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Bangkok Travel | Understanding the city’s public transportation

Bangkok is known to have notorious traffic, especially during rush hour. But fret not because you don’t have to waste your precious time getting stuck on the streets of Bangkok with the city’s modern public transportation! Breeze your way through Thailand’s capital city as we give you an understanding of the different modes of transportation you can use we feature them in our Bangkok travel guide!

Public Transport

Bus

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What’s good about Bangkok’s public transportation is that it’s cheap unlike in other countries where getting around can burn your wallets. For your Bangkok travel adventure, you can enjoy exploring the city without worrying too much about going over the budget.

Buses in Bangkok are an example of a really cheap way to go around the city. Several bus services available offer two types you can choose from – a bus with air-conditioning and a bus without air-conditioning. Although you need to take note that taking the bus gives you a hands-on experience what it’s like to live like locals in the city. Beware of sweaty passengers, unruly drivers, bad traffic and aggressive bus conductors.

Office Hours: 05.00 - 24.00
Starting Price: 8 Baht

BTS

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The BTS Skytrain is privately owned by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority. It’s fast and convenient making it the favoured mode of transportation by people who are living and working in Bangkok so expect the trains to be pretty crowded during rush hour (7am – 9pm & 6pm – 10pm). The Chatuchak Weekend Market, numerous Bangkok shopping malls and other popular Bangkok attractions are accessible via BTS Skytrain which makes it easier for you to get to these places, hassle-free.

Office Hours: 05.00 - 24.00
Starting Price: 16 Baht 1 Station

MRT
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The MRT managed by government agencies covers a total distance of 20km and serves 18 stations with trains that arrive every 5-7 minutes. It’s another fast and efficient way to get to different places to visit in Bangkok as it stops at major Bangkok attractions in the city. Just like the BTS, it can get pretty crowded during rush hour.

Office Hours: 06.00 - 24.00
Starting Price: 16 Baht 1 Station

Airport Rail Link

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For your Thailand travel adventure, you’re most likely to enter the country from the Suvarnabhumi Airport where it is connected to the Airport Rail Link owned by the State Railway of Thailand. It’s a very convenient way to travel to the city as it takes only 30 minutes from Samut Prakan province going to Bangkok’s city centre. It is fast with direct routes to 6 stations only and also connects to the BTS and MRT lines.

Office Hours: 06.00 - 24.00
Starting Price: 15 Baht 1 Station

Thai Railway

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If you’re travelling to the suburbs or the cities around Bangkok, train travel is a good option. It can take you just around 2 stations and you’ll arrive at your destination. The downside is that Thai Railway is old, slow and almost never on time. But if you want to experience riding a vintage train to get around and observe the local’s lifestyle, Thai Railway is an interesting choice.

Office Hours: 05.00 - 24.00
Starting Price: 15 Baht 1 Station

Local taxi

Tuk Tuk

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Tuk Tuk is a symbol of Thailand and used to be everyone’s favourite mode of transportation before the MRT, BTS and taxis took over. It’s a unique way to get around which you cannot find anywhere else in the world. This is the reason why most Thailand travel guides would suggest first-time travellers or even those who have been to the country a few times, to try and ride one for their Bangkok travel adventure. It’s an open-air tricycle that runs to and from the airport and around the city. Though there’s one problem that exists – the fare can be quite expensive. But you can always haggle!

Office Hours: Almost all day in the urban community.
Starting Price: THB 40

Taxi

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Aside from the BTS and MRT, another option for a convenient way around the city is by taxi. Taxis in Bangkok come in colours such as green, yellow, orange and even pink. These colours mean nothing, just that they are owned by different companies. To know if a taxi is available, you can spot a glowing red vacant sign. While it is quite convenient, some days, finding one can be a hassle especially when it’s raining and during rush hour. Also take note that most taxis, if not all are metered. If a driver refuses to use the meter, better to wait for another. There are also taxi drivers who will say no to you because your destination will pass through a traffic jam.

Office Hours: All Day
Starting Price: 35 THB

Motorbike Taxis

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Considered to be one of the most efficient ways to get through Bangkok’s busy roads is riding the motorbike taxi – especially if you’re travelling alone. Motorbike taxi drivers are local professionals who are used to gliding through in and out of the city’s traffic. They’ll do everything and anything from passing through sidewalks to going on the opposite lane just to get you to your destination on time. Although you have to consider that this mode of transportation though convenient, is also the most dangerous!

Office Hours: 05.00 - 24.00
Starting Price: 10BHT

Passenger Boat

Sansabai Canal Boat

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In the ancient times, boasts were used as the main mode of transportation in Bangkok as the city was filled with many canals that are linked to the river. But until today, there are still a number of canal boat services available in the city with some piers that are linked to city attractions to take you to your destination in a short time.

Office Hours: 06.00 - 20.00
Starting Price: 8 Baht

Chao Phraya River

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Chao Phraya River is an important route to travel to some places in Bangkok. Today, large cargo ships run through the Chao Phraya River every day to bring imported goods into Thailand. But there are tourist boats as well. In the Chao Phraya River, there are two types of public transport. One is a ferry from Bangkok to Thonburi which crosses from Pho Day to Wat Arun. Another is the Chao Phraya Express Boat that runs on both sides of the Chao Phraya River.

Office Hours: 06.00 - 20.00
Starting Price: 8 Baht

Now that you know how to make your way through the city’s bustling streets, start planning your Bangkok travel itinerary and list down different city attractions such as restaurants, temples and Bangkok shopping malls you want to visit! You can take a look at our Thailand travel guides for reference.

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