Transportation

Transportation

 

Airplane

Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for traveling to Thailand, as visitors can fly to Thailand on non-stop routes from many corners of the globe on both international and Thai airlines. Furthermore, Thailand’s central location makes Thailand an ideal hub for exploring the rest of Asia. In addition to the primary international airport located in Bangkok, visitors from abroad can fly to Thailand on international flights destined for Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, and even Udon Thani and Hat Yai.

Domestic flights are also easy and convenient, cutting down on journey times and often costing less than travel by car or rail.

Charter flights to Thailand from Europe or Asia may arrange to land in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, or Hua Hin.

As the major hub for air travel in and around Asia, a number of low cost airlines now serve Thailand for both domestic and international routes, and now flying to Thailand is both convenient and inexpensive.

Thailand has 6 major international airports:

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Don Muang International Airport (In Bangkok)

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Chiang Mai Intrernational Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Phuket International Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Hat Yai International Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

And 24 domestic airports for commercial flights in major cities around the country.

- Mae Hong Son Airport
- Khon Kaen Airport
- Ubon Ratchathani Airport
- Surat Thani Airport
- Krabi Airport
- Sukhothai Airport
- Surat Thani Airport
- Trang Airport
- Trat Airport
- Mae Sot Airport
- Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
- Phitsanulok Airport
- Mae Sot Airport
- Nakhon Phanom Airport
- Ranong Airport
- Lampang Airport
- Nan Airport
- Chumphon Airport
- Narathiwat Airport
- U-Tapao International Airport
- Chumphon Airport
- Udon Thani International Airport
- Sakon Nakhon Airport
- Samui Airport

BUS

BUS

There are two main types of buses running to provinces around Thailand.

 

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

Non-air-conditioned buses

Non-air-conditioned buses operated by the government which are the cheapest and slowest.

Air-conditioned buses

Air-conditioned buses painted in blue. This type, run by both the government and private companies, is faster and more comfortable. Normally, there are two classes of air-con buses regular and 1st class; the latter have toilets.

For long routes like those going to Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and Phuket, there is another type called "VIP" or "sleeper" buses which have only 30 to 34 seats providing more leg room for each passenger and their fares are somewhat higher.

For provincial bus terminals, call 1490 or visit
website: www.transport.co.th

Suvarnabhumi Airport (In Bangkok)

TRAIN

TRAIN

Rail lines laid throughout Thailand create a 4,000 km system that is both efficient and comfortable. Passengers can travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to the Laos or Malaysian borders and many places in between. While the journey on a Thai train generally takes longer and can be more expensive than a voyage by bus, trains are safer and are generally more comfortable. Popular train routes include Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Surat Thani, the launching point for boats to Koh Samui.

There are three classes of Thai train service, allowing even the most budget conscious traveler to experience travel by train in Thailand. However, while first class is quite plush, featuring private cabins with twin sleeping arrangements and air conditioning on select routes, prices are often higher than flying the same route on a budget air carrier. On the other end of the spectrum, third class is cheaper than the bus but may not be the most comfortable way to spend 11 overnight hours. Second class prices on Thai trains are equivalent to first class bus tickets, both in price and in comfort, though the train has fold down beds and it’s easier to get up and stretch your legs on the train than on a bus.

Thai trains depart throughout the day, though some are express and some make frequent local stops and comprise of only third class seating. Train tickets sell out well in advance for some holidays and weekends, particularly the more limited sleeper cars and the wider, lower bunk, second class sleeper seats. It is advisable to book ahead through an agent, at the station, or from the State Railway of Thailand. 66(0)2-223-7010 or via email at SRT passenger-ser@railway.co.th for a 200 baht surcharge. Schedules and available seats are posted on their

website: www.railway.co.th

Local Transport

Bus Most big provinces have both public non-air-con bus and air-con bus services to destinations within the provinces and to other nearby provinces. For more detail visit website: www.bmta.co.th

Local Transport
Local Transport
Local Transport

Vehicle Categories and Service Rate:

Categories Color Fare Rate Service Period
Regular bus Cream-Red 6.50 baht 05.00 - 23.00 hrs.
Regular bus White-Blue 7.50 baht 05.00 - 23.00 hrs.
Regular Express Way (Beige - Red) Cream-Red 8.50 baht 05.00 - 23.00 hrs.
Regular Overnight (Beige - Red) Cream-Red 8 baht 23.00 - 05.00 hrs.
Air Condition (White - Blue) Cream-Blue 10 12 14 16 18 baht (depending on the distance traveled) 05.00 - 23.00 hrs.
Air Condition (Euro 2) Yellow-Orange 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 baht (depending on the distance traveled) 05.00 - 23.00 hrs.

Taxi

Taxi

Taxis are cheap and appear on virtually every corner at almost any time.

Sam-Lor or Tuk-Tuk

Sam-Lor or Tuk-Tuk

It is a three-wheeled taxi which comes in two types motorized and non-motorized. Motorized Sam-Lor or Tuk-Tuk can be found throughout the country while non-motorized ones (or tricycle), which mostly called Sam-Lor, are available in certain provincial towns. Both types of Sam-Lor are suitable for short trips only.

Songthaew

Songthaew

A songthaew is a passenger vehicle in Thailand and Laos adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck and used as a share taxi. It takes its name from the two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck; in some vehicles a third bench is put down the middle of the seating area. Additionally a roof is fitted over the rear of the vehicle, to which curtains and plastic sheeting to keep out rain may be attached. Some vehicles have roofs high enough to accommodate standing passengers within the vehicle. More typically, standing passengers occupy a platform attached to the rear. Those in Thailand were known to English-speaking travelers as a baht bus, from the days when the usual fare was one baht.

Songthaews are used both within towns and cities and for longer routes between towns and villages. Those within towns are converted from pick-up trucks and usually travel fixed routes for a set fare, but in some cases (as in Chiang Mai) they are used as shared taxis for passengers traveling in roughly the same direction.

Literally meaning two rows, this is a small pickup truck with two benches, on at each side of the truck seating several people. It is a public transport which operates fixed routes like buses, but normally runs a shorter distance or within the province. Songthaew can also be chartered like a regular taxi.

BTS
(Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company limit)

BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company limit)
BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company limit)

The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known as the BTS or the Skytrain is an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok, Thailand. It is operated by Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC) under a concession granted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). The system consists of 34 stations along two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and Bearing respectively, and the Silom Line which plies Silom and Sathon Roads, the Central Business District of Bangkok, terminating at the National Stadium and Bang Wa. The lines interchange at Siam Station and have a combined route length of 36.45 kilometers (22.65 mi). The system is formally known as the Elevated Train in Commemoration of HM the King's 6th Cycle Birthday.

For more detail visit website: www.bts.co.th

MRT (Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited)

MRT (Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited)
MRT (Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited)

The MRT Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line or Blue Line is the first and currently only operating line of Bangkok's MRT system. Opened on 3 July 2004, it runs eastward from Bang Sue Station in Chatuchak District along Kamphaeng Phet, Phahon Yothin and Lat Phrao Roads, then turns south following Ratchadaphisek Road, then west following Rama IV Road to Hua Lamphong Station in Pathum Wan District.

For more detail visit website: www.bangkokmetro.co.th

Boat

Boat

The Chao Phraya Express Boat is a transportation service in Thailand operating on the Chao Phraya River. It provides riverine express transportation between stops in the capital city of Bangkok and to Nonthaburi, the province immediately to the north. Established in 1971, the Chao Phraya Express Boat Company serves both local commuters and tourists. It also offers special tourist boats and a weekend river boat tours, as well as offering boats available for charter. Along with BTS Sky train and Bangkok Metro using the boats allows commuters to avoid traffic jams during the peak hours on weekdays.

The 21 kilometres (13 mi) route is served by 65 boats and operates from 06:00–21:30 (last departure from CEN-Sathorn pier of a yellow flagged boat) on weekdays and from 06:00–18:40 on weekends and holidays. Current prices are from THB9 (Local line for distance within one zone) to THB30 (for green-yellow flag trip on its entire route from Pakkret to Sathon), depending on the type of boat and the distance travelled. The river boats carry an average of about 40,000 passengers per day.

For more detail visit website: www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com

Motorcycle

Motorcycle Motorcycle

Drivers of motorcycle taxis in Bangkok wear orange vests.

Airport Rail Link

Airport Rail Link
Airport Rail Link
Airport Rail Link

The Express Service is a 15-minute non-stop journey between the City Terminal and the airport with a fare at Bt150 per trip.

City Line commuter trips, with set fares at Bt15-Bt45, take 30 minutes to reach the airport, departing from Phaya Thai, Ratchaprarop, Makkasan, Asoke, Ramkhamhaeng, Hua Mak, Ban Thap Chang, and Lat Krabang stations, and will end at the last stop of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

For more detail visit website: Airport Rail Link website

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