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Bangkok Public Transport


Bangkok has some really good public transport available and is very easy to use to get around the city. The first thing to note though is that there are no train links in to the old town or Khao San Road areas, so you have to get a tuk-tuk/taxi to the nearest station which is around 6km (20min) away. Alternatively you can use the Chao Phraya River Express boat service from one of the ports near the Saphan Taksin BTS station or Hua Lamphong MRT station to connect you to places along the river, such as the old town and Khao San Road. It’s a fun cheap way to see some of Bangkok’s big sights. Check out our separate Chao Phraya River article for more info. The ARL service from the airport can be a great cheap (and quicker) way to get to your accommodation, especially if your accommodation is near a station. At peak times (7am-9am and 4pm-7pm) a taxi could take you over an hour to Sukhumvit, Silom, or Khao San road and cost around 400B in total. Take look at the Arriving / Departing By Air section in the information for Bangkok for more details. A BTS Skytrain day-pass (140B) can also save you cash if you are going to be hopping around a few places in a day. Airport Rail Link (ARL) The ARL has 2 types of service, the Express Service which runs from the airport (Suvarnabhumi) non-stop to Makkasan (City Terminal) and takes 15 minutes (150B). The City Line runs from the airport to Phaya Thai stopping at each of the stops indicated on the map and takes 30 minutes (15B-45B). BTS (Skytrain) BTS Skytrain is an overland service often elevated as the name suggests and has 2 lines running through the city, BTS Silom line and BTS Sukhumvit line. There is a connection between the 2 lines at Siam station. Services run every 5-7 minutes from 6:30am to midnight and it gets very busy 7am-9am and 4pm-7pm (peak hours). The fares start at 15B for a single stop and a maximum of 52B but you are unlikely to exceed 42B. You can get an unlimited day pass for 140B. BTS passes work with BRT only. Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) The MRT is Bangkok’s underground service which is a single line with 18 stops running from Hua Lamphong near Chinatown to Bang Sue in the north of Phaholyothin past the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Services run from 6:00am to midnight and it gets very busy 7am-9am and 4pm-7pm (peak hours). A single stop fare (adult) is 15B stepping up incrementally to 40B for the full 18 stops with trains running every 5-7 minutes, so it can be a quick cheap way to get around. It also connects to the BTS Skytrain at Sukhumvit and Silom stations. MRT passes are not valid on any other transport. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) The BRT service is a dedicated express lane bus service and has only 1 route. Fourteen routes were planned but it’s believed plans for these have been axed. It operates from 6am to midnight with buses every 5 minutes during peak hours (6:30am-9:30am and 4:00pm-8:00pm) and every 10 minutes during off-peak. Fares are 12B-20B. BRT passes work with BTS only. Buses There is an extensive network of public buses that service the entire city and is a very cheap way to get around. The advantages are the price and that you may see bits of Bangkok you wouldn’t see on any other transport. The disadvantages are they can be confusing, traffic can be terrible, hot and sweaty (if not air-con) and unfriendly drivers. You can pick up an MBTA map at most bus terminals but if you want to take the bus we would recommend you ask at your guesthouse which number (and colour bus) to take and where from. We say number as most of the destinations will be in Thai. Regular daytime services run from 5am-11pm and there are also night buses. There are several types of buses: Cream-red, white-blue, expressway: under 10B Cream-blue (air-con): 9B-19B, depending on distance Yellow-orange: 12B-22B, depending on distance Note the same number bus in a different colour will probably go a different route, so stick to the number and colour of the bus you are supposed to catch. Feel free to leave comments below and go check out some of the other amazing things Bangkok has to offer! Thanks GOHOBO

Map of Bangkok