Bangkok’s heavy traffic is legendary among its own residents and visitors. River and canal boats, BTS skytrain and MRT subway systems, offer some reliable alternatives to travel across the city. This posting is telling about the layman’s guide to inner-city transport options. Click image to enlarge.
Bangkok has thousands of metered and air-conditioned taxi that run 24 hours a day. Flag fall is B35 (for the first 2 km) and fare climbs B2 every increment. Be sure that the driver switch the metre on. No tipping is required but rounding up the fare B5 to B10 is common. For trips using express way, you are required to pay the toll fare at every toll gate. When boarding from the public taxi queue outside the airport terminal, a B50 surcharge is added to the metered fare.
Those three wheeled taxis (or samlor) are best known as tuktuk, named for the steady whirr of their engines. They are popular amongst tourist and can be fun for short trips around town. A 10-minute ride should cost around B40, but always bargain before boarding. Beware: if a tuktuk driver offers to take you anywhere in town for less that B10, it’s a part of a setup that will lead you to an overpriced jewellery or souvenir shop. It would be wise to decline such offer.
In Bangkok heavy traffic, motorcycle taxis are the fastest, albeit they are a bit more dangerous, form of road transport. Easily recognizable by their colorful vests, motorbike taxi drivers gather in groups y department stores, at the end of a long soi (alley), or by tourist spots. As with tuktuks, fares definitely have to be negotiated beforehand.
Bangkok has an extensive and inexpensive public bus service. Both open-air and air-conditioned vehicles are available, respectively for B8 (flat) and B11-B23. As most destinations are written in Thai alphabet, so we can only recognize the number of each of the bus. Thus, it is advisable to get a bus route map (available at hotels, malls, or book shops).
The Bangkok Transit System, or BTS, is a two-line elevated train network covering the major commercial areas. Trains run every few minutes from 6 am to midnight, making the BTS a quick and reliable transport option, especially during heavy traffic jams. Fares range from B15 to B40. For BTS route, please open following link : BTS Skytrain Map – Bangkok
Bangkok’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is another fast and reliable way to get across town. The 18-station line stretches 20 km from Hualamphong (near central railway station) up to Bang sue in the north. Subways run from 6 am to midnight daily, with trains arriving every 5-7 minutes. The underground connects with the BTS at MRT Silom/BTS Saladaeng, MRT Sukhumvit/BTS Asok, MRT Chatuchak Park/BTS Mo Chit stations. Subway fares range from B15 to B39, depends on the distance. For MRT route, please open following link : MRT Map – Bangkok
EXPRESS RIVER BOAT
Bangkok’s vast network or inter-city waterways offer a quick and colorful alternative for getting around the city. Express boat ply he Chao Phraya river from Saphan Taksin (Taksin Bridge) up to Nonthaburi province, stopping at some 30 main piers. Fares range from B9 to B32 depending on the distance. Ticket can either be bought at the pier or on the boat. Boats depart every 20 minutes or so between 5.30 am and 6 pm. Cross-river services operate throughout the day at each pier for the modest sum of B3.
Khlong Saen Saep canal boats operate from Banglamphu across the city to Ramkamhaeng University. Canal (khlong) boats tend to be frequent and cost around B8 to B18 depending on the distance. Tickets are bought onboard.