Monday, November 10, 2008

TRANSPORTATION in Bangkok

Subway - Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)

Running through 20 kilometers across metropolitan Bangkok, the MRT connects the northern train station of Bang Sue to the Hua Lamphong central railway station near the city center, while also going through the eastern part of Bangkok. Passengers can conveniently connect to the BTS system at BTS stations Mo Chit, Asok, and Sala Daeng

The subways run every 4-6 minutes and every 2-4 minutes during rush hour. Trains run everyday from 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The fare is based on the distance traveled.

Sky train - Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS)

Currently, there are 23 stations along 2 routes, the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line.The Sukhumvit line runs northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and On Nut respectively; the Silom line plies Silom and Sathon, the Central Business District of Bangkok, terminating at the National Stadium and Saphan Taksin (Taksin Bridge). The lines interchange at Siam station.

Both lines cover majority of Bangkok CBD, commercial, residential and tourist areas. The trains run daily between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight with frequent service throughout the day, increased during rush hours. The fare is based on the distance traveled.

Roads

Bangkok has a reasonable network of roads and highways throughout the city. Traffic in Thailand drives on the left side of the road and the wearing of seat belts is a must. A national driving license or International Driving Permit is required but visitors have been in Thailand for a period extending 3 months, would need to obtain a Thai driving license

The subways run every 4-6 minutes and every 2-4 minutes during rush hour. Trains run everyday from 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The fare is based on the distance traveled.

City Bus System

Operated by Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) is the main operator of public transit buses within Bangkok. The BMTA is in charged of providing bus service to people living and working in areas cover Bangkok Metropolis and its suburban areas in the adjacent provinces. The official service hours are 05.00-23.00 hrs, except 24-hr night-owl service on some routes. The BMTA allow passengers to board a bus and pay with cash or coupons. An average of 3.4 million people uses these services daily.

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