- 1 What You’re Going to Learn
- 2 Safety
- 3 Types
- 4 Airports
- 5 International Transfers
- 6 Additional Needs
- 7 Final Thoughts
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What You’re Going to LearnIn this guide you’re going to learn about the airport transfers available to you at popular Thailand airports. And depending on the service you pick, how much Thailand airport transfers cost. You’ll also learn the easiest ways to get from one airport to another, and how to get from Thailand to surrounding countries.
SafetyWhenever you travel, it’s a good idea to remain as safe as possible. Read the finer details of staying safe while traveling through Thailand.
TypesIn this section you’ll find a variety of transportation types you can choose for airport transfers. I’ve listed airport transfer providers on both sides of the price spectrum and everything in between.
TaxisTaxis at Phuket, Surat Thani, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai airports have taxi stands. But taxi drivers won’t use a meter like their associates in Bangkok. They charge you a set price based on where you want to go. But you can also negotiate with your taxi driver. If you land in any airport outside of Bangkok, it’s good to know what you’re getting into. Taxi drivers in Phuket, for example, charge up to 500 baht for a thirty minute ride from the airport to Phuket Town. In Bangkok, the same thirty minute commute costs half that price. Read can read complaints about Phuket taxi drivers in this article by Phuket Airport Online. Before you get into any taxi, ask the driver to turn on the meter. If they refuse, try another taxi. If no taxi drivers are willing to turn on the meter for you, low ball them.
Hotel TransfersIf you want to get an airport transfer to your hotel, some hotels will include the service with your stay. Other hotels may offer you a paid option for an airport transfer when you book your room. When booking you hotel in Thailand, ask the staff if they offer airport transfers as part of their service. Or ask if you can add it on for an addition charge. Agoda and Booking.com also specify hotels with free airport transfers.
Private TransfersTourist destinations are a huge selling point for Thailand. You can get to many of these places using common transportation methods. But some tourist areas are quite remote. If you’re staying off the beaten path or on a remote island or in a remote village, you might need to use private transportation. If you don’t plan ahead, you might find yourself stuck at the airport. Not all taxis will take you from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin. Especially if their shift is coming to an end. The BTS or MRT might not stretch themselves to your destination as well. You’ll arrive in Thailand with your own budget and needs. So if you want to transfer from any of the airports to remote locations in Thailand, here’s the services you can use: Uber Uber may not be available outside of major cities. But you can download the app for iTunes or Android and see if they offer services where you’re staying. Uber is a great alternative to taxis that might try to scam you in tourist areas. *Uber already shut down in Thailand in 2018. It was purchased by another major ride-sharing application, Grab. Helicopters Outside of Bangkok you might be hard pressed to find a helicopter transfer. But there is one company which flies out of Phuket. If you’re interested, check out Skydance. Or check out Thailand’s helicopter directory, HeliThai, to see if any other companies fly out of the airports mentioned in this guide.
Boat TransfersIf you want to transfer between Thailand and its islands, boat transfers are your best choice. You could get to any island relatively quick and cheap, while at the same time experiencing the wondrous water scenery throughout Thailand. Your hotel should be able to book boat transfers for you. They should also be able to arrange a driver to pick you up at the airport and bring you to the pier. If you would like to book your own boat transfer you can try the companies listed below. Phuket
AirportsAside from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, Thailand has seven other airports that locals and tourists can use to transfer to popular locations inside or outside of Thailand. I’ll give a quick overview of the main tourist airports in Thailand and the transfer options they have. Since these prices come from a variety of sources, you should use them only as a guide.
Phuket – HKTEach year, Phuket attracts millions of visitors. This means there has to be ample airport transfers in place.
|Transfer Method||Phuket Town||Patong||Kata Beach||Chalong Pier||Krabi (Ao Nang)||Khao Sok|
|Public Taxi||500 baht||650 baht||700 baht||700 baht||–||–|
|Private Taxi||799 baht||799 baht||849 baht||849 baht||2,599 baht||3,499 baht|
|Bus||120 baht pp||–||–||–||–||–|
|Van||150 baht pp||150 baht pp||150 baht pp||150 baht pp||4,500 baht||–|
|Luxury Private Transfer||1,149 baht||1,149 baht||1,149 baht||1,149 baht||3,499 baht||4,999 baht|
Chiang Mai – CNXChiang Mai is your portal to Northern Thailand. It’s the more popular of airports in the north.
|Transfer Method||Central Chiang Mai||Chiang Mai Bus Station||Chiang Rai (from bus station)||Pai (from bus station)||Mae Hong Son (from bus station)|
|Public Taxi||150 baht||200 baht||–||–||–|
|Private Taxi||150 baht||200 baht||4,300 baht||3,800 baht||6,000 baht|
|Tuk Tuk||150 baht||200 baht||–||–||–|
|Bus||–||–||229 baht pp||–||–|
|Van||–||–||180 baht pp||150 baht pp||250 baht pp|
|Luxury Private Transfer||1,000 baht||1,200 baht||4,500 baht||4,400 baht||6,500 baht|
Chiang Rai – CEIChiang Rai Airport is to Northern Thailand what Don Mueang is to Central Thailand. But that doesn’t mean airport transfers are less available.
|Transfer Method||Central Chiang Rai||Chiang Mai||Pai||Golden Triangle|
|Public Taxi||120 baht||–||–||–|
|Private Taxi||160 baht||–||–||–|
|Luxury Private Transfer||1,000 baht||4,500 baht||7,500 baht||10,000 baht|
Krabi – KBVKrabi is another popular airport for those looking to hit the beach. It’s not as overrun with tourists, like Phuket, but still offers plenty to do.
|Transfer Method||Krabi Town||Ao Nang Beach||Phuket Beach Area|
|Public Taxi||500 baht||600 baht||–|
|Private Taxi||600 baht||700 baht||3,500 baht|
|Bus||100 baht||150 baht||–|
|Van||150 baht||180 baht||–|
|Luxury Private Transfer||800 baht||900 baht||4,200 baht|
Surat Thani – URTSurat Thani airport is a key location for many people who head for the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui. Samui does have an airport but many choose Surat Thani due to the higher frequency of flights and cheaper prices.
|Transfer Method||Surat Thani Town||Don Sak Pier||Phuket||Khao Sok|
|Private Taxi||500 baht||1,200 baht||4,700 baht||2,000 baht|
|Bus||150 baht||–||250 baht||–|
|Van||150 baht pp||–||–||300 baht pp|
|Luxury Private Transfer||–||2,500 baht||5,800 baht||–|
Hat Yai – HDYHat Yai isn’t as popular with tourists as it is with Thais, but it’s still an incredible place to experience.
|Transfer Method||Hat Yai center (train station)||Koh Lipe||Penang (Malaysia)|
|Public Taxi||250 baht||–||–|
|Private Taxi||300 baht||–||–|
|Songthaew||30 baht pp||–||–|
|Van||100 baht pp||850 baht pp (includes boat +van)||500 baht pp (change van in town center)|
Samui – USMSamui airport is your gateway to Koh Samui, which has somewhat of a reputation for full moon parties and singles looking to have fun.
|Transfer Method||Chaweng||Ferry Pier||Lamai||Phang-Ka|
|Private Taxi||1,250 baht||1,400 baht||1,400 baht||1,800 baht|
|Van||130 baht pp||20 baht pp||200 baht pp||–|