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Bangkok traffic congestion
Bangkok's traffic can get congested. Fortunately there are ways to avoid it.

About Bangkok Transport

This site singles out the Skytrain as the best method for getting around Bangkok. Its routes were planned with tourists in mind so its no accident that, combined with the fast river ferries, it makes reaching the most popular attractions in the city very easy.

However, while it can serve most of the transport needs of the average sightseer it by no means gives access to the whole city and there may be times when other means of getting to a destination are needed.

This page provides a quick summary of popular ways to get around Bangkok and includes some observations thay may help travellers to avoid any pitfalls.

Skytrain BTS and Other Public Transport

Quick, Cheap and Covers the Tourist Hotspots

Bangkok Skytrain arrives at a station
A Skytrain (BTS) arrives at a station. Its modern air-conditioned carriages provide a cool and comfortable way to beat Bangkok's traffic congestion.

The Skytrain BTS service consists of two lines that wind their way above the traffic through the busy city centre and beyond. Visions of crowds crammed like sardines into mass transit sytems in other major cities don’t apply to the Skytrain. Yes, you may have to stand at times but the Thai public are generally very polite travellers and as journeys in the air-conditioned carriages usually only last a few minutes the experience is normally quite a pleasant one.

Many popular tourist spots such as Siam Square, Sukhumvhit Road and JJ Market are reachable directly as are many more when using the connection with the Chao Phraya River Ferries.

Cheap and easy to use its such a good service that we strongly urge visitors to familiarise themselves with it as soon as they can as using it instead of taxis may really help them to enjoy Bangkok to the fullest.

Another rail system that connects with the Skytrain at several locations is the MRT subway system. It too is modern and easy to use and may be useful at times to reach areas not covered by the Skytrain.

Bangkok also has a city bus service but its not been made easy for foreigners so probably only those determined to save as much money as possible will choose to make use of it.

Chao Phraya Fast Ferries

A Relaxing Way to View Bangkok's Attractions

Chao Phraya River fast ferry in Bangkok
Fast ferries on the Chao Phraya River provide a fun and cheap way to visit many of Bangkok's most famous attractions.

Bangkok’s main river was once the city’s centre and thus has many of the most popular historic attractions near its banks.

Buying a cheap all-day ticket for the fast ferries will allow sightseers to travel up and down its most interesting section visiting as many sights as they wish in comfort and with commentary from an english speaking guide.

The Chao Phraya is such a fascinating river with its busy traffic that just travelling on it is an extraordinary experience in itself.

All ferries visit Central Pier (Sathorn) from where its just a few steps to catch a Skytrain at Saphan Station.

Bangkok Taxis

Relatively Cheap if Meter is Used but Can be Slow Progress

Bangkok taxi
Bangkok taxis are plentiful and quite cheap. Traffic congestion in central Bangkok can lead to slow trips however.

There’s no shortage of metered taxis in Bangkok and most are comfortable and air conditioned. However, although the city’s notorious traffic congestion has improved over that last decade travelling by road through the central part of Bangkok is still usually a slow process and can involve immense waits at traffic lights. During late evening the traffic lightens a lot so using taxis can be a lot more appealing.

All drivers are supposed to use their meter if asked to which means as long as there are no traffic jams they are cheap to use by most big city standards. However, despite the rules some drivers will only offer only a flat fee which if too high can be easily dismissed as finding another cab won't be difficult.

On longer trips such as heading to the airport drivers will offer the option of using the faster tollways for an extra fee of around 50 or 100 baht which can make trips delay free.

Tuk Tuks and Taxi Bikes

Useful and Quick Transport for Short Journeys

Bangkok tuk tuk
Tuk tuks can be a fun and quick way to make short journeys but beware of detours to jewellery stores and tailors.

Bankoks colourful little tuk tuks can be a fun way to get around. Their drivers are masters at weaving through traffic in a way that no car could attempt.

Fare is decided usually by bartering with the driver before travelling but passengers must be firm on the destination or they may find themselves taken via a jewellery store or a suit shop with whom the driver has a commission arrangement. While not always a scam it is a hard-sell tactic that could take a good chunk of time out of your day. Visitors should also be aware that tuk tuk have no safety measures and that they will almost certainly be travelling at their own risk.

For the really adventurous there are the Taxi Bikes whose drivers can be spotted wearing green jerkins at various busy locations. They are the undisputed champions at getting through Bangkok’s dense traffic but first-timers should be wary as the lengths the drivers go to in order to beat the traffic may cause passengers extreme anxiety.

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