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Get Around In Bangkok – A Transportation Guide

Bangkok is a huge city and it is can be a little confusing before you get there to figure out how to get to your next destination. This guide will help you to figure out how to get around in Bangkok easily.

Airport City Link

When you arrive in Bangkok at the Suvarnabhumi international Airport you have the option to take the Airport City Link that connects you with the city within 15 to 30 minutes depending on which train you take. The Express Service takes you to Makkasan,  from where you can switch to the MRT line, in 15 minutes and the regular train in 30. The Express Service costs 150 THB and the normal service 45 Baht.

Taxi

Bangkok is a taxi city which can be compared to New York. A Bangkokian normally drives around with his car anywhere he goes. It is annoying cause the traffic moves very slowly most time of the day. Anyways, taxi is the most comfortable way to get around. Prices start at 30 baht and then cost you a couple of baht every hundred meters. For a distance of 10 kilometers you usually pay around 70 Baht.

If you arrive at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport DON’T go to the taxi stand downstairs. Go to the Departure Area, which is located on the third floor, and take a taxi from there. This way you save 50 Baht Airport fee. The taxi ride from the Airport to the city costs around 200 Baht.

REMEMBER: ALWAYS DRIVE WITH THE METER ON… Make no deals with taxi drivers. They often want to rip you off…

BTS

The Bangkok Transit System has been in service since a couple of years. It is incredible that a city like Bangkok only has a Mass Transport system since 13 years. The BTS connects you easily with most places of interest in the city. The fares depend on the distance you are driving and vary between 15 to 40 baht one way. They have daily tickets, three day tickets and monthly subscriptions. If you stay longer than three days it might be worth to buy a card to top up. This way you only pay what you travel but don’t need to cue up for buying tickets once you have topped up your card with a desired amount.

 

MRT

Also like the BTS the Mass Rail Transportation System is operating since a couple of years. The Metro has one line which connects you from the train station hualomphong to Bang Sue. Connecting you to places like the Chatuchak Market in the north of the city.

Motorbike Taxi

During rush hour the bike taxis are a great alternative for a short distance ride since they get through between the cars. They are cheap and quick and adventurous. Just be careful with your knees since the drivers drive between the cars it happens that your knees will touch a standing car…


Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuks are there mostly for tourists or farmers who transport their good from to a market. They have no meter and you have to make a deal with the driver. They will mostly overcharge you. If they offer you a very cheap day tour they will probably take you from one shop to another where they get a commission for each person they bring!

Bus

Buses in Bangkok are very unreliable and have no timetable. If you haven’t spent a long time in the city you probably won’t understand which bus goes where and when. As a visitor it is safer to stick to the transportation methods mentioned above.

Did you find this guide helpful? Would love to hear your opinion in the comments below.


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27 comments on “Get Around In Bangkok – A Transportation Guide

  1. Federico on

    I usually take the bus from the airport into the city- it’s very cheap and comfortable enough. Oh, and there’s a great restaurant in the floor you mention, very cheap and fantastic to get make taste buds happy as soon as you get there!

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  2. Dian Edelman on

    Seeing as I am finally venturing into the city this coming weekend, this guide if perfect timing! Thanks for the tips Hope i remember to head to Departures to catch a cab there!

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  3. Alex on

    I love taking on the Bangkok cab drivers! Nothing feels as good as finally convincing one to take you on the meter, and paying a fraction of what the scammer cabs were quoting you.

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    • sebastian on

      Exactly… I got scammed on the day I arrived there… 400 baht for a ride of 5 minutes… never again!!! At the end they paid me to drive with them… but that is a story for a different post 🙂

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  4. Katharina on

    I agree on the Tuktuk part (yet it is funny to go somewhere close by Tuktuk, even if it’s overpriced). We would have used more taxis, had we known how cheap they were.

    Adding I would say: never order a taxi to the airport at your hostel. They’ll sell it to you at a silly high fixed price.

    About busses: don’t be too scared. If you stay somewhere where only busses run (like the Khao San Area), look at you guidebook, it’ll most likely tell you some bus numbers and where they are going, then you just have to hop on a bus in the right direction 😉 No, honestly, we went from the shopping mall junction back to Khao San Road for 9 Bhat each without a problem. BTW, something we weren’t sure about either but: just get in, someone selling tickets will come by and sell you one.

    And you forgot another good way to get around in Bangkok: ferries. Public transport by boat has been my favourite ever since I spend a year in Sydney. And going by ferry in Bangkok is not expensive and a good way to get a different view on the city.

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  5. Dave Collins on

    This is a really useful guide. It might be worth adding a point about walking. A lot of first-time visitors to Bangkok look at a map and think “Bah, I can walk that.” Then after a few blocks of extreme heat, broken pavements (sidewalks) and random cars, buses and motorbikes trying to run them over, they wish they’d got the MRT or a nice air-conditioned cab. You say Bangkok is like New York. I think it’s more like LA: sprawling, confusing and a place where nobody walks.

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  6. john on

    Very good post. I’m going on regular basis to Bangkok and I’m always using BTS and MRT, both transport are excellent and time saving (specially when you know the perpetual road traffic jam)

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  7. Limousine In Washington DC on

    Thanks for sharin such a useful for post it realy Osum for me and those who like to travel and vist such a beautiful city and country like bangkok and ilke word tuk tuk i think its called be a auto…

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  8. Nici @Travelingandtha on

    Very useful although I think the motorbike taxis should come with a health warning. Had a pretty hairy experience with them. Almost lost my knee caps and had to close my eyes as we sped up the pavement, dodging pedestrians, and made a U-turn in one way traffic!
    Also, loved getting the bus back from Central Shopping Centre to Khao San. Was super cheap, around 20 baht if I remember rightly and felt like a local (albeit an enormous glowing white sweaty one!)

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  9. Ashley Green on

    The tuk tuks and MRT seem very interesting. But as mentioned in one post, the place is crowded and walking is really difficult. Trains are very helpful for transportation.

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  10. office movers on

    OK I will come next month to Bangkok !!!! is it possible for me to book online taxi ?? Because I don’t know about any travel agency even I haven’t faith on any one so plzz corporate me..Thanks

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  11. Charles Rahm (@DWJustTravel) on

    This is an extremely useful post. The BTS is a good way of getting around in my opinion. Not so much a way of getting around, but a very pleasant way to explore is to hire a boat at the Kha floating market as I did. You can read about my experiences on my personal travel blog. I do hope that this helps anyone heading to Thailand.
    http://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/index.php/asiapacific/thailand/item/101-two-floating-markets#.Uc156PnVA7I

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  12. Lorry Service Singapore on

    Any city will be beautiful and huge if it compared to the New York. Nice post because it provides the complete road map which is helpful for Bangkok visitor. Tuk Tuk part is very interesting.

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  13. Movers Packers Delhi on

    Is it possible for me to book online air ticket because I want to visit tempting and beautiful city Bangkok. I think taxi service is very comfortable for first visitor in Bangkok. Very informative post.What a visitor can expect more than this??

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