Bangkok Sky Train (BTS)

The BTS is one of Asia’s most expensive public transport networks, but it can still seem excellent value to those visiting from elsewhere. It costs from 16 up to 59 baht upon the journey. Here are BTS Ticket Types:

  1. Single Journey Card
  • Valid for a single journey, with fare according to chosen destination
  • Valid for travel on date of purchase only
  • Ticket will be retained at an Automatic Gate upon exit
  • Can be purchased at any Ticket Issuing Machine (TIM)
  • Only sold by machines, and not at the staffed ticket booths. Most of the older machines only accept coins (and some can’t handle two-baht coins), but a few larger, newer machines also take notes.
  1. One-Day Pass
  • Costs 140 baht
  • Valid for unlimited rides on the date of issue or registration only
  • Non-refundable
  • Available at all BTS Ticket Offices
  1. Stored value ticket (Rabbit Card)
  • To save time queuing, you can obtain this card for a 100 baht deposit.
  • Load it with cash to pay as you go
  • Card is valid for 7 years.

Other BTS Useful Information:

  • Operating Hours: 06.00 – midnight
  • One card per passenger for using the system
  • Time limited for staying in the paid area within 120 minutes
  • Children under 90 cm in height travel free, while kids taller than this must pay the full fare.
  • If using a Rabbit card, there are discounts available for students and for the elderly. However, unlike the MRT subway, the BTS only grants Thai citizens the elderly discount – even retired expats in Thailand are not eligible.
  • No food or drink is allowed inside the stations (just in case you wondered why the trains are so clean!)
  • Stay behind the yellow line on the platform – the guards have whistles and aren’t afraid to use them.
  • Change for the Chao Phraya Express river boat service at Saphan Taksin

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