Even if Taxis are not expensive and very easy to find in Bangkok, using Bangkok public transport is a cheaper and funnier option giving you much more local traveling experience. You can find various means of transportation in Bangkok - city trains (metro, skytrains), buses, canal boats and river ferries.
Bangkok City Train Systems
There are 3 City Train Systems in Bangkok:
BTS Bangkok - elevated train system
MRT Bangkok - underground system
City train systems are a convenient way to travel around Bangkok as all these three systems are well connected between themselves, making them very useful if you want to escape busy traffic and save some money in Thailand’s capital. Bangkok’s rapid transport systems are reliable and easy to use, the only downside of them being the lack of a single ticketing system.
BTS Bangkok is one of the most convenient ways to travel around Bangkok as it helps to escape chaotic and often jammed traffic in Thailand’s capital. This elevated train system links central part of the city with other important areas of the city making this kind of public transport very useful for exploring Bangkok.
There are currently two lines with 52 stations at the moment but Bangkok BTS network is rapidly expanding.
For a detailed guide on using the skytrain in Thailand's capital check: BTS Bangkok.
MRT Bangkok (Metropolitan Rapid Transit) is one more addition to the public transport system of this 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. Bangkok metro links the center of the city with other important areas making it very useful for exploring Bangkok.
There are two MRT lines (Blue and Purple) with 54 stations around Bangkok at the moment as Bangkok metro was recently expanded.
For a detailed guide on using Bangkok metro check: MRT Bangkok.
Airport Rail Link
Airport Rail Link is Bangkok’s Mass Transit System, connecting the main airport of the city (Suvarnabhumi Airport) with the Bangkok city. Taking Airport Rail Link is the cheapest and easiest way to get to the city centre from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Airport Rail Link line covers a distance of 28 km and consists of 8 stations. All the trains stop at every station and the journey from the airport to the last station takes approximately 30 minutes.
For a detailed guide on using Airport Rail Link check: Bangkok Airport Rail Link.
- BTS Asok Station - MRT Sukhumvit Station
- BTS Sala Daeng Station - MRT Silom Station
- BTS Mo Chit Station - MRT Chatuchak Park Station
Bangkok city train systems operate daily from 06:00 until midnight. Airport Rail Link recently started to open service half hour earlier.
Even if the network of city trains in Bangkok is quite large and still expanding, it won’t let you reach all the desired destinations. At this point another important mean of Bangkok public transport – Bangkok Bus – becomes handy and lifts your local traveling experience to another level.
Bangkok bus network can take you to any part of the city and its suburbs. The size of the city and a huge number of Bangkok bus routes shouldn’t scare you off of using this bus service in Thailand capital.
The most important information on how to use public bus in Bangkok can be found here: Bangkok Bus.
More distant areas or smaller streets not covered by Bangkok bus routes can usually be reached by songtaews or motorbike taxis. You can always be sure that you will find a way to reach your desired destination, just look around.
Bangkok Water Transport
Bangkok water transport still plays an important role in transportation system of Bangkok, city known as the “Venice of the East”. As a tourist, you can charter a boat and explore Bangkok’s canals or join one of river cruises on the mighty Chao Phraya River. However, the most fun way of exploring the waterways of Thai capital is joining locals on public transportation.
Chao Phraya Express Boat
Bangkok river boats also known as Chao Phraya Express Boat operate along the Chao Phraya River and together with cross river ferries connect both banks of the river in Thai capital. Chao Phraya Express Boat service is a very useful mean of public transport not only for commuting in central part of the city but for sightseeing too as a big part of Bangkok top attractions can be found by the river.
The most important information on using Bangkok river boat service can be found here: Chao Phraya Express Boat.
Khlong Saen Saeb Boat
Khlong Saen Saeb Boat is one of Bangkok public transport services which is operating along the canal named “Khlong Saen Saeb”. The route is served by 100 boats with 40-50 seats each, running from the west to the east through Bangkok and back. The route is over 18 kilometers long and connects many shopping spots and attractions such as Central World, Pratunam, Nana, and MBK.
The most important information on using Bangkok canal boat servicecan be found here: Khlong Saen Saeb Boat.
Bangkok Ferry Crossings
Bangkok cross river ferries are available at many piers scattered along the river in central Bangkok for crossing to the opposite bank of Chao Phraya River. These river crossing ferries can be very useful if you’re planning to visit Bangkok attractions on the opposite side of Chao Phraya River such as Wat Arun.
The most important information on using Bangkok ferry crossing service can be found here: Bangkok Cross River Ferries.
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
What is the best area to stay in Bangkok? You should choose one of the areas well connected with public transportation as traveling around the city can be time consuming. Our recommendations for choosing the right area to stay in Bangkok can be found here: Bangkok Best Areas.
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