How to travel by BST and MRT in Bangkok

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Traffic jam is the main problem in Bangkok, so traveling by taxi when coming to Bangkok isn’t a good choice. Travelling by Skytrain and subway can help you save money and time. Below are the guides to use those transports for first-timers in Thailand.
 

Types of train in Bangkok

Types of the train in Bangkok include BTS ( Skytrain), MRT ( underground) and Airport Rial Link ( the airport – city center route).

BTS – Skytrain

There are two BTS routes: Silom and Sukhumvit.

The Silomroute departures from the west to the south, starting at National Stadium (W1) and ending at Bang Wa (S12).

Some main stations:

National Stadium (W1): near national stadium, MBK shopping center, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre), Jim Thompson’s House.
Siam (Central Station): the largest station of BTS system, the intersection of BTS Silom and Sukhumvit,  near Siam Paragon, Siam Centre và Central World, Madame Tussauds Bangkok Museum, Sea Life Ocean World Aquarium.

Sala Daeng (S2): Near Silom Road, Patpong, Silom Complex shopping center.

Saphan Taksin (S6): the nearest station to Chao Phraya River, beneath is Sathorn ferry. From there, you can take the free boat to Asiatique.

BTS Bangkok (via vietnamtourist.org.vn)

Sukhumvit route departures from the north to the east, starting from Mo Chit (N8) and ending at Bearing (E14). Some main stations:

  • Mo Chit (N8): the nearest station to Don Muang airport, connects to the airport by A1 bus, next to Chatuchak park, 5-minute walk to Chatuchak weekend market. Mo Chit Bus station is the departure of the bus to the ancient capital Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.
  • Phaya Thai (N2): the intersection with Airport Rail Link, near Baiyoke Sky Bangkok and King Power Complex.
  • Ratchathewi (N3): near Platinum shopping mall and Pratunam market.
  • Siam (Central Station): The largest station of BTS, the intersection of BTS Silom and BTS Sukhumvit, near Siam Paragon, Siam Centre và Central World shopping Center.
  • Asoke station: the intersection with MRT station, Terminal 21 Shopping center, and Soi Cowboy.

Guides to buying the BTS ticket

Step 1: Exchange cash into coins at the ticket counter.

Step 2: Buy ticket at automatic counter

  • Choose your destination. View the number corresponding to the station you want to visit on the “Fare Information” board. The number is the amount of ticket you pay (from 15-42 baht per leg depending on distance)
  • Click the button corresponding to the fare you want to pay in cell 1
  • Place a coin in box 2, the amount must be greater than or equal to the fare you pay.
  • Once you have inserted enough coins, the card will be output from box 3
  • Redundant money will be returned in the box 4

Step 3: You put the card in the slot and get back the card on the top, the door will open for you to enter. You must keep the card throughout the journey. It’s time for you to do the same but just put the card in, the machine will retain the card.

Step 4: Determine the direction that you go

Airport Rail Link Bangkok (via wikipedia)

MRT (subway)

There is only one MRT route, departing from the north, near Chatuchak to the south, near Chinatown. Some main stations:

  • Chatuchak Park: near the weekend Chatuchak market, the A1 bus station to Don Muang Airport.
  • Thailand Cultural Center: near Thailand Siam Niramit theatre and 3D Art in Paradise museum.
  • Phetchaburi: near R.C.A Plaza where the Cookin Nanta show is held, the intersection with Airport Rail Link to Suvarnabhumi airport
    Sukhumvit: the intersection with BTS Sukhumvit, near Terminal 21 shopping mall
  • Hua Lamphong: near China Town and Yaowarat food street.

The ways to buy MRT ticket is similar to the ones of BTS.

Airport Rail Link

Like the BTS Skytrain, Airport Rail Link is the cheapest and most convenient transport when getting from Suvarnabhumi airport to Pratunam center. There are two types of express (straight from the airport to Makkasan station or Phaya Thai and one stops at each station). Some main stations:

  • Suvarnabhumi: the basement of Suvarnabhumi airport.
  • Makkasan: the intersection with MRT ( Phetchaburi station).
  • Ratchaprarop: near Baiyoke Sky building.
  • Phaya Thai: the last station, the intersection with BRT Sukhumvit.

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