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Travelling within Bangkok

Although traffic can be heavy at times, getting around Bangkok is relatively easy thanks to a well-integrated and inexpensive transport system of public buses, taxis, limousines, motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and mass transit.

  • Taxis : a large number of taxis ply Bangkok's streets 24-7. Look for the Taxi Meter sign on top and make sure the cabbie turns on the meter. Fares begin at 35 baht (roughly US$ 1) and increase according to distance traveled.
  • Mass Transit : the city's mass transit system consists of an elevated and underground rail service through the downtown area, providing links to city hotels, shopping malls, entertainment areas, business districts and the river. Both are air-conditioned, with signage and directions in Thai and English, and operate from 6am to midnight daily. Both systems are linked with change-over stations at three locations. As yet there is no common ticket.
  • BTS Skytrain : elevated electric trains transport Bangkok's commuters in wide air-conditioned carriages, running every 3-5 minutes at peak times and slightly longer off-peak, providing a quick, reliable and efficient service. The Skytrain has two routes, the Sukhumvit Line and Silom Line, with a changeover station at Siam Square. Fares are based on distance traveled.
  • MRT Subway : the underground rail system complements the BTS Skytrain in moving commuters around central Bangkok through a special tunnel system. Lifts and escalators provide access to the trains. The MRT system has 18 stations running from Hua Lamphong railway station to the northern bus terminal at Mor Chit.