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Getting Around Bangkok

The best way to get around Bangkok is by Skytrain or Metro, which is fast, affordable and easily navigable for visitors. The city also offers an extensive network of buses, but these are prone to traffic jams, which the city is notorious for. Taxis are fairly cheap, but again, gridlock is a regular issue. However, taxis are the easiest way to get from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to downtown. The Airport Rail Link is another great option. For a scenic view of the city, we suggest hopping aboard a riverboat and floating down the Chao Phraya River. 

Bus

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority runs an extensive network of buses throughout the city. Vehicles with air-conditioning cost more to ride than those without. That said, tickets range from 6.50 baht (about $0.20) to 23 baht (about $0.60). Tickets are purchased on the bus. Most of the buses run from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., although some run 24 hours a day. Bus stop signs are blue; buses don't stop unless you flag them down. 

Skytrain and Metro

Many visitors find the Skytrain and metro to be the most convenient way of traversing the city, even though it's not as extensive as the bus system. Rates for the Skytrain run between 15 and 42 baht (about $0.50 and $1.30) depending on your destination, while one-day passes (for unlimited rides) cost 140 baht (roughly $4.20). The Metro (MRT) canvasses a smaller section of the city. The MRT has its own rates that are similar in price to Skytrain. Signs in both transit systems are in English and you can purchase tickets at automated machines in the station or from ticket offices. The mass transit system operates from 5:30 a.m. until midnight depending on your route. Hours and fares for the Airport Rail Link from Suvarnabhumi Airport are similar to the trains. 

Taxi

Taxis are a fairly affordable way of getting around the city, but keep in mind that taxi trips are susceptible to gridlock. There's actually a surcharge of 1.25 baht if the driver is stuck in traffic. Without traffic, the first two kilometers (roughly 0.5 miles) traveled costs 35 baht (a little more than $1), with prices increasing by 2 baht per every kilometer traveled thereafter. Most taxis have meters, and you should avoid any that don't to protect yourself from scams. Ask your hotel to help you call for a cab, as they often have relationships with trustworthy companies. The ride-hailing app, Uber, also operates in Bangkok.

Riverboat

For a scenic view of the city, hop on a public riverboat along the Chao Phraya. These riverboats serve as a great way to get around some of the city's major sites since there are stops near Wat Arun. Depending on your route, you can get a ride between 10 and 32 baht ($0.30 and $1). 

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