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Bangkok MRT

Bangkok’s Underground Railway

Bangkok MRT

 

Bangkok MRT 

The Bangkok MRT is an underground subway line. It’s a fast, clean, safe and efficient way of getting around Bangkok. It complements the BTS system and the two networks connect at five stations on the network. The MRT also connects to the ARL Airport Rail Link. New lines are under construction with the latest extension now open with full service.

Bangkok MRT

 

Bangkok MRT Lines

It comprises two lines, Blue & Purple. The Blue line runs between Laksong and Tao Poon. Trains leave Tao Poon in two directions. Firstly via Ratchadaphisek Road directly to Laksong. Secondly to Tha Phra following a route south of the Chao Phraya River. The two routes connect at Tha Phra where you change platforms to continue to Lak Song or back to the other line. The Tao PoonTha Phra spur has just opened and is running a full service. The Purple line runs between Tao Poon and Khlong Bang Phai. The trains are air-conditioned and comfortable but can be crowded during morning and evening rush hours Monday to Friday. Operating hours are 05.30-24.00, 7 days a week. Frequency is every 4-6 minutes.

Bangkok MRT

 

Changing Between MRT & BTS

The Bangkok MRT & BTS have interchanges at Chatuchak Park, Phahonyothin, Sukhumvit, Silom, and Phasi Charoen stations. 

Changing Between MRT & Airport Rail Link

The MRT connects with the Airport Rail Link at Phetchaburi station.

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Bangkok MRT Blue Line Extension 2020

The line has just been extended from Hualamphong to Laksong with the addition of ten new stations. Full service began on September 28th, 2019. The new stations include Wat Mangkon in the heart of Chinatown, & Sanam Chai which is next to Museum Siam. The latest extension is from Tao Poon to Tha Phra which comprises eight new stations and completes a circle line of the inner city. Service on this extension is free until the end of March, though the operating hours are limited to 10.00-16.00.

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Sanam Chai MRT Station

A short walk from Sanam Chai is Wat Pho, with the Grand Palace next door. In the other direction, it is a short walk to Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market. Itsaraphap station is 600 meters from Wat Arun. Sam Yot station is a short walk from Wat Suthat, the Giant Swing & Phahurat. Bang Phai station is close to the wonderful temple, Wat Paknam.

You can watch a video about the new extension here.

 

 

Bangkok MRT Map 2020

Bangkok MRT Map

 

Bangkok MRT Fares?

The Bangkok MRT Fares are inexpensive by international standards. Single journey tokens cost 16-42 baht depending on destination. There are a variety of passes available.

Bangkok MRT Fares
Adult Fares

 

Bangkok MRT Tourist Pass

A One-day MRT Tourist Pass covering the network costs 120 baht and gives unlimited rides. A 3-day pass costs 230 baht and a 30-day pass costs 1400 baht. Passes are non-refundable and run for consecutive days. Children under 14 get a 50% discount. Children whose height is under 90cm travel free. A Stored Value Card is also available. It has a 30-baht issuing fee and a 50-baht refundable deposit. You can add credit to the card at any MRT station.

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Ticket Machines

 

How to use the Bangkok MRT?

The Bangkok MRT uses small black tokens and not tickets for a single journey. You can buy single tokens from the ticket office or from the automated ticket machines which accept coins and notes. Don’t lose your token as you will need it to exit.

 

Metro Token
MRT Ticket Token

 

Bangkok MRT Travel Tips

When catching, a train, check to make sure you’re going in the right direction. The platforms have signboards with the terminus station names which are currently Laksong, Tao Poon & Tha Phra. All stations have wall maps showing the station exits and the local area. Check the correct exit for your destination. 

 


 

The only negative with the Bangkok MRT is the less than satisfactory service late at night. Most stations close at 23.30 compared to the BTS whose last trains are 24.00 to 24.15.

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An escalator on the Bangkok MRT

 

Bangkok MRT Operating Hours

Operating hours are 05.30-24.00, 7 days a week. Frequency is every 5-6 minutes. The first train leaves Laksong for Tao Poon at 05.34 on weekdays & 05.57 on weekends & holidays. while the last train leaves at 23.06. Times are the same from Tao Poon. 

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Destinations

Some useful stations are ….

Bang Yi Khan for Pinklao & buses to Bus Station South & Sai 

Bang Khun Non for Thonburi Railway Station, Siriraj Hospital, National Museum of the Royal Barges 

Bang Phai for Wat Paknam

Itsaraphap for Wat Arun

Sanam Chai for Wat Pho, Grand Palace, Museum Siam

Sam Yot for Wat Suthat, Giant SwingLittle India

Wat Mangkon for Chinatown

Hualamphong for Chinatown and Hualamphong Train Station

Si Lom for Patpong and Silom nightlife

Lumphini for Lumphini Park

Queen Sirikit for Queen Sirikit National Convention Center

Sukhumvit for Sukhumvit Road Hotels and Nightlife

Phetchaburi for Airport Rail Link

Rama 9 for Fortune Town & Central Plaza Rama 9

Thailand Cultural Center for Esplanade and Rod Fai Night Market

Ratchadaphisek for Suan Lum Night Bazaar

Phahonyothin for Union Mall Central Plaza Lat Phrao

Chatuchak Park/Kamphaengphet for Chatuchak Weekend MarketThe Camp Vintage Market



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Bangkok MRT Blue Line Station Decor

Four of the new stations on the blue line extension have been beautifully decorated in an architectural style that reflects the local communities that they serve. Wat Mangkon Station has a red Chinese interior theme, with dragons, Chinatown murals, and a large golden dragon on the ceiling in the ticket hall.  The exterior blends with the local Chinatown buildings. Sam Yot Station, on the edge of the old city Rattanakosin area, has an “old Bangkok” theme. The interior is museum-like with old photos decorating the walls of the platforms.  Sanam Chai has a Royal theme with red, gold & white temple-style decor featuring a beautiful ceiling design. Itsaraphap Station has a golden Swan theme inspired by the local Wat Hongrattanaram temple which features golden swans. 

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