Transportation in Bangkok , BTS Skytrain – General information
The Skytrain, which is also known as BTS, was launched on the birthday of the king of Thailand, on December 5th, 1999. It revolutionized the transportation in this gigantic city, and changed the lives of its residents and visitors, from Thailand and abroad. The Skytrain is air-conditioned, exceptionally clean, efficient and useful in serving the millions of people who ride it on a daily basis.
The Skytrain’s greatest advantage is time!! It covers the distance from one stop to another in a single minute, and pauses for merely 20 seconds at each station. This means that should you stay in a hotel at Sukhumvit area for instance, you’ll be able to get to any shopping center along the line (Central World, Paragon, Siam Discovery, MBK, Terminal 21 and more), in less than 10 minutes. On the other hand, those who live in an area without a train line, may find themselves stuck in terrible 2-hour long traffic jams (especially during the rush hours).
There are two BTS lines:
SUKHUMVIT LINE cuts across Bangkok from east to west, all along the famous Sukhumvit road and its continuations (Phelon Chit and Rama 1). Around the MBK, the line turns and heads north above Phyathai street (and its continuation, Phaonyotin street), until it reaches its final destination Mo Chit, next to the weekend market and (north) central bus station of Bangkok. The last stop at the other end of the line is called Baering (Sukhumvit soi 107); it borders with Samut Prakan province. Along this route, you’ll find the vast majority of hotels in the city, shopping centers and famous markets, night clubs and restaurants – pretty much everything you can think of.
SILOM LINE runs mostly through Silom and Sathorn streets – the business hub of Bangkok. On one end of the line, you’ll find the National Stadium station (with the famous MBK) and on the other end – the Wongwian Yai station (across the river, right after the Shangrila hotel).
Both Skytrain lines share one stop – Siam station, where you can easily switch from one line to the other. Moreover, the BTS Skytrain has several stops that are close to the MRT subway as well as the BRT bus line.
Other articles on the site detail how to use the Skytrain. In addition, I’m attaching a short clip I’ve edited, which will hopefully deliver some of the Skytrain ride experience.
Important note: new train lines are frequently launched, and the existing lines are often extended, with the aim of reaching provinces surrounding Bangkok, such as Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan. Therefore – the final destinations/last stops mentioned in the article may change every now and then, according to the train lines’ extension.