Float over the city by train
Those who come for the first time to Bangkok will soon notice that at certain times, the roads are jammed with cars and making progress can be difficult.
Fortunately (since 1999) there is the elevated train or BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System), highly valued by visitors and locals. It is comprised of two lines with 35 stations and is used daily by up to 500,000 commuters.
The BTS Skytrain connects with the stations Sala Daeng / Silom, Asok / Sukhumvit and Chatuchak / Mo Chit via the Bangkok subway (MRT). However, tickets for the Skytrain cannot be used on the subway nor visa-versa.
A ride on the Skytrain costs between 15 and 45 Baht. You can reach in flight most shopping malls and the hotel quarters Silom and Sukhumvit.
At the station, Phaya Thai, you can change to the Airport Railway Link for the International Airport of Bangkok.
How to get the ticket
Most BTS stations are accessible by an escalator. Next to the ticket counters are small change offices where you can exchange notes for coins.
On the ticket automats, enter the number of the desired station and insert coins into the slot. The station number corresponds to the fare for your ticket the machines take 1, 5 and 10 baht coins. Some ticket machines have a touch screen and the ability to print up to four individual tickets per transaction. These new machines additionally accept, 20, 50 and 100 baht notes.
How to ride BTS
Insert your magnetic ticket into the slot at the automatic entry gate of the BTS. Collect your ticket from the top slot, which you will need later. The gate will open and you should pass through quickly. Pregnant women, children and old people will be lead through a special entrance by the stations staff.
The trains are air-conditioned and very cold, so we would recommend you wear something warm.
Above the doors of the train, a display shows the current station but the stations are also announced in English.
At your destination, you will need your ticket to leave the station.
The route network of BTS Skytrain
The Sukhumvit Line goes from Bearing to the end station Mo Chit and has 22 stations.
- Bang Na
- Udom Suk
- Bang Chak
- On Nut
- Phra Khanong
- Ekamai – The Bus Station Ekamai.
- Thong Lo
- Phrom Phong
- Asok – connecting services to Terminal 21 Shopping Center
- Nana – Landmark Hotel and Nana nightclub district
- Phloen Chit
- Chit Lom – Skywalk to Central World Plaza and Erwan Schrein
- Siam – connecting services to BTS Silom-Linie, Central World Plaza, Siam Paragon and Siam Center.
- Phaya Thai – connecting services to Suvarnabhumi Airport Link.
- Victory Monument.
- Sanam Pao
- Saphan Khwai
- Mo Chit – connecting services to MRT, Chatuchak Weekend Market.
There are 13 Silom Line stations.
- National Stadium – Shopping Malls: Siam Discovery Center, Tokyu Department Store and MBK Center
- Siam – connecting services to Sukhumvit-Line
- Sala Daeng – connecting services to MRT stop Silom, Lumphini Park, Patpong Night Market
- Chong Nonsi
- Saphan Taksin – connecting services at Sathon Pier to the boats hotels
- Krung Thon Buri
- Wongwian Yai
- Pho Nimit
- Thalat Plue
- Bang Wa