Taxi, Grab car or Private Transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to your Hotel in Bangkok?
- Taxi, Grab car or Private Transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to your Hotel in Bangkok?
- The Problems with Public Taxis
- Taking a Grab Car from Suvarnabhumi to Central Bangkok
- Why Choose a Private Bangkok Airport Transfer to Your Hotel?
- Bangkok Airport Transfer Prices
- What Type of Vehicles are Used For Bangkok Airport Transfers?
- Coronavirus Precautions For Private Transfers
- Online Booking FAQs
Bangkok airport transfers aren’t for everyone. For example, if you are traveling light and staying adjacent to an airport link or BTS skytrain station then it makes sense to take the train.
However, for couples with a lot of luggage, families and anyone whose hotel doesn’t connect to the train line, then a taxi or private transfer is the best option to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok city centre.
Especially if you’d like to start your time in Thailand by avoiding the stresses of navigating an unfamiliar public transportation system, language and culture. Or simply prefer ease and comfort.
The Problems with Public Taxis
Suvarnabhumi Airport is linked to central Bangkok by a motorway and overhead expressway system. In normal traffic conditions it takes around 45 minutes from the airport to a hotel in the city centre.
Public taxis are an inexpensive option. If you get a good vehicle and driver, they’re a great way to get into the city centre. However, I wouldn’t recommend a taxi for anyone who’s not already experienced in travelling in Bangkok.
This is because whilst a Bangkok airport taxi is cheap, there are often reports of passengers having bad experience with drivers. Not violence or theft – don’t worry about that. But annoying issues such as:
Claiming the claiming the meter isn’t working – in order to get poassengers to agree to a high fixed price
Having a deliberately faulty meter that ensures passengers pay too much for their ride
Getting lost. Whether accidentally or deliberately. Another common way to inflate the price of the journey
Speeding or erratic driving. An unscrupulous driver won’t argue with you if you call him out on taking a longer route than they should, or not putting the meter on at the start of the journey etc
And to top it off, no-one you can easily make a complaint to if this does happen to you. You just have to suck it up and try not to let it sour the start of your vacation.
|COVID-19 – IMPORTANT MESSAGE, please read!|
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Transfer services are only available for Domestic travellers at present. We hope International flights will resume and tourists can return to Thailand when it is safe to do so.
Taking a Grab Car from Suvarnabhumi to Central Bangkok
Grab is the Southeast Asian equivalent of Uber. In fact, they took over Uber’s Thailand operations in March 2018. It’s pretty much the same thing but with additional options. For example, you can use it to request a regular taxi instead of a private car. Using the Grab app is a quick and easy way to get a car to take you into central Bangkok. It’s more expensive than a regular taxi and (usually) cheaper than booking a private transfer online in advance.
The obvious downside is that not everyone uses Grab, so it’s another app to download and learn to use. Something you might not want to do when first arriving in a foreign country.
Secondly, the legality of Grab drivers picking up passengers at the airport is a grey area. Which is why your Grab driver won’t meet you in the airport terminal . You’ll be requested to walk out of the building and wait roadside, usually in a spot away from any transport officials that are on duty. The driver will pull up, you jump in and then speed off.
However, Grab is convenient and definitely worth using if you plan on traveling a lot in this part of the world. ( I’ve used it for airport transfers when travelling solo in Malaysia and Vietnam.) But it just adds another layer of complexity and hassle if you are a first time visitor or just want to meet your driver without worry if he’s legally allowed to pick you up or not.
Why Choose a Private Bangkok Airport Transfer to Your Hotel?
Because a private transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport to hotel in the city just makes everything so much easier. You’ve probably come off a long flight, had to queue at immigration, are tired and just want to get to your accommodation and either sleep or take a swim to cool off.
We’ve all walked out of Baggage Claim and into the Arrivals Hall and seen reps waiting with the signboards for passengers. Some from fancy hotels, others from multinational companies, but also many from transport companies. In some countries the cost of a private transfers from the airport to city centre is expensive, and likely to deter many people from using the service.
But not so in Thailand.
The good news is that whilst private transfers are more expensive than public taxis, we’re only talking a few USD / Euros / Pounds more. Not a crazy amount.
Prices for private Bangkok airport transfers start from well under 1,000 Baht for a private, door to door service. And that includes driver, tax & expressway tolls. Rather than visiting several tour agents sites, it’s much easier to use a price comparison site to get the best deals.
A door to door airport taxi transfer service gets you to your destination in comfort at affordable prices. Unlike a taxi or Grab car, you will enjoy a meet and greet service in the arrivals area at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Bangkok Airport Transfer Prices
Below are some current rates for transfers from companies listed on the 12go.asia transport site. Licensed transport providers list their services and travelers can simply book with one that best suits their budget and needs. You’ll also see plenty of reviews on the site which will help deciding which private transfer service to book easier.
|Van Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bangkok ฿ 990 1h 30m|
|Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bangkok ฿ 800–6,600 20m – 1h|
|Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport - Don Mueang Airport ฿ 890–5,500 1h – 1h 30m|
Klook.com is another great option for anyone looking for discounts on dining, activities and transport in this part of the world. I’ve primarily used the site for discounted attractions and also obtaining local SIM cards in advance, but many people use if for booking transfers.
As with 12go.asia, you’ll find numerous transport companies listed. A few have literally thousands of positive reviews. Fellow visitors have rated them as the best private best Bangkok airport transfer services. And that’s not surprising given the top rated operators offer heavily discounted private transfers, efficient service and safe and sensible drivers.
For example, take a look and check out the reviews for the Bangkok airport transfers below. ( You’ll find many more listed here )
One major advantage Klook has over 12go.asia for Bangkok airport transfers is that they have staff and a counter at the airport. Their uniformed representative, in a bright orange t-shirt, will be waiting for you with a signboard.
So, in the event of any issues, there is always a real life human you can talk to, rather than having to make an expensive phone call or use a chat app with an operator in a different country. The Klook counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport is located in the Basement level, near the Airport Rail link station.
What Type of Vehicles are Used For Bangkok Airport Transfers?
All transport companies running services from Suvarnabhumi Airport typically use three types of vehicle:
- A saloon car. Suitable for 1-2 passengers plus luggage. This will be the cheapest option. Vehicles are usually a Toyota Corolla or Vios or similar. If you are tall or of a large build, I recommend booking a larger vehicle for comfort.
- An SUV. These are an ideal option for a small family or a couple with a lot of baggage. There’s far more legroom and luggage space than a normal car. A Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport or similar will be used for these transfers.
- A minivan. Typically this will be a Toyota Commuter. These can seat up to 10 passengers. Which is OK if you’re travelling with just a few small bags. But, assuming everyone has a suitcase and carry on bag, I recommend no more than 7 or 8 people per vehicle. This will ensure a comfortable journey. A private transfer by minibus would therefore be ideal for a family with excess baggage, a group or two small families travelling together. This is the most economical option, based on the cost per person.
Coronavirus Precautions For Private Transfers
There are strict anti covid-19 measures in place for all transport providers. Drivers must wear a facemask and have hand sanitizer gel available for passengers. They must also practice social distancing when possible. Vehicles are cleaned thoroughly between jobs. With special attention paid to areas such as door handles, seats and head rests.
** Please note that all passengers must also wear a facemask during the journey. This also applies on other forms of transport in Thailand. Taxis, planes, trains, buses etc **
Online Booking FAQs
Some of the questions that I know people have when booking a private transfer online are below. If you have any specific questions, please post a comment on this page and I’ll try to answer them.
If you want to get from the plane and through Immigration and to the Arrivals area, to meet your driver, as quickly as possible, using a Fast Track Pass is worthwhile investment.
How Can I Book a Private Transfer from Bangkok Airport?
This can be done easily online. Sites such as Klook.com feature services from licensed transport companies which can be booked instantly. Check out several companies and get the best deal for a transfer to central Bangkok or further afield to hotels in Pattaya, Hua Hin or Koh Chang, for example.
Can I change the pick-up details? (location, date, time, passenger info)
Yes. Transfer bookings can be amended up to 24 hours prior to the activity. Although, it is better if you contact your service provider a few days in advance if possible.
How do I check my booking details after making the purchase?
You can check the details are correct at every step of the booking process. A confirmation email will be sent to you within a few minutes of booking. If there are any errors, simply notify the booking agent.
Can I cancel this booking? Will I be charged any penalty?
Plans change. Especially with the current coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 24 hours before the transfer activity date.
Where can I find the contact details of the local transport operator?
Operator contact details ( email and local phone number ) are available on your voucher. You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher a few minutes after booking.
How can I get the car plate and the driver’s contact details?
Driver’s rarely know which jobs they will do more than a couple of days in advance. So, a specific driver won’t be allocated to you at the time of booking your transfer from Suvarnabhumi. Please contact the local transport provider a couple of days in advance of your transfer and request the details from them.