- Good for many people or a person with big/heavy luggage

Once you arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport, arrivals are on the 2nd floor. For taking public taxi stand is located on Level 1 (Ground Level), you need to go down by the escalator or lift.

 

Overview:

  • Contact Taxi counter, Level 1 – Ground Level, near entrances 3, 4, 7 and 8.
  • Receive a ticket from a taxi queue machine, proceed to the lane number printed on your ticket.
  • Taxi fare: metered taxi fare plus 50 Baht airport surcharge, and expressway fees.
  • Public taxis serving Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport must be less than 5 years old.
  • Public taxi drivers must be certified by Airports of Thailand.
  • Passenger drop off at Departures (level 4 – outer curb).

Detail:

If you plan to take a metered taxi, ask for small notes when you exchange currency. The exchange booths are familiar with this request, and will comply willingly. A reasonable supply of 100฿ notes and ideally some 20฿ notes would be best.  Many taxi drivers either do not have small change, or will tell you they don't, hoping you will let them keep a large note/bill to avoid a problem or delay.

On the B floor you will see few currency exchange booths. In case you would like to change some cash, skip the banks as the rates here are not that good. Recommend Super Rich (Green) and Super Rich (Orange) both give you the best rates.

There are also ATMs. ATMs typically dispense 100, 500, and 1000 baht notes, up to 20 notes per transaction. If you choose to use an ATM, it is suggested that you withdraw 9,900฿ instead of 10,000฿ (for example) as this forces the ATM to dispense several smaller denominated notes. Be aware that most ATM's now charge 150฿ for all withdrawals using foreign cards.  ATMs are set to dispense a maximum of 20 notes, so withdraw 15,900฿ to get the biggest amount possible with some 100 baht notes.

(If you neglect to get change, all is not lost! If you use the toll highway, the Expressway, the toll booths are obliged to change 1000฿ notes. Pass the driver a 1000฿ note to pay the toll, and voila!  You have change. Please count it.)

After you have your Thai baht, follow the signs to "PUBLIC TAXI" on Level 1, one floor down from the Arrivals level, and join the queue that may form just outside the building.

Remember Bangkok Taxi meters ALWAYS start at 35฿

You can ask the driver to take the toll/express way (although this is not always necessary especially in the late hours). If you elect to use the Toll way/Expressway, you will need to give the driver for the tolls if the driver pays, you add it to the meter fare at the end of the journey.

If possible, get your hotel name written in Thai, or print out the instructions in Thai for drivers that many hotels put on their websites, Bangkok has thousands of hotels, and no driver can know them all by their English names.

Your journey should take about 45-60 minutes depending on the day, time of day, and weather conditions.

If you want to work out "exactly" how much your metered taxi should cost  (and you know the distance from the airport to your destination within Bangkok - use Google maps)

Note:

Total Cost and Time: 350-450 baht + 50 baht airport surcharge, about 45-60 minutes (not including taxi queuing time)

Taking Taxis from Departures 4th Floor (Optional):

It is now possible to get a taxi from the 4th floor departures area. Taxis arriving at the 4th floor departures level who are discharging passengers are now allowed to accept outbound passengers. There is no 50 baht airport surcharge, and the driver must use the meter. If the driver suggests a flat rate, politely decline and move on to another taxi.

Keep your taxi ticket in case of any issues that arise. You do not need to give the ticket to the driver at any time. Follow the driver to the taxi and off you go!

You can ask the driver to take the toll/express way (although this is not always necessary especially in the late hours). If you elect to use the Tollway/Expressway, you will need to give the driver for the tolls if the driver pays, you add it to the meter fare at the end of the journey.

If you want to work out "exactly" how much your metered taxi should cost  (and you know the distance from the airport to your destination within Bangkok - use google maps)

If possible, get your hotel name written in Thai, or print out the instructions in Thai for drivers that many hotels put on their websites, Bangkok has thousands of hotels, and no driver can know them all by their English names.

Note:

Total Cost and Time: 400-600 baht + 50 baht airport surcharge, about 50-70 minutes (not including taxi queuing time)

#Alternate Options for Metered Taxi from Don Mueang Airport to Bangkok City

One way to save a bit of time if the metered taxi line is long is to head upstairs to the Arrivals level and catch a metered taxi that is dropping someone off there. If you’re choosing this option, be sure that you have your destination written in Thai so that your driver clearly understands where to take you.

#Grab Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Bangkok City

Grab is essentially the Uber of Asia. In fact, they bought out Uber all throughout Asia in 2017. You can download the Grab App before your trip and start using it right away when you arrive in Bangkok.

The nice thing about Grab is you can put in your exact destination so your driver will know where to take you, ideally without any confusion. You’ll also know how much your ride will cost up front.

A Grab taxi from DMK to Bangkok city will cost anywhere from 400 to 600 Baht depending on how far your destination is.