Bangkok is a busy tourist destination. The places of sightseeing and shopping are scattered around the city and tourists find it daunting to commute from destination to another. But having an idea about the public and private modes of transport in the city is helpful for tourists. Here is a list of different transportation means to commute in Bangkok
BTS and MRT
BTS and MRT are the mass transit systems in Bangkok. BTS is the Skytrain system and MRT is the underground metro system. BTS is the elevated Skytrain and is the fastest means of transport. Tourists visiting the city can easily reach the shopping and entertainment areas in the new parts of the city, using the Skytrain. Staying at a Sukhumvit hotel near BTS station also helps the tourists to save time and money.
The MRT or the underground metro of the city runs in two different lines, the Blue line and Purple line. Tourists can get detailed information about the routes at the information desks at the train stations. Most of the tourists’ attractions are connected through the Blue line.
Airport Rail Link
Airport rail link is also popularly known as ARL. These trains connect the Suvarnabhumi airport to the main BTS station at the city centre. It is the cheapest and fastest way for tourists to commute between the airport and the city. ARL has City Line and Nonstop services. Tourists staying at Sukhumvit hotel near BTS station can benefit by using the ARL.
Bangkok has a well-developed public bus network. Public buses are the best option for budget travellers, looking for cheap mode of transport. However, tourists have to remember that the buses are basic and tend to get stuck in traffic during the peak traffic hours.
Chao Phraya Express boat
If you want to explore the older parts of Bangkok, then Chao Phraya Express boat service is the best option. The boat service is slow but tourists can enjoy the boat ride and explore the older parts of the city. Tourists can stay at a luxurious Sukhumvit hotel near BTS station and reach the express boat station using the BTS. They can then use the boat service to explore the ancient attractions and temples in the old city.