30 Things to do in Bangkok – #29 Take the BTS or MRT to get around

What to do in Bangkok? The #29 of things to do in Bangkok is to take the BTS or MRT to get around.

There is an underground system in Bangkok? I didn’t know that something like that exists in Asia – That’s what my best friend told me when I texted him that I would take the underground to get to a night market. Yes – there is an underground system and even a Skytrain running through Bangkok, and they are often the best way to get around as they aren’t stuck in traffic.

The underground and Skytrain system in Bangkok is modern, fast, reliable, and cheap. Especially in rush hours traffic can be a real pain in the ass – having delays of 30 mins to one hour on the road you would typically need 20 minutes aren’t rare. Unless you take motorbike taxis, you are stuck forever at a red light, and nothing goes. Taking the BTS (Skytrain) or MRT (Underground) speeds up your journey drastically, and you can save money. A ride cost you around 30 to 50 THB depending on where you go, and trains come every 2 to 5 minutes.

Unfortunately, the Network only covers 2 BTS and 2 MRT lines; they don’t include the entire old town around Khaosan road. You can still reach a lot of the attractions by taking them like the Chatuchak Weekend Market or Terminal 21 shopping mall.

I would recommend always to take a look at google maps first and decide what’s better for you but consider that the travel times for cars are often much underestimated where the travel times with the BTS are pretty much accurate. 

  • Total countries I visited until now: 35


  • Planes: 16
  • Busses: 43
  • Trains: 18
  • Boats: 23
  • Km driving: 7000
  • Km running: 2300

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