Familiarizing Yourself with Public Transportation in Bangkok

One of the most in-demand tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, Bangkok enjoys a consistently high statistics of tourist arrival every year. People coming from all parts of the world, flock in to the beautiful ‘Land of Smiles’ to experience the exciting and unique culture of Thailand.

As the capital city of the said country, Bangkok is the political, cultural, entertainment and financial center. The place exhibits the marvelous fusion of these social divisions, creating a spectacular spectacle worth witnessing.

All it takes is to avail flights to Bangkok.  But to get around, there are several options to get familiar with:

City Line Airport Rail Link – This is basically a separate rail network that connects the Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the main city in a matter of 15-30 minutes. It is connected to BTS via the Makkasan Station.

The City Line is a blue train.

City Line Airport Rail Link (Blue Train)

City Line Airport Rail Link (Blue Train)

Taxi – Bangkok’s roads are basically dominated by taxis. Locals and foreigners alike can go to wherever part of the city with this comfortable mode of transportation. But sometimes, it can be a little daunting too, especially because traffic in Bangkok is often congested. Plus, there are lots of issues going on about scamming taxi drivers. Commuting tourists should therefore always be careful.

taxi in Bangkok

One of the many colorful taxis in Bangkok

Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain – One of the easiest ways to get to famous places around Bangkok is through the Bangkok Train System. Being in operation for just more than a decade, it has served millions of daily commuters already. It has two lines (Sukhumvit and Silom) and fares range between 15 and 40 Baht, one way. It is also known as the Skytrain.

Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain

Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain

Mass Rail Transportation – Also known as the Metro, the MRT is another convenient way to get transported to places around the city. It is the portal to connect commuters to the northern part of Bangkok, and has stop in the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Mass Rail Transportation (MRT)

Mass Rail Transportation (MRT)| Credits: GoBangkok

Motorbike Taxi – Definitely unique, motorbike taxis are the usual options for commuters who are rushing to get to their destinations. Defying the congested traffic is never a problem because motors can overtake cars easily. It is cheap and adventurous, but some drivers can be totally reckless that passengers can end up bruised, scratched or wounded. But at least, helmets are available.

Motorbike taxis in Bangkok

The Motorbike Taxi drivers in uniform | Credits: ThaiCentrum

Tuktuk – They say that no tour around Bangkok will ever be complete without riding a tuktuk. There are tri-cycled vehicles quite native to Thailand. Locals don’t usually prefer this, especially because it has no meter. But tourists are often convinced and drivers usually take advantage. Sad but true.

Tuktuk

Tuktuk

Bus – Yes, there are buses in Bangkok but it’s as if those who have stayed in the city for like a few months will understand this system. There’s no definite timetable and it can be quite behind the schedule all the time. Tourists are advised to try this mode of transportation only if coming with a person familiar with it.

Bangkok's Public bus

Bangkok’s Public bus

A private tour bus

A private tour bus in the city

There is a possibility for people to rent cars to use to get around. However, a person able to visit the city or go on Bangkok city tour will most likely want to stay within the budget, so commuting will be the best idea. Generally, using the public transportation in the city is safe as long as people are informed. Tourists are then advised to get to know more things about these things before flying off to the city. That’s the best way to fully enjoy the experience.

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