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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 also public transport to get around in the Thai capital city. Practical and with air conditioning, the skytrain (BTS) and the underground metro (MRT) are the best solutions to avoid Bangkok trafic (see the Bangkok metros map below). 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 not to mention Bangkok individual transport that I list at the bottom of this page.
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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 Wat Phra Si Mahathat to Kheha (Samut Prakan) and the Silom Line that runs from National Stadium to Bang Wa. 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) has 2 lines. 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). Note that from end of Jyly 2019, the MRT have new stops in Chinatown and near Grand Palace and Wat Pho. THe map is available on the detailled page.

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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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BRT Buses

This yellow bus system is a bit of a hybrid between the metro and the bus with a very similar organization of stations and ticket sale.There is a single line between Sathorn and Ratchapruek which is connected to the BTS. The BRT buses have their own dedicated lane and therefore are fast and not caught in the traffic.

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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 5 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 and even Rangsit Future Park. 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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Bangkok Limo Bus Airport Express

The Limo Bus Airport Express is another solution to connect both bangkok airports, Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang to the city center (Khao San Road, Sliom, Ratchamdri, Ploenchit, Pratunam). They are more expensive and more comfortable than orange buses ans also, in theory, a bit faster.

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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

This other boat service on a Bangkok klong leaves from near Hua Lamphong Railway Station. A lot less frequented, its boats can accommodate up to 12 passengers. It is currently free (but could become paying between 5 and 20 THB depending on the ride). Look at the schedules carrefully, there are some interruption in the service on the week days.

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Map of metro networks in Bangkok

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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.

Transport to/from Bangkok's airports

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Transport to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport

The information is already in the other pages above of each mode of transport linking Bangkok to the airport but I gathered here all the information concerning transport to get to or leave Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport from the city center but also from some more distant destinations like Kanchanaburi Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Hua Hin ...

All transport to/from Suvarnabhumi

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Transport to/from Don Muang

In addition to the buses I mention above, there is also the possibility of getting to Don Muang Airport by train from Bangkok or from other destinations in Northern Thailand. have a station and services of cars or vans with driver, but no metro yet (the extension of the line is under construction).

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