Using trains to get around in congested Bangkok

The Bangkok Skytrain (BTS and MRT Rail Lines) makes Bangkok travel so much easier. Getting around Bangkok can be an absolute pain, especially at peak hours when the roads are gridlocked and almost nothing moves … except the Bangkok sky train! We’ve brought together everything we know about the BTS and MRT trains and we’ve even added a Bangkok skytrain map PDF file you can download and print for your trip.

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If you are staying around the city centre or Chao Phraya River area of Bangkok, there is no better way to get around Bangkok than on the Bangkok Skytrain network – the BTS and MRT lines which form part of the Bangkok Mass Transit System. It’s cheap, convenient, goes almost everywhere a visitor would want to go, and it’s very reliable. However you do need to have a good idea of where each of the main lines goes, or you can end up somewhere you didn’t expect.

  • Silom Line (BTS Skytrain, Station Code “S”, dark green on map below) – runs from Wongwian Yai (S8), west of the Chao Phraya River, across the Saphan Taksin Bridge, then curves up through Chinatown and Little India into the central downtown area, ending up at National Stadium (S1), connecting with the MRT Line at Sala Daeng (S2) and the Sukhumvit BTS line at Siam (C).
  • Sukhumvit Line (BTS Skytrain, Station Code “E”, light green on map below) – runs from On Nut (E9) in the south-east of Bangkok, up along Sukhumvit Road for most of its length, then swings west to meet the Silom Line at Siam Station (C) before swinging north through the business district to Mo Chit and the Chatuchak weekend market.
  • MRT Line – runs from the inter-city Hualamphong railway station, east to Lumphini and the Suan Lum Night Bazaar, then swings north at the Convention Centre and runs all the way to Bang Sue (near Chatuchak Weekend Market), connecting to Silom Line at Silom Station and to the Sukhumvit Line at Sukhumvit Station.
  • Airport Rail Link – A relatively new rail service starting at Phaya Thai BTS station and going all the way to Suvarnabhumi Airport, connecting also to the MRT Line at Makkasan station where an express service is available to the airport.

Bangkok Skytrain Map

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Bangkok Skytrain carriages can be crowded at peak hour

Check out our Map of attractions close to the Bangkok BTS Skytrain for information about where to stay, where to shop and what do do around the Bangkok Skytrain network!

Bangkok Skytrain map

Navigating the Bangkok Skytrain and connecting MRT Line and Airport Rail Link connection is very easy. The Bangkok BTS Skytrain map below shows all the stations in the network with the locations of connections between each of the lines. Check out the station information Google map at the bottom of this page for details about each station. Also check out our Shopping trips from the BTS Skytrain page, which details the best places to get off the Bangkok Skytrain for bargain and fashion shopping in Bangkok. One of the best is, of course, the Siam Paragon near Siam Station on the Silom Line!

All of the Bangkok Skytrain stations are numbered for your convenience and ease of travel. Stations S1 to S8 (going outward from Siam Central Station across the Chao Phraya River) are Silom Line stations. Stations E1 to E14 (also going outward from Siam Central) are Sukhumvit Line stations.

Bangkok BTS map

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Bangkok Skytrain map of BTS, MRT and Airport Link stations – click to see larger version

The BTS Skytrain also has great connections to the Chao Phraya River Express Boat which is a fast way to go generally north and south through Bangkok, as well as a great way to see and get to some of the major tourist attractions like the Grand Palace and the major temples. It’s also a useful connection between the main backpacker accommodation around Khao San Road district and the BTS Skytrain station on the Chao Phraya River at Saphan Taksin (S6). See the BTS Skytrain Connections Map below for details.

BTS, MRT, Chao Phraya Express route map
Combined Bangkok Skytrain, MRTLine and Chao Phraya Express route map

Click on the map itself for a larger, printable version you can carry with you on your travels around Bangkok.

How to buy Bangkok Skytrain BTS and MRT Line tickets

bangkok bts and river map ticket machines are easy to use
Though mostly in Thai, BTS ticket machines are easy to use

For the BTS Skytrain, you need to buy tickets from automatic vending machines inside the stations (see map above), so it helps to know where you are going and also to have a good supply of 5B and 10B coins. But if you are stuck either for a destination or the right change, there are usually some helpful station staff nearby. They are used to dealing with foreign travellers and are fairly patient.

The most expensive ticket on the BTS Skytrain lines (Wongwian Yai to Bearing) will cost you 40 Bt (about US$1.30), so it’s very cheap to use. Each ticket machine has a map of the metro system so you can check your destination before committing to a ticket. Stored value cards are also available, but generally only used by daily commuters – check the brochures in any station.

The MRT (or Metro) is a little different and mainly used by locals. There is only one line and the tickets are different to the Skytrain. You cannot ride the MRT Line on your Bangkok BTS Skytrain ticket. You buy a plastic token for each ride and you wave it at the gate when you get on, then deposit it into the gate as you get off.

Check out the combined Bangkok BTS, MRT and Chao Phraya River Express transport map (above) for connections between the three major services (courtesy Transit Bangkok).

Also see our new page about Shopping trips from the BTS Skytrain, to find out where to get off the BTS Skytrain for each of the major shopping destinations in Bangkok, including walking directions and descriptions of each shopping destination.

Using the Bangkok Skytrain dynamic map

Once you’re on the Bangkok BTS Skytrain, look for the helpful dynamic BTS Skytrain route map above any of the entrance/exit doors in each carriage. These maps will tell you where you are in the network and which station you’re coming to next. Check out the video below to see how this works on a real train ride.

BTS Skytrain station map

The Google Map below shows the location of each station on all three lines. Click on the little train symbols for info about each station. It can be hard to see the coloured train lines on this small version, so click through to the full map for a better look.


View BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro in a larger map

Map of attractions near BTS Skytrain and MRT Line stations

The Bangkok Skytrain (BTS and MRT Lines) is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to see Bangkok’s major attractions and hotels.

This handy map of attractions near the Bangkok Skytrain is a guide you can print out and take on your Thailand holiday. There are lots of the best Bangkok hotels, tourist attractions and department stores within a short walk or tuk-tuk ride of each Bangkok Skytrain station. These printable maps include markers for all of the major attractions nearby including hotels, apartment buildings, department stores, shopping centres and tourist attractions.

BTS Skytrain map of inner Bangkok stations

Click on the links below the map to see details for each inner Bangkok Skytrain station:

Silom Line stations

Silom Line stations map of Bangkok Sytrain
Silom Line stations map of Bangkok Sytrain

Let’s start with a look at what’s accessible from the Silom Line, which runs from National Stadium to Wongwian Yai station, via Siam Central.


Hotels and attractions near National Stadium BTS Station (W1)

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Take a moment when you walk out of National Stadium BTS Skytrain station to watch the amazing traffic flows through the Pathum Wan intersection, one of Bangkok’s busiest. When the lights go red, watch the scooters progressively fill the front of the intersection, coming down both sides of the cars and even filling both sides of the road sometimes, all trying to get to the front. From here you can shop at major department stores including  the MBK Centre (250 metres away) and the Tokyu Department Store, visit the famous Jim Thompson’s House on Soi Kasemsan 2 (which also has a creditable cafe), browse the Bangkok Art and Cultural Museum and the Chulalangkorn Art Centre.

Hotels near National Stadium BTS Station include:

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Hotels and attractions near Siam Central BTS Station (C)

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Located in the centre of downtown Bangkok, Siam BTS Skytrain station is the interchange between the two main BTS Skytrain lines, Silom Line and Sukhumvit Line. It’s a great place to jump off for some lunch or dinner, to do some bargain shopping at local markets and department stores, or to let the kids run wild in some of the best children’s attractions in Bangkok.

For connections to the BTS Sukhumvit line, take the skywalk across to Chit Lom Station.

From Siam station you can go shopping at Siam Square (see above), the Siam Paragon (see above) or the Siam Discovery Centre. You can also enjoy a wide variety of dining experiences including the Chabuton Ramen, which features a famous Thai TV chef, a fantastic Thai salad at Siam Boat Noodles, a blast of Tex Mex and Rock ‘n’ Roll from the Hard Rock Cafe, or clean out your sensory systems with a fiery Som Tam from Som Tam Nua. After lunch, you can entertain the kids wildest dreams and get up close and personal with celebrities at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, explore the amazing aquaculture of the Siam Ocean World aquarium, grab a game of 10 pin bowling with a difference at Blu-O Rythm and Bowl Bar, go ice skating at The Rink in Central World Shopping Centre (see above), or just grab a movie at the Paragon Cinema Complex.

Hotels near Siam Central BTS Station include:

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Hotels and attractions near Saphan Taksin BTS Station (S6)

BTS Skytrain map for Saphan Taksin Station, Bangkok

Located on the Chao Phraya River, Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station has connections to the Chao Phraya River Express boats at the Sathon Central Pier,  providing easy access to river cruises, the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Sanam Luang. Saphan Taksin is close to the main Bangkok Post Office and the River City shopping center as well as the Robinson Department Store at Bangrak, Wat Yannawa and the Bangrak Market.

Hotels near Saphan Taksin BTS station include:

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Hotels and attractions near Surasak BTS Station (S5)

BTS Skytrain map for Surasak Station, Bangkok

Surasak BTS Skytrain station is located on Sathorn Road, in the commercial district of Bangkok.

Hotels near Surasak BTS station include:

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Hotels and attractions near Chong Nonsi BTS (S3)

BTS Skytrain map for Chong Nonsi Station, Bangkok

Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain station is located on a side road between Silom Road and Sathorn Road, in the commercial district of Bangkok. Attractions nearby include the diplomatic quarter which has nothing to do, but is very pleasant to stroll through and peek over the high fences to see how the other half lives.

Hotels near Chong Nonsi BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:

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Hotels and attractions near Sala Daeng BTS Station (S2)

BTS Skytrain map for Sala Daeng Station, Bangkok

Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain station is the main stop on the Silom Line and is located near the intersection of Silom Road and Rama IV Road in Silom district. Nearby restaurants include the Tomato Noodle, the Taiyo Japanese Restaurant, Nooddi, Gyunoya, Japanese Curry Shop and Richard’s Pub and Restaurant. If you’re up for some night life after dinner, try Club Kagura, GOD Disco or Pieru.

Hotels near Sala Daeng BTS station include:

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Hotels and attractions near Ratchadamri BTS Station (S1)

BTS Skytrain map for Ratchadamri Station, Bangkok

Ratchadamri BTS Skytrain station is located close to the intersection of Ratchadamri Road and Rama I Road in  Ratchapradong. Attractions near Ratchadamri include the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.

Hotels near Ratchadamri BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:

There’s very little good food or nightlife here outside of the major hotels.


Sukumvhit Line stations

Hotels and attractions near Ari BTS Station (N5)

BTS Skytrain map for Ari Station, Bangkok

Ari BTS Skytrain station is located on Phahonyothin Road in Sam Sen Nai. Nearby department stores and shopping centres include the La Villa mall and the Phranakorn Coop Store (which also has a good food hall). But there is pretty good coffee and food available at Wawee Coffee, a short walk from Ari station.

Hotels near Ari BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:

If you really want to stay close to Ari station, there’s also the Piyavan Tower Serviced Apartment (3 stars – 40 metres) and Chew House (2 stars – 100 metres).


Hotels and attractions near Ratchathewi BTS Station (N1)

BTS Skytrain map for Ratchathewi Station, Bangkok

Ratchathewi BTS Skytrain station is located on Phaya Thai Road near the Phetchaburi Road intersection. There is an interesting bar called Co-Co Walk nearby as well as the Cafe Net New New which has Internet access and the Heap Restaurant. The only nearby department store is the Hollywood Street Mall.

Hotels near Ratchathewi BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:

If you really want to stay close to Ratchathewi station, try the (a href=”https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293916-d2464660-Reviews-Siam_Swana_Hotel-Bangkok.html” target=”_blank”>Siam Swana Hotel (3.5 stars – 150 metres) or the Samran Place Hotel (2.5 stars – 190 metres).


Hotels and attractions near Chit Lom BTS Station (E1)

BTS Skytrain map for Chit Lom Station, Bangkok

Chit Lom BTS Skytrain station is located on Ploenchit Road near Ratchadamri Road.

Hotels near Chit Lom BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:


Hotels and attractions near Phloen Chit BTS Station (E2)

BTS Skytrain map for Ploen Chit Station, Bangkok

Phloen Chit BTS Skytrain station is located on Ploenchit Road near Wireless (Withayu) Road. Nearby shopping centres include the Central Department Store Chidlom and the Amarin Plaza.

Hotels near Ploen Chit BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:


Hotels and attractions near Nana BTS Station (E3)

BTS Skytrain map for Nana Station, Bangkok

Nana BTS Skytrain station is located near Sukhumvit Sois 5, 6 and 7 and very close to the Sukhumvit street market.

Hotels near Nana BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:


Hotels and attractions near Asok BTS Station (E4)

BTS Skytrain map for Asok Station, Bangkok

Asok (or Asoke) BTS station is located near Sukhumvit Sois 14, 16, 19 and 21 and close to the Times Square department store.The only other shopping to be had near Asok is at the Sukhumvit Arcade. There is some night life in the area including the Eden Club, the Siam Smile Bar, the Eight Plus Bar and the New Wave Bar. There’s decent food to be had at the Zanzibar Bar and Restaurant, India Today, Shalimar Sharma’s Indian Restaurant, the Moghul Room Indian Restaurant and, if you’re really desperate, there’s a Subway just outside the station.

Hotels near Asok BTS station

Nearby 4-star and 5-star hotels include:

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Hotels and attractions near Phrom Phong BTS Station (E5)

BTS Skytrain map for Phrom Phong Station, Bangkok

Phrom Phong BTS station is located near Sukhumvit Sois 22, 24, 31 and 33, close to the The Emporium department store and Benjasiri Park. Terminal Plaza Shopping Centre and NaRaYa Store are also nearby. Lots of hotels nearby including the Emporium Suites Hotel, connected to the station, the St James Hotel, about 7 minutes walk, the Imperial Queens Park, about 8 minutes walk, and the Imperial Tara Hotel, Ariston Hotel and Novotel Lotus Hotel, each about 9 minutes walk. There’s also the cheaper BKK Home 24 Hotel.  Plenty of good food to be had around here including the Great Shanghai Chinese restaurant, the Sanya Restaurant, Sunstaina Restaurant, Samurai Japanese restaurant, and Dondon. If you’re heading out for some nightlife after dinner, there’s the Haruka Japanese Club and the E Ri Ka Club close by.


Hotels and attractions near Thong Lo BTS Station (E6)

BTS Skytrain map for Thong Lo Station, Bangkok

Thong Lo BTS station is location near Sukhumvit Sois 36, 51 and 55, with the free BTS shuttle bus taking you to nearby restaurants and bars. This area of Sukhumvit is very popular with Japanese and Korean expats and travellers. Nearby hotels include the Sawasdee Sukhumvit Inn, about 6 minutes walk, and the Baan Thai Wellness Retreat, about 8 minutes walk. If you need to send some postcards, Santi Suk Post Office is just outside the station. There are some decent eateries around here including @Thonglor by JJ Kitchen, Izakaya Chotto, 38 Shokudo, Dawon Korean Restaurant and Gyuma Japanese BBQ Buffet.


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    Hi Leila,

    If you want to download the entire page as a PDF file, look for the "Share" link on the right hand side under star ratings. You can use it to print or email the page to yourself.

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  • webmaster

    There is now a connection between the BTS Skytrain and the Airport Rail Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport thanks to a walkway connection at Phayathai Station, so you can easily catch a train to and from Bangkok airport via BTS and MRT lines.