Mastering Bangkok’s MRT: Your Practical Guide to Navigating the City



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Last updated at 21/06/2024, 18:30

Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

Welcome to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, where modernity mixes with tradition. In this practical guide, I invite you to embark on a journey through the vibrant streets and cultural landmarks of Bangkok using the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned explorer, my comprehensive insights will equip you with the essential information needed to navigate this remarkable city with ease. From ticketing tips to route recommendations, join me as I unravel the secrets of Bangkok’s MRT, unlocking a world of exploration and adventure right at your fingertips.

Overview of the MRT in Bangkok

MRT – The Metropolitan Rapid Transit is a mass rapid transit, which consists of two lines – blue and purple.

The MRT starts in Hua Lamphong in the south (very close to Chinatown) and goes all the way to the north, to Bang Sue.

Operating times

The first train leaves at 6 o’clock and the last one at midnight. The trains leave every 10 minutes in the off-peak hours and less than 5 minutes in the peak hours.

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    Fares and ticketing

    The tickets are available at metro stations and sold in a form of a token. There are also monthly cards, so-called Stored Value Cards, which are not compatible with other modes of transport in Bangkok.

    The price of the ticket depends on how many stops you need to go through.

    Here are the fares in Thai Baht.

    Where can you go?

    MRT Stations are well connected to some of the attractions of the city, such as Lumphini Park, Hua Lampong, or Chatuchak (Blue Line).

    You can also change to Sky Train at SiLom to go to Sala Deang and at Sukhumvit to go to Asoke.

    You have the maps of MRT at every station. It’s very easy to figure out where to go. If you are in doubt, ask the cashier or the security guard.

    Check the official MRT Bangkok website for the exact list of all the stations.

    Behaviour and safety

    All of the public transport in Bangkok is safe and well-organised, especially trains. You will feel safe here. People are normally quiet and keep themselves to themselves. A very big plus of taking an MRT is that all of the carriages have working air-con.

    There are a few things to remember about when taking an MRT train in Bangkok:

    • Do not sit on the seats designated for monks. They usually have signs above them.
    • Do not stretch your legs and point your feet towards other people. It is perceived as rude.
    • When getting on, wait until people get off first.
    • Do not push anyone.
    • Don’t be loud, don’t talk on your phone loudly, don’t shout.
    • Be polite and respect other passengers.

    I hope you feel empowered to embark on your urban adventures with confidence and ease. Embrace the vibrant energy of the city as you glide effortlessly from one destination to another, discovering Bangkok. Whether you’re into ancient temples, trying in delectable street food, or immersing yourself in the city’s bustling markets, the MRT remains your helpful companion. Happy travels!

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