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A great mode of transportation
I used the BTS skytrain which is found to be a super, cheaper, comfortable and a fast mode of transportation to avoid the heavy traffic in Bangkok. They are fully A/C and with sufficient seating/standing capacity. Try using them while in Bangkok for shorter distances.
Easy to negotiate elevated railway around the city and off into the suburbs.
Ticket price varies by journey length or just 120 Bht for a day ticket. Some machines take banknotes others just coins, change available from kiosks at every station we used.
BTS Sky Train
BTS Sky Train is the most useful metro train system to allow you to visit major attractions in Bangkok. Due to the frequent flood situation in Bangkok, it is more suitable to build the rail system on the sky than subway system. Currently, It has two major lines:
1) Sukhumvit Line ( Connect East to North) - 23 stations
* E7 ( Ekkamai Station) - Ekkamai Bus Terminal to Pattaya
* E4 (Asok Station) - Interchange Station with MRT trains
* CEN (Siam Station) - Interchange Station with Silom Line; Major shopping districts including Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery & MBK.
* N2 (Phaya Thai Station) - interchange station with Airport Link, Suan Pakkad Palace.
* N3 (Victory Station) - King Power, Victory Monument, Street Market.
* N8 (Mochit) - Chatuchak Park.
2) Silom Line ( Connect West to South) - 9 stations
* S6 (Sapthan Taksin Station) - Interchange with Central Pier, where you can ride a boat on Chao Phraya River to visit major attractions in Rattanakosin district including The Grand Palace, National Museum, Chinatown, Democracy Monuments, and etc.
BTS Sky Train has a Day Pass cost 130 Baht.
Look out the window to enjoy the views and some station has sky bridges that allow you to see Bangkok magnificent city skylines.
Check out BTS Website to find out more!
How to Ride a BTS Sky Train
For single-trip and stored-value ticket holders fares are calculated according to distance. The price ranges from 15 baht for short distance and 40 baht for long distance. For example, the ride from mo chit station in Chatuchak Weekend Market up to Siam Square is 30 baht. Buying a single trip fare is easy as you can use the many automated ticketing machines at the BTS Stations or just purchase one from the station ticketing booth, most of the attendants speak english. Simply insert the single trip ticket into the entry gate and retrieve it as the gate opens. Single trip fares are pre-programmed with your station destination so that if you get out of other stations, the exit gate will not open.
Currently there are two routes, the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line. They cover much of the central city and its many commercial, residential and tourist areas, with extensions planned to outlying areas. The trains run daily between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight with frequent service throughout the day, increased during rush hours. The fare, again, is based on the distance traveled!
Sukhumvit Line starts at On Nut station and Ends at Mo Chit station (Location of Chatuchak
Silom Line Starts at National Stadium (near MBK) and Ends at Sapang Taksin Station
*Interchange between the lines is located at Central Station Facing Siam Paragon (the most
expensive mall in Bangkok but has an excellent and cheap foodcourt)
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The most simple and convenient way to explore BKK
This Bangkok Skytrain is the most simple and convenient way to explore the lively city. BTS is also linked with other mass transits such as MRT (subway), BRT (bus rapid transit), and Airport Link, which allow you to travel in Bangkok more faster and cheaper than Taxi or Tuk Tuk.
There are 30 BTS stations cover almost all significant area in Bangkok, classified into 2 major routes which are Sukhumvit Line and Silom Line. Other routes are in construction progress and will be ready for mass service in the next few years.
BTS fares starts at 15 baht to maximum 55 baht according to distance between starting station and destination station.
My favorite BTS station is Siam Station where I can find everything I want. No matter I wanna eat, shopping, relaxing, or whatever, Siam Square and nearby shopping malls can fulfill my needs.
Move Around Using Sky Train (BTS)
This is relatively comfortable way to traveling around Bangkok. Fortunately, we stayed in Shukumvit road, with relatively short walking distance to Ashok BTS station. Ashok is also interchange for MRT, so it is very convenient.
The information is very clear with the fare cost information representing each station. You just select your destination and press the button with printing of the fare. The ticket machine has coin and bank notes insert. There are lockets to exchange for the coins.
In the morning and afternoon (rush hour), the BTS can be very crowded.
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Nice things to escape from the traffic around BKK is using BTS. You just have to know where you want to stop, which zone is it , and buy the ticket according to that.
there's only 2 line, so not too confusing for first timer.
You just tap the card t othe platform, and when you exit to your destination, you insert the card.
Easy and fast !
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An easy way to zip around Bangkok
There are sub stations all around Bangkok for the BTS. It only costs from 20 to 40 Baht to go to most of the main attractions. It is fairly easy to follow the route, but do not be afraid to ask the people at the window where you get tokens. I must admit I got lost once or twice, but at the end of the day I had it down. Very safe as well.
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Best way to visit places within Bangkok
Within Bangkok if want to go to places like Chatuchuk market, Siam Paragon, MBK etc, then sky train is the best mode of travel. Its hassle free and fast. Avoid taking tuk-tuks, unless the place you are visiting is far away from a skytrain station.
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If you plan to use this for airport transfer
The sky train is convenient for day to day travel around Bangkok but as an airport transfer it's not too good if you are toting luggage. Every sky train station has some stairs you will need to negotiate. There are a small set at the base of every escalator and if you are connecting to an MRT station then there will be more stairs at some point. Fine if you have a backpack, a bit of a pain with trolley bags. The entry gates are very narrow and the barriers close very quickly, requiring you to move through them at some speed otherwise they will close on you. There are wide gates at the stations but an attendant has to open those for you. The BTS is a heavily trafficked transport system and it will be difficult to tote trolley bags through the stations particularly during the day when the walkways are packed shoulder to shoulder with people. Although it's a lot cheaper than a taxi and seems easier if you have more than one bag you will be better off with a taxi to get to your hotel. Bangkok isn't pedestrian friendly, the footpaths are narrow and lumpy and you have to dodge bicycles, pedestrians and the odd motor scooter on them. The footpaths in the city area are usually packed at all hours. This would only be a convenient transport system if you had a backpack or no luggage.
Makassan station is supposed be the main city transfer station and is where the express airport trains stop at. You can change to phetchaburi MRT at Makassan. Good in theory until you actually see Makassan station. It's located on the opposite side of a 6 line highway to phetaburi station with no walkway or defined pedestrian crossing between them. You also can't see the MRT station from Makassan, so unless you know which way to go once you exit, you won't be able to find it by looking around. I especially wouldn't want to be searching around for it after dark. This is the reason why 90% of airport traffic uses Phaya Thai as the city stop instead and Makassan remains largely unused.
Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain is the elevated metro rail in Bangkok. The Skytrain has 23 stations along 2 lines. The Sukhumvit line runs north terminating at Mo Chit and east, terminating at On Nut. The Silom line runs along Silom and Sathon, through the Central Business District, terminating at the National Stadium. The lines interchange at Siam station
Single journey tickets are priced based on distance (10 to 40 baht) and are available at ticket machines located in every station. The machines only accept coins and do give change. You may also get exact change at any ticket office located at the station.
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BTS and Ferry to Wat Po
It would be very handy if you could get a map at the airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport). Its free! You'll see that it has small icons that will tell you where Wat Po and other points of interest are. Take the BTS (Skytrain) for 30 baht and get off at Saphan Taksin Station. The Ferry port is just about 30 meters. Get on the ferry to port No. 8 ( 14 baht). Once your out of the port "Wat Po" is at the right side. You have to pay 50 baht to enter but for locals its free. At the left side of the port is the "Golden Palace". Also "Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is across port no. 8 you have to take another ferry (3 baht) to go to that side.
BTS SkyTrain - a great way to travel
There are 2 lines:
1. Mo Chit station - Short walk to Chatuchak Weekend Market:
2. Ratchathewi station - : about 15 minutes walk to Pantip Plaza (IT Mall), Platinum Mall, Pratunam Complex (Clothes)
3. Siam - Central World
4. National Stadium - MBK
BTS Skytrain Day Pass
Consider buying a 1 day or 3 day pass for the BTS skytrain if you are planning to use the BTS during your stay. It is far more convenient than buying tickets all the time and can save you money.
The one-day pass costs 100 baht and the three-day pass 280 baht. Both are available at all BTS ticket offices as well as from several hotels, tour operators, department stores and souvenir shops.
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BTS - Skytrain
Well, I have to say that I just loved the Skytrain (also know as the BTS). As the name indicates this is a train that moves around in the city of Bangkok and the lines are one floor up compared to the road. This is absolutely one of the best changes since I was in Bangkok the last time. Back then we were stuck in traffic all the time trying to take a taxi or tuk-tuk from one place to another. But now it is possible to move quickly from A to B even in rush hour. But of course the two existing lines don’t cover that much of the city but it is a great start. We bought a 3-day pass for 280 baht and we took the train quite a lot. Included in the ticket is also a little booklet that shows you maps of the area around the stations and also other places of interest. For more information about the BTS you can check out this page http://www.bts.co.th/index1-e.htm. Once this is said I have to add that taking a taxi or taking a boat doesn’t cost much and is also a great way to get around. Well, when it comes to taxi it can be efficient as long as you don’t end up in a traffic jam :-)
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