7 Ways to Beat The Traffic in Bangkok
If you are living in Bangkok you will already know what a nightmare the traffic can be during rush hours. If you are working in Bangkok however, you will likely have to face this issue on a daily basis.
There are many expats living and working in the city, and for some, this daily commute may take a few hours each morning and evening, especially when driving to and from the office.
Below are some options for transport that may help you get to work in a much quicker time.
BTS Sky Train
This is probably the most efficient form of transport and one that can get you to your place of work very quickly. During rush hour the BTS can still be quite crowded, however, it is air conditioned making it quite comfortable.
Tickets are purchased from machines at the station and there are announcements in English letting you know the name of the next station.
Airport Rail Link
The airport rail link basically links the overhead BTS with the underground system of the MRT. If you live on the travel route of this link it can be a very fast and efficient service into the city. It travels to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phaya Thai BTS stop.
There are a number of routes that the MRT travels to throughout the underground system of the city. This mode of transport is similar to the BTS but underground. The train is air conditioned and at major stops you can transfer above ground onto the BTS system.
Tokens are purchased at ticket booths at the stations.
The BRT bus can be a great way to get around during rush hour because it has its own lane and is therefore not effected so much by the traffic. The route for this service is limited to a single line in the southern part of the city, however, you are able to transfer to the Chong Nonsi BTS line.
Tuk Tuk’s are the fun option for traveling around the city, but may not be the best option if you are in a rush.
They can usually get around traffic easier than cars and tend to know all the short cuts through the small sois, however there is a risk that you will still get stuck in a jam.
Usually you can negotiate with the driver on the price of the trip.
Probably the most popular way that expats travel around the city is by motorbike taxi. For a small fee you can get to your destination in a short amount of time due to the ease of slipping through traffic.
Costing around 20-40 bht for a short ride, motorbike taxis can be found at almost every corner of the streets of Bangkok. The drivers usually stand out as they wear green or red vests.
Maybe a more elegant way to get around during rush hour is by a water taxi. You can travel North to South and vice versa via the Chao Phraya River with a number of scheduled stops along the way.
The water might be quite choppy at times and this may lead to water being splashed onto you. Maybe not ideal if you wear a suit to the office!