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How to use the Bangkok BTS (Skytrain)

The Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), also known as the skytrain, is an aboveground transit system that extends through most popular areas in Bangkok. It’s cheap and reliable, and one of the best ways to avoid Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams.

 

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Sukhumvit Line & Silom Line

Siam Station (CEN) is central hub of the BTS system because it links the two lines – the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line. Stations are labeled and numbered based on their location relative to Siam Station.

The Sukhumvit Line extends north and east of Siam. Mo Chit (N8) is northernmost station and Bearing (E14) is the easternmost. Train direction and platforms are labeled with the name of the terminating station in each direction. For example, trains headed north are labeled “Mo Chit” because it is the northernmost station.

The Silom Line extends west and south. National Stadium (W1) is the westernmost station and Bang Wa (S12) is the southernmost.

Transfer Stations

The BTS connects with other transit systems including the Mass Rapid Transit Route (MRT), Airport Rail Link (ARL), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and Chao Phraya Express Boat.

BTS Station Transfer Type Transfer Station
Mo Chit (N8) station MRT Chatuchak Park station
Phaya Thai (N2) station Airport Rail Link Phaya Thai station
Asok (E4) station MRT Sukhumvit station
Sala Daeng (S2) station MRT Silom station
Saphan Taksin (S6) station Chao Phraya River Central Pier

Ticketing & Fares

Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at every station and the value required depends on the planned travel distance. Pricing charts are posted nearby for reference. Ticket booths also offer One-Day passes for unlimited trips and electronic Rabbit cards for frequent travelers and commuters

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