6 Basic Public Transportations in Bangkok
Hello Farang friends, I believe that public transportation in Bangkok is one of the topics that everyone especially those who work in Bangkok will be worried about. In this blog, I will show you 6 basic public transportation in Bangkok. Here we go!
BTS Sky Train
BTS Sky train is one of the basic and popular public transportation in Bangkok. There are 2 lines which are light green line or Silom line, and dark green line or Sukhumvit Line. Now they are continuously extending the service areas. Currently, more and more stations are built. There are more and more places that become so easy to go to because BTS is available.
Bangkok is one of the most traffic city in the world. We need to think very carefully when it comes to time calculation for traveling in Bangkok. Therefore, for me, BTS is one of the best choices to travel in Bangkok because traffic won’t be a problem for us when we use BTS.
Moreover, in your days off if you want to have a one-day trip in Bangkok, you can choose to travel along BTS lines. There are many popular temples and shopping malls nearby BTS stations.
You can buy a ticket for BTS (called Rabbit card) then to-up money in. Or for those who need to travel by BTS every day, there are monthly tickets too. Or if you do not really have so much chance to travel by BTS, you can buy a one-time ticket as well.
For ticket fair and route map please check more information on BTS website.
Aside from sky train, we also have a subway in Bangkok which is MRT. There are many MRT stations that are linked to BTS stations. And MRT also links to Airport Rail Link. Aside from BTS, MRT is another best choice of transportation in Bangkok. The reason is the same as BTS that traveling by MRT, traffic won’t be a problem for you at all.
Nearby MRT stations, there are a lot of popular temples, and you also can go to China town in Bangkok by MRT too. There are 4 new stations just opened in recent years, the design of the stations is unique and become one of the attractions in Bangkok.
For tickets, it is the same as BTS, you can buy a one-time ticket in case you don’t have much chance to travel by MRT. Or you can buy MRT ticket and top-up money in. And they also have a monthly ticket which will have a cheaper fair for each time.
For ticket fair and route map please check more information on MRT website.
Airport Rail Link
The airport rail link is a subway that is connected between Suvarnabhumi Airport and MRT Phaya Thai station. Currently, there are only 8 stations for this line, but in the future, they may extend the line to reach more places in Bangkok.
The station in Suvarnabhumi Airport located on the ground floor of the airport. When you arrive at the airport you can simply just go there by going to the ground floor. This is one very convenient way to transport out of the airport.
For ticket fair and route map please check more information on Airport Rail Link website.
The bus is one of the earliest public transportation in Bangkok. There are over a hundred routes of buses in Bangkok. There are 2 main types of buses which are buses with air-conditioned and buses without air-conditioned.
The pros of buses are the fair is the cheapest among all public transportation in Bangkok. You can travel to many places by the fair less than 10THB. And there are a lot of buses that only collect 1 rate of price and you can travel for the whole line long. This way no matter how many stations you want to go, they will only collect by one price.
Moreover, if you can speak a little Thai language or at least you can say out the station you want to go down, but you don’t really know how the place looks like. When you pay for the bus fee you can let the bus officer call you when reaching the destination. Most of them will kindly willing to help with that. Or sometimes, some of them will inform all or most stations once reached. Therefore, although the routes of buses are complicated, the officers are kind to help you don’t get lost.
However, buses also contain cons, the traffic in Bangkok. Traffic in Bangkok is really bad, and buses got a big effect on that too. You can’t predict the time of the bus, if you will travel by bus, it is highly recommended that you need to go out in advance at least one hour ahead. The time in advance may be more or less dependent on the distance and area that you are going to.
For basic information about bus routes you can check on this website.
For traveling in long-distance in Bangkok, the van would be your choice. Compare to the bus, the van is more expensive but it takes less time than the bus because the smaller size of the car makes it travel faster. However, the fee of the van is still much cheaper than a taxi.
Van also contains some cons, the routes are very complicated, if you want to take van you will need to ask the route from local people. If you ask from the driver, they will try to get as many customers as they can so they will say your destiny is on their route but many times they will send you somewhere you need to transfer to a bus or another transportation way to reach to your destination. I am not saying all van drivers are like this but my friends and I experience this case a few times.
Aside from traveling within Bangkok, there are also vans going to other provinces too. You can take a van to many provinces by going to Mo Chit Van station, located opposite of Mo Chit station.
Therefore, it is important to search well the information about which van you need to take and where you can take those van.
I don’t think boats are common public transportation in most of the countries. Having a boat as public transportation. Therefore, this one is kind of unique in Bangkok. You can travel to many places along the river by boat and it is much faster than land public transportation because traffic won’t be a problem for you. There are 2 main boat lines in Bangkok which are Chao Phraya river line and Seansaep canal line. The boat fee is similar to the bus fee.
I have experienced my holiday trip by Chao Phraya Express, I travel many temples along the river. Just hop up and down to the boat and enjoy the scenery while traveling. It was really a good feeling and a kind of new taste of traveling. If you have time and don’t know where to go, you can try this one-day trip along the river. You won’t regret to five it a try.
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