Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2192 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1632 times:
I'll be in Thailand the next week and had a few questions about transportation. For Chiang Mai, I got a limo to pick me up from the airport, for 300 Bhat, roughly US$8. I then asked about a shuttle or limo service from BKK to my hotel in Bangkok and they said it would 1800 Bhat, and that a regular cab would cost me 1000 Bhat. According to my travel book, a cab from BKK to central Bangkok should be around 300-400 Bhat. Is my hotel in Bangkok trying to screw me? What are my other options? My flight gets in from SIN at 11pm so I don't really want to be looking around for transportation for too long at that hour.
Joge From Finland, joined Feb 2000, 1444 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
Cheapest taxi from central Bangkok (Siam) to the airport is about 250 baht. If you want it the other way (from the airport to the city), they add a 50 baht (as I recall) surcharge. However, the rate for the ride varies a bit depending if the driver wants to take the express way and then you will have to pay for the toll. With toll it goes up to 450-500 baht.
Finding a taxi is really not an issue at the airport! Just go to the ground level, go outside and see where they have the desk for the taxis. And if somebody is offering you an alternative form of transportation (like those limos), just say no. They WILL cost you about what you said, 1000 baht.
For Chiang Mai... When I was there, I did the same thing as you and booked the limo beforehand as the flight from SIN was arriving at around midnight and I had my doubts there won't be any taxis around. Finally, there were taxis, but the limo never arrived! Took the taxi to the hotel then and got later refund for the limo.
So I would say taxi is a good option for both, beware of those rip-off limo offers and don't pre-book anything!
Ryangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
Now at the new airport on the ground level they have a service desk, literally a desk with 2 people sat there, they will grab you the next available taxi and that will cost 400 baht to any where in the city, you will have to pay an extra fee to the driver for the "service desk service!" so 450 baht in total. dont pay 1000 baht , it will be classed as a limo from your hotel and will not look like the stretched limo's you may be used to!
Bofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1593 times:
Notice! Be aware of the ousted limousine services that send their staff to the new airport on stand by at the exits. They hold up small cards claiming they are offering a service on behalf of the national airline THAI, or other transport companies. They are working completely illegally. If you bothered to ask them where their counter is located, they innocently tell you, "It is still under construction."
Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2192 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1563 times:
Well I just called my hotel in Bangkok and booked the limo. 1800 Bhat seems steep for Thailand, but I don't want to be looking for transportation at 11pm. Maybe on the return I'll try the airport express bus. Anyone know how reliable it is?