Using BTS SkyTrain in Bangkok

Bangkok’s Mass Transit System BTS or SkyTrain is one of the most convenient ways to travel around Bangkok as it helps to escape chaotic and often jammed traffic in Thailand’s capital. BTS SkyTrain system links central Bangkok with other important areas of the city making this kind of transport very useful for exploring Bangkok.

Bangkok BTS Skytrain

There are only two lines with 32 stations at the moment but BTS network is expanding and few more stations should add up in 2018. In several places BTS system connects with other Bangkok’s Mass Transit Systems - MRT Metro and Airport Rail Link.

Bangkok BTS SkyTrain Map

Current interactive map of Bangkok BTS SkyTrain can be found here: Bangkok BTS SkyTrain Map.

Bangkok BTS SkyTrain Operating Hours

BTS SkyTrain operates daily from 06.00 am to midnight.

Finding BTS SkyTrain station

Currently there are 32 BTS SkyTrain stations around Bangkok (Bangkok BTS SkyTrain Map). Finding one of the stations isn’t difficult as they all are above the roads and can be easily noticed from a distance.

BTS Skytrain station

Usually there are no less than 4 entrances to the BTS SkyTrain station and they all are clearly marked.

Entrance to the BTS Skytrain station

There are stairs and automated escalators leading up to the station. If you are tired and not keen on climbing the stairs, just look around, there should be another entrance with the escalator nearby.

Escalator to the BTS Skytrain station

BTS SkyTrain stations can also be handy for crossing Bangkok's roads as you can get to another side of the road or even directly to a shopping mall without buying a ticket.

BTS SkyTrain ticket price

The price of Single Journey Ticket, which is valid for a single journey, depends on the chosen destination, starting at 15 Baht, up to 59 Baht per journey.

The exact fare for your journey can be found on the interactive Bangkok BTS SkyTrain Mapofficial Bangkok BTS SkyTrain fare leaflet or on the board at the station (see below).

BTS Skytrain ticket price board

On this Fare Information Table you will find the fare to your chosen destination station from your current location (the station you are in is marked yellow).

Buying BTS SkyTrain ticket

There are few ways to buy a BTS SkyTrain ticket but the most common way is using Ticket Issuing Machines. Most of these machines still accept coins only.

BTS Skytrain ticket issuing machine

You need 1, 5 or 10 Baht coins (2 Baht coins and satangs are not accepted). If you don’t have enough coins, just change your notes at BTS Station Ticket Office.

BTS Station Ticket Office

Check Fare Information Table to find out the fare to your chosen destination station.

Press the button to select the required fare. The button will light up.

Insert coins. When the amount of coins will reach the required fare, your ticket (thin plastic card) will appear at the ticket-dispensing slot. Take the ticket and your change if any.

Buying BTS Skytrain ticket

Tickets are sold one by one and you need to repeat all the steps if few tickets are needed.

Keep in mind that Single Journey Tickets are valid for travel on date of purchase only!

BTS Skytrain Single Journey Ticket

There are newer machines accepting notes but they are still quite rare. These ticketing machines accept not only 1, 5 or 10 Baht coins (2 Baht coins and satangs are not accepted) but 20, 50, 100 Baht banknotes too (larger banknotes are not accepted). They are more user-friendly and some of them even can issue few tickets at one time.

BTS Skytrain ticket issuing machine

Don’t be surprised to see ticket issuing machines out of service quite often, though.

It is also possible to purchase a Rabbit card or long term pass for BTS SkyTrain, but it’s usually not worth it if you are visiting Bangkok only as a tourist for a short stay. Rabbit card and long term passes can be bought at any BTS Station Ticket Office.

Rabbit card or long term pass for BTS Skytrain

Using BTS SkyTrain ticket

When you get your BTS SkyTrain ticket, proceed to the metallic gates. Green arrow signs indicate entry points - you need to choose one of them.

BTS Skytrain gates

Insert your ticket into the slot on the metallic part of the gates (see green arrow below) and wait for it to pop out from the slot on the top of it (see red arrow below).

Using BTS Skytrain ticket

The gates will open then. Take your ticket back and quickly walk through as the gates stay open for just a couple of seconds.

Keep your ticket with you as at the exit you will have to insert it into the slot again but this time it won’t pop out, only the gates will open for you to exit.

Taking BTS SkyTrain

When you enter the Paid Area of BTS SkyTrain station, you need to choose the platform. The platforms are named with the last station of the line and you just need to choose correct direction. Check the map on another side of your ticket to make sure. BTS SkyTrain lines connect at Siam station and you might need to change the train and platform there.

When you will get to the platform, you will notice that BTS SkyTrain platforms have yellow arrows in black background pointing towards the track and black arrows in yellow background pointing from the track. You should wait in a line behind the yellow arrows in black background. The doors of the SkyTrain will stop directly in front of the black arrows in yellow background and passengers will disembark the train there.

BTS Skytrain platform

There’s a map inside the SkyTrain showing your location and other stations on the line. The name of the next station is clearly announced in advance so you have time to prepare for disembarking the SkyTrain.

If you will choose wrong direction or miss your station, don’t worry and just swap platforms at the next station. You don’t need to buy a new ticket if you just change platforms and don’t leave the Paid Zone.

Tips on Using BTS SkyTrain in Bangkok

BTS SkyTrain is very convenient when used with other Bangkok’s Mass Transit Systems – MRT (Metro) and Airport Rail Link.