Share taxi from BKK airport to KSR area
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 8:44 PM Last Post By: Krest
Feb 3, 2013 9:26 PM
Share taxi from BKK airport to KSR areaHello, My husband and i are looking for fellow travellers arriving at BKK on Feb 15 evening around 8-9pm and would like to share a taxi to the KSR area. We are also interested hiring a driver for a day to take us on a few tours on the 16th. I have read a lot of ways to get there but I think a metered taxi is the way to go. Also, this area (KSR) sounds like a very touristy area and I would believe taxi drivers should know where to go.
Feb 3, 2013 9:34 PM
1With all due respect, do you really need to go through the hassle of trying to find complete strangers at a busy international airport and then have a squeezed taxi ride with them after a long haul flight in order to save 100 baht ? Is it really worth it? Not only that but as Bangkok taxis run on LPG there is a huge cylinder in the back of the cabs which means that 4 people's luggage most likely wont fit either.
Feb 3, 2013 9:48 PM
Feb 3, 2013 9:56 PM
Feb 3, 2013 10:10 PM
4I'm with Krest on this one. A taxi will cost you and your husband $5 each. Waiting around at the airport and trying to find 2 other strangers and then squeezing all four of you in a taxi to save $2.50 each just does not make any sense.
Every taxi driver will know Khao San Road. Act like you've been there before. Don't let the driver talk you into a flat fare, just make sure he uses the meter.
Feb 3, 2013 11:00 PM
Feb 3, 2013 11:09 PM
6Taxi will cost approx 10 USD plus about 3 USD for the tollway (which you dont have to take). The fare is whats on the meter + 50 baht for the airport pick up and the cost of the tolls. The 50 baht airport surcharge is not reflected on the meter to please dont start screaming at the driver when he asks for it.
Feb 3, 2013 11:30 PM
7Just for general info. : Two weeks ago at the airport I went to the Airport taxi booth and organised myself to get to Sukhumvit (lower soi's) and the driver, just after driving off, asked for a straight down fare of 500 Baht (not a metered journey, he pays road tolls and the 50 Baht airport supplement). Since I haven't been to Bangkok for 4 years I am not sure if this is a now common occurrence.
Feb 3, 2013 11:53 PM
Feb 4, 2013 2:38 AM
9Yeah, it's about 300 baht (approx US$10) from BKK to KSR. Take a meter taxi only,, make sure they turn the meter on, and take it from arrivals not departures - yes you pay 50 baht airport surcharge and for that they record the taxi's license number. It's cheap. No reason to be a peasant to try to make it even cheaper.
Feb 4, 2013 3:43 AM
Feb 4, 2013 9:36 AM
Feb 4, 2013 11:34 AM
12You guys must be on a super tight budget for this to have even crossed your mind, it's ridiculously cheap to get from the aiport to KSR that you don't need to go through the hassle of finding another passenger. If it's so important for you to save a couple of baht then you'll find someone in the taxi queue going to KSR so just ask any young person with a backpack.
As for them knowing where KSR is well in theory yes but if you say "koh san road" in the way most tourists pronounce it sometimes they don't. Pronounce it Kowsarn without the road bit and they usually know exactly where you mean. The women working the desk at the taxi rank is I think supposed to tell the driver where you are going, they always ask you, but don't always seem to pass that info on to the driver who will usually ask again when you get in the car.
Any problem with him putting on the meter just get out, he'll turn it on because otherwise he's gonna have to join the back of the queue again and he won't want that.
Feb 4, 2013 11:43 AM
13I agree with #11. It's not common for the driver (or the taxi desk person) to ask if you'll pay a flat fare of 400 or 500 baht, but it does happen from time to time. Just tell them you'll pay the meter.
Again, to make things very clear, you follwo the signs for public taxi, you walk outside to the desk for the public taxi, you tell the guy/girl your destination, they write down your destination and hand you a receipt, you tell the driver when you are going, you pay the meter fare, the highway tolls (about 65 baht i.e. $2), and the 50 baht airport surcharge. In the unlikely event that the taxi driver at the airport refuses to turn on the meter, tell him to let you out. My experience at the airport is that they will always turn on the meter eventually if you insist.
Note that the receipt also has the driver's license plate number (I think) and the number of the taxi authority. You can hand the driver the receipt to show him the destination but get it back from him so that if you have any trouble (very unlikely) you have that info as leverage.
Feb 4, 2013 1:41 PM
14Yuts when you are at the airport head straight for the ground floor that's where the taxi meters are.You will see people lining up and the lady will ask your destination issue you a receipt and off you go.
Don't listen to touts on your way to the taxi rank.
All of the above info is correct around 300 baht maybe a few tolls .Its easy and cheap.
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