Convenience: To take a Bangkok taxi from airport you will have to stand in the taxi queue and wait your turn.
Bangkok is well served with Taxis so this wait is usually not excessive.
Getting into the taxi is pretty convenient, getting to your hotel in reasonable amount of time depends upon the taxi driver.
Safety: Bangkok taxis from the airport have seatbelts for the front and rear passengers and seatbelt wearing is compulsory in the front, but not in the rear.
Consequently you may find the rear seatbelts are tucked under the seat or are covered by some sort of seat covering.
It is most unlikely that you will be able to wear a seat belt in the rear of a Bangkok taxi and there will certainly be no child seat.
So if safety is of primary concern when taking a taxi transfer from Bangkok Airport, then you should consider this point.
Cost: The cost is fairly standard at around 350 baht for a Bangkok hotel transfer, but could be a little more if there was traffic or you are going to a Riverside hotel.
This cost is made up of a 50 Baht airport surcharge, any expressway tolls and the meter fee.
Most taxi drivers will go to Bangkok via the expressway and you will need to pay the toll at the booths which are 35 or 40 Baht depending upon your destination.
Tipping is not necessary but certainly round up to the next whole number.
Pitfalls: Taking a taxi from Bangkok Airport to Bangkok is the most common transfer option and although many people take a Bangkok taxi from the airport without any problems there are a number of things to watch out for.
Bangkok Taxi from Airport - Problems to watch out for:
Problems are not only confined to tourists, they can affect local residents as well.
Bangkok taxis are generally Toyota Corollas which is a compact car that can accommodate three passengers and two suitcases.
Some of the space in the boot (trunk) will be taken up by an LPG tank and this limits the amount of luggage that can fit.
So if you have three people each with a large suitcase then you may need two taxis..
The taxi driver may forget to turn on the meter and you may have to insist. The meter should start at 35 baht but prices are going up shortly as they have been fixed for eight years.
Don’t negotiate a price with the driver as you will be on the losing end of the bargain; get out of the taxi if necessary.
As you will be directed to the next taxi in the rank when you reach the head of the queue, you will not have the option of choosing a taxi of good appearance.
The taxi may be in a poor state of mechanical repair, the air-conditioning may not work properly and the taxi could break down on the way to your hotel.
The taxi driver may also be excessively tired.
Lastly the taxi driver may not know where your hotel is, or pretend not too know where it is and take you on a circuitous route, as the longer it takes him to get to the hotel the higher the meter charge will be.
Some of these risks are worldwide and not specific to Bangkok Airport taxis.
Directions: Go out through Customs Control, past the 5-Star Hotel greeters to the Meeting Point and then take the escalator down to the Taxi Rank. Line up and tell the Taxi despatcher the name of your Bangkok hotel.
You will be given a slip of paper with instructions of what to do if you have a problem and directed to the next available taxi.
The taxi driver will be given the other half with your hotel details.
It is helpful to have the hotel booking reservation printout as this will show the Bangkok hotel name as well as the address and contact phone number.
There are a number of hotels with the same name, so you need to be specific.
Having the Hotel contact phone number means the Bangkok Airport taxi will be able to phone the hotel to get final directions if necessary.
Hotel Car from Bangkok Airport
The last option is to book your hotel car at the same time as making your Bangkok hotel reservation.
Let the hotel arrange to pick you up in a fancy hotel car, when you arrive at Bangkok Airport.
What could be easier?
Find out what can go wrong.
Read more about booking a Bangkok Airport transfer.