MRT - Bangkok Subway
The Metropolitan Rapid Transit, commonly known as MRT, is the underground rapid transit system serving the centre of Bangkok. The Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited operate the MRT under a concession granted by Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand. Along with the BTS, best known as Skytrain, and the ARL, the elevated Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link, the MRT is part of Bangkok's rail transportation infrastructure. In 2004, was opened the first stretch of Blue Line. Officially named Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line, it was the first MRT line opened to service. Currently it has 18 stations along 20 kilometers of underground route and serves more than 240,000 passengers each day. In the present days are under construction or design other six MRT lines, they will be operating between the 2016 and 2025. The MRT runs all year round, from 6 a.m. to midnight, with departures every 10 minutes, every 5 minutes during peak hours.
MRT Blue Line
The Blue Line runs between Hua Lamphong station, close to homonymous Railway Station, and Bang Sue station in the north of the city center, not far from Chatuchak Weekend Market. Silom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak Park are the three interchange stations with the elevated Skytrain. The Phetchaburi MRT station is only 100 metres walking distance from the Makkasan City Line station of the Airport Rail Link connecting the center of Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Two extensions of the Blue Line are under construction. In 2019, when they are completed the Blue Line will form a complete loop line around the centre of Bangkok.
MRT Purple Line
The first stretch of Purple Line, officially named Chalong Ratchadham Line, is currently in public trial period, and scheduled to open its full service in August 6, 2016. It runs from north-west to south, between Khlong Bang Phai station, in the adjacent Nonthaburi Province, and Tao Poon station, about 1 Km to north of Dusit district, in the centre of old Bangkok. This first section of Purple Line consists of 16 stations along 23 km of elevated route. The Purple Line, when completed in 2022, will link the northwestern suburb of Bangkok in Nonthaburi Province and southern area of Thonburi in Rat Burana District.
To take advantage of the MRT can use the single tickets or rechargeable cards for several trips. The single tickets for MRT are bought in the form of tokens at Ticket Offices and Ticket Vending Machines, located in all stations adjacent to the Automatic Fare Collection Gates. Single Journey Token is valid for a single trip, the fare depending on the number of stops, starting at 16 THB up to 42 THB. Children up to 14 years of age, and less than 90 cm height, travel free; if high from 91 to 120 cm are entitled to a discounted rate between 8 and 20 Baht. The Stored Value Card has the same size as credit card and can be stored and topped up value for multiple rides. Period Pass is a smart card which can be used for multiple rides in limited day period. Both cards are available only at the Ticket Offices. They are convenient for frequent service users, more trips you plan to do lower is the cost of individual trips. Note: the Automatic Fare Collection Gate is automatically opened when a Stored Value Card or a Token is brought close to the machine at about 10 centimeters, is not necessary the insertion of token or card. On the website of Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited you'll find updated rates, details of individual stations, routes and maps of the network.
- Address Terminal 1: 587 Sutthisarnvinitchai Road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
- Telephone: 02 641 4611
- Fax: 076 211 977
- Website: www.bangkokmetro.co.th
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