As the name implies, the Skytrain is Bangkok’s elevated transport system. The city’s solution for overcrowd transport systems is just about the fastest, cheapest and coolest way to get around. A ride on the Skytrain takes you floating and swerving among the skyscrapers in the city centre – a unique experience you will not want to miss! These 7 facts will tell you everything you need to know about using the Skytrain.
1) The fastest, cheapest, easiest, coolest and most spectacular mode of transport for making your way around Bangkok is undoubtedly the Skytrain. It’s an absolute ‘must’ for getting a first general impression of the city (which is impressive!) and for visiting the large shopping malls, Chatuchak Weekend Market, all the attractions on Sukhumvit Road and the banks of the river, to name but a few.
2) The Bangkok Skytrain, or BTS for short, consists of two hanging lines with 25 stations spread over 26 kilometres. These lines – the Silom line and the Sukhumvit line – follow two major axes running through the city. Also useful to know: there is an above-ground metro and an underground subway. A ticket for the latter – the MRT – is not valid on the Skytrain.
3) The Silom line runs from west to south, and the Sukhumvit line runs from north to east. First time in Bangkok? Then this is a great way to get your first impression of the city. Bear in mind that rush hour is very busy here, so it’s best not to plan your trip between 7 - 9 am and 4 - 7 pm.
4) The Skytrain runs from 6 am until 12.50 am. A single ticket will set you back between 15 and 50 baht (about 40 cents to € 1.27) and can only be bought at the ticket machines. A day ticket costs 130 baht (€ 3.30) and is valid until midnight – perfect for a day exploring Bangkok. Make sure you have your ticket ready, because when you get off you have to validate it again. There are also Rabbit cards which you can top up with a certain amount, as well as 30-day passes for 15 to 50 journeys.
5) Wheelchair-accessible stations are Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, On Nut and Chong Nonsi.
6) There is a separate Airport Rail Link which connects the Makkasan and Phaya Thai stations with Suvarnabhumi airport. To use this line, you have to buy a special ticket.
7) It’s a good idea to check out www.bts.co.th before you go. Once you’re there you’ll find BTS Tourist Information Centres at the Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations, and you can pick up a really handy BTS city map at any of the stops. Lost your way? You can call the BTS hotline: +66 (0) 2617 7300.
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