Buses can be seen in most areas of Bangkok, very crowded in peak hours like all other public transport, however they are subject to traffic jams and your 10 minute journey may take an hour during peak traffic hours. We always took the Skytrain this trip, on previous trips we have also used Tuk Tuk and Taxi.
Buses can be airconditioned or not with the fare on airconditioned buses approximately twice the cost, however bus fares are very cheap ranging from 5 to 20 baht.
Taking ordinary bus is still the cheapest one but you have to bear the consequences...you may not able to meet your appointment on time due to heavy traffic specially during rush hours!!! It is important to know the bus number or else...you won't reach your destination!!!
Regardless of distance:
Red bus fare - THB 4
White and Blue bus fare - THB 5
Bus #47 - from Khao San Road to
1. Wat Prah Kaew
2. Grand Palace
3. Wat Pho
4. China town
5. Siam Square
6. Sala Daeng
1. National Stadium - Mall Tha Pra
2. Mall Tha Pra - Sala Daeng
1. National Stadium - Khao San Road (Bus #15)
2. National Stadium - Sam Yan (Bus #25)
Cheap and convenient, if a little crowded. I was hardly paying attention to where we were going as I was fascinated by the quick and skilful ticket and change technique of the bus conductress! She had this little metal tube of coins and tickets and, while keeping her feet without holding on (no mean task, I can assure you The driver clearly felt he wasn't doing his job if he left every passenger standing up!) she delivered change, tore and marked tickets, tided away the notes and sorted out her little box with very neat and deft movements. It was like poetry in motion.....
The bus? oh yes. Clean, airconditioned, but very full.
Bus! A good way of seeing the real Bangkok, buses are ridiculously cheap.
First Photo: Bus in Bangkok
Second photo: Bus Station near Siam
Third Photo: Bus stop beside MBK Centre
Fourth Photo: Traffic in Rama road in Siam center Bangkok
Fifth Photo: Bus in Chinatown, Bangkok
Northeastern Bus Terminal
Kampaengphet 2 Rd, Bangkok Tel: 0-2936-2852-66 ext.605 0-2936-0657
Take a bus to the Northeast provinces Thailand's
First Photo: Buses in Siam, the centre of Bangkok
Second photo: Mo Chit Bus Station
Third photo: Mo Chit Bus Station
Forth photo: You can smoke here
Fifth Photo: Mo Chit Bus Station
There are a lot of buses offered in Bangkok going to all places, with a fare starting at 3.5 baht for open air buses. Air-conditioned blue buses have minimum and maximum fares from 8 to 16 baht. Euro II or Orange air-conditioned buses charge 10-20 baht. Air-conditioned microbuses charge a flat fare of 20 baht all routes. For more information call Bangkok Mass Transit Service at 184 or 0-2246-0973.
A buses route map is available at bookshops. A free city map can also be picked up at The Bangkok Tourist Division office, Bangkok Tourist Information Booths throughout Bangkok and the TAT office .
Bus 15 goes from Kao San Road to Siam, Silom, and the Cambodian Embassy. Take this bus also for the Myanmar Embassy.
Bus 53 will take you from Kao San Road to the main train station 'Hua Lamphong'.
Bus 3 will go all the way to Chatuchak (weekend) market from Kao San Road area at Banglumpoo.
From Silom you can take bus 77 to the World Trade Center.
If you see your bus arriving you have to wave your hand, but, please, do it the Thai way: palm of the hand upside-down. If you do it the other way it is regarded as a obscene gesture.
Inside the bus you have to push a button to ring the bell if you want to get off.
The best way to get around in Bangkok is to take the bus. The non-aircon busses are only 4 baht, and you pay a little more for the aircon busses. You just pay the fare on the bus, a busconductor will walk towards you and you just give the 4 baht (try to have it small). He or she will give you a ticket.
Most of the busses only have Thai writing on them, which makes it hard to find the right bus. So, you have to find out what number takes you where you want to go. I remember bus 47, which we took from the Kao San Road area to the shopping centres.
Sometime busses with the same number [but different color bus] go in different directions, so watch the color of the bus when you get on, just so you know what color to look for when you head back.
Another thing I found out which is good to know: if you sit on the backseat, and you see a monk walk in, please stand up, the backseat is reserved for the monks. And the first bench behind the door is for disabled and elderly.
Northern Bus Terminal
Take from here bus to North provinces also and provinces in Thailand that located north from Bangkok.
Kampaengphet 2 Rd, Bangkok Tel: 0-2936-2852-66 ext. 614 0-2936-3670
First Photo: Inside intercity bus
Second photo: Mo Chit - Chatouchak Bus Station
Third photo: Mo Chit - Chatouchak Bus Station
Forth photo: Mo Chit - Chatouchak Bus Station
Fifth photo: Mo Chit - Chatouchak Bus Station
If you feel like really taking part of the Bangkok traffic and also travel like the thais you should consider talking the green buses that run all over town. The problem is only knowing which one goes where... I was lucky that my friend lived in Bangkok and knew what bus to take and where to hop off. It was REALLY cheap (2 or 3 baht I think!) and fun too to feel like a thai...kinda.
Buses are the cheapest option to get around Bangkok: we paid between 3.5 baht to 8 baht depending on wether the bus had no fans, fans or air-condition. SOme are quite basic but still fun to ride, except if you get stuck in the traffic. The best thing is to avoid taking a bus during rush hours. Routes are a bit hard to figure out - but normally if you ask a shop-owner nearby he'll be able to let you know which bus to take. Tickets are bought on board.
The public bus is a great cheap way to get around Bangkok!! But get your self a good Bus Route map so you know where you want to go! If you spend any time here it is very easy to learn the routes! I know a lot of people say beware of the Pulic Bus system but it is pretty safe in my opinion! Don't walk on with money hanging out of you pockets though! LOL
Eastern Bus Terminal
Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok. Tel: 0-2391-6846, 0-2391-2504
Take the bus from here to Eastern Provinces and Cities from Thailand like: Pattaya, Chonburi, Chantaburi and more. The bus station located in Ekkamai BTS Skytrain Station.
First Photo: Bus to Chachoengsao
Second photo: Bus to Chachoengsao
Third photo: Shop in the station
Forth photo: Drinking something
Fifth photo: Yaowarat road in Chinatown
There are more than 3,000 buses tooling all over Bangkok, a figure that doesn't include all those private and mini-buses. Riding with a bus is the very cheapest ways around the area, the fares starts at around 4 baht but can also be very slow and can be very hot.
We call Bus in Bangkok "Rod may" (May is come from Mail) there are 3 or 4 kind of buses.
- Green Mini Bus we call "Mini bus" now the price is raise to 5.50 Baht, but it's still too fast too furious and the ticket boy or girl,in cluding driver are still bad behavier. (5.50 baht nomatter distance)
- Red and white bus we call "Rod May Dang" (6 baht) you may have to wait for long time for this kind of bus.
- Blue and white bus (7 baht)
- Blue and white air bus (from 10 baht depend on the distance)
-Yellow Air Bus we call "Rod Euro" (from 12 baht depend on the distance)
Don't be afraid to be lost ,just get in the bus and ask the ticket girl or boy or passenger around that the bus is correctly go to your place. If not he will let you get the next bus stop.