Taxi from Don Mueang International Airport

From Don Mueang International Airport, we usually take the Airport Bus to BTS Mo Chit/MRT Chatuchak Park and then transfer to MRT. NOT so much because of money issue, but the Airport Bus is really convenient for us. But this time round, we were dead tired from our wee-hours flight from Taipei; opted for taxi.

Some people hail a taxi at Level 3, the Departure Floor to save on 50 baht service fee. Of course, this comes bundled with haggling with taxi drivers … “Lat Phrao? No, not going …. ” “Lat Phrao? 300 baht …”  Thanks but no thanks, we dutifully followed the legal way yesterday.

Follow “Taxi” sign
Gate 8

At Level 1, the Arrival Floor of the International Terminal (Terminal 1), turn left as soon as you’ve gone through the doors. Follow “Taxi” sign and walk towards Gate #8 at the far end.

Desk 1-4
Queue up accordingly

At Gate #8, there are 4 desks #1-4, but only #3 & #4 were in operation. Queue up accordingly.

Waited for 5 minutes

The airport was relatively quiet on Saturday morning – we were in the queue for only 5 minutes.

Staff issuing ticket
Ticket issued

Upon reaching the counter, we were asked for our destination, then given a hand-written ticket and assigned a taxi accordingly. A staff then usher us out to the taxi queue.

Taxi plate number matching receipt

The assigned driver and license plate number information stamped onto the ticket, shall matches the actual vehicle. You need to take note of this info for complaints, or if you need to trace your belongings.

Driver loading baggages for passengers
Our driver unloading our luggages

The drivers helped with loading baggages at the airport and unloading them at drop-off.



Our fare (THB)

0-1 km

35 THB


1 – 10 km

5.5 THB


10 – 20 km

6.5 THB


20 – 40 km

7.5 THB

40 – 60 km

8.0 THB

60 – 80 km

9.0 THB

80+ km

10.5 THB

Minute (slow traffic)

2.0 THB


Our fare from airport to Lat Phrao, around 16 km came up to approximately 130 baht + 50 baht surcharge = 180 baht. Our taxi driver didn’t use the Don Muang toll way, so we saved on the toll way fee. The table above shows taxi rate and my calculation for our 16km ride.

3 things to note:

Fare accord to meter + 50 baht surcharge + toll fee
  1. Fare is based on actual meter + additional 50 baht surcharge for the taxi driver
  2. Toll way / expressway fee must be paid by the passenger – taxi driver usually asks for the money before he/she passes through the toll booth
  3. Any complaints, there are 3 ways to address it – take down the license plate and the time and place of incident:
Call 1155
.. or call 1584
Complaint slip
  • Call Tourist Police Call Centre at 1155 (24-hour)
  • 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
  • Call Palang Ruam Co Ltd at 088-690 5470 or 02-535 1616 or mail complaint slip (on the back of the ticket)

Read about my taxi ride experience from Suvarnabhumi International Airport here.


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.

3 thoughts on “Taxi from Don Mueang International Airport

  • October 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Dear Notyourtypicaltourist,

    This is my first time travelling to Bankok (4 adults). Which is the cheapest and faster way to travel from Suvarnabhumi airport or Don Muang Airport (depends on what flights) to the city and vice versa ?
    Which hotels would you recommend around S$50 to S$100 budget per night ?
    Near cheap and good foods eating place, near shopping mall and night market ?
    and possible a more safety place(no pick pocket, robbery, safe to walk at night)
    Thank you for your advise


    • October 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Nicholas,

      Depending on where you stay, you may consider Bus + MRT/BTS from Don Mueang and also Suvarnabhumi. You also have the option of Airport Rail Link + MRT/BTS from Suvarnabhumi. As for accom, you may want to consider Pratunam area. If you are alright with budget-stay, do check out LubD (at Siam and Silom area) and Take A Nap.

      Good luck and enjoy BKK!

  • December 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this brilliant tips.

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