The Bangkok MRT is an underground subway line. It’s a fast, clean, safe and efficient way of getting around Bangkok. It complements the BTS system and the two networks intersect at Chatuchak Park, Sukhumvit, and Silom, and with the Airport Rail Link at Phetchaburi. It comprises two lines, Blue & Purple. The Blue line runs between Hualamphong and Tao Poon. The Purple line runs between Tao Poon and Khlong Bang Phai. The trains are air-conditioned and comfortable but can be crowded during morning and evening rush hours Monday to Friday. Operating hours are 06.00-24.00, 7 days a week. Frequency is every 5-6 minutes.
The line has just been extended from Hualamphong with the addition of five new stations. However, these have limited service from 07.00 to 21.00 at the moment due to test runs. Full service will begin on September 28th and an additional six stations will open. Travel on the new extension is currently free. You need to change platform at Hualamphong for the extension. The new stations include Wat Mangkon in the heart of Chinatown, & Sanam Chai which is next to Museum Siam. A short walk from Sanam Chai is Wat Pho, with the Grand Palace next door. In the other direction, it is a short walk to Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market. You can watch a video about the new extension here.
Fares are inexpensive by international standards. Single journey tokens cost 16-42 baht depending on destination. There are a variety of passes available. A One-day pass covering the network costs 120 baht and gives unlimited rides. A 3-day pass costs 230 baht and a 30-day pass costs 1400 baht. Passes are non-refundable and run for consecutive days. Children under 14 get a 50% discount. Children whose height are under 90cm travel free. A Stored Value Card is also available. It has a 30-baht issuing fee and a 50-baht refundable deposit. You can add credit to the card at any MRT station.
The Bangkok MRT uses small black tokens and not tickets for a single journey. You can buy single tokens from the ticket office or from the automated ticket machines which accept coins and notes. Don’t lose your token as you will need it to exit.
When catching, a train, check to make sure you’re going in the right direction. The platforms have signboards with the terminus station names which are currently Hualamphong and Tao Poon. All stations have wall maps showing the station exits and the local area. Check the correct exit for your destination. You can pick up a free network map and guide at all MRT station ticket offices.
Operating hours are 06.00-24.00, 7 days a week. Frequency is every 5-6 minutes. The first train leaves Hualamphong for Tao Poon at 06.03 while the last train leaves at 23.30. Times are the same from Tao Poon.
Some useful stations are ….
Wat Mangkon for Chinatown
Si Lom for Patpong and Silom nightlife
Lumphini for Lumphini Park
Queen Sirikit for Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Sukhumvit for Sukhumvit Road Hotels and Nightlife
Phetchaburi for Airport Rail Link
Ratchadaphisek for Suan Lum Night Bazaar
The only negative with the Bangkok MRT is the less than satisfactory service late at night. Most stations close at 23.30 compared to the BTS whose last trains are 24.00 to 24.15.