This modern open air subway net is definetly the best way to avoid the Bangkok traffic jams!! BUT it only goes by the modern (east) part of the city, so U might have to connect with buses or tuctuc or boats if you are going to the touristic old center.
It's got (so far) 2 lines, which cross in Central Station (Siam).
You can buy individual tickets or 1 day tickets. Prices depend on the distances, running from 10 to 40 bahts (1 USD= 40 Bahts). 1 day passes cost 100 Bahts.
It is very convenient if you are staying at Sukhumvit Area (Nana Station). From there you can reach the river and take a boat directly to the center (Royal Palace and so).
I would recommend 101% in getting arounfd town via BTS skytrain. Which is fast, safe and most reliable Mass Transit System in Bangkok! It offers an elavated mass transit railway system of the most convenience in getting around. With 23 stations, they are conveniently located along Sukhumvit and Silom lines which operate daily from 0600 to 2400 hrs. BTS Skytrains covers many areas such as the commercial as well as the residential. One Day Pass and 3-Day Tourists Pass make exploring Bangkok easy and economical.
You just buy 1 day ticket (120 baht or around 3-4 US) with this ticket you can get in and drop any station you like. If you don't buy this ticket then you can change some coin and take a one way ticket from a machine infront of the station,the fare varies with destination, between 15-40 Baht . The BTS Sky train open everyday from 6.00am-12.00pm
The sky train come every 10 minutes, some station there are full of people especially in rush hour.
As shown on Map there are many interesting place to visit as following
Mo Chit Station - place to visit is JJ Market or (Jatujak Market) a biggest weekend market in Thailand, plants, animals, handicrafts and more(remember JJ open only in Saturday&Sunday).
Phaya Thai Station - visit Pantip Plaza, the well known IT building where you can buy many hardware and cheap software.
Opposite to Pantip Plaza is a biggest wholesale costume fashion market in Thailand call " Pratunam Market"
At Pratunam you can see Bangkok view 360 the highest tower call "Baiyok Tower" open every day.
Chit Lom Station - Erawan Shrine , the most respect and sacred status we call "Praprom" a Hindu god. This place also shopping area start from Kesorn Plaza(a brand name fashion building), Big C, Central world plaza (now there are walking way start from Central world to Siam).
Central Station(Siam) - Biggest shopping area (Siam Paragon,Maboon Krong and Siam Center). Siam is a place for young teenager fashion, tutor places, Chula books center, Chulalongkorn University.
Sala Daeng Station - Where night life is never end, souvenir shops along the road
Saphan Taksin Station - Where you can take boat along Chaopraya river to Wat Jaeng (Temple of dawn), Royal Palace, Wat Prakaew, Kaosarn Road.
Like what they say on their publicity materials, the BTS SkyTrain is by far the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to travel, making Bangkok exploration simple and fun. Apart from covering the central city, including shopping centers and entertainment spots, BTS also offers access to the Chao Praya River through Saphan Taksin station, enabling one to travel by boat to Bangkok's most famous historical places, such as the Royal Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple, and the Temple of Dawn.
Various types of tickets are available and as of June 2004, they are as follow:
1. 1-Day Pass: Unlimited rides in 1 day at 100 Baht.
2. 3-Day Pass: Unlimited rides for 3 days 4 nights at 280 Baht.
3. Sky Card: Stored Value ticket available for 200 Baht (includes 30 Baht deposit) refillable with minimum of 100 Baht.
4. 30-Day Pass: This ticket can be purchased in 10, 15 or 30 trip denominations and includes both Student and Adult Passes.
5. Single-Journey Ticket: Single Journey Ticket contains a one-trip travel value selected by passengers with fare according to destination.
Some of the interesting places are connected directly by skybridges as follow:
1. E9: On Nut Station - Tesco Lotus (Hypermarket)
2. E5 Phrom Phong Station - The Emporium (Upmarket Shopping Mall)
3. E1 Chitlom Station - Maneeya Center, Gaysorn Plaza, Amarin Plaza, Central World Plaza (All Upmarket Shopping Malls)
4. CEN Siam Station - Siam Center (Shopping Mall)
5. W1 National Stadium Station - MBK Center, Tokyu Deparment Store, Siam Discovery Center (All Shopping Malls)
6. S2 Sala Daeng Station - Silom Complex (Shopping Mall)
7. N1 Ratchathewi Station - Asia Hotel (Hotel)
8. E2 Phloen Chit Station - Wave Place Centre (Houses Home Pro DIY Megastore)
Note: Most of the information above were directly taken off from the complimentary BTS SkyTrain Travel Guide provided to me during my trip when I purchased a 3-Day Pass. As far as I know, this Travel Guide was only provided for a limited period of time and is now no longer provided.
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.
Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain is a fast, efficient and comfortable way to make your way around the city and to avoid the busy, traffic-plagued streets below!
At the time of my visit in September 2007, there were two Skytrain lines:
The Silom line: 7 stops, connecting Saphan Taksin with National Stadium, with en-route stops including Sala Daeng (Silom) and Siam.
The Sukhumvit line: 16 stops, connecting Mo Chit with On Nut, with en-route stops including Asoke (Sukhumvit) and Siam.
The two Skytrain lines connect with each other at Siam.
The Skytrain connects with the MRTA subway at the following stops:
Sala Daeng (connects with Silom subway)
Asoke (connects with Sukhumvit subway)
Mo Chit (connects with Chatuchak Park subway)
Most of my journeys on the Skytrain were between Sala Daeng, National Stadium and Asoke, frequently needing to change from one line to the other at Siam.
The fares and times of my most common journeys were:
Sala Daeng – National Stadium = 20 Bahts (5-10 minutes)
National Stadium – Asoke = 25 Bahts (10-15 minutes, change of trains at Siam)
I studied a grid of fares at Asoke station and noted that the highest fare for an individual journey on the Skytrain was 40 Bahts.
Tickets are purchased from machines at the stations. Unlike the MRTA subway ticket machines, many machines for Skytrain tickets only accept coins, not notes. I had to change a note for coins at the information desk.
From the ticket machine, select the zone that your destination station is in and it’ll calculate the correct fare. You’ll receive a small cardboard ticket, about the size of a credit card, which must be inserted into the turnstile slot to access the platforms. At the end of your journey, you again insert the card into a turnstile to exit the platform, but this time it is not returned to you.
Trains run from early morning to late at night, are frequently very busy and (thankfully!) are air conditioned. Upcoming stops are announced in Thai and English.
BTS Skytrain operates from 06.00 - 24.00 hrs everyday.
Two main lines: Sukhumwit & Silom lines.
Pictures in the web: BTS Skytrain and Station in Bangkok
First Live: National Stadium - Saphan Taksin
01. National Stadium
Near is: MBK Centre
02. Siam (Centre of Bangkok)
Near is: Siam Paragon, Zen, Ocean World
04. Sala Daeng
06. Saphan Taksin
Near is: Boat to Chao Praya River
07. Sky train station - under construction
08. Sky train station - under construction
Second Line: On Nut - Mo Chit
01. On Nut
04. Thong Lo
05. Phrom Phong
Near is: Nightlife of Bangkok
08. Phioen Chit
09. Chit Lom
10. Siam (centre of Bangkok)
12. Praya Thai
13. Victory Monument
Near is: Victory Monument
14. Sanam Pao
16. Sena Ruam
17. Saphan Kwai
18. Mo Chit
Near is: Weekend Market, Mo Chit Public Park
First Photo: Siam Station
Second photo: BTS Skytrain
Third photo: Siam square
Forth photo: Siam Station
Fifth photo: Siam Station
Sala Daeng is the nearest station to Pat Pong.
Visiting Pat Pong should not be missed for this is the sin city of Bangkok and souvenir shops too. Be ready for the "CALCULATOR" of the sellers in this place for they rather use calculator in giving the price rather than telling it to you directly....ready for computation???
BTS Sky Train fare - THB 20.00
(last date took the BTS - Feb. 7/8, 2004)
National Stadium Station - Ekkamai Station & vice versa
Sky train fare - THB 30
Going to Pattaya beach? Well, you have to reach Ekkamai Station first and then take the bus going to Pattaya from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Soi Sukhumvit 42) near Ekkamai Station.
The Skytrain is a great way to go from one place to another in Bangkok. It's not expensive . Bangkok is vey busy and hot and I found the Skytrain a wonderful transportation. It's very clean, fast, cool, as it's airconditioned and fast. It will save you a lot of time, instead of being caught up in the traffic.
This essentially one of the best tools to get around Bangkok effiently, comfortably and economically. The only flaw is that the BTS does not reach the main temples such as Wat Phra Kaew/Wat Pho and Wat Arun. (You will have to rely on taxis)
The network covers most other tourist sites such as Jim Thompson House (National Stadium Station), MBK Shopping Centre (National Stadium Station), Chatuchak Weekend Market (Mochit Station) and Patpong Night Market (Sala Daeng Station).
The best way is to get a one-day travel pass for unlimited travel for 100 Bahts.
BTS sky train: The Bangkok transit system (BTS) is comprised of 2 lines: the Sukhumvit line and the Silom line. You must change trains at central station when going from Sukhumvit to Silom.
Service daily from 6am to midnight.
The fare is 10-40 bath for the routes.
Forget about dealing with the Tuk Tuk driver
and his need of taking you for a ride
for a commission in his pocket.
Forget about taking a metered Taxi
who’s driver refuses to put on the meter
so that he can over charge you.
Forget about dealing with the bumper to bumper
traffic jams causing you endless stress.
Ride the Skytrain!
They are clean!
They are comfortable!
The staff is informative!
The Skytrain is just perfect!
Running from 6 am to midnight,
there are 2 lines and
maps are available at the stations.
You can buy tickets at the stations,
and change is provided.
Fares vary from 10B – 40B
depending on what station you plan to disembark.
Special tourist rates are also available:
10 Trips for 250B
15 Trips for 300 B
30 Trips for 540 B
Passes valid for 30 days only.
3 day tourist pass 280 B
1 day tourist pass 100 B
Student Card Passes are available.
Please ask at their window
or check their web-site
for further information and rates.
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.
You don't want to get stuck in traffic on a tuc-tuc or in a taxi. Spend your poor money on a train ticket and get to where you want...almost. There are only two lines unfortunately and when I was there the subway wasn't in use. I've heard it is now. Never the less, using the Skytrain is one fast way to get around and you also get to see a lot from above.
Favourite stations? Siam Square for being in the middle of everything and Taksin station because it's a good place to hop on boats on Chao Phra river