Subway Bangkok map, how to use, cost, routes, what tickets are
Metro Bangkok is definitely the fastest way around the city. Bypassing all the traffic jams by using the BTS (Skytrain), underground BTS or airport metro ARL (Aeroport Rail Link), you can quickly travel long distances to Bangkok and even beyond, and already to a particular place from the metro station walk or take a taxi. The only drawback of the metro is its price. It is quite high and in some cases even comparable to the cost of a taxi.
So, in Bangkok exists independently from other two types of station: BTS (Skytrain), MRT underground train BTS, airport metro ARL. Unfortunately, these systems are independent, and they need to purchase your tickets.
All types metro – from 6:00 to midnight.
A schematic map of the metro Bangkok
Here is a map diagram of all types of metro:
Here's an interactive metro map of Bangkok with reference to the Google map (will open in a new window):
Skytrain Bangkok (BTS) SkyTrain
The website http://www.bts.co.th
"Sky train" (SkyTrain) is one of the prides of the inhabitants of Bangkok. This subway was designed and built by Thais independently (at least they think so), and they are very proud of.
To visit Bangkok and not take a ride on the subway – so not completely to visit in Bangkok. Metro runs through the most interesting tourist areas of Bangkok and is more popular with tourists than other types of metro. Metro stations are located in all the commercial and shopping areas of Bangkok.
The metro consists of two lines: the Sukhumvit line and the Silom line. Both lines intersect at Siam station in Siam district of Bangkok. Skytrain also intersects with the underground (with transitions) at the three stations, and are connected in the airport metro station Phaya Thai.
The fare on the BTS
The metro access is via tickets-several types of cards that are purchased either in cash or in vending machines at the station. Cards of all types operate on both lines of Skytrain equally, even with the change of the line.
The fare depends on the length of the trip, i.e. the number of stations that you pass. It works thus: while on the station you specify for the table (the scheme) cost of a ticket to the desired station, buy the card and ticket value and pass through the turnstile. On arrival into the desired station you the same card again lowered into the turnstile at the exit, and if you are trying to enter the wrong station, the turnstile you simply will not be released. Moreover, you can get not only the station where you wanted to go, but on the other (for example, in the other direction), if the cost of the trip is the same.
The cost of the short trip on one bus stop is 15 baht, the longest trip is 55 baht (in 2012). To calculate the cost of travel, you can use the interactive map service here, simply select the desired station on the map.
Types of tickets on BTS
Tickets for the Skytrain of Bangkok are a plastic card, but for different types of tickets they are slightly different. Tickets, regardless of type, must be purchased for each passenger. To go with a single card multiple passengers impossible.
If your trip to Bangkok short, it is not necessary to complicate things and simply use a single ticket (Single Journey Ticket). If you have a long trip and a lot of movement, can look for travel or storage cards.
Single ticket (BTS Single Journey Ticket)
Price: from 15 to 55 baht (the money of Thailand, the exchange rate) depending on the length of the trip.
This is the easiest ticket for a single trip. It is only valid on the day of purchase and also provides for the restriction of being in the paid area at the time of 120 minutes. Ie, once you pass through the turnstile with your ticket, you will have to leave the subway no more than 120 minutes, otherwise will be fined when at 40 baht.
At the entrance to the metro a single ticket falls into the turnstile and up the other side and exit the "machine" takes it and leaves in itself, ie you come out of the subway without a ticket.
Bought at vending machines at stations (Ticket Issuing Machine (TIM), Integrated Ticketing Machine (ITM) and Ticket Vending Machine (TVM)).
Day pass (One-Day Pass)
Price: 130 baht.
Allows you to make as many trips during the day, when it was bought . Keep in mind, we are talking about the day, not 24 hours. Ie, if you buy it in the evening, you will be able to use it only until the end of the day, and the next morning he would no longer be valid. Bought at the ticket offices at the stations. It makes sense to use only if you have scheduled a large number of travel for long distances during the day. Once again we remind you that you will not be able to use one ticket for several passengers.
When entering one-day travel down to the turnstile and up the other side. When you exit the metro station, the procedure is the same. After use at the end of the day the ticket is simply discarded or retained as a souvenir.
30-day pass (30-Day SmartPass)
- 15 trips 375 baht (25 baht per trip)
- 25 trips 575 baht (23 baht per trip)
- 40 trips for 840 baht (21 baht per trip)
- 50 trips of 1000 baht (20 baht per trip)
These passes give you unlimited travel for 30 days, and give a certain amount of travel (depending on travel cost), and the length of trips not taken into account. Ie you can drive as one stop, and 10 per trip will still be charged 1 trip.
It makes sense to buy this card only for long trips more than 3-4 station, otherwise any savings you get.
Reloadable travel cards (Sky SmartPass or Stored Value SmartPass)
Cost: Purchased and replenished by an arbitrary amount. The minimum cost 130 baht 30 baht for the issuance of travel and 30 baht Deposit (in case of overspending). Can be expanded at any time in an amount not less than 100 baht.
It's travel unlike the 30-day trial is valid for 5 years, and each trip is deducted the full cost of the trip depending on the number of stops. Purchased and refilled at the box office sales at the stations.
How to buy a ticket for BTS
Single ticket (BTS Single Journey Ticket) sold through vending machines at each station, other types of tickets (passes) to be purchased in the ticket offices at stations.
There are three types of machines: Ticket Issuing Machine (TIM), Integrated Ticketing Machine (ITM) and Ticket Vending Machine (TVM). They differ by and large only what coins or bills accepted. If you have no coins or banknotes of the desired value, the exchange is done here at the box office. Once again, please note that single tickets are not sold. In principle, any of the machines will not have any problems to understand on a place, but just in case here's a brief description:
This machine only accepts coins of 10 and 5 baht, and give change for 5 baht.
In the office you can't choose the station you want, and for the purchase of the ticket value should be himself on the table next to the machine to determine the cost of a ticket to the desired station, and press the camera button corresponding advantages (large number buttons). After clicking the button, you can start to "feed" the machine of coins, and when inserted as needed, he will spit you a ticket and if necessary change.
Integrated Ticketing Machine (ITM)
Accepts coins of 5 and 10 baht banknotes of 20, 50, 100 baht. Give change for 5 baht.
On the touch screen you can choose the language desired station and then "feed" the machine banknote or coin.
Ticket Vending Machine (TVM)
Accepts coins of 1, 5 and 10 baht banknotes of 20, 50, 100 baht. Give change for 1, 5 and 10 baht.
Is just a more advanced modification of the previous device. Allows you to buy at once a few tickets.
Important the BTS station
Here are some stations that may be of interest to tourists.
Phaya Thai BTS (Sukhumvit Line)
The transition to the station of airport metro. Here/here, you can quickly and cheaply drive to Bangkok airport Suvarnabhumi.
It is also the nearest BTS Skytrain station (about 500 meters, 10 minute walk) to the tower Baiyoke sky.
BTS Saphan Taksin (Silom Line)
Pier river taxi Sathon. This is the only place where you can connect with the Skytrain at the boats cruising on the chaophraya river, in order to reach the Royal Palace of Bangkok, Wat Po, the temple of dawn or at the end of Khao San road. Read more about river transport of Bangkok.
BTS Sala Daeng (Silom Line)
Victory Monument BTS (Sukhumvit Line)
Right at this station is the bus to Victory Monument, where you can go on a minivan in the next Bangkok city.
BTS's morchit (Sukhumvit Line)
From this station on foot (about 20 minutes) or by taxi you can reach the Northern bus station of Bangkok's morchit. It is also the biggest Bangkok market Chatuchak.
Ekkamai BTS (Silom Line)
Near the station is the Eastern bus terminal Bangkok Ekkamai.
The underground Subway of Bangkok (MRT)
There is only one line of underground metro in Bangkok. Basically it passes through residential, tourist districts, but it can be useful to get to places, such as train station in Bangkok.
The fare for MRT
The access to the underground metro Bangkok is carried out using the card travel or one-time tokens. To buy these tickets at each metro station, in vending machines or at the ticket office.
The fare depends on the length of the trip (number of stations) and starts from 16 baht per trip per station and ends 40 baht for a trip on 12-17 stations. For children travel cheaper, from 8 to 20 baht. Control tickets (tokens or cards) at the entrance and exit of the subway, so you need to keep them until the end of the trip. At the exit, as well as at the entrance, to skip the ticket through the turnstile, and if you are trying to enter the wrong station, the turnstile will not let you.
For tickets of all kinds there is a time limit on the maximum stay in the metro area: after entering the subway station through the turnstile you have to leave the subway for 90 minutes, otherwise when you exit after this time you will be penalized 40 baht. So here are protected from those who like to free ride on the subway.
Types of tickets on MRT
Single ticket-Token (Single Journey Token)
Value: from 16 to 40 baht depending on the length of the trip.
This ticket is a plastic badge, which is before the entrance station leans to the reading pad at the turnstile and descends in the slot on the turnstile and there. The badge is valid only on the day of purchase.
Bought these coins in vending machines and ticket offices at stations. Tokens are bought for children only at the box office.
Storage card (Stored Value Card)
Cost: 230 baht (150 travel 50 Deposit, 30 for card issue), popolnyaet only 100 baht. There is also a childrens (until 14 years) and a card for seniors (over 65) at reduced rates.
This card offers no savings when traveling in the subway. For each trip it is written down exactly what you would have spent when using a single ticket. Its only advantage is convenience: you do not have to buy a token. Leans to the reading area of the turnstile each time you enter and exit.
Sold only at the box office.
Day passes (One Day Pass)
Price: 120 baht.
Allows for a whole day without any restrictions to navigate using the underground metro. You must purchase a card for each passenger individually. Valid only for the day, which was made the first trip around the map until midnight that day. Sold only at the box office.
The same thing, and the day passes, only there are different.
- 15-day (15-DAY PASS) – 600 baht.
- 30-day (30-DAY PASS) – 1400 baht.
How to buy the ticket for MRT
Single tickets-tokens can be bought at the ticket offices and vending machines, card-tickets are sold only at the box office. Machines sell tokens only for adults, so children should buy a ticket at the box office.
When purchasing a machine you need to select the desired station and "feed" the machine of a sum in coins of 1, 5 and 10 baht and banknotes of 20, 50 and 100 baht. The change in the apparatus produces coins.
Important MRT station
MRT Hua Lamphong
This station is located directly at the railway station Bangkok Hualamphong. Also within walking distance to this station is the temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trai Mit)
MRT Si Lom
The station is located near the nightlife of Patpong.
MRT's morchit and MRT Phahon Yothin
From these stations by foot (about 20 minutes) or by taxi you can reach the Northern bus station of Bangkok's morchit. It is also the biggest Bangkok market Chatuchak.
Airport metro Bangkok (ARL) Airoport Rail Link
This metro is a godsend for those who arrived at the international airport of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi or depart from there. This is, first, fastest, and secondly, the cheapest way to get from downtown to the airport. After 15 minutes you will be in place. In addition, this type of station can be used to move within the city or in the suburbs of Bangkok. Trains run from 06:00 to 24:00 approximately 15-minute intervals.
There are two lines or two types of train on this metro Express line (Express Line) and city line (City Line):
It's a fast train, which goes from Makkasan station (note, not Phaya Thai) to the airport and back without stopping. The fare is 90 baht. At Makkasan station operates an airport terminal where you can check in for your flight from Suvarnabhumi airport and even Luggage. At Makkasan station you can either continue along the City Line or the line underground train.
Attention! 2014 Express Line is suspended while this is the only City Line
City line (City Line)
These trains run along the route with stops. Not only can you get to the airport, but to drive as many stops as you need. The line begins from Phaya Thai (BTS Phaya Thai station). If you want get in BTS, you need to use this line. The fare depending on the length of the route is 15 to 45 baht.
How to buy a ticket for ARL
Tickets are sold at each station with the help of machines. Control of tickets at the entrance and exit to the station.
Important ARL station
- ARL Phaya Thai. The transition to BTS.
- ARL Makkasan. The transition to the Phetchaburi MRT station.
- ARL Ratchaprarop. The closest metro station to the tower Baiyoke sky (10 min walk).