Getting around in Bangkok. The city has more public transport means avialable than most of us can think of. E.g. Tuk-Tuks, Taxies, Bus systems, River Ferries, River Taxies, BTS or Skytrains, MRT or metros, motorcycle-taxi drivers, mini vans, rikja’s and probably more.
Traveling in Bangkok is always very time consuming. The reasons being: Bangkok is stretched-out and with too many daily traffic jams.
Best choose to get around: Skytrain, Metro and River taxi, because these do not have traffic jam!
Interesting Skytrain Stops:
– Mo chit: JJ market, Chatukchak park, Northern bus station. MTR (metro).
– Siam: Shopping: Siam Paragon Shopping for Brands, MBK center and more..
– Silom: Patpong Market souvenirs, bars and shows.
– Asoke: soi cowboy (party bar street).
– Ekkamai: Eastern Busstation Ekkamai. (Go into Thailand: see below)
– Saphan Taksin: walking distance to the river taxies! (river taxi options: see below)
Interesting Metro stops:
– Station Lumphini: Night Market,Boxing stadium and Lumpini Park.
– Station Chatukchak Park, JJ market and Northern bus station.
This beautiful and popular train/tram system connects Bangkokâ€™s leading hotels and major shopping areas such Chatuchak Weekend market, Siam Square, Ratchaprasong and Silom. The transportation mean is one of the fastest ways to get around because the train smoothly rides on its own rail above all the traffic jams. The fares ranges from 10 to 40 Bath depending on the distance. Check out the details on the website:http://www.bts.co.th/en/index.asp
Bangkok has one Metro line operating between Hua Lamphong Railway station and Bang Sue. It is far less popular than the BTS Skytrain but still it is as efficient. For more information www.bangkokmetro.co.th.
Taxis with a nice breeeze! The river taxis that ply the Chao Phraya River are quite convenient with a great view and a comfortable breeze. Some are just river ferries but others serve many landing places (Incl. Grand Royal Palace) on both sides of the river. The latter mentioned river ferry cover a route that goes up as far as the Northern suburbs of the city.
– China town market: exit 5
– Grand Palace: exit 9
Bus services are provided by Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) throughout Bangkok as well as to its outskirts, during 4 a.m. â€“ 11.p.m and around the clock on certain routes.
For more information check out the schedules and destinations
Airport Express BUS departing from Suvarnabhumi airport:
Route AE-1: To Silom Road
Route AE-2: To Kao San road
Route AE-3: To Nana, Sukhumvit soi 3 – 4
Route AE-4: To Hua Lamphong, Bangkok train station.
* If you are travelling as a group it will be cheaper to take a taxi!
Busslines on Sukhumvit: No. 511 No. 25 No. 507
Busline: Samut Phrakhan – Chatukchak Market: No.145
Taxi are available in all colors and at all time of the day. The charge is 35 Bath for the first 3 Kilometres and approximately 5 Baht/KM.
- – Make sure that the taxi metre is running so donâ€™t bargain.
- – Bring changes, many taxi drivers donâ€™t have change from a 1000Baht!
- – Be aware: There is a surcharge at the airport
Tuk â€“ Tuk
Colorful motorised tricycles or three wheeled â€˜open-airâ€™ vehicle taxis. The tuk tuk is typical common sight for the streets of South East Asia. Used for short journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance, so test your bargaining skills!
Be aware that most English speaking drivers are better bargainers. In 90% of the cases an air-conditioned taxi will be cheaper than a tuk-tuk unless you are a better bargainer than I.
Renting a car
Driving a car will give you freedom when it comes to travelling. However, for some of us it is not easy to drive left sided especially in a busy city like Bangkok. You can rent a reasanable car for about 2,000 Bath/day.
Going into Thailand
Eastern Bus terminal in Ekkamai
Destinations: Ko Samet, Pattaya, Bang Sean, more..
* Easily accessible via skytrain
North and Northeastern bus terminal (Mho Chit Mai)
Destinations: Chiang Mai, Ayuthaya more..
* Easily accessible via skytrain
Bus terminal to Southern destinations (Sai Tai):
Destinations: Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, more..
* Best accessible by taxi (near Khaosan Road)
Bangkok Main Train Station: Hua Lumphong Near Chinatown and
* Easily accessible via Metro (End station: Hua Lumphong)