Getting Around Bangkok

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Nov
2021

Getting Around Bangkok

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Following years of chronic traffic congestion, Bangkok launched the mass-transit BTS Skytrain in 1999 and the underground MRT in 2004. These fast, clean, relatively cheap services, in conjunction with the Chao Phraya Express riverboats, have revolutionized travel in the city. (For a map of the MRT and Skytrain network, see the back endpaper.) Unfortunately, these services don’t cover the whole city and a huge fleet of sometimes dirty, noisy buses fill in the gaps. Older, smoke- belching buses have mostly been replaced over the last few years by new, cleaner ones, but there is a long way to go before Bangkok’s streets are pollution free

BTS Skytrain

Downtown, the efficient, fast BTS Skytrain has two lines: the Sukhumvit route from Morchit Station in the north to Onnut Station in the east, and the Silom route from the National Stadium to Wongwian Yai in Thonburi, with an interchange between the two at the Siam Center. The Sukhumvit line is being extended to Baering, in the Bang Na District of eastern Bangkok, and is due to open in 2017.

The airport rail link has an express service from the Phaya Thai and Makkasan stations. The City line makes eight stops along the same route, serving areas east of downtown.

Trains run daily every 3 to 6 minutes from 6:30am to midnight. Fares are calculated by distance, and magnetic fare cards are sold at all stations in values from 15 to 40 baht. Several passes are available, but of most interest to the visitor is the One-Day Pass costing 120 baht and offering limitless use of the Skytrain.

MRT

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) underground runs 12 miles (20 km) from Hua Lampong Station to Bang Sue in the north of Bangkok. There are at present 18 stations with more planned for the future. Silom and Sukhumvit stations connect with the BTS Skytrain network. Trains run daily every 4 to 10 minutes from 6am to midnight. Fares range from 16 to 41 baht with black tokens issued for a single journey. Unlimited 1-, 3-, and 30-day passes cost 120, 230, and 1,200 baht respectively

Waterways

Chao Phraya Express boats serve popular piers on the Chao Phraya River. The company runs different routes recognizable by the color of flag each is flying. Tickets are purchased on board and range from 10 to 29 baht depending on the flag. The orange flag boats are the most useful as they stop at all piers and are also the most frequent (they have a set fare of 14 baht). Ferries also link east and west banks.

Buses

The Tourist Map Bangkok City and Tour ‘n’ Guide Map Bangkok show bus routes. Blue air-conditioned buses (“AC” in the transport details for each Bangkok sight), and white metrobuses (indicated by “M”) are comfortable and cover the popular routes. Ordinary (non air-conditioned) buses are cheap, cover all of Bangkok, and run all night.

Taxis

Metered taxis operate all over Bangkok. The minimum fare is 35 baht for the first kilometer and then 5 baht per kilometer for the second to the 12th kilometer. Some taxi drivers will attempt not to use the meter and try to charge a fixed fare, it is always best to insist on the meter.

On Foot

Bangkok is not much of a place for exploring on foot. Walking areas that might be considered include the Ratanakosin District around the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, and parts of Chinatown between Sampeng Lane and Yaowarat Road. Other than this it’s best to take local transport between sights.

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