By Eric Lim
The Bangkok skytrain or commonly called BTS links the skytrain stations to Bangkok hotels near the skytrain, shopping malls, historical attractions and tourist services to facilitate your Bangkok tour.
For lovers of Thai silk, Jim Thompson outlets near the skytrain stations have been included. So have Bangkok legacies near the stations.
Tourist Information Offices at Siam, Nana and Taksin Bridge stations provide free Bangkok skytrain maps, sell Chao Phraya River tourist boat tickets, skytrain travel guidebooks and provide an internet service.
Various types of skytrain tickets are on sale; single trip tickets, one-day passes for unlimited trips for the day at 100 baht and three-day tourist passes at 280 baht with a free skytrain travel guide.
Frequent visitors can buy a stored value cards at 200 baht each with a minimum renewal of 100 baht and validity of 2 years.
Free daily shuttle bus services are provided at selected stations. Only those along the tourist belt are mentioned here. Bus coupons are available on request when you buy a single trip or stored value tickets.
Chao Phraya River boat services are at the Sathon Pier below the Taksin Bridge station.
The skytrain started on 05 December 1999 and consists of two lines, the Sukhumvit line and the Silom line covering a distance of 22 km. On 15 May 2009, the Silom line was extended by another 2.2 km.
On 12 August 2011, the Sukhmvit line was extended by another 5.25 km. Within these extensions the Bangkok skytrain currently covers 29.5 km.
On 5 December 2013, the more stations were added to the Silom line at the Thonburi end, Wutthakat and Bang Wa extending the line by another 2.2 km.
With further extensions on the Silom line, the Bangkok skytrain, as at December 2013 has 34 stations covering 37.1 km.
BTS operating hours are daily from 0600 - midnight.
For the system map of the skytrain lines, click on Bangkok BTS (Bangkok Transit System) or just go to the ticketing booth, scan the QR code at the side of the booth and the BTS web site will appear on your mobile device.
Bangkok skytrain (BTS) - Sukhumvit line 23 stations.
N8 Mor Chit Terminal station. Bangkok skytrain and subway interchange at Chatuchak subway station
Attractions: Chatuchak weekend market
Bus Terminal: Mor Chit northern bus terminal for buses to the north and north-east regions
Bangkok legacy: Thailand Railway Hall of Fame
N7 Saphan Kwai
Hotels near Saphan Kwai and Ari stations
Shopping mall: Big C
Bangkok legacy: Philatelic Museum
N4 Sanam Pao
N3 Victory Monument
Hotels near Victory Monument
Shopping mall: Robinson
Jim Thompson outlet: King Power Downtown the duty free shop in Soi Rangnam
Bangkok legacy: Victory Monument
N2 Phaya Thai
Hotels near Phaya Thai station
Interchange with the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Bangkok legacy: Suan Pakkad Palace Museum displaying the pre-historic Ban Chiang Collection.
Hotels near Ratchathewi station
Siam Skytrain interchange between Sukhumvit and Silom lines.
Hotels near Siam
Shopping malls: Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery Center, Siam Center, Siam Square
Jim Thompson outlet: Siam Paragon mezzanine floor
E1 Chit Lom
Hotels near Chitlom station
Shopping Malls: Amarin Plaza, Central World Plaza, Chitlom Central, Erawan Bangkok, Gaysorn Plaza, Maneeya Place
Jim Thompson outlets: Isetan Central World Plaza, Chitlom Central
Bangkok legacies: Erawan Shrine Trimurti Shrine (Lovers' Shrine) Ganesha Shrine (Elephant God)
Hotels near Ploenchit
Shopping mall: Ploenchit Plaza
Jim Thompson outlet in the Plaza Athenee Hotel
A free shuttle bus service is available from Ploenchit station – Wireless Road – Soi Ruam Rudi and back to Ploenchit from 0730 – 2200 hours daily, passing the major hotels in the area.
Hotels near Nana station
Shopping mall: Landmark Plaza
E4 Asoke Bangkok skytrain and subway interchange at Sukhumvit subway station
Hotels near Asoke
Shopping malls: Robinson Asoke, Times Square
Jim Thompson outlets: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Westin Grande Sukhumvit
Bangkok legacy: Kamthieng House
E5 Phrom Phong
Hotels near Phrom Phong
Shopping mall: Emporium
Jim Thompson outlet: Emporium
E6 Thong Lor
Hotels near Thong Lor station
A free shuttle bus service runs from Phrom Phong – Thong Lor – Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Soi Thong Lor) – New Petchaburi Road and back to Phrom Phong from 0600 – 2230 hours daily.
Soi Thong Lor is a fashionable street with several up-market restaurants, bars and shops.
Hotels near Ekamai station
Bus Terminal: Ekamai eastern bus terminal for buses to Pataya and the east
Bangkok legacy: Ban Chang Thai - House of Thai Artisans
E8 Phra Kanong
Hotels near Phra Khanong station
Bangkok Legacy: Wat Mahabut - the legend of Mae Nak
E9 On Nut
Hotels near On Nut station
Shopping mall: Tesco Lotus
E10 Bang Chak
E12 Udom Suk
Hotels near Udom Suk
E13 Bang Na
Shopping Malls: Central Bang Na
BITEC Exhibition Centre
Eight more stations to be added to the Sukhumvit line; E16 Pu Chao, E17 Chang Erawan, E18 Royal Thai Naval Academy, E19 Pak Nam, E20 Srinakarindra, E21 Praek Sa, E22 Sai Luat, E23 Kheha.
Bangkok skytrain (BTS) - Silom line 13 stations.
W1 National Stadium Terminal station
Shopping Malls: Mah Boon Khrong Centre, Tokyu Department Store
Jim Thompson outlet: Jim Thompson House
Bangkok legacy: Jim Thompson House
Siam Bangkok skytrain interchange between Silom and Sukhumvit lines
Hotels near Siam and National Stadium stations
Shopping malls: Siam Discovery Centre, Siam Centre and Siam Paragon
Shopping mall: Peninsula Plaza
Jim Thompson outlet: Four Seasons Hotel
S2 Sala Daeng Bangkok skytrain and Bangkok subway interchange at Silom subway station
Hotels near Sala Daeng station
Shopping malls: Robinson Silom, Silom Central. Patpong night market
Jim Thompson outlet: Main store, Surawongse Road
S3 Chong Nonsi
Hotels near the Chong Nonsi station
Interchange with Bangkok BRT the Sathorn – Ratchadaphisek line, a Bus Rapid Transit service which started in May 2010 links to this station.
Bangkok legacy: M R Kukrit Pramoj's House
Hotels near the Surasak station
Shopping mall: Jewellery Trade Centre, Silom Road
S6 Saphan Taksin
Hotels near the Saphan Taksin station
Shopping mall: Robinson Bangrak
Jim Thompson outlets: Oriental Hotel, Royal Orchid Sheraton
Chao Phraya River Pier: Sathon Central Pier. Please see Bangkok River Cruise for details of boat services.
S7 Krung Thonburi
S8 Wong Wian Yai
The station is about a km from Wong Wian Yai where the King Taksin Monument is located.
S9 Pho Nimit
S10 Talat Phlu - terminal station. Commuters can connect to the Bangkok BRT at the Ratchapruek bus station nearby.
S12 Bang Wa
That takes us to the end of the line in our journey on the Bangkok skytrain. Hope you enjoyede the ride.
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