At Suvarnabhumhi Airport, if you want to take a taxi, you need to go down to the ground floor and join the queues there. But, you don’t get to choose your taxi, they sometimes cheat you by not turning on the meter and you have to pay a 50 Baht surcharge.
Old hands usually go up to the departure floor where there are usually plenty of taxis who have just dropped off passengers. Here you can pick and choose your taxi. If you’re experienced you will know which ones are more reliable.
This is what I usually do, though a few weeks ago I started getting reports that they have installed one-way turnstiles to stop people looking for a taxi on the departure level. So, as I was at Suvarnabhumi this morning, I decided to check it out.
As you can see from these pictures, they have indeed installed turnstiles, but the gates were all open. Not only that, people were coming up to departures to catch taxis as normal. So, if there was a crackdown, it didn’t last long.
I should add here that if you are new to Thailand you should join the official taxi rank on the ground floor. You will be given a slip of paper with your taxi details that you can use later if you have a complaint.