The Bangkok MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is a great way to travel around Bangkok and avoid the traffic snarls that the city is well known for.
It is an underground train, so it isn't quite as visually appealing as the BTS as you don't get to see the city going by the window. But it gets you where you want to go in Bangkok just as well and it is clean and inexpensive.
Take the underground line that starts at Hua Lamphong station and travel all the way to Bang Sue. It intersects the BTS line at Sala Daeng, Asoke and Mo Chit so you can transfer to the BTS line at these points.
If you want to visit Chatuchak Market then alight at Mo Chit or if you want to look around Wat Hua Lamphong you need to get off at Sam Yan.
The MRT uses an electonic ticketing system and there are a couple of types of tickets that are great bargains for the visitor or tourist.
MRT One Day Pass - This allows unlimited rides on the day of issue for 120 Baht, similar to the BTS.
MRT 3 Day Pass - This allows you unlimited travel for three consecutive days for the princely sum of 230 Baht.
Both of these tickets can be purchased at the ticket office or vending machine located at each MRT station.
If you just have a single destination in mind then you can choose to purchase a single journey token. The price ranges from 16 Baht for one stop, up to a maximum of 42 Baht from the beginning of the line to the end of the line and this price is valid until July 2016.
Your travel token is issued from the ticket vending machine (TVM) in the station. If you haven't used one on these tokens before, you need to tap it on the turnstile as you enter the station and place it in the slot as you depart at your final destination.
Purchase of the single journey tokens is from the TVM, which takes 5 or 10 Baht coins as well as banknotes. The machine will dispense the appropriate change.
The MRT operates from 06.00am - midnight daily.
Between 06.00 - 09.00 and 16.30 - 19.00 the trains run every five minutes and during off peak hours they run at less than ten minute intervals.
Before you visit Bangkok, take the time to look at the BTS and MRT maps so you get an idea of how much of the city they cover; plan where you want to go and see how close these two transport systems can take you to your final destination.
The great advantage of both the BTS and the MRT is that you avoid the traffic jams, and so it makes sense to start your journey by using the Bangkok MRT and then perhaps just take a taxi for the last few kilometres.
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