Making sense of the Bangkok Skytrain routes, BTS, as it’s referred to, can be confusing if it’s your first time visiting this metropolis. The good news is that getting around on Bangkok’s BTS is fast and efficient. Where possible, we travel on the BTS. Bear in mind the BTS routes are limited. If you don’t want to incorporate local buses and boats into your Bangkok stay we suggest that before booking your hotel make sure it’s close to a BTS stop. Making sense of the bus and boat system is far more difficult than that BTS.
Alternatively, you can also travel around the city in the following ways.
Different Ways You Can Travel Around The City
- Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)
- Bangkok Subway (MRT)
- Khlong Boats
- Chao Phraya Express
In this article, we will only discuss getting from the airport to the Bangkok Skytrain Routes, BTS and traveling on the Bangkok Skytrain Routes, BTS option.
Arriving At The Airport: Suvarnabhumi International Airport
When you arrive at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport just follow the Airport Link City Line sign. When you get to the train terminal you will buy a token for Phaya Thai station (45 baht). The Airport Link City Line links up to the Skytrain (BTS) at Phaya Thai BTS station which is on the Sukhumvit Line.
Bangkok Skytrain Routes
It’s not as vast as New York or Londons underground system but it’s much easier to navigate. It’s very similar to South Africa’s Gautrain. The Bangkok Skytrain routes consist of two lines. They are busy expanding these routes as we write.
- Sukhumvit Line (22 stops)
- Silom Line (13 Stops)
The only interchange stop between the two lines is at Siam station. This station is usually busy and overcrowded.
If you want to hop onto the MRT from the Skytrain then get off at Asok station on the Sukhumvit Line.
Most hotels are usually found on either of these lines so the chances that your hotel is near a BTS is very high. If you are staying at the popular Khao San Road I’m sorry to tell you that there is no BTS station nearby. The closest would probably Siam Station, Ratchatewi Station or National Stadium Station but its approximately 5 km away. Your best bet would be to take a Grab or a bus to the closest BTS.
The BTS operates from 6:00 am to Midnight.
Bangkok Skytrain Routes
How Much Does it Cost?
- A single trip from the airport into the city will cost 45 baht.
- A single trip costs 15 – 52 baht depending on the number of zones crossed.
- A day pass will cost 130 baht.
If you are spending a few days in Bangkok we suggest the day pass. For 130 baht you can travel as many times as you like within a one day period. If you plan on spending a few weeks then you should either buy 15, 20, 30 or 40 rides you can use in 30-days. This works out cheaper than buying a single ride every time.
Bangkok traffic can become crazy and you can waste a lot of time sitting in traffic if you travel by taxi or grab. The Bangkok Skytrain is modern, convenient and safe. We prefer traveling on it. Go to transitbangkok.com to plan your trip.
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