BTS Skytrain, Bangkok
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.
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
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.
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.
Sky Train or BTS is a convenient way to get around Bangkok. The link below is directly to the English site. It appears the best deal for us would be to purchase a 1-day pass for 120 baht (US$3.60) for unlimited number of trips for that day.
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
The best and cheapest map for the BTS Skytrain system is found on the back of the single journey ticket. These tickets are purchased every time you ride the skytrain and vary in price, depending on the length of your destination. On your first day riding the skytrain buy the cheapest ticket as an extra and keep it with you; this way you will always have a handy map of the BTS line.
One of the easiest and more relaxing way to whiz about Bangkok is on the BTS Skytrain.
The Skytrain is essentially an elevated fast train. This gives it a very nice overall ‘above the ground’ view of the city.
The BTS runs on 2 lines, the Silom and the Sukhumvit, which both run on the eastern side of the Chao Phraya. They cover much of the central city and its many commercial, residential and tourist areas, with extensions planned to outlying areas. Daily operation hours are between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight with frequent service throughout the day, increased during rush hours. Fares are between 10-40 bhat and are obviously based on the distance traveled. I found the One-day pass of 120 bhat very useful as it gave me unlimited rides for one entire day.
A typical BTS station consists of two levels - concourse and platform. The concourse provides ticketing facilities and other passenger amenities. The platform is for waiting, boarding and alighting from the train. Please be aware that the train may approach the platform anytime, from any direction. Doors of the trains open and close automatically and beeper sounds will warn you when the doors are about to close, so do stand clear of the door at all times. There are guards at every platform and concourse levels, basically to make sure that passenger traffic runs smoothly.
The ticket machines, are all coin-operated, and would initially may cause some worry among passengers who suddenly find themselves without any coins. Well, fear not, just take your notes and change them at the counters :D
A good comprehensive BTS Route map is over at http://www.bts.co.th/en/map.asp. There are also free BTS maps at some of the stations, do take one and keep it handy.
The ideal way to get around Bangkok is to use the Skytrain or Subway as the trains are regular, quick and inexpensive but study the maps first and figure out the most convenient way to reach each destination. The trains and stations are extremely clean, and there are a variety of tickets, passes that you can buy, just look at the link below. There is one subway line, two skytrain lines and a branch that takes you to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
By looking at the link below you will see that there is a list of stations along with what attractions are in the surrounding area, so start planning now.
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.
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)
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.
If you have a free day and would like to do combo BTS ride plus boat ride along Chaophraya river. Try taking BTS to "TAKSIN" station and from there you can walk down to "Central Pier" (Sathorn pier) to take an express boat (Ones that go to right hand side direction) to..
• Chinatown (N5 : Rachawongse pier ; pronounced "Rat-cha-wong")
• Wat Po Temple, Wat Arun temple - For reclining Buddha, Traditional Thai massage places (N8 : Tha Tien pier)
• The Grand Palace (N9 : Tha Chang pier)
• Siriraj Hospital Museum & some awesome local restaurants around (N10 : Wanglang (Siriraj) pier)
• Local "All you can eat for 99 Bath" BBQ buffet (N12 : Phra Pin Klao Bridge pier)
• Khaosan road, Banglampu area (N13 - Phra arthit pier)
You can continue as far as Nonthaburi province (Last stop) and take the boat back the same way.