Hotel taxis have fixed tariffs. Taxis cruising the streets of
Bangkok have meters and start up from 35 baht for first 2 Kms.
Express ways charges and airport exit fees not including.
outside downtown of Bangkok, passenger has to inform to taxi driver
to get acceptance and additional charges might be happened which
depended on distance.
or three-wheel taxis are quite popular among tourists for short
journeys inside Bangkok. Fares range from 30 Baht to 150 Baht
for this means of transportation.
Hire: The Bangkok Yellow Pages lists local and international
automobile rental companies Self-drive and chauffeur-driven automobiles
are widely available. Car hire companies also operate in Pattaya,
Hat Yai, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Those possessing valid International
Driver Licenses may prefer to hire automobiles.
Bus transport in Bangkok is cheap and reasonably comfortable.
There are non-airconditioned red and green buses (any destination
3.5 Baht), airconditioned blue buses (fare depending on distance)
and air-conditioned televised microbuses with free newspapers
(20 or 30 Baht, very comfortable for longer trips within the city).
Red and green buses operate 24 hours a day (night fare 5 Baht).
The fastest vehicle to whisk you out of a traffic jam, it require
a somewhat adventurous disposition. Fares range from 15 to 100
Baht. Basically they do not go for long distances. Wearing helmet
is obligatory and usually the driver will provide you with one.
Skytrain is Launched: As promised the BTS Skytrain service was
launched on 5th December 1999, to celebrate the 72nd birthday
of the King of Thailand. The first day was marred by the failure
of the automatic resulting in long queues and waiting time of
up to one hour.
this was not to deter Bangkokians, as it seemed despite the delay
and the cost everyone wanted to try the service. The section from
Sukhumvit Rd to Morchit was particularly popular with families
combining a ride on the skytrain with a visit to the Weekend Market.
an example, it takes just 19 smooth and comfortable minutes to
travel between Emporium shopping mall to Morchit at a cost of
the frequent user a Stored Value card worth Baht 300 has been
introduced. As a special promotion the normal Baht 30 deposit
has been waived reducing the cost to Baht 270.
more details about BTS Skytrain visit www.bts.co.th
the airport and town
By Bus : Airport buses busying between the Don Muang Airport
and the major downtown destinations are worth their 70 Baht fare,
and avoiding a likely trip around Bangkok by taxi (with the fare
clocking up all the way on the taximetre), it's a bargain. There
are 3 routes of the Airport Bus:
goes to the Silom Road business district via Pratunam and Rajdamri
Road, stoppping at big hotels like Indra Regent, Grand Hyatt Erawan,
Regent Bangkok and Dusit Thani.
goes to Sanam Luang via Phayathai Road, Lan Luang Road, Rajdamnoen
Klang Road and Tanao Road; comes in hady for those travelling
to the Siam Square ir Banglamphu areas.
goes to the Phrakanong district via Sukhumwit Road.
can also catch local air-conditioned buses on the main road that
passes the airport. Bus 4 goes to the Rama Garden Hotel, Indra
Regent, Erawan, Hyatt, and Dusit Thani hotels, and down Silom
Road (last bus at 8 PM). Bus 10 goes to the Rama Garden Hotel,
the Northern Bus Terminal, the Victory Monument, and the Southern
Bus Terminal (last bus at 8:30 PM). Bus 13 goes to the Northern
Bus Terminal, Victory Monument, and down Sukhumvit Road to the
Eastern Bus Terminal (last bus at 8 PM). Bus 29 goes to the Northern
Bus Terminal, Victory Monument, Siam Square, and Bangkok's main
railway station, Hualamphong (last bus at 8:30 PM). Cost: B15.
Helicopter: The quickest way downtown is the helicopter that
lands at the Shangri-La Hotel (. Anyone who will pay the $200 fare
is welcome aboard.
Minibus: Thai Airways has a minibus service between the airport
and major hotels. They depart when they are full. Cost: B100.
Complimentary orchid nosegay included.
Riverboat Shuttle: A bus-and-boat service leaves every 30
minutes, 6 AM-9 PM. This service is really for the benefit of
guests at the Oriental, Royal Orchid Sheraton, and Shangri-La
hotels, but others can use it if there's space. The bus takes
you from the airport to the river, where you transfer to a boat
for the half-hour run to the hotels. Fare is $28 (B700); overall
time is under an hour.
Taxi: Don Muang is 25 km (15 mi) from the city center. The
road is often congested with traffic. Be prepared for a 90-minute
journey by taxi, though there are times when it can take less
than 40 minutes. obtain a reservation and prepay the fare at the
counter (at either terminal), and a driver will lead you to the
taxi. The fare to downtown Bangkok depends on the exact location
and, to some extent, the time of day. Count on B300-B350 from
the international terminal and B250 from the domestic. Taxis to
the airport from downtown Bangkok are approximately B130. Use
a metered taxi and agree to pay for the toll road, an extra B50.
upon arrival you may want to procede upstairs, to the Departure
Hall and catch a taxi that has just dropped the passengers. Insist
on charging by the metre, it's the buyers' market in Bangkok now.
It will hardly ever be more than 250 Baht when travelling within
the city limits.
Train: Bangkok Airport Express trains make the 35-minute run
every 90 minutes from 8 AM to 7 PM. Check the schedule at the
tourist booth in the arrival hall. Fare: B100. You can also take
regular trains from 5:30 AM to 9 PM. The fare is B5 for a local
train, B13 for an express.
by Tourism Authority of Thailand