Bangkok’s mass transit systems are safe, comfortable, reliable, convenient, and wallet-friendly modes of travel to the city’s attractions.
The BTS sky train offers 2 main routes – the Sukhumvit and Silom Line – which cover a large part of the city centre . These trains operate from 6 am to 12 am (midnight) with frequent services during the day and an increase in speed during rush hour.
The single journey ticket is only valid for a single journey with the fare depending on the destination/distance, ranging from THB 15 – THB 52 per trip. These tickets can be purchased from vending machines at the station where you would have to exchange your paper money into coins at the BTS Station Ticket Office before using them.
Special One Day Pass
The special one day pass is valid for 1 person within the day of purchase with unlimited use for 1 day, regardless of distance travelled and time of purchase. A ticket costs THB 120 and can be bought at the BTS Station Ticket Office. These tickets are non-refundable.
BTS Sky Smart Pass
A BTS sky smart pass can be refilled from THB 100 – THB 2000 with an additional THB 30 cost when issuing it for the first time. The ticket can last up to 5 years from the first date of issue and can be bought at the BTS Station Ticket Office.
The underground MRT service has 18 stations that stretch from Hualamphong to Bang Sue. These trains operate from 6 am to 12 am (midnight) with a frequency of less than 5 minutes during peak hours and less minutes during off peak hours.
The single journey ticket is only laid for 1 single journey with the fare depending on the destination/distance, ranging from THB 16 – THB 40 per trip. The ticket can be purchased both at the MRT Station Ticket Office and the vending machines provided at the station.
Metered air-conditioned taxis are available around the clock. The flag fall is THB 35 for the first 2 kilometers and the fare climbs in THB 2 increments. Tipping is not required but it’s common to round up. Additional expressway toll fees are also borne by the passenger.
Word of caution: Check with the driver that he intends on using the meter before getting in and ensure that he switches it on once you are inside.
Bangkok buses are both extensive and inexpensive with prices ranging from THB 8 – THB 30 depending on the bus. However, all the destination names are written in Thai so we advise you get a bus route map that is available at most hotels, TAT offices, and bookstores.
Tuk-Tuks are 3-wheeled taxis locally known as “samlor”. The norm is to bargain before hopping on board but beware for offers at suspiciously low prices for they can be a set up to bring you to overpriced souvenir or jewellery shops. The approximate cost for a short 10-minute ride ranges from THB 40 – THB 100.
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