Bangkok is a huge city, which seems very complicated to those who don’t know it well. Despite its huge size and crowded population – particularly in certain areas – moving and traveling across the city is relatively easy, thanks to the wide variety of local transportation means.
Just like in many other big cities across the world, a train line from Suvarnabhumi international airport to the city center was launched in recent years. The train line facilitates the operation of two trains…
The Skytrain’s greatest advantage is time!! It covers the distance from one stop to another in a single minute, and pauses for merely 20 seconds at each station.
Taking the Skytrain is very simple. Those of you who are visiting Bangkok and using the Skytrain for the first time, will hopefully benefit and save time after reading the following explanation. Those who took the Skytrain before can also use the information below and probably learn a thing or two.
Entering the station area – after buying tickets (for a single journey / a rechargeable SmartPass), you can pass through the designated (automatic) gates. The entrance / exit gates are located at the same place yet marked differently. At the entrance gate you’ll see a green lit arrow, and at the exit only gate you’ll see a red lit X sign.
Bangkok Subway – MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) offers the most effective and convenient way to get to the weekend market or to Suan Lum Night Bazaar. The MRT can also get you to Hua Lampong train station, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Lumpini park, Siam Niramit, Fortune Town (the excellent computer department store), and all the entertainment and shopping centers along the main, central street of Ratchadapisek road.
Much like BTS (Skytrain) and MRT (metro), Bangkok public river boats – Chao Praya Express Boats – offer a great means of transportation inside the city, without being dependent on the heavy traffic or having to worry about traffic jams.
The BRT (bus rapid transit) was launched in 2010. It consists of modern, up-to-date busses which run through an exclusive, designated route and are thus unaffected by rush hours and traffic jams.