Public Transport Bangkok
The visits to Bangkok will be made easy with the public transport system, possibly occasionally after shopping or night time, the taxi will be the alternative. Everything from road panels, street, are in the alphabet, Thai, and English. BTS, Bangkok mass transit system also called Skytrain, and underground MRT, Mass rapid transit, are very clean and air conditioning. Two lines of the system are connected at two major stations, Silom (BTS Sala Daeng station) and Asok Sukhumvit, as well as Chatuchak (BTS Mo Chit station), both are not compatible but planned. It is of course forbidden to smoke but also to drink and eat.
Operate from 06.00 to midnight
It’s better to have 20 baht notes, and coins for both system in order to avoid joining the long queue at the counter, or machines.
BTS a Sky View
A nice and pleasant move in the city with a view from above. Buy magnetic card from vending machines ( return change), fares depend on the distance. Check the information board next to the machine, find your destination station, the number in the circle next to the name is the amount, select, and insert coins/note.
You better buy a smart pass (Rabbit Card 150 baht. duration of use 5 years, refill at the counter minimum 100 baht, no queue at the vending machine, time saver.
Day pass 140 baht
Child card. Not over 14 years old, height 91-120cm, 50% discount.
Line Extention 2018
A new section is on service since December 6 on the green line from Bearing to Samut Prakan city hall. The trip is free for the 4 months test run then the ticket price will be from 15 to 65 baht maximum
This line serves the Erawan Museum, Chang Erawan station
Navy Museum, Royal Thai Naval Academy station
Prakan Bay Sky Tower
The crocodile farm, Kheha the last station, and also from there five to ten minutes to Ancient Siam
MRT Fast and Easy
Underground but fast. Plastic black token from the vending machine (return change), or from the ticket office.
120 baht one day pass
Easier, go for a card, at the ticket counter 180 baht, refill 100 baht minimum.
Child card not over 14, height 91-120cm, 50% discount.
Elder over 60, 50% discount. Contact the ticket office.
You will notice girl will never seat beside a monk, which have a priority seat. Of course, as everywhere else in the world the “mobile phone attitude” but very quiet, Thai people speak softly, and it’s impolite to speak loudly.
The blue line from Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae district (Lak Song) on Petchkasem road is planned to open in August 2019, with 4 stations in Chinatown, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Wang Burapha, Sanam Chai and Itsaraphap. 3 major interesting station for tourists serve Chinatown, Ratanakosin and one a few steps from the Grand Palace and Wat Po (reclining Buddha). An underground part is under the Chao Phraya river to reach Thonburi on the other side of the river. The last station is in the district of Bangkae. The test run will begin in April, and full operation in September.
The blue line, which runs from Tao Poon station in Bang Sue district to Hua Lamphong station, will increase of one baht on December 1, 2018. fares will be set for trips of five, eight or eleven stations. The minimum rates of 16 and maximum of 42 baht will remain the same.
The MRT going to the province and will invest in two metro projects in the south that will connect Surat Thani, Phangnga, and Phuket. The second in Chiang Mai will be a line from the airport to the city center.
Taxi a Cheap Way
Speak little English. First of all, use a one only if the driver opens up the meter, if not, close the door politely..next. If possible avoid the touristic spots to hire one, better walk a little away from the too busy place. Fare starts at 35 baht if use expressway you pay the toll. It’s a cheap way of getting around for a family or group of friends. Sunday it’s fine, not much traffic. The colors, pink, yellow, green, red, depending on the company.
When flagging down driving, make sure the glowing red/green light on the left of the windshield, which means empty. As a tourist, expect to be honked by some of them chasing customer. When down of the car have look behind you to make sure no motorcycle coming before opening the door.
70,000 taxi in the city, no station, stop anywhere.
Many cases had happened, the clients forgot their mobile phone, a briefcase with money inside, backpack. Most of the taxi drivers are honest, if happen you left any valuable, they will return them if can find the place you stay. Otherwise try to remember the plate numbers (inside the cab) and call hotline 1584 or call the popular online radio program, js100.
Bus Best Way To Discover the City
I remember my first time, the only way to move around was by bus (tailpipe black’s cloud emission) no air-conditioned …terrible but kind of fun and total escape among the onlooker’s passengers ready to help me. Because of the heavy traffic, only one visit a day to some touristic destinations were possible. After some stay in the city, I must admit that’s the way I really discovered Bangkok, sometimes just going without really knowing where it will take me. Today few of them (clean) recognizable by their color blue and white, red and cream, are still on the road and are useful because many parts of the city are not yet served by BTSs and MRTs, as well as for their low cost. I still sometimes use the service to the surprise of the conductor to see a foreigner.
The new buses have air-conditioning, but a very confusing system and most of them are marked in Thai. You can buy a bus map at 7-eleven for the adventurers, and go by the numbers, hundreds of route to explore. Is the cheapest way of transport, and the best way to taste the everyday life of the low working class.
Most buses run from 05.00 – 23.00
Moto Taxi popular service
Orange is the color of the drivers, the jacket of course. In the street corner, they will drive you only in the soi (small street). The price is fixed, sometimes posted at their hang out. 10 to 30 bath, depending on the distance, no scams. They rarely go for long distance, but If you go for a long distance negotiate the price first. Just look at the driving style in the busy city, the opposite direction of traffic, ride on the sidewalks, which can convince you to choose another means of transportation. Moto drivers are responsible for large numbers of accidents. The helmet is compulsory, but most of the time the passenger don’t wear it because only one is available. But if you are in hurry, that’s the fastest way getting around. if you feel that it is a little too “irritating” ask him to drive slower, cha cha cha krap/ka or ya khab reo kap/ka
For The More Adventurous
In some soi and street, you will see pickup called Songthaew with proper seating, very cheap, stop on demand. Don’t miss to use it at rush hour if you have the opportunity.
Which one didn’t you used?
If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out