Transportation in Bangkok , Entering and Exiting the BTS Skytrain Station
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.
If you have a single journey ticket – place it in the designated slot at the front of the gate. The ticket will be ‘taken in’ and then immediately come out of another slot at the upper part of the gate. Simply pull it out and the gate will then open, allowing you to enter the station. Be sure to keep the card as you must use it to exit at the destination station.
Please note: upon exiting the station – the device at the gate will ‘swallow’ the ticket.
If you have a rechargeable SmartPass – don’t insert it but rather touch the circle (behold the picture) and the gate will open. If you carry the ticket in your wallet, you can simply touch the circle with it (there’s no need to pull out the ticket). When you no longer need the SmartPass, you can return it and get the remaining money back (according to the unused stored value).
Once you entered the station area, choose the direction which you’re heading. At every station, other than Siam where the two train lines meet, you only have two options. The direction is determined by the name of the final station which the train line reaches: in Sukhumvit line it’s either Mo Chit or Baering; in Silom Line it’s either National Stadium or Wongwian Yai.
At the stations, you’ll find excellent direction signs in English, and you can easily tell where the train is heading by the final station, whose title appears on the sign. Climb up the stairs to the second floor and you’ll find the train platforms. Stand according to the arrow marks on the floor, and the train will stop exactly where marked.
The BTS is air-conditioned and remarkably clean. It has TV-screens which display the next stop title. Additionally, there’s a voice message, in both English and Thai, which announces the next stop title in advance, and states if there is a connection to an additional line (Skytrain/metro).
Exiting the station: there’s always more than one exit for each station, in most cases 4 exits and more, including direct exits to most of the big shopping centers that are directly connected to the stations. Check out the signs to know which exit you should use. The stations are manned by English speaking workers who will direct you if necessary. Exiting is rather similar to entering the stations – if you have a single journey ticket – place it in the slot at the front of the gate (this time, it’ll be taken in permanently) and the gate will open. If you have the stored value card (SmartPass), simply touch the circle on the gate (as in entering the station) which will then open.
Siam Station, where the two BTS lines meet – the Sukhumvit line and the Silom line, is somewhat different than the other stations. This station has an additional level – the entrance floor + 2 floors of train platforms. The structure is built so that every level has the 2 lines heading at the same direction (in usual stations the same level has one line traveling to two different directions).
To provide a practical example – if you’ve reached from Sukhumvit area at the Sukhumvit line, and you would like to continue your trip with the Silom line to reach the MBK – you don’t have to move to another level, but simply walk just 15 meters towards the Silom line platform (at the same level). Simply get off at your station and proceed (15 meters) to enter the other line which will take you one more stop to MBK.
Have a pleasant ride!