Public transport in Bangkok
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Public transport in Bangkok

Traveling in the capital of Thailand is very simple and easy. Public transport in Bangkok is perfect and easy to use by anyone.

Below we describe the different forms of communication:


1. Taxis.

For us this is the best option :). Taxis are incredibly cheap in Bangkok- the longest route from the airport to the hotel (about 18 miles) costed 300 bahts ($8).

As you can easily calculate, for 3 miles you will pay about $2-4 (depends on the traffic) .

Traveling in a group (2, 3 or 4 people) is the best because you share costs on all of you. In addition, the cars are air-conditioned and sitting there is a really nice break from the heat outside.

TIP! Drivers rarely speak English. You need to have a map with the exact place where you want to go.

Even giving exact address (e.g. the address of hotel) does not guarantee that the driver will take you to the right place. Taxi drivers in Thailand do not use GPS navigations, so they drive from what they remember. If you want to go to not popular place, you can expect that the driver will simply get lost.

Always take taxi with the words ‘Taxi Meter ‘ on the roof.  You need to ensure that the taxi man turn on the taximeter before driving. This will help you avoid troubles and the total cost will be clear.

3. BTS Sky Train – Overground train. Public transport in Bangkok.

Very pleasant form of transport 🙂

Tickets cost depend on the length of the route- from 15 bahts ($0,50) to 45 bahts ($1.50) one way.

There are no discounts  and you have to buy tickets from the vending machine .

If you do not know what ticket you need to buy, just ask cashier. He will change your money and tell you how many bahts you need to pay in a machine.

It is also possible to purchase one-day ticket for 120 bahts ($4) and enjoy an unlimited number of trips during the day.

If you want to stay longer in Bangkok, you can buy 30 -day tickets:
– For 15 trips (use within 30 days)  it costs 375 bahts ($13).
– For 25 trips (use within 30 days) it costs 575 bahts ($19).
– For 40 trips (use within 30 days) it costs 840 bahts ($28).
– For 50 trips (use within 30 days) it costs 1000 bahts ($33).

BTS is open from 6.30 am until 23.50 at night.

Below we present the current BTS map .

bts-map1 Public transport in Bangkok


3. MRT subway. Public transport in Bangkok.

It is connected with BTS at Asok station. MRT subway will help you to get to places where BTS doesn’t go (e.g. Chinatown).

The cost of one- station driving is 15 bahts ($0,50). Each new station costs 2-3 bahts more ($0,06 – 0,1). Maximum you can pay is 40 bahts ($1,3).

Children and elderly have a discount and pay about half of a regular ticket.

Below is the current subway map:



4. Tuk tuks. Public transport in Bangkok.

Mini cabs 🙂 A truly oriental vehicles!

The best is to travel a short distance by them- for longer routes choose a traditional taxi.

We set the price directly with the driver and it depends only on our capacity to bargain how much we will pay :).

5. BMTA Buses. Public transport in Bangkok.

Buses are directed primarily to the natives, so for us-tourists- it’s very hard to catch them. However, this is by far the cheapest form of transport.

Because taxis, subway and train are fairly cheap for us , we didn’t travel by bus.

For those who are interested,  we refer to the page where there are tips on how to safely travel by bus in Bangkok.