Take the BTS skytrain to avoid jam during peak hours. For example, if you want to go chinatown which no taxi driver will take you during peak hours, you can take the skytrain and then take a bus(forget what the bus number). Or alternatively you can take skytrain and then river ferry.
If you're going to stay just a few days in Bangkok, you expect to know as much as you can, so, the better way to know the city is transporting by BTS.
Every day I bought a one-day pass ticket that cost 100 bath and believe me it's highly worth.
These are all the places that we visited, and didn't take even one taxi: Chatuchak, Pratunam, Baiyoke Tower, Patpong, Victoria Monument, Jim Thompson's House, Shopping malls (Paragon, Chidlom, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central World, MBK, Gaysorn, Emporium) and the last station which is Saphan Taksin and from there you can easily take a boat to go to the temples, Chinatown, Khao Sn. Road.
If you'd like to go to Floating Market or maybe Safari Park you should take a tour.
As you see it's not necesary to take taxis, even people says they're not expensives, the jams traffic could ruin your day. Well, of course I've to tell that not always the station is right next to the place or attraction, sometimes you have to walk a little (Jim Thompson, Pratunam, Baiyoke)
The Skytrain is a very fast and cheap way of travelling around Bangkok, it covers a large section of the city from the Chayo Praya river ( station Saphan Taksin) and luxury hotel area to Siam Square very close to great shopping at MBK etc, to Mo Chit where the Chatuchak Weekend Market, and to On Nut which is the Sukhumvit line. From many sections you can quickly alight and find other forms of transport, whether it be a River Taxi, the Metro , or bus.
However it is only on the Skytrain and Metro that you miss traffic holdups, even the river taxis can be held up waiting to enter a Klong as the lock may be closed.
The Skytrain has a 3 Day Tourist Pass, giving unlimited rides for 3 nights 4 days for just 280 Baht.
You can also purchase a 1 day pass for 100 baht. Happy Travelling.
You should buy the one day unlimited rides ticket. It costs you about 100baht and it will bring you to many places. Single trip will cost you about 14 baht to 36 bhat. Get a map from Bangkok Airport and it will show you the routes around Bangkok. Skytrain can also connect you to MRT that will connects you to another area such as Chinatown and Sum Lum Night blazzar. From the stations, you can get a map on the Skytrain and MRT routes. You can plan if you want tickets for one day unlimited trips or single trips.
Most convenient, and easy way to get around the city area, which connects you to all shopping mall. Locals / foreigners use it daily. However, the train somewhat shorter than the platform ??!!! sometimes could be quite pack......
The BTS Skytrain is a great way to get around Bangkok in air conditioned comfort. The station announcements are made in both Thai and English. Practice your Thai by learning to pronounce the station names... Siam = See-yam It is a fun way to get out of the traffic in Bangkok. The tickets are inexpensive, and the stations are clean and well patrolled by tourist police. Just try putting your foot on the yellow line before the train has reached the station! The curve around Victory Monumentis a great place to see the monument, and the train ends at the world famous weekend market at the Mo Chit Station.
The futuristic Skytrain is an economical, fast and efficient way of getting round Bangkok, as well as providing a kind of sightseeing tour to different parts of the city.
The trains run daily between 6.00am and midnight and you never have to wait too long until one arrives. There are two lines - Sukhumvit and Silom - and between you they link a lot of the shopping and hotel areas of the city. The Silom Line also has a terminus at Saphin Taksin where you can catch the riverboat to many of the historical sights of Bangkok. Some stations also interchange with the metro.
Single tickets cost between 10 and 40 baht but for an extended stay it is worth looking at the different types of passes on offer.
The very informative website www.bts.co.th gives more information on all of the above
P.S. I know this is a wierd picture (it's an advert on a Skytrain platform) but I took it for a friend who LOVES Elijah Wood!
I loved the sky train.
Cheap or not, depends on where you come from but it is speedy, clean, reliable and air conditioned. In Bangkok, believe me, this is godliness.
YOu can have a one day pass for 100 Baht or different types of ticket depending on your needs. So it is flexible.
It only has two lines, that is the only BUT... But , will say, if your stop is in one of them, do not hesitate to use it. Thumbs up for the BTS Skytrain
The BTS although helps any traveller navigate their way more smoothly around Bangkok without having to be stuck in traffic is a boon, it is a bane to those who are wheel-chair bound or to those who have small children in prams as there are often no escalators or elevators at certain stations. You will most certainly have to climb at least a flight or two of stairs and at the end of a tired day of shopping or sightseeing, it can be a little frustrating having to walk the stairs.
However, the cheap 100Baht per day, one-day pass for unlimited rides each day may be worthwhile for those travelling on a budget.
The BTS skytrain is fast, safe and reliable. Stations are conveniently located along the Sukhumvit and Silom lines. It operates daily from 6am to 12pm. The BTS covers many of the commercial areas of the city. Get the One Day Pass or the 3-Day Tourist pass for unlimited rides. This easy connection enables you to avoid the well known chaotic traffic on Bangkok and it saves a lot of time too. For shopping, you should get off at the National Stadium or the Siam Square Station or for a Chao Phraya River River Boat Ride, you could get off at the Saphan Taksin Station.
The absolute single best way to get around is by the Skytrain if possible. Unfortunately the Sky train serves only the modern part of the city and does not have stops at the major tourist sites. It is, however, a good way to get to some of the markets and nightlife areas.
The BTS is so convenient, esp for us, since our hotel is directly connected to one of the stations. The trains are clean and fast, wating time for the trains is about 2-3 minutes. We prefer the BTS over the cabs and tuk-tuks - no worries of being scammed and conned. After getting stuck in the traffic jam for more than 1 hour in a cab, we are even more convinced that the BTS is a better choice of transportation.
We used the BTS to visit MBK and other shopping centres, and also the Chatuchak Market (just board the train that goes to Mo Chit Station)...very convenient.
Travelling in Bangkok is pleasant. Forget about traffic. Thanks to metro (MRT) and sky train (BTS), which connect some major areas in the city like Chatuchak market, Siam square, Silom, Sukhumvit, Rama 4, and others.
Fare is determined by distance of origin station and destination station. Expect to pay 15-40 Baht per person for short-mid distance. You can buy the ticket/token at automated machines in the station that accepts local money (coin or notes).
Not very extensive network but surely offers the fastest way to move around in Bangkok and the air-conditioned wagons are a very good place to cool yourself down?
Its worth to consider buying the day pass ? if you know where you going then you can find out the single fares from ticket machine and with little math you can see if you need it?
More info on routs and fare on web site.
Staying near the skytrain is a must in Bangkok or you will find yourself paying out for taxis anytime you want to see something or go somewhere. The skytrain runs through all the main areas and the CBD of Bangkok and consists of the Sukhumvit line and the Silom line. The interchange point of the 2 lines is Siam which is 1 of the more touristy areas of Bangkok. The most expensive / furthest journey on the skytrain is 40 baht (£0.60) and the cheapest is 10 baht (£0.15)
The Sukhumvit line I used nearly everyday and it runs from "On Nut" to "Mo Chit". The main stops I used were Phrom Pong (Emporium), On Nut (Tescos), Mo Chit (JJ or Chatuchak weekend market.) There are some other stops which I would sometimes use Chit Lom and Siam (lot of shopping centres.) Each time I stayed in Bangkok I stayed near the BTS where I found decent places close to Nana, Phrom Pong and Thong Lo stations. The hotel I would recommend when visiting Bangkok is the Asia Hotel which is located at Ratchateri BTS station and is well worth 1400 baht a night (£20). There is also an interchange with the MRT at Asok and Chit Lom.
The Silom line runs from the National Stadium to Saphan Taksin. I seldom used this line and have only ever visited 2 of the stops which are the terminal stations National Stadium and Saphan Taksin. These will probably be used on any visit to Bangkok as the Saphan Taksin station is at the Chao Phraya river where all the boat trips and boat taxis leave to favourit spots like Wat Pho, Temple of Dawn, and the Grand Palace. The National Stadium station is situated at the famous shopping centre MBK where you will find plenty of cheap and dodgy goods.