Are there more or less typical rates for transport by taxi and tuk-tuk? Per kilometer or units of time?
#1 Harry05 has been a member since 9/9/2007. Posts: 60
Yes taxi have rates per distance.
Starts at 35 Baht then in steps while in Bangkok.
In some taxi you will find a rate card displayed in the back of the taxi, there is also a card displaying the fixed prices to destinations outside Bangkok.
Tuk Tuk start at high prices and normally more expensive than taxi depends on your bargaining skills. There is no defined fare.
Breconion is spot on. That flag fall of 35 baht in Bangkok typically gets you the first 2 km distance in Bangkok. However, if you are stuck in traffic, you'll see the meter creep up for every minute or so the wheels are not moving. The trick to getting a good taxi fare is to make sure that the driver is using the meter. If they refuse, get out and take another taxi.
I don't know how others feel about this, but I always make it a point to leave at least a small tip with a taxi driver who has used the meter. They work very long hours under difficult circumstances and don't make all that much money for their trouble.
Outside of Bangkok, I haven't noticed taxis even having meters, despite the "meter taxi" sign on top of the vehicle. Without a meter taxi rides can get pretty pricey, even by tourist standards.
I've almost given up taking tuk tuks. Like Breconion says, there is no set rate and it is hard to get a fare that even comes close to a metered taxi. I guess I give up the romance of the tuk tuk for the comfort and safety of a taxi. At least in Bangkok. They are a bit cheaper and easier to navigate in Chiang Mai.
Harry agree totally with the above posts. If in bangkok use a meter taxi and round up the fare.Using a tuk is great for small distances but beware of prices.Was offered price of 4 times the price to get from suan lum night market at lumpini only to find a great price 100mts away then rounded the fare up for his fairness..