River Buses in Bangkok

Information on river bus services in Bangkok, including how to buy tickets...

River boats run throughout the day. Some just offer a service directly across the river, but others travel from the north of Bangkok to the south. They have different coloured flags which indicate the number of stops and the speed at which they travel. A boat with no flag will stop at all piers.

The Chao Phraya Express Boat company has a number of express boats, rental boats and tourist boats. Cross river boats can be found at most of the centrally located piers. Long tail boats (as well as other boats) are available for rent from the Chao Phraya Express Boat company by calling a day in advance and telling them which pier you would like to be picked up from. Rentals are for a maximum of 16 people and a minimum of 2 hours.

  • Chao Phraya Express Boat
    : 78/24-29 Maharaj Rd, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200
    Tel: 02 222 5330 / 02 225 3003
    Hotline: 02 623 6143
    Fax: 02 225 3002
  • For further information on the different boat services and coloured flags: Click here


Tickets can be bought at the pier or on the boat. Only single journey tickets are available apart from one special tourist boat that offers unlimited trips in one day for a fixed price. Information can be found at the ticket office at the pier. The cost of tickets depends on the type of boat which is indicated by the colour of the flag it is flying.

Pier location is in English as well as Thai.

Assistance for the disabled

Assistance will be provided for disabled, ask for help when buying the ticket and they will send someone to help the person on and off the boat.


Animals are not allowed on boats.