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Getting Around Bangkok

Bangkok is a very large city. As many as 12 million people live there. The city has no real center, and a rather limited transportation infrastructure relative to many other cities its size.

There was a time in the early 1990's when getting around Bangkok was close to a nightmare. You could easily find yourself stuck in traffic for several hours just to make a short trip. The situation has improved dramatically in recent years. In 1999 the city's first modern mass transit system opened, the elevated Bangkok Transit System, known as the Skytrain. Ridership has not met expectations, but the Skytrain is a quick and easy way to get from one place to another. In 2004 the Skytrain was joined by the city's first subway.

Bangkok Airport Transfers

The new Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located some distance from the center of town. The best way to get into town is by taxi or airport limosine. See the Bangkok airport transfers page for full details.

Getting Around Town

Bangkok Transit System
Better known as the Skytrain, the capitol's first mass transit system is a quick way to get around. The system isn't very big, so it probably won't go exactly where you going, but it can cut a lot of time from a cross town trip. In April 2002 the Skytrain made several improvements to help make using the system much easier for tourists. A three-day unlimited use ticket can now be purchased at all stations and many hotels for just 280 Baht (