Bangkok Sky Train
Bangkok Sky Train Information
Bangkok Sky Train is the rapid transit system that serves the population living in and around Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok sky train is operated by Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited. The rapid transit system runs along two lines serving 34 stations. The Bangkok Mass Transit System is formally known as elevated train in commemoration of HM the King’s 6th cycle birthday. The Sky train was officially opened to public in 1999 by Prince Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Sky train system serves 600,000 passengers daily and during peak season around 715,000 passengers are being served. All the stations are constructed on three levels and it provides access to stairs and escalators. The transit rail system offers fast transport services to the passengers. Bangkok sky train is the safest and convenient way to get around the city. It has changed the face of public transportation system in the Thai capital.
Also Read : Bangkok Metro (MRT)
Bangkok Sky Train Lines
The BTS system has two lines, the first one Sukhumvit line running from northwards towards eastward and Silom line is the second line. At the time of opening, BTS served 23 stations on its two lines and both the lines interchanged at Siam station.
- Sukhumvit line – The line was opened in 1999 with a length of 22.25km. The line serves 22 stations and the sky train operates between Mo Chit and Bearing. 3 car trains run at an average speed of 35kph. The line gets connected with Silom line and runs northward direction. The line is planning further to get extended with 9 more stations. The construction of extended route will start by 2014 and schedules to get opened in 2018.
- Silom line – Silom line was opened in 1999 with a length of 8.7km. The line serves 11 stations and the sky train operates between national stadium and Talat Phlu. From the National Stadium, sky train runs eastward and then turns southward where it crosses the Chao Phraya River. The line was extended further for 5.3km with 4 more stations. There are 6 car shuttles to offer services to the passengers through Silom line.
Bangkok Sky Train Map
Map of Bangkok Sky Train System showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it. You can also Download Bangkok Sky Train Map in PDF.
Bangkok Sky Train Hours
The BTS system operates daily from 6.00am until midnight. Both the lines meet at Siam station. Sky trains are available at an interval of 3 to 6 minutes and the last train leaves between 23.30 and 23.50. The sky train remains full during peak hours. The peak time is between 7.00 and 9.00 and 16.00 and 19.00.
Bangkok Sky Train Fares, Tickets and Cards
Sky train passengers can purchase smart passes from stations. The passes are available to purchase for a minimum price of 100Baht. 30 day smart passes are available for different trips such as 15, 25, 40 and 50 for students and adult with separate fare. The one day pass is valid for unlimited rides with a fare 120 Baht and you can purchase the ticket from BTS ticket offices. The single journey ticket is valid for a single journey and the fare starts from 15 Baht to 40 Baht per journey. For the convenience of passengers, ID cards are not required to be shown while purchasing tickets.
Bangkok Sky Train Parking
Park and ride facilities are available for passengers at BTS stations daily or monthly basis. There are more than 500 parking spaces available for BTS riders. The parking lot opens daily from 5.00am to 2.00 am. Free parking facilities are available for BTS passengers at Wave place and it operates from Saturday to Sunday, 6.00am to 10.00pm. You must get your parking ticket stamped at BTS Phloen chit station ticket office.
Bangkok Sky Train Rules and Tips
All tickets have to be purchased from vending machines and validate it before you enter the station. The value of passes can be refilled any time. The tickets are non refundable. Several main stations offer facilities for the passengers to get connected to other stations through walkways, so that they can do shopping directly from commercial centers. All the trains are cleaned and air-conditioned very well when compared with other mass transit system. Bangkok sky train covers long distance quicker than by road and it is relatively cheap. Many stations have a direct link to nearby hotels and restaurants. All signs and announcement are done in English as well as Thai.
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