You are arriving in Bangkok and you want to go from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khao San Road. And now? The transport in Bangkok can be confusing. It is not easy to find the best, fastest and cheapest way to go around. We will give you a short overview about the transport in Bangkok
How to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khao San Road
The simplest and cheapest way to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khao San Road is to take the Airport Rail Link (ARL) City Line train to Makkasan Station (20 minutes, 35 baht) and then a #556 bus at the bus stop immediately in front of the doors to the station (35 baht). Don’t take an Airport Express train – you’ll pay a lot extra to save 5 minutes.
Taxis are super cheap in Thailand.
Just take a taxi. Including road tolls, the cost will be around 400 Baht through the day, or around 500 Bhat at night, and it will be the fastest option. All taxis are legally required to use a meter – and make sure that they do as it will be the cheapest option. In general taxis from the airport will use a meter without you asking, but taxis TO the airport will often try and set a fixed price – if they refuse to use the meter just get another taxi.
While the Skytrain and the metro are convenient ways of getting to many places in Bangkok, there is no connection to Khao San Road.
Puplic transport in Bangkok
The Skytrain is an efficient and convenient way to navigate around the inner city. Fares are based on the number of stops (or stations) you will pass and start at 15฿ and top out at 52฿ for a one-way journey. It is a very high tech, modern and smooth elevated train that runs through the main business districts. Train stations are well marked and well tended and trains run very often, with little or no wait times. You can take the skytrain to the river and then use the river boats to visit the Grand Palace and other major sites. The service ends at midnight. Here is their English language website: Link
Taxis are cheap and fares start at 35 Baht. Make sure the meter is on and showing 35 baht. All taxis are metered but some drivers will try to negotiate a fixed fare with tourists. This is not allowed and should not be done. The meter runs on a combination of both distance and time, so the BTS or MRT are always a better bet if it covers your destination.
Chao Phraya River Express Boat
In a city with traffic like Bangkok, an even easier way to experience a bit of Bangkok is to hop on the Chao Phrya Express boats that run along the river in both directions. A boat runs at least every 20 minutes, but in the rush hours and during high season they run about every 5 minutes. For 20 baht you could ride the express boat for locals from the “Central Pier” (Ta Sathorn Pier, under the Saphan Taksin BTS station) all the way to the end of the line at Nonthaburi, a fascinating journey of about an hour. It’s also a fast way to get to the Grand Palace at Ta Chang Pier, and other interesting locations. Try to get onto a local’s boat not the tourist one. There are cross river ferry boats from several of the piers to visit Thorburi and Wat Arun. Check out the Chao River Express Boat Map by clicking here
Express Boat Line :
1. Local Line Boat (06.20 am. – 08.20 am., 03.00 pm. – 05.30 pm.)
Round trip services from Nonthaburi Pier to Wat Rajsingkorn Pier stopping at 34 piers
2. Express Boat (Orange Flag) (05.50 am. – 07.00 pm.)
Round trip services from Nonthaburi Pier to Wat Rajsingkorn Pier stopping at 18 piers
3. Express Boat (Yellow Flag) (06.15 am. – 08.35 am., 03.30 pm. – 08.00 pm.)
Round trip services from Nonthaburi Pier to Ratburana Pier stopping at 10 piers
4. Express Boat (Green-Yellow Flag) (06.15 am. – 08.05 am., 04.05 pm. – 06.05 pm.)
Round trip services from Pakkret Pier to Sathon Pier stopping at 12 piers.
Exploring the Khlongs of Bangkok
On the opposite bank to the Grand Palace (Thonburi side) there’s a network ofcanales. Hire a tailboat for a peek. If you want a more informative visit, take a group or private tour. Watertaxis also operate along some of the main canals (Klong Saenseap) on the Bangkok side.
Every day you’ll see commuters, saffron-robed monks and school children speeding by on fast river taxis, overtaking the heavily laden rice barges making their journey upriver. For the visitor, the river provides a fascinating contrast of the old and the new, with some of Bangkok’s most revered temples standing alongside warehouses, old wooden houses, new residential blocks and prestigious five-star hotels.
The Subway (MRT) is a welcome addition to the Skytrain and gives access to more areas than the Skytrain already does. There are interchange stations at Silom and at Asoke where you have the possibility to change from the subway to the Skytrain and the other way around, but the systems are independent of each other and not very handy to use in tandem. Magnetic chips and cards can be bought at the counter or the available machines. Cards can be recharged at the counter with any amount once they are used up. Here is their English language website: Link
An Airport Express rail link between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Makkasan (red line) is a very quick way to get from the airport to town, but the link also extends past Makkasan to the Phaya Thai station (blue line) as well, taking an additional fifteen minutes . The trains link to the BTS Sktrain network, but a transfer will be needed. Travelling times estimated at 15-20 minutes on the express and 30 or so minutes from end to end on the blue line, with very reasonable fares.
There is a huge network of public buses in the city, but little English language route information is available, though they are not difficult to figure out. Tell the conductor your stop and he will let you know when to exit.
For more information about the routes click: Link
Tuk Tuks are the most expensive way to travel around. They often scam you. Tuk Tuk drivers in Bangkok and other tourist areas of Thailand don’t make much money and so they have to find other ways to make extra money and one of these ways is to get commission from businesses who will pay a tuk tuk driver a small amount of money for driving tourists (known as Farangs) to their shops.
Any shop paying to receive customers isn’t going to be a very good shop and the shop itself is likely to be a jewellers or a tailors – perhaps even a massage parlour or a restaurant where the prices are hugely inflated.
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