MRT Bangkok: Fare, Map & Tips for Bangkok Metro

Bangkok MRT (Metropolitan Rapid Transit) is one more addition to the public transport system of the bustling Asian metropolis. Conveniently connected with other mass transit systems, MRT is a convenient way to travel around Bangkok as this metro system helps to escape busy traffic in Thailand’s capital. MRT links central Bangkok with important areas of the city making it very useful for exploring Bangkok.

How to use MRT

There are two connected MRT lines (Blue and Purple) with 54 stations around the city at the moment as Bangkok metro network was recently expanded. Bangkok metro connects with other city’s mass transit systems – BTS SkyTrain and Airport Rail Link in several places.

Bangkok MRT Map 2020

Current Bangkok MRT map with planned extensions can be found here: Bangkok MRT Map.

The map of specific MRT line can also be easily found at all Bangkok metro stations.

Bangkok MRT Map

Bangkok MRT Operating Hours

MRT Bangkok operates daily from 06:00 to midnight.

Bangkok MRT Stations

Currently there are 54 metro stations around Bangkok. Finding one of the stations shouldn’t be difficult if you are staying in the area near one. All entrances to MRT stations are clearly marked and can be easily noticed.

Entrance to MRT station

There are automated escalators leading down to the station.

Escalator to MRT station

Bangkok MRT Fare 2020

Bangkok MRT fare of a Single Journey Ticket, which is valid for a single journey, depends on the chosen destination, starting at 16 Baht, up to 42 Baht per journey on one line and up to 70 Baht if you’re changing lines on your journey.

The exact Bangkok MRT fare for your journey can be found using Online MRT Fare Calculator or on the board at the station (see below).

MRT Fare Information

Bangkok MRT Tickets

Where to buy MRT ticket?

There are few ways to buy Bangkok MRT ticket but the most common way is using Ticket Vending Machines. All these machines accept coins and banknotes.

MRT Ticket Vending Machine

These Ticket Vending Machines are easy to use as you can choose between English and Thai language on the touchscreen. Then you just need to choose your destination. If your destination isn’t listed on the screen, most probably you need to swap lines – you can do it by clicking blue or purple button on the top left of the touchscreen. The exact fare will appear on the screen. Tickets must be bought one by one on these Ticket Vending Machines.

Touchscreen of Ticket Vending Machine

You need 1, 5, 10 Baht coins or 20, 50, 100 Baht banknotes as 2 Baht coins, satangs and larger banknotes are not accepted. Insert coins and banknotes into dedicated slots.

Buying Bangkok MRT Ticket

When the amount inserted will reach the required fare, your ticket (token) and change (given in coins only) will fall down into the windowed chamber below. Take the token and your change if any.

Buying Bangkok MRT Ticket

You can also buy your ticket from MRT Station Ticket Office. Just stand in a queue, proceed to one of the windows, tell your destination and a number of tickets, pay money and you will get a token and change if any.

MRT Station Ticket Office

Keep in mind that Single Journey Tickets are valid for travel on date of purchase only.

It is also possible to purchase a Stored Value Card - a smart card which can be stored and topped up value for multiple rides, but if you are visiting Bangkok only as a tourist for a short stay and will rarely use MRT it’s usually not worth it. Stored Value Card can be bought and topped at any MRT Station Ticket Office.

How to use MRT ticket?

When you get your token, proceed to the metallic gates. Green arrow signs indicate entry points - you need to choose one of them.

Using Bangkok MRT Ticket

Touch your token to the indicated place on the metallic part of the gates. The red gates will open then. Quickly walk through as the gates stay open for just a couple of seconds.

Using Bangkok MRT Ticket

At the exit you will have to insert your token into the dedicated slot and the gates will open. Don’t lose it!

Taking Bangkok Metro

When you enter the Paid Area of Bangkok metro station, just follow signs leading to the trains.

MRT to Trains

On the ground level you will need to choose the platform. The platforms are named with the last station of the line and you just need to choose correct direction. MRT Blue and Purple lines connect at Tao Poon station and you might need to change the train and platform there.

MRT Station Platforms

When you will get to the platform, you will notice that MRT platforms have yellow arrows pointing towards and back from the track. You should wait in a line behind the yellow arrows pointing to the track.

MRT Station Platforms

The doors of the train will stop directly in front of the arrows pointing back from the track and passengers will disembark the train there.

MRT Station Platforms

There’s a map inside the train above the door showing stations on the line. The name of the next station is clearly announced in advance so you have time to prepare for disembarking the train.

MRT Map in the Train

If you will choose wrong direction or miss your station, don’t worry and just swap platforms at the next station. You don’t need to buy a new ticket if you just change platforms and don’t leave the station.

Tips for Bangkok Metro

Before exiting MRT station, check the Locality Map and choose the exit which is the most convenient for you.

MRT Station Locality Map

If you see long queues near Ticket Vending Machines and Ticket Offices on one side of the station, just walk to another side (you can do it without entering the Paid Area of metro station) as the situation there might be much better.

Tips on Using MRT in Bangkok

Tips on Using MRT in Bangkok

Bangkok MRT is very convenient when used with other Bangkok’s Mass Transit Systems – BTS SkyTrain and Airport Rail Link

For getting more familiar with Bangkok Public Transport you should check:

Bangkok BTS SkyTrain 

Bangkok Airport Rail Link

Bangkok Public Bus

Bangkok Canal Boats

Bangkok River Boats

Bangkok Taxi

Where to Stay in Bangkok?

What is the best area to stay in Bangkok? You should choose one of the areas well connected with MRT or BTS as it can really save your time. Our recommendations for choosing the right area to stay in Bangkok can be found here: Where to Stay in Bangkok.

Any Questions?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions about public transportation in Bangkok and ask your own question if it's not answered there yet.

FAQ – Bangkok Public Transport