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Getting around in Bangkok: A guide to the BTS Skytrain

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Bangkok—Whether visiting for business or pleasure, traffic in Bangkok can make or break an appointment. The BTS Skytrain is one's best choice of travelling a long distance within the shortest amount of time.

First, consult a map of the BTS Skytrain route to determine your destination. This can be found online or at any BTS Skytrain station.

Payment

For a one-time trip, you need exact change in the form of coins to pay for your ticket. You can get up to 100 baht (recommended starting amount) in change at the entrance desk in exchange for cash. If you are a stickler for exact change, there are snack and souvenir shops at most BTS Skytrain entrances, where you can break down your bills and coins further.

Next, look for a machine with a large map of the BTS Skytrain route. Press the button of your destination. The number of your destination is the amount of baht you need to pay. Insert payment in the coin slot. This machine only takes coins of 1 baht, 5 baht, and 10 baht value. Don't forget to take your ticket when it is dispensed.

The Standard Rabbit Card, a 30-day pass, or a 1-day pass are also available. See Bangkok.com for more details.

Entrance and exit

If you have luggage, approach the side gate. The official will open it for you and check your ticket.

Notice the X's and arrows at the entrance/exit area. Keep left and enter where there is an arrow. Insert your ticket in the lower side slot of the metal box on your left and take back the ticket from the upper slot. When exiting the BTS Skytrain, don't bother to wait for the ticket. It won't come out.

Transfer

When transferring from the Sukhumvit line to the Silom line, get off at Siam. Follow signs to the National Stadium, where the Silom line starts. The same is true vice-versa: follow signs to Siam to transfer from the Silom line to the Sukhumvit line.

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