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Informations about transport in Bangkok

Getting around in Bangkok

Bangok is known for its tuk-tuks and colorful taxis but obviously there are other options to get around in the Thai capital. Practical and with air conditioning, the skytrain (BTS) and the underground metro (MRT) are the best solutions to avoid Bangkok trafic. A special line, the Airport Rail Link connects Suvarnabhumi airport to Bangkok downtown. Another way to get around Bangkok is to use the Chao Praya Express boats and the shuttle boats on the klongs, small water canals of Bangkok. The city also has a large bus network.
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Public transport in Bangkok

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Bangkok skytrain (BTS)

The skytrain (called BTS) has two lines, the Sukhumvit Line, which runs from Mo Chit to Bearing and the Silom Line that runs from National Stadium to Wongwian Yai. They meet at Siam station. The BTS is connected to the Airport Link, serving the Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi), at Payathai station. Tickets can be purchased at vending machines in stations. All trains are air conditioned. It is forbidden to eat or drink, and of course smoke inside the train and the corridors. To find Bangkok skytrain's map, see the detail page.

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Bangkok metro (MRT)

The Bangkok Metro (or MRT) only has one line that goes from Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue. It is entirely underground and separate from BTS Skytrain. But there is connection points at Chatuchak station (with Mo Chit BTS station), Sukhumvit (with Asok BTS station) and Silom (with Sala Daeng BTS station). Here, the vending machines accept notes and don't issue tickets but black chips. It is also forbidden to eat and smoke in the subway corridors or air-conditioned trains. See the detail page to see the Bangkok metro map.

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Airport Rail Link

Launched in 2011, the Airport Link connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport to downtown Bangkok and replaces the previously existing express bus system. Faster and avoiding traffic jams, this line line is essentially a skytrain except for arrival or departure at airport which is underground. The Airport Link has a connection with BTS at Payathai station and with MRT at Makkasan station (Phetchaburi MRT station). Again this is a line separated from MRT and BTS with different tickets. The trains are air-conditioned. This is probably the cheapest and fastest way to reach Bangkok center town from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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Chao Phraya Express boats

In Bangkok you can also get around by using the Chao Praya Express boat-bus system. It offers several stops on the banks of the river including a station at near Wat Pho (Ta Tien pier) and Royal Palace (Ta Chang pier). You can make a connection between skytrain and Chao Phraya Express station at Saphan Taksin. Visit our detailled page to see the piers map.

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Getting around Bangkok by bus

Bangkok's bus network is very dense but not very easy to take when you are not Thai. Bangkok has many bus lines and the fleet of vehicles has disparate levels of comfort. You pay once on board to the attendant who meets you and asks for your destination. He or she is not always comfortable with English language so don't hesitate to prepare a visual (picture, name of your destination written in Thai). We have set up a search engine to find the bus line to take depending on where you want to go (see our details page).

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Free buses Suvarnabhumi - Don Muang

There are free shuttle buses connecting the two Bangkok airports. To use them, you must present a plane ticket before getting on board. The journey between Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports lasts 1:30 approximately (depending on the traffic). These buses regularly run between 5am and midnight. They are the best option to go from one airport to the other.

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Bus Bangkok <-> Don Muang Airport

If there are 4 regular bus lines you can take to go from Bangkok city to Don Muang airport (and vice versa), routes A1 to A4 connecting Don Muang with the Victory Monument, Mo Chit BTS station (MRT Chatuchak) or Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal, Lumphini Park and Khao San Road and Sanam Luang. Note that Don Muang Airport can also be reach by train from Hua Lamphong (but trains in Thailand are often late)

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Bus Suvarnabhumi <-> Khao San Road

Since 1st June 2017, a convenient bus connects Survarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok to Khao San Road. It is bus route S1 that also runs to the Sanam Luang, the large esplanade which is located in front of Bangkok Grand Palace complex (which also houses the Emerald Buddha Temple). It is the most convenient and cheapest way to reach Khao San from this airport.

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Shuttle boats on Bangkok's klongs

Bangkok is crossed by small water canals called 'klongs'. There are shuttle boats traveling on these canals. The boats fare is low and it is not not that easy to use these boats if you are a foreigner. But if you know exactly where you need to go and where to get off, it's an interesting alternative to the road. Please note that at peak hours some lines are very crowded and attention to splatter.

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Boat service Klong Phadung Krung Kasem


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Individual transportation in Bangkok

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Bangkok tuk tuks

The tuk-tuk is the iconic mode of transport in Bangkok and Thailand in general. It is a tourist attraction in itself! Vehicles with three wheels, samlaw Thai, they often stylized with wrought iron. their drivers are aces in the slalom bangkokien traffic. Unlike its literal translation, the tuk-tuk is not the cheapest means of transport in Bangkok. it breathes gases the exhaust and the engine is very noisy but that's part of the folklore It takes at least joyriding tuk-tuk during his trip in Thailand.

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Taximeters in Bangkok

Bangkok taxis with their flashy colors (pink, green, blue, yellow...) are impossible to miss. All drivers are suposed to start their meter when you get onboard. If they don't, insist ! Otherwise, the trip will cost you more than the normal price. The counter always starts with a fixed amount of 35 bahts including the first kilometer. If the taxi takes the motorway, the toll will be added to the fare. Taxis in Bangkok have air-cond, they are cheaper than tuk tuks but they do not sneak in traffic as well and often take longer to arrive at your destination and when their stucked in the traffic the meter continues to run. There are a new taxis, the 'All Thai Taxi' offering a no rejection service.

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Moto-taxis in Bangkok

Thais use them a lot. The drivers with their orange jackets are easy to recognize. It is the cheapest and fastest individual transportation and on motorcycle no problem with traffic jams. Sometimes the driving is a little sporty drivers and it can be a little frightening. Moreover only a few moto-taxis offer a helmet to their passengers even if rules changing and helmet is normally mandatory now in Thailand. Do not hesitate to tell your driver tcha tcha na khrap (slower) or tcha tcha na kha if you are a woman, if you want them to slow down a little.

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Bangkok pun pun bikes

This system of bike rental is inspired by parisian Velibs. They work exactly on the same principle (you rent your bike at a station, pay at the vending machine and can drop it at any other station). Recently deployed, the number of stations will grow gradually. However, be very careful before choosing this mode of locomotion, the traffic in Bangkok is quite chaotic and dangerous especially for a bicycle. We won't dare risk it if it is not just to go in the well chosen quiet streets. But just know that it exists.
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