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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 Metro

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 Bangkok Metro.

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.


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