Trains are as clean as Japanese subways, and the ease of using them whenever you want, without the hassle of negotiating prices, of course, makes them an indispensable vehicle for sightseeing in Bangkok!
Train is the way to go for sightseeing in Bangkok!
There are many ways to get around Bangkok, including tuk-tuks, cabs and buses.
However, the best way to get around Bangkok is by train, such as the BTS (Skytrain) or MRT (Metro)!
Why I recommend taking the train in Bangkok
1. Traffic jam is too much in Bangkok!
Traffic jams occur everywhere in big cities, not just in Bangkok.
But in Bangkok, the traffic jams are not as bad as in other cities!
It usually takes 15-20 minutes to get there by cab, but during the morning and evening rush hours, it can take up to an hour.
On the other hand, the train is never congested and is rarely late, so you can get there on time!
A retired bus in Japan is now living a second life in Thailand.
2. Tuk-tuks and cabs will rip you off, so be careful!
After all, you’ve come to Thailand and you want to ride a tuk-tuk!
But be careful! They will almost always try to rip you off (laughs).
If the price is acceptable to you, you can try the tuk-tuk experience!
A good rule of thumb is 100 baht (about $3.40) for a 20-minute ride.
Maybe it was because we had ridden 300 baht worth of distance, but the driver was in a good mood.
Cabs are mostly safe because they have meters, but some cabs do not have meters, so look around the driver’s seat before you get in.
Also, cabs that are red (pink) or yellow and green usually have meters.
But be careful at night (after 9pm)!
Even if the cab has a meter
(1) Don’t use the meter
(2) The price is negotiable (almost impossible to get a discount).
(3) The price is more than three times the metered price.
(4) All cabs are the same price.
(4) All the taxis are the same price (strong>), a situation that has been seen in other Asian cities (such as Shanghai and Indonesia).
I was bewildered by the gap from the lack of business spirit during the daytime (laughs).
(laughs) So, the best way to save money is to take the train when it is available!
Cab meters. Always check before you get in!
There is a price list.
However, it is not valid at night.
The first train leaves at 5:00 and the last train leaves at midnight, which is convenient
When I visited in 2015, there was no last train at midnight and the station was closed.
However, when I revisited in December 2018, I was surprised to find that there was still the last train after midnight.
I checked and found out that the service hours had been extended somehow.
You can also check the first and last train times on the official website.
Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) and Bangkok Metro BTS Route Map
Reference: Bangkok Skytrain│https://www.bts.co.th/eng/
There are four major railroads that run through Bangkok.
・Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)
・Bangkok Metro (MRT)
・Airport Rail Link: connecting Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
・Thai National Railways: JR in Japan, used to travel to other cities such as Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai.
Of these, (1) BTS and (2) MRT are mainly used for transportation within Bangkok.
However, these two are different companies, so you need to buy a ticket each time.
In Japan, it’s like the relationship between Tokyo Metro and private railways like Tokyu and Odakyu.
(3) The Airport Air Link is also not uncommon, but unless the nearest station to your hotel, such as the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, is on this line, it is unlikely that you will have a chance to ride it as a tourist.
(4) The Thai National Railways is intended for travel to other cities, so there are not many trains to use in Bangkok, and there are no stations near tourist spots, so there are no opportunities to use it.
The fare for both (1) BTS and (2) MRT is the same as in Japan and depends on the distance.
How to ride the BTS and MRT
The way to get on the BTS and MRT is the same as in Japan.
I’ll explain it here with pictures so that it’s easier to understand.
Automatic ticket machine
The main difference from Japanese trains is the ticket.
Instead of a paper ticket, the BTS uses an IC card, and the MRT uses a plastic coin with an IC chip.
1.Ticket vending machines are similar to those in Japan.
The MRT ticket machines do not accept paper money, so you will need to prepare some coins or buy a ticket at a manned counter.
If you only have paper money, go to a manned counter. If you have only paper bills, go to the manned counter, but it is very crowded.
2.The screen of the ticket machine looks like this, so choose English
You’ll get a screen like this.
Zoom in further…
On this screen, select the station you want to get off at.
3. The fare is displayed. Select the number of people to ride.
When the fare is displayed, select the number of passengers.
You can check the fare to your destination on the fare table. It’s the same as in Japan.
4. Insert your money and you will get an IC card (MRT is plastic coins).
Rabbit cards (IC cards) save time!
The BTS is cheap and convenient, but the only drawback is that you can’t use paper money in the ticket machines.
This is really inconvenient!
You have to wait in line at the ticket counter, but there are so many people like you that you often have to wait in line for 5 to 10 minutes….
In such cases, the Rabbit Card comes in handy!
It is a chargeable IC card just like Suica, Pasmo, and ICOCA, and you can board the train just by touching it at the ticket gate.
When you’re in a hurry or there’s a line of people, it’s very convenient to be able to get on the train directly!
・Issuance fee: 100 baht ($3.40)
・Initial deposit: 100 baht ($3.40)
But the deposit can be more than 100 baht from the beginning.
・100 Baht increments
・Up to 4,000 baht ($136) is possible.
You can recharge at BTS manned counters, McDonald’s, MBK food courts, etc.
→where you can recharge.
You can also get a refund, but not at a station counter like in Japan, but at a refund center, and the money will not be returned immediately.
It is recommended that you charge only what you will use so that you can use up as much as possible.
The card is valid for two years from the date you last used it, so if you have a chance to go back, you can use it again!
Where you can use it
And many more!
→Where Rabbit Cards are accepted
However, please note that this does not work on the MRT or Airport Rail Link, even on the same train!
Entry and exit at the ticket gate
A view of the ticket gate.
1. When you enter the station, you touch your IC card on the ticket gate. This is the same way as Suica, Pasmo, and other IC cards in Japan.
2.When you get off the train, throw the ticket into the slot just like a paper ticket in Japan, and you will be taken out of the ticket gate.
Let’s take a train ride!
The information board at the station tells you which direction to go.
It’s also written in English, so you don’t have to worry.
Security and precautions
The train ride is almost the same as the one in Japan, so there is nothing to be careful about.
There is nothing to be concerned about. I feel that subways in Europe are more dangerous.
However, there are still pickpockets and theft, so you should be aware that you are abroad and be careful.
If you feel even a little uneasy, we recommend taking a cab.
Train is the way to go in Bangkok!
The best way to get around Bangkok is by train because it is cheap, accurate, traffic jam free and easy to get around!
Convenient, fast, and inexpensive, the train is a strong ally for tourists in Bangkok.
It’s convenient, fast, and inexpensive, making it a great ally for anyone touring Bangkok. If you’re planning to visit Bangkok, be sure to take advantage of it!
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