Opened in July 2004, Bangkok’s metro has become one of the most popular ways to travel around Bangkok. This hassle free transport option is cheap, fast, and avoids all of Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams.
The advantage of Bangkok’s metro is that it covers many major city locations. There are also interchanges with the BTS skytrain. Refer to the list of stations below to see which stops have interchanges.
To date, there is just one line that goes from Bang Sue to Hua Lamphong (train station). This has been the first and only line running through Bangkok carrying around 40,000 people per hour in each direction.
The operation hours are from 6am to midnight daily, similar to those of the BTS skytrain and Airport Rail Link.
The ticket fare – how much does it cost?
Ticket prices vary from 20 – 40 Baht and can be bought either directly at a service counter in any metro station or from the ticketing machines.
You will notice it won’t be necessary to ask the service counter for assistance as the automatic ticket vending are very user-friendly and easy to operate.
A clear and detailed list of every stop is given in either Thai or in English with the according fare.
The MRT metro uses RFID contact-less technology for its ticketing system. Instead of getting a regular paper ticket you will receive a token where all the necessary journey information is filled in electronically.
Be sure not to lose this token as it is used to enter and exit the metro stations.
Currently it isn’t possible to use the same ticket for the MRT metro and the BTS skytrain. However, this will be possible in the future as there are plans to standardize the system.
MRT frequency – how long does it takes for trains to come?
- Less than 5 minutes between trains during peak hours (06.00 – 09.00 am and 04.30 – 07.30 pm)
- Less than 10 minutes between trains during off-peak hours
List of MRT metro stations
Bangkok MRT Metro
- Bang Sue
- Kamphaeng Phet
- Pahon Yothin
- Lad Phrao
- Huay Khwang
- Thailand Cultural Centre
- Phra Ram 9 (Rama 9)
- Queen Sirikit
- Khlong Toei
- Sam Yan
- Hua Lampong