Taxi from Suvarnabhumi International Airport

“No meter” taxi scam from Suvarnabhumi International Airport still rings in my head, even though it happened two decades ago. Once bitten, twice shy indeed. Public taxi from Suvarnabhumi airport is not bf and my usual choice, but once in a while, we do use them. Bad drivers, good drivers, we experienced a mix of them. Getting out of Suvarnabhumi International airport from Nepal two days ago, we got a taxi from the official taxi rank at the airport.

Public Taxi on Level 1, Suvarnabumi International Airport

After walking out from Arrivals gate at Level 2, we followed the signs to “PUBLIC TAXI” on Level 1, one floor down from the Arrivals level.

Gate 7, Public Taxi at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Gate 7, official Public Taxi rank
Gate 7, Public Taxi official rank Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Gate 7, official Public Taxi rank
Gate 7, Public Taxi official rank
Turn right after walking out from Gate 7

We walked out through Gate 7 to outside the building, turn right to the taxi rank, and there were no queue when we were there.

Taxi queue lines at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
3 taxi queue lines
Taxi queue lines at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Short Distance Taxi queue

There are 3 lines: large taxi, regular taxi and short distance taxi (less than 10km). 

I thought that the short distance category is rather confusing. Short distance taxi’s destination includes Lat Krabang Road, King Keaw Road, Rom Klao Road, Mega Bangna, Hua Takae, Suk Saman Junction, Hua Chiew University, Krungthep Kreetha Road and Chaloem Phra Kiat Road. I did a Google Map search – most destinations listed are 4-7km away, except for Mega Bangna approx. 18km away.

Taxi queue ticket dispensing machine at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Queue ticket dispensing machine
Taxi queue ticket dispensing machine at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Queue ticket dispensing machine

We approached one of the queue ticket dispensing machines, only to find it not working. We then used the next machine. Pretty easy – just need to click “press here” button.

Taxi queue ticket dispensing machine at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Queue slip

After pressing the button, a slip will come out – it will show you parking lane number of assigned taxi, with corresponding name of the driver, ID, car license plate and also tel number.

Keep your trolley carts
Taxis waiting for passengers
Large MPV taxi at Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Spotted a large MPV taxi waiting

As we walked towards Lane 14, there were many taxis waiting – spotted a large MPV taxi in the parking lane.

Taxi driver helping with luggage
Our driver helping with our luggage
Meter switched on when we are inside the taxi

Khun Annop Poongtomc, our assigned driver is an exemplary driver – not only that he helped with our luggage, he is soft spoken and a safe driver too. He waited two hours for this trip – a slow day, even though it was the end of long weekend in Thailand. He checked our slip, and then returned it to us. Bf told him our destination, and the driver took heed of bf’s preferred route.

50 baht taxi service fee at Bangkok airports
50 baht service fee on top of fare

Calculating fare is based on distance plus 50 baht service fee. We paid around 300 baht including 50 baht service fee for approx. 30km distance, quite close to estimate fare.

Distance

Rate

Our fare (THB)

0-1 km

35 THB

35

1 – 10 km

5.5 THB

55

10 – 20 km

6.5 THB

65

20 – 40 km

7.5 THB

 75

40 – 60 km

8.0 THB

60 – 80 km

9.0 THB

80+ km

10.5 THB

Minute (slow traffic)

2.0 THB

230

 

For taxi service complaints:

  • Call Airport of Thailand’s call center 1722 or 02-132 9199
  • Call Suvarnabhumi Airport 02-132 0360 or email suvarnab_suggestion@airportthai.co.th.
  • Call Department of Land Transport (DLT) at 1584 /02-535 1616 (24-hour)
  • Call National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Thai government at 1111 (24-hour)
    • It seems that they deal with all sorts of complaints from foreigners

 

Read about my taxi ride experience from Don Mueang International Airport here.

Notyourtypicaltourist

Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

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