Getting around Bangkok

There are a variety of ways to get around around Bangkok to see all the sights and sounds.

Buses

A regular bus service is provided by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and its contracted operators throughout Bangkok as well as to its outskirts during 4.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. and around the clock on certain routes. Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum fare of 7 baht to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses have minimum and maximum fares of 11 and 24 baht, respectively. Air-conditioned Metro Buses charge a flat fare of 20-30 baht all routes.

Taxis

Taxis cruising city streets are metred. They charge a minimum of 35 baht for the first 3 kilometres, and approximately 5 baht per kilometre thereafter. Make sure you have change, as taxi drivers often don’t! Passengers must pay tolls in the case of using an expressway.

Tuk-Tuks

These three-wheeled ‘open-air’ motorised taxis are popular for short journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance. Minimum fares, for journeys of up to 3 kilometres, are approximately 30 baht.

BTS Sky Trains

BTS sky trains ply along Sukhumvit, Silom and Phahonyothin roads. The routes connect Bangkok’s leading hotels and major shopping areas such as Siam Square, Silom, Ratchaprasong and Chatuchak Weekend Market during 6.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. The fare ranges from 15-40 baht according to the distance. For more information, contact the Bangkok Mass Transit System at Tel: 0 2617 6000, 0 2617 7340-2 or visit www.bts.co.th

Bangkok Metro

A metro service is available from Bang Sue via Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Ratchadaphisek Road, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Lumphini Park, Silom, Sam Yan to its terminal at Hua Lamphong Railway Station during 6.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. The fare ranges from 15-40 baht according to the distance. Call 0 2624 5200 or visit www.bangkokmetro.co.th for further information.

Airport Rail Link

Airport Rail Link offers train services between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Bangkok City from 6.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. There are two types of services: City Line taking 25 minutes with the fare calculated from the distance, starting from 15 Baht and up to 45 Baht, and Express Line taking 15 minutes with a at rate of 150 Baht. A train service is available from Phya Thai BTS Station (the originating point for SA City Line) to Suvarnabhumi Airport via Ratchaprarop, Makkasan (the originating point for SA Express Line), Ramkhamhaeng, Hua Mak, Ban Thap Chang, Lat Krabang to its terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport. For more information, contact Tel.1690 or visit the website: http://airportraillink.railway.co.th/

River Taxis

Taxis that are even more unusual, though equally convenient, are the river taxis that ply the Chao Phraya River. Some are just cross river ferries, but others serve the many landing stages on both banks and cover a route that goes up as far as the northern suburb of Nonthaburi.