Bangkok Sky Train and Metro

Details and contact information on the BTS Sky Train and MRT Metro transport systems in Bangkok...

The Sky Train and MRT metro systems make travel around the capital easier.

BTS Sky Train (rot fai faa)

Launched in December 1999 the BTS Sky Train has greatly improved travel around the Central Business District of Bangkok. There are two lines, Sukhumvit and Silom have recently been extended and there are now 48 stations. No food or drink is allowed inside the stations.

There are BTS Tourist Information Centres at Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations. Just before the train arrives at a station the driver or a recorded message announces the station name.

  • Tel: 02 617 7340-2  
    Hotline: 02 617 6000                                                                                                                                                                                            Tourist Centre: 02 617 7341
    Open: 08:00-20:00
  • For information on routes and a map

Tickets

The sky trains run from 06:00-midnight and the fare is based on distance travelled. Normal tickets are valid for 90 minutes and can be bought from any BTS Station Ticket Office.

There are various tickets and passes that can be purchased which give discounts on the normal fare. Children under 90cm in height travel for free.

Stored value cards known as the Rabbit Card are available and are valid for seven years from the date of first use. They can be topped up with credit or used to buy a set number of pre-paid trips valid for 30 days at a discounted rate. There are three types of Rabbit Card. The standard adult Rabbit, the student Rabbit card for full time students under 23 and the senior Rabbit card for over 60s.

·         For more information on the Rabbit Card

 

Services for the disabled

Each station is on two levels with ticketing services on the lower levels and the train platform on the upper level which can create problems for those with reduced mobility. At the moment there are elevators which can be used with the help of staff at the following stations: Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, On Nut and Chong Nonsi. There are plans to improve facilities in the other stations.

Animals

Animals are not allowed on the sky train. Guide dogs only are permitted.

MRT (Metro)

The Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited runs the Bangkok Metro (MRT or Bangkok Subway). There are 18 stations and trains run from 06:00-midnight, serving the centre of Bangkok. Trains run every five minutes during peak hours and every seven minutes the rest of the time. There is a station next to the main train station in Bangkok – Hualamphong Station. Extensions to the MRT are being planned.

Tickets

Fares depend on the distance travelled and 30-day promotional passes and Smart Cards can be purchased at all stations. Children under a certain height pay a lower fare. Tickets can be bought from ticket offices at the stations or from automatic vending machines.

Passes are available, such as the Adult Store Valued Card as well as cards for business travellers, children and the elderly.

Services for the disabled

All metro stations have lifts for disabled passengers and assistance will be given if requested. The trains have locks for wheelchairs.

Animals

No animals other than guide dogs may go on the Metro.