Bangkok Subway / MRT
The underground system covers a few places not covered by the Skytrain system including the Thai Cultural Centre, Fortune Town shopping arcade which is great for IT equipment and the national train station..
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of a journey for the subway depends on your location and destination, but it is a cheap system to use and attracts many people to use it and has helped ease the traffic situation but the subway is limited in length and fewer people use it than the Skytrain. It has now been open 4 years and not a single new station has opened. Expect to pay between 15 and 50 Baht for a token which can be purchased from a vending machine. The machine takes 5 and 10 Baht coins which can be obtained from the change counter, oryou can feed notes into the machine which uses a touch screen monitor to select your destination. The screen will probably be in Thai, but you can select English. Your token will drop out the bottom along with any change.
Did You Say A Token?
Yes, the Bangkok subway system takes tokens instead of tickets. The gates which you pass through to enter have a plate to the right of the gate you choose and you touch the token to the plate and the gates in front of you open. On passing through the gates to leave the subway, you put the token in the slot and the token is retained.
If you choose to buy a travel pass, it will be like a credit card and you tap the card on the sensor to enter and leave through the gates.
Travel Cards and Travel Passes
There are a number of travel cards or travel passes available. You can get day travel cards for adults and students, or, if you are staying longer and will use the subway often, you might want to get a stored value card.
Token machine as used in subway stations
Escalators with a lift for wheelchair users
|Everyday||06.00hr. – 24.00hr.|
|Frequency||Every 5 minutes during peak hours of 06.00 – 09.00. and 16.30 – 19.30.|
|Every 7 minutes during off peak hours.|
|Address:||Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited
Administration Building, 189 RAMA IX Rd., Huaykhwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
|Tel: General||+ 66 (0) 2354-2000|
|Fax:||+ 66 (0) 2354-2040|
|Tel: Customer Relations||+ 66 (0) 2624-5200|
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