Bangkok, Thailand

Getting Around


By Public Transit

Bangkok's Skytrain comprises of two lines covering most of the city's downtown area and convenient for visiting Siam Square. The Sukhumvit (light green) Line travels along Sukhumvit Road, Siam Square and then follows Phahonyothin Road before terminating at Mo Chit (near the Chatuchak Weekend Market). The Silom (dark green) Line starts at Thonburi, passes the Express Boat pier at Saphan Taksin, through the Silom area and ends at the National Stadium next to MBK Center. Both lines meet at Siam Station, where you can interchange between them.

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You purchase Skytrain tickets from the vending machines at the stations. The machines accept 5 and 10 baht coins though many stations have machines accepting 20, 50 and 100 baht notes as well. Fares range from 15 to 40 baht depending upon how many zones you are travelling (refer to the map in English near each ticket machine). If you do not have coins, queue for change from the staff at the booth.

If you plan to do a lot of travelling on the trains or be in town for several days, consider purchasing a pass. There is the One-Day Pass and 30-Day Smartpass for unlimited rides during the validity period. The passes will certainly a convenience saving you time, scrambling for money especially coins. Check for details with an English speaking staff at the station.

Bangkok's Skytrain by Terence Ong

The Metro opened in July 2004 and currently there is only one line (Blue Line) connecting Hualamphong Railway Station, Bang Sue Railway Station and passing through Silom, Sukhumvit, Ratchadaphisek and the area around Chatuchak Weekend Market in Phahonyothin. There are interchanges to the Skytrain at Si Lom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak Park Stations.

Tourists do not use the Metro as much as the Skytrain but there are some useful stops. Hua Lamphong Station provides good access to Yaowarat (Bangkok's Chinatown). If you're going to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, don't get off at Chatuchak Park Station but go one stop further to Kamphaeng Phet Station as it drops you right inside the market.

Metro tickets are not interchangeable with Skytrain tickets. Rides on the train start from 15 baht and are based on distance. For single ride fares, a round plastic token is used and simply waved at the scanner as you enter. Deposit the token into a slot at the exit gate when you leave.
You can also purchase pre-paid cards of up to 1,000 baht.
Huay Kwang Station by Waerth

Airport Rail Link
The Airport Rail Link opened in August 2010 and comprises of three lines, all travelling between
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. The service operates from 6:00 a.m. until midnight.

  • The Express Line travels directly between the airport and Airport City Terminal at Makkasan Staton in a journey taking 15 minutes.
  • The Phaya Thai Express travels between the airport and Phaya Thai Station via Makkasan Station and the journey takes 18 minutes.
  • The City Line is a commuter line between the airport and Phaya Thai Station with 6 stops along the way taking 27 minutes to complete.

If you want to get around the city, take the City Line as it is cheaper and it stops at all stations. From Makkasan Station, you can walk to Phetchaburi (Metro) Station. From Phaya Thai Station, you can transfer onto the Skytrain on the Sukhumvit (light green) Line.

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