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Transportation

Bangkok Transportation

HOW TO GET TO THAILAND
 

BY AIR

Bangkok is Thailand's major gateway. Most visitors arrive through Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport which is connected by daily flights to Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia aboard the world's major airlines. Further international flights, mostly from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong, land on a less regular basis at the southern airports of Phuket and Hat Yai and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Charter flights from Europe and the Orient sometimes land in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and at U-Taphao for Pattaya.
 

BY RAIL

Regular rail services link Singapore and Bangkok. Intermediary stops include Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and major southern Thai towns.
 

BYROAD

Overland entrance to Thailand is restricted to three road crossings on the Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.
 

BY SEA

There are no regular steamship connections with Thailand. Cargo ships calling at Bangkok's Klong Toey port sometimes have passenger cabin facilities. Cruise ships, such as Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 11, Royal Viking, or Pearl of Scandinavia periodically visit Pattaya.

 

TRAVEL WITHIN THAILAND
Domestic air, rail and road transport in Thailand is surprisingly inexpensive.
 

BY AIR

Thai Airways International, Thailand's national airline, Bangkok Airways ,Orient Thai Airline and Angel Airlines.

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BY RAIL

An efficient rail system links major northern and northeastern towns with the capital. A southern route permits the visitor to travel by train into Malaysia and Singapore. Domestic express trains comprise first, second and third class carriages. Slower trains may have only third-class seats.

The State Railway of Thailand organizes oneday, two-day economy tours to various destinations on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays. Other tours include trips to Surat Thani (for Koh Samui), Chumphon and Chiang Mai. Railway schedules can be obtained from Bangkok Railway Station, Tel: 223-7010, 2237020.

Time Schedule for Northern Line (Departure)
Time Schedule for Northern Line (Arrival)
Time Schedule for Northeastern Line (Departure)
Time Schedule for Northeastern Line (Arrival)
Time Schedule for Eastern Line (Departure)
Time Schedule for Eastern Line (Arrival)
Time Schedule for Southern Line (Departure)
Time Schedule for Southern Line (Arrival)
 

BY ROAD

A modern highway system reaches into all corners of the kingdom. Domestic bus services offer fast means of travel. Air-conditioned tour coaches offer more comfort. Bangkok's Northern/Northeastern Bus Terminal is on Kam Phaeng Phet 2 Road, Tel: 9363674, 9363667-8.

Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal is on Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road, Tel : 4351190, 4351200 (air-conditioned) and 4345558 (regular).

Bangkok's Eastern Bus terminal is on Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 3929227, 3919829 (air-conditioned) and 3912504, 3922521 (regular).

 

HOW TO GET TO (TRANSPORTATION DETAILS)
 

Chiang Mai     Chiang Rai   Mae Hong Son   Sukhothai   Phitsanulok   Ayutthaya     Kanchanaburi
Cha-Am  Hua Hin  Pattaya  Kho Samui  Phuket   Krabi   Kho Phi Phi  Phang Nga  Khon Kaen
Lampang   Nakhon Ratchasima   Nong Khai   Buriram   Ubon Ratchathani



TRAVEL INSIDE BANGKOK

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with 3.50 Baht minimum and 5 Baht maximum fares to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok- Air- conditioned buses within Bangkok have minimum and maximum fares of 6 and 16 Baht respectively. Red and grey Micro-Buses, also air conditioned, cost 20 Baht for single journey. A Bus Route Map is available at most hotels, bookshops and the TAT head office for 35 Baht.
 

TAXIS AND TUK TUKS

Hotel taxis have fixed tariffs. Taxis cruising the streets of Bangkok, and designated "taximeters" charge 35 Baht for the first 3 kilometres and approximately 5 Baht for every kilometre thereafter. Tuk-Tuk or three wheel taxis are quite popular among the tourists for short journeys inside Bangkok. Fares range from a minimum of 30 Baht to a maximum of 150 Baht. Fares must be bargained for.
 

RIVER TAXIS

There are many boats plying the Chao Phraya River. Some criss-cross between landings on opposite banks while the Chao Phraya Express boats travel upstream and downstream within the metropolis. Fares range between 5 and 15 Baht.
 

SKY TRAIN

As promised the BTS Skytrain service was launched on 5th December 1999, to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the King of Thailand.

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  Information provided by T.A.T (Tourism Autority of Thailand)
 

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