BMTA, Bangkok City Buses
Bangkok's city buses are a very cheap way to get around the capital or to reach its adjacent provinces. It's also a nice way for tourists to enjoy the real Bangkok. Buses offer to you a full immersion in this chaotic capital, with colourful hidden corners, folkloric characters, scents or smells less pleasant, aggressive and unruly drivers, bad traffic condition and even pollution. Nevertheless this is the real Bangkok Hardcore. Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, also known as BMTA, is the main operator of public city buses within Bangkok Metropolitan Region. BMTA offers over 400 bus and van routes throughout the capital and its five suburban provinces, i.e. Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon. It serves approximately 1.1 million passengers on an average weekday, mostly commuters, with its own fleet of over 3.500 buses, comprising about 1,600 ordinary buses and 1,900 air-conditioned buses. The different types of buses are recognizable by their colour. The air-conditioned bus fleet consists of big Blue and Yellow Buses. The Blue Buses run on urban and suburban routes, using the city and intercity roads and making many stops. The Yellow Buses serve similar routes but use the Express Ways and Toll Ways on most of their path, making few stops, therefore are a little more expensive but faster. The ordinary bus fleet consists of big Red Buses and smaller Green Buses. They are cheaper, always crowded and make incessant stops. BMTA, in addition to its own buses, also uses over 10,000 private-own contract buses, minibuses or van. The bus service runs daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., except the night buses that run 24/24. The bus fares are really cheap and vary depending on distance travelled and type of buses, between 8 and 20 THB for urban routes, and between 30 and 45 THB for suburban routes and for bus lines that connect the two Bangkok's airports to the city centre. The customers pay once on board with cash or prepaid coupons directly to conductor of bus. The frequent customers can purchase the most convenient coupons at BMTA headquarter and branch offices. In the next future, the government will implement a common ticketing system across all mass transit systems, i.e. BMTA, BTS, MRT and Airport Rail Link, allowing passengers to pay with a single smart card. Despite its affordability, in the last two decades the passenger numbers have been almost consistently on decline. The BMTA reported an average of 1.1 million passengers per day in 2010, a quarter of the 4 million reported in 1992. Although a large number of commuters still use the buses daily, most of them prefer the others new mass transit systems. This also applies to tourists visiting Bangkok for two main reasons. The first is that BTS, MRT and Airport Rail Link are faster, cleaner, cooler and equally cheap. The second is that buses are not too practical for tourists, not so straightforward to understand routes and stops, excluded the lines, which depart from the Bangkok's airports to centre city. For more determined and adventurous tourists is well to remember that to get on board of a bus in transit you have to make a sign to the conductor, and even signal to him the willingness to go down approaching to the doors. The planned buses stops are marked with signs that reporting the location, timetable of buses in transit and their destinations. In the city centre, they are located close to major tourist attractions, shopping areas, government offices and even in front of the most popular Hotels.Read More
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The City bus service from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to downtown Bangkok is operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, BMTA. All city buses leave from Suvarnabhumi Public Transportation Centre, located only 3 kilometres north of Airport. The Centre can be reached by a Free Shuttle Service: Lines A, B, C, D and Express Line, the latter is non-stop. Line A departs from the passenger lounge on the first floor, near Gates 1 and 10. Line B departs from the arrivals hall on the second floor, near Gates 1 and 10. Lines C, D and the Express Line depart at Gate 5 from the arrivals terminal on the second floor and from the departures terminal on the fourth floor. There are several BMTA lines available towards the centre of the capital and also to its five suburban provinces. The routes to the centre follow paths that pass close or ending in places of tourist interest or Skytrain and Metro stations, BTS and MRT. The service runs from 04.00 to 23.30, all buses are air-conditioned; the rate is between 15-45 THB, depending on the destination. Journey times vary depending on the traffic from a minimum of 40 minutes to a maximum of 70 minutes.
|549 to Minburi||Ladkrabang Rd - Rom Klao Rd - Sihaburanukit Road - Seri Thai Rd - Minburi|
|550 to Happy Land||On Nut Rd - Praves District - On Nut - Bangkapi - Happy Land|
|551 to Victory Monument||New Bangkok - Srirat - Rama - Asoke - Dindang - Rachawithi Rd - Victory Monument|
|552 to On Nut||Bangna - Bangpakong Rd - Sukhumvit Rd - On Nut BTS Station|
|553 to Samut Prakan||Ladkrabang Rd - Bangna - Bangpakong Rd - Sukhumvit Rd - Sai Luad Rd - Samut Prakan|
|554 to Rangsit||Ram Intra Rd - Lak Si - Vibhavadee Ransit - Don Muaeng Air. - Rangsit|
|555 to Samut Prakan||Vibhavadee - Kasetsart - Laksi - Don Muaeng Air. - Rangsit|
|556 to Southern Ter.||Yommarat - Democracy Mon. - Thammasat Univ. - Pata Dep. Store - Southern Bus Terminal|
|557 to Wongwien Yai||Rom Klao - Chalarat Hosp. - S.Prakan - Suksawat Rd - Ratburata Hosp. - Wat Sawetchat - Wongwien Yai|
|558 to Central Rama 2||Expressway - Wat Son-Suksawas - Rama 2 Rd - Central Rama 2|
|559 to Future Park Rangsit||Dream World - Ek Prathum Hospital - Future Park Rangsit|
The Airport and City bus service from Don Mueang is operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, BMTA. Buses are a great alternative to taxis for those who need to reach the centre of Bangkok. All buses leave from in front of the arrivals hall. There are two routes: A1 and A2. A1 buses run between Don Mueang Airport and Mochit, A2 bus route is Don Muang-Mochit-Victory Monument. The service runs from 08.30 to 23.30, all buses are air-conditioned; the rate is only 30 THB. Journey times vary depending on the traffic from a minimum of 40 minutes to Mochit to a maximum of 70 minutes to Victory Monument. Both arrival stations are in central Bangkok, close to the Skytrain and Metro stations, BTS and MRT, which are a quick way to move around the capital. In addition to the airport shuttle bus service, City buses depart from Don Mueang, with different destinations in the city centre; some buses are air-conditioned and some lines are available round the clock.
|A1 to Mo Chit *||Mo Chit BTS Station - Mo Chit Northeastern Bus Terminal|
|A2 to Victory Monument *||BTS Mo Chit - BTS Saphan Kwai - BTS Ari - BTS Sanam Pao - Victory Monument|
|29 to Mo Chit *||Mo Chit BTS Station Service run 24 hours on 24|
|59 to Bang Khae||Bang Khae Service run 24 hours on 24|
|95 to Khamhang||Ram-Ram Intra Rd - Khamhang Road Service run from 04:00 to 22:00|
|187 to Si Phaya||Si Praya Road Service run from 04:00 to 22:00|
|538 to Phaya Thai *||Phaya Thai BTS Station Service run from 04:00 to 22:00|
|554 to Suvarnabhumi||Vibhavadee Ransit - Lak Si - Ram Intra Rd - Suvarnabhumi|
|555 to Suvarnabhumi *||Lak Si - Kasetsart - Suvarnabhumi Service from 04:00 to 23:00|
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