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Official Bangkok Don Muang Airport Taxi Rates & Fares

Bangkok Don Muang Airport taxi rates given here are in the local currency (THB or Thai Baht). Use our currency converter or the cheat sheet to the left if you would like to convert to your currency. Note that Bangkok Don Muang Airport taxi rates given here are for official taxis and unofficial or pirate taxis (discussed below) may be different.

  • Expect to pay THB 250-300 for a trip into town, although this will vary with traffic and routes.



    July 2015: Increases to taxi surcharges have been announced, but when, and by how much, has not yet been confirmed. Stay tuned!


Bangkok Taxi Payment: Cash • Try to have exact change as drivers will typically not have change
Bangkok Taxi Tipping Recommendation: Tipping optional, Round up to next bill/large coin

Official Bangkok Don Muang Airport Taxi Details

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Official Don Muang Airport taxis may be hired from the taxi stand outside the Arrivals area at Bangkok Don Muang Airport. Expect to be approached by touts offering transportation to town and it is best to ignore them and go outside the airport doors and to the right to the official Don Muang Airport taxi booth. Someone at the booth will ask your destination, translate it into Thai and then assign you to a taxi driver who will likely come and meet you.


The Don Muang Airport taxi driver will offer to stow your luggage in the trunk of the cab, although there isn't usually too much room due to the propane cylinder. Before putting the luggage into the trunk, have a peak into the middle front of the taxi for the meter to be on and running (you should see the '35' flagfall price in red or green. If you don't see it, say "meter" to the driver. This might start a negotiation of price or just a "ok". If the driver tries to fix a price, you will be ripped off, so stick to "meter" or walk away and find another taxi.

 Pirate Bangkok Don Muang Airport Taxi Serivce


Don Muang Airport pirate taxi operations are very common. Typically you will be approached by touts asking where you are going or which hotel you are staying at. Avoid any conversation with them as it is a ploy to get you into a pirate taxi at an increased price.

IHateTaxis.com does not recommend the pirate Bangkok Don Muang Airport taxi service.

We do not recommend this option as you will probably be ripped off.

 Bangkok Don Muang Airport Taxi Scams

SAFETY CAUTION: In July 2013, a Bangkok taxi driver was arrested and charged in the killing of an American passenger over a fare dispute. At this point, few details are available, however IHateTaxis advises extreme caution when taking taxis in Bangkok. Under the circumstances, you may want to consider taking a private car for the greatest security. If you wish, you can book your private Bangkok Don Mueang Airport transfer from IHateTaxis now, and arrive stress free.




Unfortunately Bangkok hosts lots of taxi scams, mostly due to tourists falling for them. We at IHT have personally experienced several and these are the most common ones. If you appear to taxi drivers as having been to Bangkok before and know the scams, then you are less likely to be scammed, but keep your eyes and ears open to avoid these: 


No Meter
The meter is apparently broken. Used to set a fixed price. Use the fare guide above if your driver is playing this game or get out of the taxi. Insist on meter use before you or any of your luggage is placed in the cab.


Re-Negotiation of Price
This is very common. You have apparently agreed to a price and the taxi drives away and minutes later a new price is demanded. You can either re-state the original price or stop the taxi and motion to leave without paying, which may re-establish the original price.


Meter Jumps
Be aware that drivers may bump the meter rate when you are not looking. Try to avoid falling asleep on the ride. Also if the driver needs to stop for fuel, the meter should be stopped or turned off while fueling. Try to note the fare before the meter is turned off and when the car is re-started (if it is turned off during re-fueling) the meter rate should be where it was before.


Not Allowed, Prohibited, etc
If you hear these, they are likely trying to get you to agree to a rip-off rate. If negotiating does not work then just wait for another taxi (don't worry, there's lots!).

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2021