Bangkok traffic can make getting around in the city a challenging and time consuming task. The BTS Sky Train, an elevated electric train often proves to be the quickest way to get around. The service is cheap, reliable and very frequent, the cars are clean.
Two lines serve the city, the Sukhumvit line and the Silom line. They intersect at Siam station in the center of Bangkok’s business district. The Sukhumvit line runs from Bearing in South East Bangkok to to Mo Chit North of downtown. Trains run about every 5 minutes from 5.15 am until midnight. The Silom line runs from the National Stadium in Pathum Wan district to Bang Wa across the Chao Phraya river in Nonthaburi. Trains run about every 5 minutes from 5.30 am until midnight.
Buying BTS Sky Train tickets
Tickets can be bought at ticketing machines at every BTS station and can only be paid for in cash. Fares depend on the distance and vary from 15 to a little over 50 Thai Baht one way.
Check the fare information board next to the ticketing machine and find your destination station. The number in the circle next to the station name is the one way fare. Select this fare on the ticket machine and insert coins. Walk to the entry gate and insert the ticket. The machine scans the ticket and returns it. Hold on to it and insert it again at the exit station.
Several discount passes are available at BTS ticket offices including a one day pass at 140 Baht which is valid for an unlimited rides on both BTS sky train lines on the date of issue.
Attractions near BTS Sky Train stations
The BTS Sky Train is often the easiest and quickest way to get to Bangkok’s sights and attractions.
Siam station: Siam Paragon and Central World shopping malls, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Kidzania, Sea Life Ocean World
National Stadium: MBK, Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center shopping malls and Jim Thompson House
Mo Chit: Chatuchak weekend market and Mo Chit bus station to North Thailand destinations
Saphan Taksin: Chao Phraya Express river boat service, Wat Yannawa (the boat temple)
Chit Lom: Erawan shrine, Central Chidlom department store
Phrom Phong: Emporium shopping mall
Victory Monument: Phayathai Palace, Victory Monument
Ekamai: Flight Experience
Connect to MRT, Airport Rail Link and Chao Phraya Express
At several BTS Sky Train stations passengers can change to the MRT, the underground train that runs from Hualamphong to Bang Sue. Change to Sukhumvit MRT station at Asok, to Si Lom MRT station at Sala Daeng and to Chatuchak Park MRT at Mo Chit.
To catch a Chao Phraya river express boat get to Saphan Taksin sky train station on the Silom line. To get to Bangkok international airport, change to the Airport Rail Link at Phaya Thai station on the Sukhumvit line.