Use a Chao Phraya River Express boat to get around in Bangkok or to take a sightseeing tour along the city’s main river enjoying a cool river breeze. The river express runs from Nonthaburi in the North to Rat Burana in the South, a distance of over 20 kilometers. A Chao Phraya boat trip provides for an enjoyable way to see the city from the river. Good views can be had of some of Bangkok’s most famous sites such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (the temple of Dawn) from a river boat.
Five Chao Phraya Express lines
Five lines serve the river namely the local, green, yellow and orange express line and the Chao Phraya tourist boat (blue), recognizable by the color of the flag at the back of the boat. The most frequent services are provided by the orange and blue lines. Boats of the green, yellow and local lines run only on weekdays during morning and afternoon rush hour.
The orange line runs from Nonthaburi N30 to Wat Rajsingkorn S3. Service is daily several times per hour from 6 am until 7 pm. One way fare is 15 Thai Baht.
Tourist boat, blue line
The blue flag tourist boat runs from Sathorn to Phra Arthit. Service is daily every 30 minutes from 9.30 am until 5.30 pm. One way tickets are 40 Baht. A one day pass valid for an unlimited number of rides is 150 Baht.
The local line does not display a flag. Boats stop at every pier from Rajsingkorn S3 to Nonthaburi N30. Service is every 20 minutes from 6.45 am until 7.30 am and 4 pm until 4.30 pm on weekdays. Fares are between 10 and 20 Baht depending on distance.
The green line runs from Pak Kret in Nonthaburi to Sathorn. Service is from 6.10 am until 8.10 am and 4.05 pm until 6.05 pm on weekdays. Fares are 13 to 32 Baht depending on distance.
The yellow line runs from Nonthaburi N30 to Rat Burana S4. Service is from 6.05 am until 8.20 am and 4 pm until 8 pm on weekdays. Fares are 20 to 29 Baht depending on distance.
Fares can be paid on the boat or at the kiosk on the pier. Passengers can connect to the BTS Sky Train at Saphan Taksin.
Sights near Chao Phraya River Express piers
Many of Bangkok’s sights are located along the Chao Phraya river. When the city became Thailand’s capital in the 18th century, the historic district Rattanakosin with the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho was build on the river banks.
N4 Marine Department: Holy Rosary Church
Rachawongse N5 pier: Chinatown
Memorial bridge N6 pier: Saphan Phut night market, Pak Khlong Talat flower market
Rajinee N7 pier: Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha), Santa Cruz Portuguese catholic church (with river ferry)
Tha Tien N8 pier: Wat Pho, Wat Arun (with river ferry)
Tha Chang N9 pier: Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace, Wat Mahathat, National Museum
Phra Pin Klao bridge N12 pier: Royal barges museum, Wang Lang market
Phra Arthit N13 pier: Khao San road, National Art Gallery, Phra Sumen fort
Thewet N15 pier (about 2 kilometers): Dusit Palace, Vimanmek Mansion, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Wat Benchamabophit
Pak Kret N33 pier: Koh Kret
Rama VIII bridge N14 pier: Rama VIII bridge
Asiatique pier: Asiatique riverside shopping, dining and entertainment complex, Calypso cabaret, Muay Thai boxing show