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Transportation

Transportation

Yes, Bangkok's traffic is notorious - with good reasons. It's very easy to get caught up in gridlock traffic any time of the day or night, and waste a lot of valuable time in the process. However, with excellent and modern public transport systems in place, Bangkok is surprisingly easy to navigate your way around.

The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites and attractions at the riverside. Taxis are cheap and appear on virtually every corner at almost any time. Tuk-tuks, once a big Bangkok attraction, are slowly disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport, but are still worth a ride at least once.

 

Transit System

The Bangkok Transit System (BTS) or Skytrain, an elevated rail system which crosses the city and connects many of the most popular areas, has made life a whole lot easier.
Also, the Mass Rapid Transit underground network (MRT) has been a welcome and well-used addition to Bangkok's public transport network since its hi-tech doors sprung open back in July 2004. With a capacity to whiz 40,000 passengers per hour in each direction, trains every five minutes in peak times (07:00 - 09:00, 16:00 - 19:00) and every seven minutes at other times, it is easily the most preferred choice.

 

Bus

A regular bus service operates throughout Bangkok as well as to adjoining provinces around the clock on certain routes. Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum fare of 7 baht to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses have minimum and maximum fares of 11 and 24 baht, respectively.

 

Taxi

Besides the BTS and MRT, the easiest and most convenient way to get around Bangkok is by taxi. Most taxis are new, spacious and, in addition to the traditional green-yellow and red-blue, they also come in funky colours like bright orange, red and even pink. Taxis are metered, with minimum fare of 35 baht and charged by distance and waiting time. Another option is motorbike taxis. They're fast and efficient, but not for everyone.

 

Tuk-tuk

The fare for tuk-tuks and motocys is negotiable between passenger and driver