How to getting around in Bangkok BTS, Skytrain, taxis and Tuk Tuks in Bangkok? Bangkok’s traffic is well known, especially during rush hours when road transport should be avoided in any way. A better alternative is the Skytrain (BTS) and Underground (MRT) (06:30 Midnight) rail system, jointly linking the city’s main shopping, entertainment and business areas. Consider buying a one-day BTS card, which can help you save a few baht, or a Smart Card that stores value, for convenience.
Taxis are everywhere, while tuk-tuk – once an iconic Bangkok – quickly disappears from the streets; Enough greetings from anywhere along the sidewalk, but be careful not to get in the way of the upcoming traffic. For walks along the riverfront, river ferries and speed boats (06:00-20:00) are very useful. Start your journey at the Sathorn Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin), then hop on and off at any point you like.
Bangkok Skytrain Traveling in Bangkok
Yes, Bangkok’s traffic is famous-with good reason. It’s easy to get stuck in traffic jam anytime, day or night, and spend a lot of valuable time in the process. However, with an excellent and modern public transport system, Bangkok is very easy to navigate. The Skytrain (BTS) and Underground (MRT) train systems connect the city’s main shopping, entertainment and business areas, while river taxis and express vessels can be used to explore many historic sites and riverside attractions. Taxis are cheap and appear in almost every corner almost every time. Tuk-tuk, which was once Bangkok’s great attraction, slowly disappeared for a more comfortable transportation, but still worth being ridden at least once.
BTS is undoubtedly the quickest way to get around, and can direct you right where you want it in a short time. It’s a cheap, smooth, cool, clean, fast and beautiful way to enjoy Bangkok. The main shopping malls, Chatuchak weekend Market, all Sukhumvit Road attractions, and even the riverbank are accessible by the Skytrain.
While Silom lines stretch from west to south, the Sukhumvit line stretches from north to east (see BTS Route Guide). So, if you’re new to Bangkok, it’s a great way to find a way out and see most of what the city has to offer. Please note that the service operates between 06:30 and midnight, and trains can be packed during peak hours (07:00-09:00 and 16:00-19:00). Top rated Hotel rankings Shangri-La Bangkok 4.6/5 Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 4.3/5 Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok 4.6/5 Banyan Tree Bangkok 4.5/5 Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn 4.7/5 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort 4.6/5 Amari Watergate Bangkok 4.3/5 Riva Surya Bangkok 4.7/5 Mercure Bangkok Siam 4.2/5 The Peninsula Bangkok 4.8/5 Most bookings Tours Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour Dinner Tour Apsara Tree Banyan Cruise Vertigo & lunch Bar, Ayutthaya tours The ancient capital with the river cruise Shangri-La hotel’s Dinner buffet dinner cruise on the River Kwai & Historic Train tour Siam Niramit Dinner Show Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show Chao Phraya River Dinner dining Grand Palace & Tour Half Day Emerald Buddha
Skytrain Fares and passes
The BTS Rabbit card is used to access all stations. Fares start at 15 baht per one stop. Passing one day may be a good choice for those who plan to do a lot of stepping and jumping for a full day. But if you plan to be in Bangkok for a while, it might be a good idea to buy BTS Smart Pass.
One day Pass.
Unlimited rides in one day duration at a cost of 120 baht. Ideal for tourists.
Standard rabbit card/stored value card.
It is available for 100 baht plus a refundable 50 baht deposit. The standard rabbit Card is valid for 5 years and can be filled with at least 100 baht and up to 4,000 baht.
30 Day Pass for adults
-For 15 trips (used within 30 days), 25 baht per unlimited distance trip, it costs 375 baht.
-For 25 trips (used within 30 days), 23 baht per unlimited distance trip, it costs 575 Baht.
-For 40 trips (used within 30 days), 21 baht per unlimited distance trip, it costs 840 Baht.
-For 50 trips (used within 30 days), 20 baht per unlimited distance trip, it costs 1,000 baht.
The following stations offer facilities (such as elevators) for disabled people: Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, On Nut and Chong Nonsi. BTS Tourist Information Center can be found at Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations. A very informative map of the BTS City can be taken for free from any station. For more information, call the BTS hotline: + 66 (0) 2 617 7300.
Read more at: http://www.bangkok.com/information-travel-around
Thai baht (THB). US $1 = around THB 30.00
Bangkok Time zone
GMT + 7 (same as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam).
Voltage is 220 Volt with two flat blades (NEMA 1-15 or JIS C 8303) or round two pin plug (Europlug CEE 7/16).
Bangkok Important Phone Numbers
- Police 191
- Tourist Police 1155
- Ambulance 1554
- Fire 199
- Samitivej Hospital 02 711 8000
- Bumrungrad International Hospital 02 667 1000 Medical Emergency 1669
- Operator-assisted overseas calls 100
- Directory Assistance 1133, 13
- Airport Flight Schedules 1566
- Traffic Hotline 1197
- Immigration 1111
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