The city of Bangkok transport, how to travel around the city
Bangkok is famous for its traffic jams, but thanks to the public transport system including underground train, Skytrain (BTS –Sky Train), buses, river transport on the river Chaopraya and the many waterways in the city you can navigate quite comfortable.
Below on this page presents an overview about all types of transport, including cost, schedule, and useful routes. To learn more about the separate types of transport, see:
- Waterways of Bangkok
- Metro Bangkok
- How to get from don Muang to Bangkok and other cities (with timetable and cost)
- How to get from Suvarnabhumi to Bangkok and other cities (with timetable and cost)
The bus is the cheapest way to move around the city, although not the easiest. The problem is that routes a huge number, all of them confusing and, as a rule, are marked only in Thai. But there are advantages. In many places for buses in a separate lane for traffic, and while cars are stuck in traffic, buses move quietly.
I don't think that simple to get out and go somewhere on the bus without prior training. Certainly confused. At the hotel explore the map of routes, define the starting and ending points, intermediate stops, and only then go. Unforgettable impressions are guaranteed.
For route planning you can use Google maps. They can be used to build a route through Bangkok by public transport, including transfers, but keep in mind that the information may not be relevant. Routes change frequently, make sure to check them out after you build a route on Google maps best to double-check them on the official BMTA website. This can be done on this page - http://www.bmta.co.th/th/linesbut it is only in the Thai language. By switching on this page, the default tab you can enter a route number and see its passage on the map. Can also buy paper map of bus routes in supermarkets "7/11".
There are several types of buses of different comfort and different prices. To distinguish them you can only by color:
- Little green is 6.5 baht, the cheapest, not air conditioned and not vented.
- Red buses is 7 baht, same as green, only bigger.
- White-blue – 8 baht, no different from red in addition to prices.
- Blue and yellow – the price depends on the distance from 11 to 18 baht, air-conditioned and quite comfortable.
- Orange – the price depends on the distance from 13 to 22 baht, air-conditioned, new and comfortable.
- Pink-white, 25 baht, comfortable, air-conditioned, with only a few places.
The Skytrain is Bangkok (BTS Skytrain)
It would be better even to say - Skytrain, since a large part of the way is not on the ground and above the ground.
System the Skytrain is Bangkok (BTS) is the most convenient way of transportation in Bangkok. This is a modern subway, the Thai people have built themselves, and very proud of it. And for good reason. Spacious, air-conditioned carriages moved through the streets of Bangkok over the ground at 3 to 7 floors, avoiding all the traffic jams and opening up the great views of the city. If you want to see the city and make impressive photos, then sit in the first or last cars.
If you are lazy to go a kilometer or two from the station to any of the sights, then this is the vehicle for you will be the perfect option.
Currently, there are two branches of Skytrain – Sukhumvit (Sukhumvit, long, on the map in light green) and Silom (Silom, short, on the map in dark green). Lines cover most of the Central business and tourist districts of Bangkok. The movement of trains is carried out from 6 am to midnight, the traffic of trains increases during peak hours.
The fare depends on the distance you travel. Tickets are sold at each station at the ticket offices or machines. Machines are of two types: Ticket Issuing Machine (TIM) – only accepts coins and gives change with coins (5 bat); Integrated Ticketing Machine (ITM) accepts coins and banknotes (20, 50, 100 baht) and gives change with coins (5 baht).
Tickets are sold by zones (on the map marked S1, E3, etc.), and the price is determined according to the table ranges from (15 to 40 baht). The traffic pattern and the table value are available at each station.
Ticket inspection takes place at the entrance and at the exit of the subway. If you bought a ticket to any station and try to go to another, you will hear a siren sound and the turnstile will not let you. Then you have or buy at the box office, a new ticket outlet, or to return to train and proceed to the desired station.
Stations, points of interest, monuments, shopping malls near the Skytrain stations:
- Eastern bus terminal Ekkamai to go to E7.
- The Central train station Hua Lampong output to W1.
- North Eastern bus terminal Mo Chit 2 – N8.
- Chatuchak Park (Chatujak) – N8.
- Lumpini Park (Lumpini) – S2.
- The Queen Sirikit Park (Queen Sirikit Park) – E5.
- Park Santipharp (Santipharp) – N3.
- Paolo Memorial Hospital – N7.
- Erawan Shrine – E1,S1.
- Victory Monument – E4.
- Stadium Hua Mark (Hua Mark) – N3.
- National sports stadium – W1.
- The house-Museum of Jim Thompson – W1.
- Amarin Plaza – S1.
- Central Chidlom – E1.
- Chatuchak weekend market (Chatuchak) – N8.
- Emporium shopping Mall – E5.
- Gaysorn Plaza – E1.
- Shopping center MA boon Kron (Mah Boon Krong) (MBK) – W1.
- The centre of folk crafts Narayana Phand – E1.
- Quarter Patpong S2.
- The Robinson store on Shiloh – S2.
- Store at Robinson Bangrak – S6.
- Central World Plaza – E1.
The underground subway of Bangkok (MRT)
Currently there is only one subway line, which runs from the railway station Hua lamphong North station Bang through areas Silom, Sukhumvit, Ratchadaphisek and Chatuchak district.
Intersects with lines of Skytrain stations Si Lom (S2),Sukhumvit (E4) and Chatuchak Park (N18). For tourists, the underground is of little interest, because mostly passes through residential area, where there are few attractions. But it's a subway connects the railway station Bangkok Hualamphong and North's morchit bus terminal (Chatuchak station).
The cost of tickets and SkyTrain, depending on the distance and starts from 15 baht.
Line airport subway of Bangkok (Airport Rail Link)
Line airport subway launched in August 2010 connects Suvarnabhumi international airport with the city centre. There are two lines - the Express line (Express Line) and City line (City Line).
The Express line is mainly used in order to get into the city from the airport as quickly as possible. Train it don't make no stops, and follow from the airport directly to Makkasan station (City Air Terminal). This trip will take you 15 minutes and will cost 90 baht. Trains depart every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight. From Makkasan station you can continue your way around the city by taxi, go on a City line (to get to the end station Phaya Thai to transfer to the SkyTrain station), or go to the underground MRT subway (Phetchaburi MRT station).
Cheaper city line stops at all stations, and should continue in the city. From Suvarnabhumi airport train goes to Phaya Thai. At Phaya Thai you can switch to the Skytrain. The entire journey takes 30 minutes and costs 45 baht.
Attention! 2014 Express Line is suspended, is only valid City Line
Bus rapid route (BRT Bus Rapid Transit)
This new transport system in Bangkok. In the future it is planned to create 5 different high-speed route. Currently opened only one route from Sathon to Ratchaphruek.
The most exotic and most expensive mechanical means of transportation – Bangkok tuk-tuk. Almost homemade three-wheeled cars carry tourists through the streets of Bangkok, leaving the clubs stinking of smoke.
They will wait and pounce on you from every corner and offer free or nearly free trip to anywhere in the city or on the tourist route. They say that today is a special day of celebration and therefore all free. Of course, all this divorce tourists for money, carries a catch. Don't believe them. During the trip you will have to pay a considerable sum for a very short distance. Sometimes tuktukan cross border and threats to get their money or bring tourists in the narrow streets and surrounded from all sides by a gang of angry toktakunov :-). Of course the last one was a joke, but sometimes they do cheat tourists, agreeing to drive in a single amount, and then demand under all sorts of pretexts greater.
The only way to free ride on the tuk tuk, is to agree on a "sightseeing" trip to the jewelry factory, in a restaurant or other "enterprise for the promotion of tourists", where the driver will receive for your head a Commission. Well, if your desire to ride on a tuk-tuk in Bangkok with nothing to fight off, be sure to agree a price before the trip, write it on paper and not settle for arrangements of the driver like, "veri chip", "special price", "Its okay" without specific prices. And it is necessary to agree that the price was for the whole trip, not per passenger separately.
In addition to travel three-wheeled tuk-tuks in Bangkok also operate a four-wheel (called actually songthaew). They are cheaper and used by local residents for short journeys. They follow pre-set routes, but if you start asking them, whether they get there, they will accept your question is not otherwise what you want them to hire a taxi. So be careful too.
Taxis in Bangkok are very common and inexpensive form of travel. Despite the fact that it is the capital, to travel nearly the entire city center can be for no more than 100 baht. It is only necessary to use a taxi in order not to overpay or to be deceived.
The best option is a taxi meter (Taxi) Meter. An exception may be a trip to the airport or long distances to nearby cities (Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Hua hin, etc.). In this case, you can hire a taxi at a fixed price. But not all taxi drivers are always ready to take you on the meter (they usually say that the meter is broken), and not all counters work correctly. Before boarding a taxi make sure the driver that the meter is a simple question, "Taxi Meter?". If he claims that the meter is broken, just look for another taxi.
The most correct and best option is to catch a taxi on the road, and not to hire taxi drivers, awaiting clients at the crowded places. Usually taxi drivers who stand and catch customers at shopping centers, attractions, nightlife, immediately begin to impose exorbitant prices for travel at a fixed and inflated price (because for such a great place waiting customers they have to pay). Therefore, if you want to save money, it's best just to move a little bit away from this place and catch a taxi.
You can also use the app Grab taxi, which came to replace Uber, no longer working in Thailand in 2018. Grab a taxi immediately gives the price of the trip, and you can use your mobile Internet or free WiFi in airports, hotels, cafes. Cm. read more about Grab-taxi in Thailand and how to use it here...
In Bangkok and beyond, there are a few toll roads, and parallel to them the usual way. You always have the choice to take the toll or free road, but if you choose paid, you'll get there faster. Tolls on the toll road, of course, have to pay you. Negotiate this issue with the drivers.
Many drivers in Bangkok don't understand a word in English and do not understand the cards. If you get this, don't hesitate to ask passers-by who will be your translators, while you explain to the driver where you need to go.
Tipping taxi drivers is not mandatory, but you can round off the amount on the big side and leave the change the driver.
River transport of Bangkok
If someone does not know, Bangkok has been called the Oriental Venice because of the many channels. Accordingly, water transport in Bangkok is very popular, inexpensive, convenient and , in some cases, one of the fastest ways to get to the right place.
Through the city, meanders to the river Chaopraya, and from it to the far corners of the city is a growing variety of channels. According to him operates many types of water transport, including public. Route maps on the river and canals can be found at major piers.
Water taxi is the most expensive form of water transport. The price for a one-hour boat ride-dlinnohvostaja starts from 500 baht for one hour. And whether you are sailing or have been to see the sights, the payment will be the same. To negotiate before the trip is possible, but it gives poor results. The most that you can count on discount for a few hours travel. If you plan to rent a boat for groups of more than two people, you will have to pay more almost twice. Ideally, you should take a water taxi for small groups and walking on the water, and sights to see, moving on another vehicle.
To find a water taxi for a long time you don't have to. One has only to appear on one of the piers of the river Chobia, you will have "Charter boat".
A much cheaper moving option – regular or Express boat (express boat) along the chaophraya river. Tickets for them are from 10 to 32 baht and can be purchased at the ticket office on the pier or on the boats to the conductor. The routes of the boats are marked by flags of different colors, although the actual route on the river alone, just different boats make stops at different piers. There are also boats that are not marked with flags, and they make stops at all pasrah.
A great option for exploring the sights can also be a large tourist boats. They can move at 50 baht per trip or buying a pass for the day for 180 baht. The travel can hop on and hop off with such boats the whole day many times.
Important pier for regular lodoe – Sathon (Taksin also) because it is adjacent to the BTS Skytrain station Saphan Taksin. It is, in fact, the only subway station next to the piers. If you are not familiar with water transportation to Bangkok, it is best to start with this pier. On the pier you can find the necessary information about the routes.
On one side of the river to another you can move almost any pier in just 3 baht.
Read more about the waterways of Bangkok here...
The system of Bicycle rental
In Bangkok there's an environmental way to travel for tourists – bikes. This created a network of rental stations, where you can borrow a bike, ride it around the city, and then return it to any other station. On the one hand, it's convenient, but on the other hand, lacks and shortcomings:
- Traffic in Bangkok is too dangerous to travel by bike, and dedicated bike lanes there. Where Bicycle paths are, they will still be busy parked the motorbike or commercial mobile shops
- Free rental period of only 15 minutes, then paid in full
- Not mobile app map stations
- To begin to use them, you must first visit the office with your passport
If all this doesn't scare you, here's the instructions for using the system of Bicycle rental in Bangkok...
As in other resorts in Thailand, in Bangkok you can find a motorbike to rent for moving around the city. However, in contrast to the popular beach resorts, it's not easy walking down the street find the first available rental. Rentals here are, but it is mostly large stores for the sale and repair of motor vehicles, and they are scattered in different areas of the city. So if you have plans to travel around the city on a motorbike, it is better to find a rental office near your hotel. Find rentals is the easiest request on the Google map "motorbike for rent bangkok".
Rental prices are slightly higher than in other tourist areas – from 250 baht a day for a simple scooter, for a period of one week or more you receive big discount. To control need an international driving permit (IDP) issued by traffic police in addition to the normal Russian rights. Cm. more about rent a motorbike in Thailand.
However, once again recall that the traffic in Thailand, especially in Bangkok, very dangerous. The country ranks second in the world in the number of deaths in road accidents, so be extremely careful, and even better give up this idea, and use a taxi or public transport.