Exploring Bangkok by MRT


Get around Bangkok in comfort and style by riding the MRT. This underground train system transports passengers underneath the city and connects with many of Bangkok’s major districts and attractions.

The MRT runs from Hua Lamphong station to Bang Sue in a horseshoe shape and there is just one line, which makes it pretty hard to get lost. As you arrive at the platform of your chosen station you will be faced with a choice of two trains running in different directions. Simply select the right train and you will be whisked away to your next destination.

It can get pretty chilly on the MRT though as the air-con is turned up to the max. If you’re planning on travelling far, it might be a good idea to take a light jacket along for the ride. Because there is no scenery to look at, you may want to take a newspaper or book with you. Just make sure you keep an ear open for the announcements, which are made in both Thai and English and will let you know which station you are approaching as you leave the last station and just before you arrive at the next one.

The MRT connects with the BTS at several points, which makes it really easy to explore the city using these transportation networks. Change at the Sukhumvit station to the Asoke BTS station, connect with the Sala Daeng BTS station at Silom or get off at Chatuchak Park to gain access to the Mo Chit BTS station. The Hua Laumphong MRT station is situated conveniently close to the Bangkok Train Station, where overland trains run to a large number of destinations in Thailand.

Some of the major stations along the MRT line include Bang Sue (closest stop to Khaosan Road), Lad Prao (stop here to explore the Ratchada Night Market), Phahon Yothin, Samyan and Suttisan. The MRT stops close to many of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand.

Exploring Bangkok by MRT is fast, easy and fun. Trains run regularly and it takes just a couple of minutes to travel between each station. Passengers purchase special tokens using either coins or notes. Each station features a number of automatic token machines, and maps of the route are displayed in both English and Thai. Simply place your finger on your destination of choice and the required fare will be stated. People who are planning Bangkok day tours will find that this is an easy way to explore the city.

Each station also features several exits, which lead passengers to different parts of the area. Detailed maps of the areas are provided in the stations to help guide passengers to the correct exit. Tunnels lead under the city and can also be used to help get across busy intersections.

The MRT is open from 06:00 to midnight. Trains arrive in five minutes or less during peak hours. Fares range from 16 to 36 Baht. Make sure you carry small coins and notes to make token purchase quick. If you are sensitive to the cold and taking a long journey on the MRT, carry a light jacket to slip on when you step inside.

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