Water transport in Bangkok: the Express boat, taxi, cost, routes

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One of the most convenient and most exotic types of transport in Bangkok is the water. Through the city passes the river of Chao Phraya (Chao Phraya river), and areas of Bangkok are covered with a network of channels (also called longi, currency exchange), which is the capital at the time was nicknamed "Venice of the East". Some of these channels were dug by hand to divert water, but today many of them gradually fall asleep, winning back the land for construction.

Unfortunately, the network of routes of water transport to Bangkok is not too wide. Many of the channels, despite their presence on the map are not navigable. But this transport has a distinct advantage: by boat you can reach anywhere quickly, bypassing the traffic on the roads. It should be noted that along the chaophraya river can be navigated not only in Bangkok but also far beyond it.

In General, water transport in Bangkok can be divided into three types: water taxis, Express boats and ferries across the river Chaophraya.

Water taxi or Charter boat

Прогулка на чартерной лодке-длиннохвостке по Чаопрайе

Water taxi, by analogy with the ordinary, is a boat that you can catch anywhere and they will take you wherever you need, unless of course this will allow channels. However, with one clarification: to catch a water taxi can not everywhere, but only on the wharves, and where you can take the Express boat.

The cost of the water taxi is unreasonably high for foreigners. Almost any ride you will request a minimum of 500 baht (see currency of Thailand, the exchange rate), but the price when bargaining may fall several times. So use a taxi as a mode of transport to get from one place to another, problematic for foreigners.

However, it is convenient to hire a boat in time for a stroll along the chaophraya river, instead of buying a round. Of course, here too it is necessary to bargain, and, of course, advantageous that the trip will happen if you are some people.

Shuttle boats on the chaophraya river

Лодки по реке Чаопрайя Boat on the Marina

The most important waterway is the river of Chao Phraya. It is the largest river that runs through the city and along its banks there are many piers, between which there are regular boat. Although they all go on the same route (the river), boats are different in that stops at different piers. Routes (lines) are labeled with colors, not numbers, and to determine the specific route of the boat can be mounted on the nose and the flag:

  • Blue flag tourist boat;
  • orange, yellow, green – normal boats, not stop at all stops;
  • boats without a flag – the cheapest, stop at all piers along the route
В час пик лодки реально переполнены Boat during rush hour

Also keep in mind that most of the piers have on the East Bank of the river (i.e., from the center of the city). However, to get to the other side of the river from any pier on the ferry.

The fare depending on the type of boat and the distance from 10 to 40 baht, you pay the conductor on Board or on the pier at the box office. Tell the conductor where you want to go, and it will tell you the cost, and then makes sure to drop you off in the right place. And yet, in peak hours the boats are quite crowded, so be prepared for a stampede.

To get on the boat, weekdays often have to stand in a small queue. On the piers of the landing taken care of by special people who govern all of the passengers, so trust them. They work for free, tips they do not need to leave. If you do not know which queue to stand in, just show this "traffic COP" hand in the direction where you need and he'll put you in the queue.

Boats run frequently, but for a limited time, including days of the week. Here is the schedule and the cost (depending on distance):

  • Boats without a flag: 06:45 - 07:30 and 16:00 - 16:30 on weekdays only. The cost 9 / 11 / 13 bat.
  • Orange flag: 06:00 - 19:00 daily. Cost 14 baht
  • Green flag: from 06.10 - 08.10, 16:05 - 18:05 on weekdays only. The cost 13 / 20 / 32
  • Yellow flag: 06:15 - 08:20 and 16:00 to 20:00 on weekdays only. The cost is 20 baht

The important stop:

Detailed information about the routes and costs can be found on the official website of the carrier http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.comand at each pier.

Карта маршрутов лодок по Чаопрайя в Бангкоке

Ferry across the chaophraya river

Пристань парома к Ват Арун

At each pier for the chaophraya river there are small boats which make it easy to cross to the other side. They go quite often, about every 10 minutes, and when passengers much more often. The ferry costs 3 baht per person.

Payment may be made in cash, and the passage and landing on boats through the turnstiles apart from the main stream to the Express boat. Piers them separate, not the same as that for the Shuttle boats on the river are close by, literally a few dozen meters. Run from 06:00 to 21:00.

Find piers for the crossing today the easiest way with the help of Google maps, which outlines all the trails along the river, including the ferry.

A tour boat along the chaophraya river

Along with regular boats on the chaophraya river runs from the pier to Phra Arthit pier, Asiatique (this is the pier immediately after the Sathorn/Taskin) a tour boat system Hop-on-Hop-off. They run every half hour from 09:30 to 18:00, and every 15 minutes during the period from 16:00 to 17:00. All information about the route and the cost to purchase tickets is at the extreme station mentioned above.

A single fare is 50 baht, travel for one day – 180 baht. Travel allows you the whole day to ride on these boats to go and log on any of the piers.

Much sense to use these boats no because all the same can be seen on regular boat for less money. But on those boats plus the fact that they are more comfortable and not crammed full of passengers as a cruise.

Regular boat channels

Экспресс-лодка в канале Бангкока Express boat in Bangkok canal
  • Hours: boats run from 5:30 until 20:30 on weekdays and from 5:30 to 19:00 Saturday and Sunday
  • Frequency: every 20 minutes during peak hours more often
  • Cost: from 8 to 20 baht

On the canals of Bangkok (Longum) runs only two routes the Express boat to Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat. This a-line Golden Mount Line and the Nida Line. Both of these lines pass through the same channel, and are connected in the same place on the pier in the Pratunam area.

Line Golden Mount Line begins from Panfa Leelard pier, located near temple of the Golden mount (Wat Saket) and ends at Pratunam area Pratunam pier under the bridge on the street Rathaprarop. Then from this same pier continues to the East line Nida line.

The fare on these lines depending on the distance is 8-20 baht. Payment is made at the boat jig: just tell us where you want to go and they will tell you the price. Use caution when boarding and disembarking from the boat, and hang on tight to the railing.

Also, there are special tourist boats on the canals. They bought the tickets for 200 baht and you can ride all day, go out and sit anywhere.

It is convenient to use the boat through the channels to no traffic to get from Central areas of the city close to the chaophraya river to the Peninsula Ratanakosin, where the districts of Khao San, Chinatown and most of Bangkok attractions.

Detailed information about the routes and costs can be found on the website of the carrier http://khlongsaensaep.com/

Finally it is worth mentioning that all routes and piers the Express boat Bangkok is now marked on Google map. To see them you can including our interactive map of Bangkok-hotels and attractions.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 27 May, 2019

Hello! You mean Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok Hotel? It's right across the street from the airport terminal is located, so follow our instructions https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/thai/bangkok-kak-dobratsa-iz-aeroporta-suvarnabhumi-v-don-muang and when you get to don Muang, there on foot. Public buses stop just on the other side of the road where this hotel is. ...
Ninar 31 July 2019
Tell me, on a boat with the flag reachable from the Phra Arthit pier to Tha Chang in the morning? ...
admin July 31, 2019

Hello Nina! These piers connects orange and the boat without a flag. ...
Марина_24 20 October, 2019
Good day!
Stop At Baiyoke sky Hotel, would like to enjoy a boat ride on the river Chaopraya to the Temple of the dawn.
From what station to sit (Purely to see the city) and how to get it from our hotel?
Thank you! ...
admin 20 October, 2019

Marina, take a boat ride and reach the Temple of dawn - all the same different things.
If you just want to Church to get, you need to get to the pier and take a ferry. And if you want it on the boat ride, I understand you just interested in a regular boat and not a cruise, it is another. But IMHO, ride the Shuttle boat - a dubious pleasure, especially during rush hour. It is still a vehicle, do not think that you are there to see. In principle, about how to get there here we have written in detail - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/thai/bangkok-wat-arun.
But, nevertheless, here's the layout:
If you just ferry to cross, then I would chose the option to fully get across the water, but will have a little walk, but the city view, if you have not seen. Actually for me I Bangkok love that only would do so, I mean, more walk walked. In short, from the hotel along the Mall, Indra Square exit on the main street of Ratchaprarop and turn left. Walk to the canal pier to Pratunam. There on the boat get to the end of Phan Fa, is near temple of the Golden mount. And from there on foot through the whole district to the pier, Tha Tien, from where we ferried to the other side. We heard that Tha Tien like closed for renovations, but there is so nearby pier ferries run, on the spot will understand. Of course to go far, but a lot of things along the way will see, there is after all the most interesting places, maybe some temples along the way to visit.
When we did not want to walk a lot, then you can take the subway to the Marina to get with transfers. First on the airport metro two stops to Makkasan, and there on the subway and transfer to Sanam Chai. Sanam Chai is a new station according to the map, I'm there ...
Марина_24 21 October, 2019
thank you very much for the detailed answer! I think the place will become more clear. First time is always a pun in my head))) ...
olga28-72@mail.ru 29 October, 2019
Hello!!! 16 Nov arrive in Bangkok the night from 16 to 17 in Bangkok is a Marathon. Want to take part in the race. You can register at the exhibition of the Bangkok marathon (Bangkok Marathon) 2019 Chantana Yingyong Building (อาคารจันทนยิ่งยง), 154 Rama I Road, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. Please tell me how there can be easily reached from the airport. Because we have a limited time(registration ends in 19 hours) ...
admin October 31, 2019

If Suvarnabhumi, then most likely sit in the airport on the metro ARL to the end, and there ride the BTS to Siam station. It's faster than a taxi to go. ...
romanova.ri 26 January, 2020
Hello! Very useful information was, thank you! Tell me our plane lands at 10 am (April 13), it turns on the flight 917 we do not have time, so we got on the bus flight 9908 - where he stops, to get to Koh Chang?
In 2013, went about the same pattern, just the ticket, took the bus Ekkamai. I think this time how we make it easier and more economical? And do not tell me more on the prices in a cafe in public transport center? ...
admin 26 January, 2020

9908 bus departs from the public transport center. From what particular place is not exactly prompt, but there you will find, after all, PTC is quite small, and there are people behind the counter will tell me. Keep in mind that the schedule here https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/thai/bangkok-stancii-avtobusnaya-stanciya-suvarnabhumi updated on 2018, now it may have changed a little. But there's still a minivan straight to Chang by ferry, you can see them - https://12go.asia/ru/van/suvarnabhumi-airport/koh-chang?z=5962&curr=RUB ...