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.
BTS Line Routes
- 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.
- The two BTS Lines connect at Siam/Central station (marked in red below) through a walkway.
- MRT Blue 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.
Grab a free Bangkok Skytrain Map and Guide to take with you on your trip! An invaluable resource to everything on the BTS and MRT rail lines.
You can download and print this Bangkok skytrain map and guide (PDF 1.2 MB) to take on your trip to Thailand
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Check out our Map of attractions and Places to Stay near BTS Skytrain and MRT Line stations for information about where to stay, where to shop and what do do around the Bangkok Skytrain network!
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