Travel and Transportation in Bangkok
Bangkok Transport | Getting around in Bangkok
The Bangkok Mass Transit System, or BTS Skytrain, opened for service in 1999 and literally revolutionized Bangkok's transportation system. Trips that once took an hour can now be completed in less than 10 minutes, as the Skytrain whizzes above Bangkok's gridlocked streets.
The Skytrain service operates from 6.00 a.m. to midnight. A regular ticket is valid for 90 minutes. You may also get a day ticket, which is valid for unlimited trips.
A number of local and international car hire companies operate in Bangkok, including Hertz, National and Avis. Local car rental companies are typically cheaper, but these are not always properly insured. Be sure to fill up the tank before you return your rental - it is always cheaper than the expensive fee you would otherwise be charged.
Hiring a car and driving yourself around may be nothing short of heroic, as Bangkok's traffic is rated among the worst in the world, with confusing road signage and debatable driving standards. Hiring a driver or guide may be well worth your money.
Numerous river taxis and longtail boats ply routes along the waterways of the Chao Phraya River. They offer a faster, more interesting alternative for getting around Bangkok. Traveling by riverboat also makes for a great sightseeing trip, as many of Bangkok's tourist attractions are accessible by river boat.
You can purchase a daily pass, which enables you to travel to any destination along the route, as many times as you like. You also get a map along with a free water bottle.
Bangkok's Micro Bus service operates routes that run through all the city's best districts. They are an inexpensive way to get around Bangkok and explore its sights. Unlike many Asian bus services, these small, air-conditioned buses do not allow standing in the aisles.
It will cost you a flat fee of 20 baht, which you will pay as you enter the bus. This allows you to travel as far as you want to go. Keep your ticket on hand all through the trip, as Micro Buses have ticket inspectors.
Also called the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), the Bangkok Metro is the city's underground metro system. It wasopened in 2004, and has since become one of the most popular ways to get around the city. Thais call it Rot Fai Fah (car with fire in the air).
A contectless ticketing system is used, with round black tokens for single trips and stored value cards issued for for those who travel frequently.
By Tuk Tuk
Bangkok's ubiquitous tuku-tuks are so named for the sound of their engines. They are, essentially, motorized rickshaws. Fares are negotiable, however, you must bargain on the price before you set off, otherwise the driver will more often than not quote you a ridiculously high price and an unpleasant situation may ensue.
Taxis are cheap and comfortable way to get around. There are thousands available in the city, so catching one is rarely a problem. A surcharge applies in traffic jams, which is 1.25 baht per meter when driving under 6km per hour.
The two-tone yellow and green taxis are the most widely recommended because it is the vehicle owners who drive them.