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Uber late-night from BKK airport?

Posted by CKDexterHaven on 27/8/2017 at 09:50

Arriving too late at night to take BTS into city. ATM withdrawal at airport would be too large demoniations for metered cab drivers to make change. I do not respect Uber as a company or an employer, but is it a good alternative for a flat fee paid by credit card? An online search suggests that Uber was banned from the airport earlier this year. Accurate? Information on where to meet driver or other tips? It's my first visit to Thailand so hope to reduce stressful unknowns after 24 hours of flying and airports. Thank you!

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Posted by exacto on 27/8/2017 at 19:14

You could always take a modest-sized spot of cash with you, like $20 or 20 Euros and exchange that at a booth at the airport. That would give you the smaller bills you need for a taxi.

Also, most Thai ATM's dispense 100 baht and 500 baht notes. So you could get 9,900 baht instead of 10,000; or 19,900 baht instead of 20,000; although some ATMs have a max number of bills they will issue.

Finally, you can break a larger Thai note at the airport 7-11 or other shop.

The advantage of taking a taxi is that they are quite inexpensive in Thailand, and you don't have to worry about meeting your ride if your flight is delayed or you get caught up in customs and immigration. Good luck.

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Posted by Tilapia on 28/8/2017 at 15:23

I'd forget about Uber at the airport and just go from the Public Taxi stand on the First Level. As Exacto said, it could be a problem meeting your ride. The stand is open 24 hours, totally legit, and if you only have large bills you can just ask your driver before getting into the cab if he/she can change it. If not, then they'll find someone who can change it for you before you set foot into the cab. There is usually a desk there with an English speaking employee who will get you set-up with a cab if you can't use the machines, as well, who will be able to help you out with change.

Just show up with your guest house or hotel address (in Thai preferably) and you'll be off.


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Posted by BillGood on 25/9/2017 at 19:33

Exchange money in airport or if you have large notes buy a drink then use the change for ride. Fairly simple.

7/11s are great for getting small notes. Buy water or whatever and you use your large note. Can always do that in the city as well if you need smaller notes.

You need small notes for markets and minor shopping as well as transport.

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Posted by wanderer143 on 9/10/2017 at 12:36

Bring some cash with you. ATM withdrawals would be straightforward. Taking a taxi is more convenient.

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