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Taxi

  • Although many first-time visitors are hesitant to use them, in general Bangkok’s taxis are new and comfortable and the drivers are courteous and helpful, making them an excellent way to get around.
  • All taxis are required to use their meters, which start at 35B, and fares to most places within central Bangkok cost 60B to 90B. Freeway tolls – 25B to 70B depending on where you start – must be paid by the passenger.
  • Taxi Radio and other 24-hour ‘phone-a-cab’ services are available for 20B above the metered fare.

  • If you leave something in a taxi your best chance of getting it back (still pretty slim) is to call 1644.

Taxi Alternatives

App-based alternatives to the traditional taxis that operate in Bangkok:

All Thai Taxi (www.allthaitaxi.com)

GrabTaxi (www.grab.com/th)

Bangkok Taxi Tips

  • Never agree to take a taxi that won’t use the meter; usually these drivers park outside hotels and in tourist areas. Simply get one that’s passing by instead.
  • Bangkok taxi drivers will generally not try to ‘take you for a ride’ as happens in some other countries; they make more money from passenger turnover.
  • It’s worth keeping in mind that many Bangkok taxi drivers are in fact seasonal labourers fresh from the countryside and may not know their way around.
  • If a driver refuses to take you somewhere, it’s probably because they need to return the hired cab before a certain time, not because they don’t like how you look.
  • Very few Bangkok taxi drivers speak much English, so an address written in Thai can help immensely.
  • Older cabs may be less comfortable but typically have more experienced drivers because they are driver-owned, as opposed to the new cabs, which are usually hired.