Bangkok SRT Red Line is a commuter train system, connecting the northern and western suburban areas of the metropolis with the main railway station of Bangkok city. With the opening of SRT Red Line, it is now also possible to take a city train from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Bangkok.
Bangkok SRT Red Line Commuter Train
Bangkok SRT Red Line actually consists of 2 lines that connect at Bang Sue Grand station:
- Northern or Dark Red Line between Bang Sue Grand and Rangsit stations
- Western or Light Red Line between Bang Sue Grand and Taling Chan stations
Bangkok SRT Red Line currently consists of 13 stations. Further extension of the line is under way so more stations should be added in the near future.
The journey on this line between Bang Sue Grand and Rangsit stations takes approx. 23 minutes while between Bang Sue Grand and Taling Chan stations approx. 16 minutes.
Bangkok SRT Red Line is connected with MRT Blue Line at Bang Sue Grand station and with MRT Purple Line at Bang Son station. These connections help reaching other areas of Bangkok from Don Mueang Airport more convenient.
Bangkok SRT Red Line Map
Bangkok SRT Red Line currently consists of 13 stations, one of which is shared between Northern Line and Western Line. The stations on the line are the following:
RW05 Bang Bumru - the station in the residential area.
RW02 Bang Son - the station connected with MRT Purple Line Bang Son station, making traveling to various destinations in Nonthaburi convenient.
RW01/RN01 Bang Sue Grand (in some places called Krung Thep Aphiwat) - the station at Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal, which is Bangkok's new main intercity railway station. This SRT Red Line station is connected with MRT Blue Line Bang Sue station. Close to the station you can find the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, Or Tor Kor Market with good quality food, Mo Chit Bus Terminal and three parks to unwind.
RN02 Chatuchak - the station in the residential area.
RN03 Wat Samian Nari - the station next to Wat Samian Nari, the temple complex from the 1800s, with an ornate gold-gabled hall, numerous Buddha images & live cows.
RN04 Bang Khen - the station close to Vibhavadi Hospital, Kasetsart University and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK).
RN05 Thung Song Hong - the station close to North Park Golf Driving Range and a well-rated Rama Gardens Hotel Bangkok.
RN06 Lak Si - the station next to IT Square Laksi shopping mall, where the branch of Bangkok Immigration issuing visa extensions is located. The nearby Mida Hotel Don Mueang Airport is a good option if you wish to stay nearby while dealing with Immigration.
RN07 Kan Kheha - the station in the residential area not far from Don Mueang Airport.
RN08 Don Mueang - the station close to the passenger terminal building of Don Mueang Airport. Several cheap accommodations such as Sleep Owl Hostel and Sloth Hostel Don Mueang Airport can be found in the area, if you arrive by the train and want to stay close to the airport.
RN09 Lak Hok - the station close to Rangsit University, Muang Ake Golf Course and Buddhist temple Wat Prayun Thammaram.
RN10 Rangsit - the station nearest to Future Park Rangsit, a huge shopping mall and important local transportation hub in the area with very well-rated hotels Novotel Bangkok Future Park Rangsit and Hop Inn Rangsit next to it.
Bangkok SRT Red Line Stations
Finding one of the Airport Rail Link stations isn’t difficult as most of them are elevated and can be easily noticed from a distance. There are also road signs leading to the station as well.
SRT Red Line at Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal
For both parts of SRT Red Line (Dark Red Line to Rangsit and Light Red Line to Taling Chan) Bang Sue Grand station, also known as Krung Thep Aphiwat, is the terminal station.
Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal is actually the new intercity terminal station of Bangkok, where most of long-journey trains terminate. SRT Red Line commuter trains start and end their routes at the same building of the railway station with specific platforms dedicated to the service. Even if the railway station building is huge, finding the commuter train is not difficult as there are plenty of signs pointing to the direction of "Red Line Commuter Train".
SRT Red Line trains to Rangsit depart from the platform 3-4 (normally it's the platform No. 3) and trains to Taling Chan depart from the platform 9-10 (normally it's the platform No. 9). Make sure to choose the correct platform for your trip.
You can also take a long-journey train from Krung Thep Aphiwat station to destinations like Chiang Mai, Sukhothai or Surat Thani (for taking ferry to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan). Train tickets for such a journey can be bought in advance at the station ticket office or booked online here: Train tickets Krung Thep Aphiwat.
Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal is connected with Bangkok city center by MRT Metro Blue Line as the underground MRT Bang Sue station is located nearby.
Many travelers use the connection between MRT Blue Line and SRT Red Line at Krung Thep Aphiwat to extend the journey from Don Mueang Airport to Bangkok city center and vice versa.
SRT Red Line at Don Mueang Airport
SRT Red Line is a long-awaited city train route connecting Bangkok city with Don Mueang Airport (DMK), the second airport of Thailand capital city.
To find SRT Red Line Don Mueang station, after getting out from the restricted area of the airport you need to turn left and walk to the end of Terminal 2 (domestic terminal). From there a covered walkway leads to the train station. The direction to the train station is quite well marked at the airport so finding it shouldn't be difficult as you just need to follow signs leading to "SRT Red Line".
This commuter train is an alternative to the 4 routes of Don Mueang Airport Bus. Whether it is better to take a train or a bus depends entirely on your preferences and final destination as SRT Red Line train is a slightly more expensive option that in most cases requires you to change between train lines 1 or 2 times before reaching your final destination (separate tickets are needed for other lines). However, the train can be a faster alternative, especially when some of the streets on the bus route are jammed.
Bangkok SRT Red Line Timetable
Bangkok SRT Red Line commuter train operates daily from 05:00 to midnight (earlier service starting time was introduced in August 2023).
On the Northern or Dark Red Line, the first train from terminal stations Bang Sue Grand and Rangsit depart at 05:00 and the last train from both these stations depart at 00:00 with the arrival at the final station scheduled before 00:30.
On the Western or Light Red Line, the first train from terminal stations Bang Sue Grand and Taling Chan depart at 05:00 and the last train from both these stations depart at 00:00 with the arrival at the final station scheduled before 00:20.
On the Northern or Dark Red Line between Bang Sue Grand and Rangsit stations, current frequency of train departures depend on the time of the day as during rush hour trains depart every 10 minutes while outside of rush hour the frequency is 15 minutes. The timetable of this line train departures is the following:
- 05:00 – 07:00 every 15 minutes
- 07:00 – 09:30 every 10 minutes
- 09:30 – 17:00 every 15 minutes
- 17:00 – 19:30 every 10 minutes
- 19:30 – 00:00 every 15 minutes
On the Western or Light Red Line between Bang Sue Grand and Taling Chan stations, current frequency of train departures is 20 minutes
Bangkok SRT Red Line Tickets
Bangkok SRT Red Line tickets for a single journey can be purchased at Ticket Vending Machines. You need Thai Baht coins or banknotes for buying a ticket as only cash is accepted.
At Airport Rail Link stations tickets can only be purchased for this airport line and you will need to buy another ticket at MRT Metro or BTS station if you are looking to extend your trip on another train line.
Bangkok SRT Red Line Ticket Price
Bangkok SRT Red Line ticket price depends on the distance and can be from 12 THB to 42 THB for a single journey between the stations on the line.
Current SRT Red Line ticket prices are the following:
- 0 stations (you get in and out at the same station) - 12 THB
- 1 station - 14-23 THB
- 2 stations - 16-29 THB
- 3 stations - 19-35 THB
- 4 stations - 23-38 THB
- 5 stations - 26-41 THB
- 6 stations - 29-42 THB
- 7 stations - 33-42 THB
- 8 stations - 39-42 THB
- 9 stations and more - 42 THB
The exact fare for your journey can be found on the SRT Red Line Fare Table at the station (see below).
How to buy Bangkok SRT Red Line Tickets
To buy SRT Red Line ticket for a single journey, you need to use a Ticket Vending Machine. All these machines accept coins and banknotes.
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 and a number of tickets. The exact fare will appear on the screen.
You need 1, 2, 5, 10 Baht coins or 20, 50, 100 Baht banknotes as satang coins and larger banknotes are not accepted. Insert coins and banknotes into dedicated slots.
When the amount inserted will reach the required fare, your ticket (token) and change will fall down into the chamber below. Take the token and your change (if any).
It is possible to purchase a SVT Card - a smart card which can be topped up for multiple rides. SVT Card can be bought and topped at the Ticket Office. The card can also be topped up using Add Value Machine.
However, if you are visiting Bangkok only as a tourist for a short stay, getting such a card would hardly be worth it.
How to use Bangkok SRT Red Line Ticket
When you get your token, proceed to the metallic gates. Green arrow signs indicate entry points - you need to choose one of them.
Touch your token to the indicated place on the metallic part of the gate. The red gate will then open. Quickly walk through as the gate stays open for just a couple of seconds.
Don’t lose the token as at the exit you will have to insert it into the dedicated slot for the gate to open.
Taking Bangkok SRT Red Line Commuter Train
When you enter the Paid Area of Bangkok SRT Red Line station, you will need to choose the platform. The platforms are named with the last station of the line - Bang Sue Grand & Rangsit for the Northern Dark Red Line and Bang Sue Grand & Taling Chan for the Western Light Red Line. Just choose the correct direction and go up to the train by an escalator.
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.
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.
Get a discounted SIM card with internet plan at Don Mueang Airport (to save money, pre-book Thai SIM card online) and stay connected during your trip on the SRT Red Line commuter train.
SRT Red Line Commuter Train is just one part of the complex public transportation system in Thai capital. Get familiar with other means of transportation used for public transportation in Bangkok.
What is the best area to stay in Bangkok? You should choose one of the areas well connected with Airport Rail Link, 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?.
If you are landing at Don Mueang and want to take a long-journey train to Northern or Northeast Thailand on the same day, you don't need to take SRT Red Line to Krung Thep Aphiwat as these trains also stop at Don Mueang SRT station. Train tickets for such a journey need to be booked well in advance and it can be done online here: Train tickets Don Mueang.
Check our Frequently Asked Questions about public transportation in Bangkok and ask your own question if it's not answered there yet.