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Taxi apps in Thailand【2024/promo code】

2022年11月11日




For

  • All people who want to call a taxi in Thailand by app

The main taxi apps in Thailand are as follows.

  • Grab ←Recommended in Thailand!
  • Bolt ←Recommended in Thailand!

Taxi driver who has traveled to Thailand more than 10 times, introduce the best app for you.

* The information in this article is current as of 2022.

 

The best 2 apps in Thailand ⇒ Grab, Bolt

2022, the best 2 apps in Thailand are "Grab" and "Bolt".

 

Feature of Grab

  • Call a taxi quickly (many affiliated taxis)
  • Wide coverage area in Thailand
  • many functions

Grab Superapp

Grab Superapp
Developer:Grab.com
Download Free

Feature of Bolt

  • Fares are often cheaper than Grab

Bolt: Fast, Affordable Rides

Bolt: Fast, Affordable Rides
Developer:BOLT TECHNOLOGY OU
Download Free

In Thailand, it is recommended to use two apps, Grab and Bolt.

  • Use Bolt if you can call it immediately with Bolt
  • Otherwise Grab

Please use them according to the situation as above.

 

Function of Taxi apps in Thailand

app Number of taxis Online Payment English support motorbike taxi
promo code
Grab many OK OK OK here
Bolt midum NG OK OK here

 

Recommended apps in Thailand for each purpose

  • English language support         ⇒ GrabBolt
  • Quick ride                    ⇒ Grab
  • Pre-determined price         ⇒ GrabBolt
  • Vehicle type choice                  ⇒ GrabBolt
  • luxury car                ⇒ GrabBolt
  • Scheduled reservation                           ⇒ Grab
  • Easy to use                                                       ⇒ GrabBolt
  • Large vehicle                                                  ⇒ GrabBolt
  • Wide coverage area                                      ⇒ Grab
  • Online Payment                                            ⇒ GrabBolt
  • Motorbike Taxi                                                ⇒ GrabBolt

 

Vehicle type in "Thailand (Bangkok)" of each apps

*Depending on social conditions, there may be restrictions on vehicle types.

Grab

[Public vehicle]

  • JustGrab (Automatically select the vehicle that arrives early with Grab Taxi or GrabCar)
  • GrabCar (passenger car)
  • GrabCar for Ladies (female driver)
  • GrabBike (Motorbike taxi)
  • GrabCar Premium (Camry, Accord)
  • GrabTaxi (meter taxi)

[Vehicle for pets]

  • Grabpet (vehicle for pets)
  • Grabpet XL (large passenger vehicle for pets)

[Large vehicle]

  • GrubSUV (SUV vehicle)
  • GrabVan (large van (such as Hiace))

[luxury car]

  • GrabCar Luxe (luxury sedans such as Benz and BMW)

 

Grab Superapp

Grab Superapp
Developer:Grab.com
Download Free

 

Bolt

  • Taxi (metered taxi, capacity 4)
  • Motor (motorcycle, capacity 1)
  • Economy (cheapest vehicle to call, capacity 4)
  • Bolt (vehicle that can be called in the shortest time, capacity 4)
  • Ladies (female driver, capacity 4)
  • Confort (luxury car, capacity 4)
  • XL (large vehicle, capacity 6)

 

Bolt: Fast, Affordable Rides

Bolt: Fast, Affordable Rides
Developer:BOLT TECHNOLOGY OU
Download Free

 

Taxi apps fees in Thailand

Prices for taxi apps in Thailand are as follows:

  • Bolt is often cheaper than Grab
  • Prices will be change by apps and situation
  • Metered taxis are often cheaper in Bangkok
  • Motorbike taxis are cheaper than 4-wheel taxis

 

Approximate taxi meter fare and travel time between major praces (in Bangkok)

Starting from Asoke (Sukhumvit)

Destination Price(THB) Travel time(minutes) Distance(km)
Suvarnabhumi airport 177- 20-40 23.8
Don Mueang Airport 175- 18-35 23.6
Thonglor 41- 5-18 2.4
Silom 57- 10-28 5.3
Khaosan 79- 14-35 9.2
Chinatown 75- 12-30 8.3
Pattaya 1300- 90-140 141

*Calculated assuming that the metered taxi reaches the destination without stopping. Highway tolls, etc. are required separately.
*Prices will be change depending on time of day, road conditions, route, etc. Please think of it as the lowest price.
*Times and distances are based on "Google Maps"

Taxi fare system (in Bangkok)

The general meter taxi fare system in Bangkok is as follows.

Initial fare 35 baht for 1.0km
Additional fare 2 baht for every 360m
Fare combined with time and distance 2 baht per minute (Applicable when traveling under 6km/h)
Late night/early morning surcharge none
Pick-up fee none
Airport fee 50 Baht (applicable by taking a taxi from the official airport taxi stand)
Highway toll User pays the actual cost

*Some taxi companies have their own pricing.

 

Mater taxi fee in BKK in February 2022 (Photo by author)

 

Available area in "Thailand" of each app

All the apps in this article are available in central Bangkok

Available area in "All Thailand" of each app are as follows.

 

Grab ⇒ Almost all of Major cities in Thailand

  • Ayutthaya
  • Bangkok
  • Buriram
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Hua Hin
  • Khon Kaen
  • Krabi
  • Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Pattaya
  • Phuket
  • Songkhla & Hat Yai
  • Surat Thani & Koh Samui
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani

Grab Superapp

Grab Superapp
Developer:Grab.com
Download Free

 

Bolt ⇒ Main tourist area

  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Phuket
  • Pattaya* Not listed on the official website, but available as of 2022/04

Bolt: Fast, Affordable Rides

Bolt: Fast, Affordable Rides
Developer:BOLT TECHNOLOGY OU
Download Free

 

How to use taxi apps in Thailand

General usage is maybe almost the same as taxi apps in your country. (like Uber, Lyft)

Big difference are as follows.

  • Most drivers can't speak English
  • Cash payment is only in local currency (THB)

 

Below, how to use Grab

 

①Download app

Tap below to download Grab for free on the app store

Grab Superapp

Grab Superapp
Developer:Grab.com
Download Free

 

②Registration

Launch the app

 

Tap "New to Grab? Sign up!"

 

Enter your mobile phone number (Mobile), email address (Email), name (Name) ⇒ Tap "Next"

*Information entered here can be changed later.

 

Enter the 6-digit "code" received by SMS

 

③Call taxi

Tap an icon such as "Car", "Bike", "Transport" on the home screen (the notation differs depending on the area)

 

Enter "destination information (name, address, etc.)" in "Where to?" and select the destination

Next, adjust the pin on the map to set the place to call a taxi (ride place)
*Initial setting is current location

⇒Tap "Confirm Pick-Up"

 

Check the location, destination, route, and fee.

⇒ Select a car type and tap "Book GrabCar"

Arranging a taxi

 

Confirmation ride

④Ride taxi

When the dispatch is confirmed, information such as the current location and number of the taxi will be displayed.

 

Wait for the taxi at the ride position.

 

When the taxi arrives, make sure the car number is correct before boarding the taxi.

Tell your name to the driver.

 

⑤Payment(if pay by cash) and get off

If pay by online (pay by app), payment is no need when getting off.

If you select "pay by cash", please pay the fare in cash(THB).

 

The driver's evaluation (no need to do it soon)

Select rating

(If you want to give a tip, select the tip amount)

 

Tap "Submit"

 

After getting off, a receipt will be sent to your registered email address.

 

Q and A about Taxi in Thailand

Taxi driver who has traveled to Thailand more than 10 times, answer.

Do Thailandese taxi drivers speak English?

Most drivers can't speak English fluently.

Elderly drivers especially don't talk much.

 

However, Some drivers know simple words, especially tourist area.

If the driver doesn't speak English, use google translate.

 

Is there a refusal to ride?

In Thailand, some drivers refuse to ride taxi.

Main refusal reasons are as follows,

  • the road is busy
  • Where drivers don't want to go
  • short distance
  • distance too long
  • out of gas
  • want to go home

The best way to avoid being denied riding is "to use a app".

The people who are waiting taxi on the Sukhumvit road BKK.

 

Do Thailandese taxis unfairly charge fares?

In Thailand, Too many taxis charge unfairly.

In the case of meter taxis, you will often be charged a higher fare than the meter fare without using the meter.

The following are the main situations in which it is easy to fall victim to a rip-off.

  • tourist area
  • airports, stations, bus terminals
  • entertainment district
  • Taxis waiting on the street
  • private taxi
  • the road is busy

The best way to avoid rip-offs is "to use a app".

 

What taxis should I avoid?

Green + yellow two-tone taxi, they are self employed. if you have other options, it is safer to avoid them as much as possible.

The reasons are as follows,

  • a lot of ripoffs
  • Poor service attitude
  • rough driving







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