Taxi prices in Bangkok

Though Thailand is the most organized country in the region (except Singapore of course), sometimes it can be rather hectic to find out the actual price for transport services. Especially during the first visit to an unfamiliar country.

Tuk-tuks deserve a separate post, bus tickets are easy. Let's talk about taxis.

 

As most of travellers start in Bangkok, it's rather logical to provide taxi prices there, and use it as a reference later on. It just gets more expensive. The good thing is that it's very cheap to start with.

Overwhelming majority of taxi cabs in Bangkok have meters installed. Slightly smaller majority are honest and will not drive in circles to have a bigger number on the meter.

Still, you never can be sure that the particular driver will want to turn the meter on, as it is not always beneficial to him. For example, driving a drunk Wester businessman to a strip club pays much more than bringing a backpacker to a hostel few blocks away.

Hence the first advice - before entering a taxi, tell him "Meter". If he agrees, there are very good chances you won't have any problems whatsoever. If he does not agree, just catch a next taxi. Be patient, as it sometimes takes 5 or 6 cars before the driver accepts to drive with meter.

If the driver does not agree or is not sure, but you still enter the taxi and he starts driving, it can happen that he asks some big amount at the end of the trip. For example, 500 baht for a trip from Khao San road to Siam center. In that case, negotiate the price, as it was your fault to not agree in the beginning. Maximum a 100 in aforementioned example, even it would cost 50-70 in normal conditions.

It can also be useful to know and use in negotiation that most of the cars run on gas, and for them it costs less than one baht to drive one kilometer in normal conditions.

At the point of starting to move, the driver has to press "Start" on the meter, which should display 35 baht. This is the minimum which you'll pay for a few first kilometers. The following kilometers are priced with a decreasing scale, which I'll provide later (not more than 15 baht per kilometer at max).

Two more interesting factors are Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi airport (or vice versa) and catching a taxi from Bangkok to another city.

In first case do not agree to pay more than approximately 350 baht.

Consider this example - my last trip was from Khao San road to Suvarnabhumi airport at 2010 December 12. The time was 3 A.M. in the morning (actually night between Saturday and Sunday). Toll road fees were 45 baht and 25 baht. The final amount on the taxi meter when it stopped, was 250 baht (in total 320 baht), at that point we have driven 37,3 kilometers in a time of 26 minutes, averaging around 100 km/h on a highway. I am pretty sure that the driver was going the correct way all the time, as I was following a map.

Of course,  in case of traffic jams the amount will be bigger, just use the above figures as a reference to judge the situation.

 

In the second case, please use the table that I photographed in one of the taxis.

It is an official pricelist of one of the companies. 

Taxi fares from Bangkok to other cities, Bangkok, Thailand

Taxi fares from Bangkok to other cities, Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Destination Price, Baht Distance, km
Ayutthaya 1000 80
Amnatcharoen 7000 600
Angthong 1400 120
Burirum 4500 420
Chaam 2000 190
Chachoengsoa 1000 90
Chaiyaphum 3800 350
Chainat 2200 200
Chanthaburi 2800 270
Chiangmai 7300 700
Chiangrai 8300 790
Chonburi 1300 120
Chumphon (Port to Ko Tao) 5000 470
Hatyai 10000 950
Huahin 2600 250
Yala 11000 1020
Yasothon 5900 540
Kalsin 5500 520
Kanchanaburi 1600 150
Khampheangphrt 3800 360
Khomkhen 5500 500
Krabi 8000 780
Lampang 6300 600
Lampoon 6900 670
Loei 5500 520
Lop Buri 1800 170
Maehongson 6800 650
Mahasalkam 5000 480
Mukdahan 6900 650
Nakhon-nayok 1100 108
Nakhonpathom 700 60
Nakhonphanom 7500 740
Nakhonrathcsima 2500 280
Nakhonsawan 2600 240
Nakhonsithammarat 8000 780
Nan 7000 670
Narathiwat 12000 1050
Nongbualamphu 6900 580
Nongkai 7000 615
Nonthaburi 400 20
Pangnga 7900 750
Pattaya 1500 145
Pattani 12000 1050
Phachinburi 1500 140
Phayao 7400 700
Phathumthani 700 60
Phatthalung 9000 880
Phetchaburi 1500 150
Phetchaburi 3800 350
Phichit 3500 340
Phitsalunok 3600 350
Phrae 6500 550
Phuket 8500 820
Prachuapkirikhan 3000 290
Rayong 2200 210
Ranong 6800 650
Ratchaburi 1300 132
Roiet 5500 520
Sakaeo 2500 245
Sakhonnakhon 6900 650
Samutprakan 500 50
Samutsakhorn 500 50
Samutsongkhram 1200 105
Saraburi 1200 110
Singburi 1600 150
Songkhla 10000 950
Srisaket 6000 580
Sthun 10000 950
Sukhothai 4600 450
Suphanburi 1600 158
Suratthani 7900 750
Surin 5000 460
Tak 4500 430
Thang 9000 880
Trat (Port to Ko Chang) 3500 325
Ubonratchathani 6500 630
Udonthani 6500 570
Uthaithani 2400 220
Uttaradit 5800 500

 

Have a good trip!

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Cringel Jurga's picture

Hope

Let's hope this will prevent our fellow travellers from the local "taxi gang".