Bangkok MRT

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.

Unlike the BTS, 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 the Bangkok MRT gets you where you want to go in and around Bangkok just as well and it is clean and inexpensive.

If you came to this page looking for transport options around Bangkok, then you need to also read the page about the Bangkok BTS Skytrain.

Ride The MRT Bangkok

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.

Bangkok MRT Ticket Price

The MRT Bangkok uses an electronic ticketing system and there are a couple of types of tickets that are great bargains for the visitor or tourist.

  1. Single Journey Token - For one trip
  2. Bangkok MRT Day Pass - This allows unlimited rides on the day of issue for 140 baht, similar to the BTS.
  3. Bangkok MRT 3 Day Pass - This allows you unlimited travel for three consecutive days for the princely sum of 240 baht.
  4. Bangkok MRT Stored Value Card Add stored value to the card, sufficient for several trips in the Bangkok MRT system. Initial value of 180 baht (100 baht travel value, 50 baht deposit and 30 baht issuing fee)

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 2022.

There doesn't seem to be a Bangkok MRT card for tourist, so select from the Bangkok MRT Pass or the Bangkok MRT 3 Day Pass.

The Bangkok MRT monthly pass seems not to be offered any longer.

How to Travel on the Bangkok MRT

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 Bangkok operates from 06.00 am - midnight daily.

Between 06.00 am  - 09.00 am and 16.30 pm - 19.30 pm the trains run every five minutes and during off peak hours they run at less than ten minute intervals.

Bangkok MRT Map

Before you visit Bangkok, take the time to look at the BTS line and this full size MRT map Bangkok, in jpg format.

Now you get an idea of how much of the city the two Bangkok trains systems 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.

Using the BTS or MRT one can easily visit:

Wat Hua Lamphong or the weekend market at Chatuchak by riding on the MRT and using the Bangkok Metro pass.

Ensure you get a copy of the Bangkok Metro Map before you arrive.

Bangkok MRT Route MapMRT Map Bangkok (smaller version)

Bangkok MRT Lines

There are two lines that make up the MRT:

  • The Blue Line
  • The Purple Line

The Blue Line runs for 48 km and has 38 stations.

It is the one that tourists to Bangkok would be most interested in, because of the stations being close to natural tourist attractions.

Can I change from the MRT to the BTS?

At certain points the Bangkok MRT crosses close to the BTS and a transition can be made from one system to the other.

These train station interconnections are at:

  • MRT Chatuchak Park / BTS Mo Chit
  • MRT Phahon Yothin / BTS Ha Yaek Lat Phrao
  • MRT Sukhumvit / BTS Asok
  • MRT Silom / BTS Sala Daeng
  • MRT Bang Wa / BTS Bang Wa

Can I change from the MRT to the Airport Rail Link (ARL)?

These train station interconnections are at:

  • MRT Phetchaburi / ARL Makkasan

Using the combination of MRT, BTS and ARL provides a simple system for commuters to traverse Bangkok, in even the busiest of periods.

MRT Tourist Attractions

The Bangkok MRT is a great way to get around the city and knowing which stations to use is vital for trip planning.

Here are some of the places to go, with brief instructions. Make sure you take a camera.

Bang Yai Flower Market

Selling retail and wholesale garden plants, the Bang Yai Flower Market consists of:

  • Big Garden Market
  • Garden Center Market
  • Boonyong Tree Market
  • Soi Wat Phra Ngoen Tree Market
  • Saeng Aree Market

for you to visit and shop.

As a tourist you are unlikely to be taking live plants home, it is a great way to experience the flora of Thailand.

From Talad Bang Yai Station exit 4, turn left and walk along Kanchanaphisek Road, a distance of 1 Km.

Taling Chan Floating Market

This is an authentic Thai floating market, situated about 12 km from the city and also known as Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market.

Heaps of Thai foods served from small boats and a great atmosphere.

Make sure you check out the puppet theatre at the Artists House.

Open weekends: 8:00 - 16:00

From Bang Khun Non Station exit 1, take the public transport the road along the Talingchan railway line, a distance of 4.2 Kms.

Pak Khlong Talat

Most well known as the flower market, but Pak Khlong Talat is one of the largest fresh fruit markets in Thailand daily. In the evening visit Saphan Phut Market.

From Sanam Chai Station (Exit 4), walk along Rachini Road and turn left into Chakkraphet Road, a distance of 250 metres.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

The delights of Chatuchak Market are already shared in the linked page, so make sure to read that.

At the back of Chatuchak Market is JJ Mall, so if you still have shopping energy left, make sure to call in.

From Kamphaeng Phet Station (Exit 2), you’ll see the Chatuchak (JJ) Market.

Esplanade Ratchada

A shopping mall with Movie theatres and shops. I know it quite well as I used to go and have Thai lessons there.

MRT Cultural Centre Station (Exit 3)

Fortune Town

One of the largest IT Centres in Bangkok and surely surpasses the old IT centre at Pratunam.

MRT Phra Ram 9 Station (Exit 1) you will see the destination.

Talat Chao (Morning Market)

Wake up early and give alms to the passing monks.

From Hua Lamphong Station (Exit 1), turn left into Charoen Krung Road then turn right into Soi Charoen Phanit, a distance of 750 metres.

Paruhat and Sampheng Markets

These two markets with different cultural identities lie side by side and make a great cultural adventure for those that like to scour market stalls for treasure.

Paruhat is also known as Little India and Sampheng is where the Chinese first settled in Bangkok, and the markets reflect this heritage.

From Sam Yot Station (Exit 3), turn left and walk along Burapha Road, a distance of 300 metres.

MRT Pass

With your Bangkok MRT pass in hand, a bottle of water in the backpack and your MRT map Bangkok ready, then you should be all set to explore some of Bangkok's most interesting places.

Be sure to take some amazing images with your phone or larger camera.

How to Use the MRT Bangkok

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