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Officials clarify Phuket metered taxi fares

Officials clarify Phuket metered taxi fares

PHUKET: The Phuket Info Center, operated under the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, has issued a notice reminding people of the rates to be charged by metered taxis in Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 1 April 2023, 10:00AM

The notice, issued yesterday (Mar 31), marks the announcement by the Ministry of Transport in 2014 stipulating the metered taxi fares to be charged in Phuket. They have not changed since.

The announcement marks the fares that came into effect on Aug 17, 2014. The fare rates are:

  • First 2 kilometres - B50 flat fee
  • 2 km to 15 km - B12 per km
  • 15 km or more - B10 per km

Where the taxi is stuck in traffic or cannot move,  or cannot move faster than 5km/h, B1 per minute is to be charged.

Ordering a taxi via a call centre allows an extra fee of B50 to be charged, in addition to the amount shown on the fare meter. 

Flagfall for being picked up at Phuket International Airport is another B100, in addition to the amount shown on the fare meter.

Of note, the regulation posted specifically noted that it applied to metered taxis registered in Phuket. It did not mention what is to be charged by metered taxis not registered in Phuket.


Although metered taxi fees in Phuket have not increased in the past nine years, they still exceed those charged in Bangkok even after metered taxi rates in the capital were increased two months ago.

The Department of Land Transport announced on Jan 13, the official tariff structure for Bangkok-registered taxis is:

Under 1 km – B35 (B40 for big taxis);

  • 1-10 km – B6.5 per km
  • 10-20 km – B7 per km
  • 20-40 km – B8 per km
  • 40-60 km – B8.5 per km
  • 60-80 km – B9 per km
  • Over 80 km – B10.5 per km

Time in congested traffic or in traffic with speed under 6km/h is tariffed at B3 per minute.

Flag fall for calling a taxi via a call centre costs B20, while surcharge for Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports is B50.


Most taxis in Phuket are referred to as ‘green plate’ taxis, as they are fitted with green-and-white licence plates.

Green plate taxis do not use fare meters.

Instead, through negotiations with provincial officials, a list of standard “maximum” fares have been agreed upon.

The list of ‘green plate’ taxi fares was last announced in 2021. (See here.)

While the fares agreed to were supposed to be the maximum, Jaturong Kaewkasi, Chief of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) at the time, admitted that the fares were “open to negotiation”.

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Pooliekev | 03 April 2023 - 13:26:19

@Kurt. Right, there's two. Where are the other 29,998 from last weeks tourists? Under the 'dirty towel' everybody has over their meter?

DeKaaskopp | 03 April 2023 - 10:09:06

Not sure it's safe to sit in a car driven by a non cartel acceptance group of old expats with their shaky hands. Probably the ride to the airport would take forever too because they would never drive faster than the allowed speed limit. 

JohnC | 03 April 2023 - 09:08:59

It is blatantly obvious that the PLTO is against the metered taxis being here too. No fare increases for 9 years must cause financial hardship for these drivers, but they are still heaps cheaper than the other 'legal' cartel choices. I will take a meter taxi from the airport, I will NOT use the others.

JohnC | 03 April 2023 - 09:04:33

"Open to negotiation" is just a polite way of saying these oxygen thieves are allowed to charge as much as they think gullible tourists are willing to pay. These 'fare charts' should be posted in every taxi that uses that pricing system so every passenger knows the applicable rates.

Kurt | 03 April 2023 - 08:29:52

Pooliekex has short memory: PN, 29 March, a legal driver flips over his van ( ups& down) in Kamala. Two tourists wounded. And as Phuket taxi fares are very much unreasonble higher than in BKK, yes, we all feel on Phuket you are taken for a ride'' by taxis with a dirty face towel covering their meter.

Pooliekev | 02 April 2023 - 13:37:22

@Kurt. Who says you will end up, upside down or 'embracing' a pole? Who says you'll be 'taken for a ride financially?' You defame the legal drivers by saying so. 

Kurt | 02 April 2023 - 10:18:24

Pooliekev reaction is derailing, almost defamation. We are 9 families who are afraid to danger themselve, including childeren, risking to experience a ups/down /3 wheel Van or taxi pole embrace experience, their traffic laws violation, besides taken for a financial çartel 'ride'. Safe & scam free family rides first. We are not taxi company. Only safe serve ourselve.

Pooliekev | 01 April 2023 - 13:32:59

@Kurt. Oh operating an illegal taxi company? Naughty, naughty! Deportation awaits. 

Kurt | 01 April 2023 - 12:04:00

Seems that the Ministry of Interior in BKK doesn't know the real taxi cartel practises, something the Phuket Info Center must very well aware of, but pretend not to know, scared as it is to make transport mafia cartels angry. And so nothing change. It all shows just the difference between their sweet talks and reality. Who holding protective hands above Phuket cartels?

Kurt | 01 April 2023 - 11:33:36

This whole article reflects just the Taxi cartel lies. Arriving at airport, you must go to the taxi booth, tell where you want to go, than get a paper with the fixed fair to your destination. You must agree. No use of meter. Well, a group of friends feel well with staying out of this being taken for a ride and drive each other from/to airport. We are a non cartel acceptance group.


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