City Buses, Bangkok
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.
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
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 .
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
For most budget travelers, the backpacker district is near KaoSan Road. After exiting the airport's arrival hall, there are signs for buses to the city. Most backpackers will then pay the 150 Baht for the VIP bus to KaoSan Road (45min ~ 1hr).
However, for those who want to save even a bit more money, there is a cheap city public bus. This can be done by taking Bus #556 between terminal/KaoSan and airport (18 baht for 1hr). The public bus terminal at the airport can be accessed by free shuttle from the arrivals hall.
Update Sep 2011
Bus Fare reduced to 6.5 Bhat from 7 Bhat for all Non Air Conditioned (Yellow & Red) Bus
*** Updated 26th May 2010*** Bus are plying on designated routes again
# 511 A/C From Khaosan Road to Samuta Prakan (Crocodile Farm) From Samut Prakan to Sai Tai Mai 16 Bhat Passing the Ratchadamnoen Klang on both legs (Khaosan Road is just accross)
# 2 Non A/C From Ratchadamnoen Klang to On Nut BTS (Loop Bus) 7 Bhat to 11 Bhat
# 15 Non A/C From Grand Palace passing Ratchadamnoen Klang to Silom~Sapahn Taksin Bridge 7 Bhat to 11 Bhat its a loop bus too,
# 79 & 503 A/C from Ratchadamnoen Klang to Victory Monument 16 Bhat
# 44 A/C Private From Grand Palace Passing Khaosan Road to Chatuchak Weekend Market till The Mall Bangkapi (Loop Bus) 19 Bhat Non A/c 8 Bhat
# 53 Non A/C To/ From Hua Lampong Railway Station, China Town, Grand Palace, Banglamphu at Phrasumen Fort at Chakrapong Road Intersection (Close to Khaosan Road) 7 Bhat Loop Bus. Stop at Hua lampong MRT which is 5 minutes walk from Main Train Station
# 556 Air Conditioned Bus from Sai Tai Mai (Southern Bus Terminal to Makasan Station for Airport Link Train, To / From Khaosan the fare is 16 Bhat
Busses are cheap, but there are different sorts of busses, you have the Air conditioned busses, and you have the open air busses, which are busses without glass in the windows, hence the name ;) The later one is dirt cheap, but the airconditioned ones are not really expencive either.
A cheap way to get around Bangkok is by local bus.The ordinary red or blue buses are o.k for short distance rides.However ,they can get extreamly crowded and hot when you are stuck in a traffic jam during peak hour.
Air-con buses are more comfortable they cost a little more (blue buses) depending on the destination.There are also Micro buses which charge a fix fare but you get a seat. As for the small private" Green" buses get on them at your own risk.
If you have a spare day in Bangkok try jumping on a public red bus and go on a very cheap city tour!
The buses cost a flat rate of 7 Baht per trip (as of Dec 2007). This allows you to travel as far as you want. You can get off anywhere. It's a great cheap way to see the city!
Here is a link to my personal Bangkok homepage: Bangkok Travel Guide
Enjoy your stay in Bangkok!
We took public bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) to go to Kachanaburi. From Asok, we took the BTS to reach Victoria Museum and rode the bus number 507 (fare around 20 THB, forgot). The bus didn’t stop inside the terminal, so you need to ask to be reminded by the bus stewardess or the passenger.
Although there was no single person speak English in the bus, but showing your destination Sai Tai Mai Bus terminal is very helpful to get you there. To buy ticket, you need to enter main building at the first floor and the ticket counters are at the back side, at the same floor with restaurants row.
From this terminal station, you can catch bus to Phuket and other provinces in the Thailand.
The websie below includes time tables for the bus. Hopefully they are updated.
The bus routes are shown by area of the city that you want to go to/from. Obviously, buses run their routes in both directions, so it's worth checking that the bus is going where you think it is when you get on. Don't worry if you don't recognise where to get off, the conductor will invariably tell you (if you've told them where you're going). If not, ask other passengers, who are normally very helpful. Some useful Thai phrases that you may need when taking buses are shown here.
Conductor on the bus walks back and forth to collect fare from passengers. The fare varies as distance traveled, type of buses, and type of services. Monks and postal workers on duty are exempt from paying fare. Fifty-percent discount is given to the blind, military and police officers in uniform, decorated veterans, and senior citizens. Students with pre-purchased passes also pay discount fare.
You may want to try taking the local buses during off-peak hours.
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Since I'm a budget traveler and I live in Bangkok. I think I would share "How to take public bus" from BKK airport here.
Taking taxi from airport to downtown costs at last 300 Baht. But taking a bus costs less than 40 Baht. This is how to take public bus...
• Go to ground floor. There are 2 bus stops there. One near medical unit and one near the store. Spot some airport workers, locals wait for buses.
• Bus that comes to these stops is bus no. 551. It runs 7 days/ 24 hours.
• Bus no. 551 goes to The Victory Monument where is a very center of Bangkok
• From Victory Monument. Either you connect to BTS (Sky train) or taxi (or bus again if you travel light)
• Other buses available at the airport's bus hub. There's free shuttle buses serve 24 hours.
• To take a free shuttle bus. When you walk out from terminal. Cross to middle lane. Bus stops there. (First lane is usually full of tour buses - see the map if you're confused)
• Shuttle bus will bring you to Airport's bus hub. From here. There are several buses. No. 556 goes to Khaosan road. But only no. 551 runs 24 hours. There are also buses that go straight to nearby cities, provinces (Like Pattaya..for example)
• Bus fare from Airport to downtown is 34 Baht