotel in a modern air conditioned vehicle.
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
Even if catching a taxi is easy in all most popular areas of Bangkok, choosing the best area to stay in Bangkok according to your trip itinerary could save lots of money and time. Our recommendations for choosing the right Bangkok area to stay can be found here: Where to Stay in Bangkok.
Check our Frequently Asked Questions about public transportation in Bangkok and ask your own question if it's not answered there yet.