Transportation

Thailand a dreamy beachside paradise, is a country that has managed to retain its cultural integrity in spite of being a major tourist destination. You can find everything here – from pristine beaches to dense forests, from ancient monasteries to coral reefs, from Buddhist monks to floating markets, and finally, the fragrant and rich food to treat your taste buds. But, we need first to figure out how to get to all these amazing places by figuring out the means of transportation in Thailand.

Thailand offers inexpensive yet diverse transportation facilities that can get you through its cities and different parts. While rural area transport includes bicycles and motorbikes, busses dominate the cities and other parts. So, let’s get you through some amazing modes of transportation in Thailand.

Tuk-Tuks

The tuk-tuk is a 3-wheeler vehicle which can carry about 2-3 passengers and can get you through short distances in cities. Being an indigenous mode of transport, the tuk-tuk is an attraction among tourists. More than 35,000 tuk-tuks run the streets of Thai cities (mainly Bangkok) and the fares vary from around 80-150 Baht. Since tuk-tuks don’t have a meter like most taxis and motorbikes, a tuk-tuk ride can get quite expensive if you do not have negotiating skills. 

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Taxis

Taxi is a convenient yet inexpensive mode of transportation in Thailand to travel around short distances. If you want a break from the scorching Bangkok heat and have an affordable air-conditioned travel experience, get a taxi. Though in some cases motorbike taxis are preferred due to the vexatious traffic conditions.

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Motorcycle Taxi

If you are fearless of climatic changes and are not carrying a bulk load of luggage, then the motorcycle taxi might well suit you. It can get you through almost anywhere in any part of Thailand (excluding some rural areas). Fares depend on the distance you travel.

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Bus

With a wide variety of air-conditioned VIP buses for long-distance travels to non-air conditioned government buses for short routes, Bangkok offers the largest bus service system in the country. 

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Bangkok BTS Skytrain

The Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain offers an elevated railway experience and acts as a blessing in disguise for daily passengers who are wearied from daily Bangkok traffic.  This mode of transportation in Thailand is one of the most affordable and fastest means because you beat traffic. 

Things to Keep in Mind when Boarding  Trains from Bangkok BTS Skytrain: 

  • The Skytrain offers a cheap yet reliable and fast travel experience from 5:00 AM till midnight from Monday to Friday, which can get you through almost anywhere across the city. 
  • This overground railway system inculcates the Sukhumvit as well as Silom line and thus connects popular tourist destinations as well as major places in Bangkok with up to 32 stations.
  • Being a cheap travel alternative, the Skytrain does get crowded during weekdays, and a downside is that it does not cover all of Bangkok.
  • The Airport link trains operate from 6 AM to 12 AM.
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Bangkok MRT Subway

Also known as the Blueline, the MRT subway is an underground railway network that covers different parts of Bangkok city that are inaccessible via the Skytrain. 

Things to Keep in Mind when Boarding Trains from the Bangkok MRT Subway:

  • Stopping at 18 stations, this railway system provides affordable yet fast travel options, barring the congested traffic via roads.
  • Operating from 6:00 AM till midnight, five days a week, excluding Saturday and Sunday, it intersects the Skyline at various destinations.
  • The BTS, as well as the MRT Subway, have made colossal contributions towards refinements in Bangkok’s traffic conditions.
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Train

Though the Railways do not cover all of Thailand, this quick mode of transportation in Thailand still provides an exquisite and comfortable travel experience that no other transport alternative can offer. The Eastern Railway Line goes to the Cambodian border following the capital of Cambodia Phnom Penh. The other side goes to the coasts of Pattaya. The Northern Line goes directly to Chiang Mai. The Western Line covers all of Nam Tok, while the Southern line goes to Malaysia. Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok is the central station for all train travel across Thailand.

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Flight

Having 6 international airports and 23 domestic ones, Thailand offers an exquisite flight experience. Often referred to as the travel hub, the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok can get you to popular destinations with international as well as domestic flights.

Things to Keep in Mind if You Choose Flights:

  • If you want to travel within the country, then Thai Airlines (the national airlines in Thailand) are routed towards popular tourist attraction spots and other parts of the country. 
  • Bangkok Airlines are destined in many parts of the country from Chiang Mai in the North to Phuket in the South, which can be covered in as little as an hour’s time. 
  • Affordable flight tickets are offered by airlines such as Air Asia which traverse passengers to South East Asia as well as popular destinations in Europe.
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