There is a wide range of public transport
available in Bangkok – Airport Shuttle Bus, Bus, Motorcycle
Taxi, Tuk-tuk, BTS Skytrain, Bangkok Metro & Taxi.
From the airport, the recommended
means would be the metered public taxi service & airport shuttles.
If you take the taxi, there would be a 50 baht airport surcharge
& a 60 baht expressway toll fee for a faster trip to your hotel.
The Airport Shuttle Bus which you can take just outside the Arrival
Hall has 4 routes in the city; departures are every 15 minutes,
each stop takes about 30 minutes to reach & some routes are
free. For more information transport from the airport, please refer
to the Bangkok
International Airport Website.
Buses are cheapest way to get around, but it
is usually crowded & can get very confusing for people who cannot
speak Thai. Recognise the cream-red, white-blue, cream-blue, white-pink,
yellow-orange, green & red maroon buses as public buses. For
further information on the bus routes, you can call the Bangkok
Mass Transit Authority of Thailand at Tel: 184
If you are awfully late & it’s the
peak hours, you could attempt the fastest form of transport in Bangkok,
which is the motorcycle taxi. But take it at your risk, because
it is more dangerous and accidents are common. The drivers are easily
recognisable by the red jackets that they wear and you have to negotiate
the price before getting on the motorcycle. Remember as well, helmets
are a legal requirement for motorbike riding in Bangkok & the
driver should provide one for you.
The motorized rickshaws or “Sam-Lors”
is called “Tuk-tuk” because when tourism first
bloomed in Thailand, many foreigners could not pronounce “Sam-Lor”
& many Thais could not speak English; when the foreigners
wanted to call for a “Sam-Lor”, they would simulate
the loud noise from the cheap engines of these rickshaws as
“Tuk...Tuk-Tuk-Tuk”, thus the name “Tuk-tuk”.
Another negotiable transport form
would be a Tuk-tuk. Avoid the motorized rickshaws, especially during
traffic jams &
when they are waiting to pound on
foreigners at tourist locations. It is not to your advantage, especially
when you are
not Thai & there are no meters.
The prices could go from 30 – 200 baht, based on distance
& negotiation skills.
The two forms of mass rapid transit systems
available in the city of Bangkok, one is the BTS
skytrain & the Bangkok
You could consider purchasing a 3
Day Tourist Pass (280 Baht) for unlimited usage on the Sky Train
& a stored value card (300 baht with 50 baht deposit) for the
When it comes to taking a taxi, always tell the driver where you
are going before getting into the cab. If the taxi-driver pretends
there are no meters or his meter is spoiled & attempts to quote
you a price, approach another cab. Unlicensed taxis, recognisable
by their black and white licence plates, should also be avoided.