The Skytrain might seem intimidating. However, though the BTS Skytrain is not some brooding, formidable creature hovering high above the busy streets of Thailand waiting to pounce, figuring out the ins and outs of the BTS can be a difficult task. Regardless of the length of your stay, you are going to want to know where and how to get to and from the coolest destinations in Bangkok. Here, a guide to using the BTS Skytrain.
BTS Skytrain Ticket Types
The type of ticket you want to purchase will very much depend on the length of your stay. Here are your options.
- Single journey ticket
- One-day pass
- BTS 30-day smart pass (Rabbit card)
BTS Skytrain Ticket Costs
The single journey ticket is best for those who are going to be in Bangkok for maybe one or two days and have only a few destinations in mind when traveling via the BTS Skytrain. The price of this ticket ranges anywhere from ฿15 to ฿42, depending on your destination.
The one-day pass is best for those who have only 24 hours to spend in Bangkok and are planning to make the most out of this short period of time. This ticket is valid for unlimited rides on the date of purchase. The price of this ticket is ฿140, and it is nonrefundable.
The BTS Skytrain 30-day smart pass is best for those who plan on staying in Bangkok for any large chunk of time. The price depends on the number of trips your want to purchase, which ranges from 15 to 50 trips. Fifteen trips costs ฿345, and 50 trips costs ฿900. If you are a student and have some form of identification from your school, you can use this to receive a discount. This pass is valid for 30 days, starting on the day you purchase it. If you do not use all of your trips within a 30-day period, they will expire.
Where to Purchase Tickets
Passengers can purchase tickets at the BTS Skytrain ticket office or the ticket-issuing machine, located just outside the entrance of each stop. In order to use the machine, passengers must have ฿5 or ฿10 coins. No bills are accepted. If you do not have coins, simply have the ticket office give you change. You then select a price, not a location. On either side of the ticket-issuing machine, there will be a BTS Skytrain map. The different BTS locations will have a price next to them. Simply select that price and receive your ticket.
You can also purchase tickets at the ticket office. Usually the collectors are friendly enough when confused tourists are in need of some assistance. Simply tell them the name of your stop, or even better, tell them how much it will cost to get to the destination, and they should give you a ticket.
Best BTS Stop For Markets
Chatuchak Weekend Market: Notorious for its hordes of foreigners and enough vendors and stalls to make even the most avid shopper lightheaded, this market is one that should not be missed if you visit Bangkok on a weekend. JJ Green Night Market is the more local version of Chatuchak. There are fewer foreigners, cheaper prices, and amazing food, which can also be found at this stop.
Best BTS Stop For Shopping
Shop until you drop at one of the city’s best destination for all things fashion. Siam is one stop you might pass several times during your stay in Bangkok. Some of the city’s best malls are located here, including Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery. If only to window shop, be sure to check out the newly renovated Siam Discovery.
Best BTS Stop For a Night Out
If you are looking for diversity, look no further than BTS Skytrain stop Nana. Famous for its long stretch of bars, restaurants, and even a club, Nana is the perfect stop for a night out on the town. If you want dinner and drinks, there are a few restaurants located on Soi (Street) 11, including Snapper, Charley Brown’s Mexican Restaurant, and Pizzeria Limoncello.