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. At present there are only two lines, Sukhumvit and Silom, with 24 stations. The BTS is being extended with new stations under construction.

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
    Open: 08:00-20:00
  • For information on routes and a map: Click here

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 a certain height pay a lower fare. Children under 90cm travel for free.

Stored value cards known as Smart Passes are available and are valid for five years from the date of first use but need to be topped up with additional credit within two years. Passengers can also purchase 30-day passes for adults or students. Day passes are also available allowing unlimited travel for one day. To use a Smart Pass, passengers just have to tap the card on the Card Reader at the automatic gates.

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.

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 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 Student 30-Day Pass, the Adult 30-Day Pass, 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 wheel chairs.

Animals

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