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Bangkok Buses - Bangkok Bus Routes
The Bangkok bus network is pretty efficient and very economical.
There are usually two types of bus that service each route, 'ordinary' and air-conditioned, one is virtually half the ticket price of the other - Guess? The buses are generally quite clean and if the driver closes the doors on an air-conditioned Bangkok bus, cool too. The seats were designed for smallish, slim-ish, dare I say Thai people, and a big western bottom does tend to fill the seat!
A Bangkok bus is a great way of seeing the city though, with numbered buses plying specific routes, just as they would in any other modern city. The only problem we found is that very few of the buses have any other language than Thai on their destination boards. Until we found ourselves a Bangkok bus time table we were all at sea.
Fares can be as low as 5 THB and rarely exceed 20 THB for long distances within the city!
Airport buses service several destinations within the city for fixed fees of around 100 THB.
If you are stopping in the Khaosan Road area for instance you can get to the weekend market at Chatuchak in the north of Bangkok for about 20 THB! A/C Bangkok bus #524
It does help if you know where you are going but some Bangkok bus conductors do understand English (to a degree) and will let you know where to get off if you ask them.
Bangkok Bus Stations - There are four long distance, national, bus stations in Bangkok:
Northern bus terminal Bangkok - The Northern Bangkok Bus Station at Mo Chit
Bangkok bus terminal southern - The Southern Bangkok Bus Station at +++++++++
The South-eastern Bus Station #2 at Ekkamai
Eastern bus terminal Bangkok - The Eastern Bangkok Bus Station #1 at Ekkamai
The Western Bangkok Bus Station at ++++++++++++++
Bangkok Buses from Suvarnabhumi Airport
There is a Bangkok Express Bus stop outside the 1st floor exit of Suvarnabhumi Airport which charge a single 150 THB and operate hourly from about 0800 until midnight, covering just four (popular for tourist) routes, each journey taking between 60 - 90 minutes:
#AE1: Suvarnabhumi to Silom District, Bangkok
#AE4: Suvarnabhumi to Victory Monument (BTS Sky train - 551 stop) through to Hua Lamphong (Bangkok's main train station)
The 24 hour a day Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) public buses that run from Suvarnabhumi Airport Transport Center are:
Bangkok Bus #549 Red route: Suvarnabhumi to Bangkapi - Minburi via Ladkrabang Road, Rom Klao Road, Sihaburanukit Road and Seri Thai Road.
Bangkok Bus #550 Navy Blue route: Suvarnabhumi to Happy Land via via Ladkrabang Road, On-Nut Road, Sri Nakarin Road and Ladprao Road.
Bangkok Bus #551 Brown route: Suvarnabhumi to Victory Monument (BTS Sky Train) via expressway to the Srirat expressway, exiting at Rama 9 toll booth, Din Daeng Road and Rachawithi Road.
Bangkok Bus #552 Yellow route: Suvarnabhumi to On Nut (BTS Sky Train) via Bangna Bangpakong Road and Sukhumvit Road.
Bangkok Bus #552A Yellow route: Suvarnabhumi to Sam Rong
Bangkok Bus #553 Green route: Suvarnabhumi to Samut Phrakan, Samut Phrakan Provincial Capital (South of Bangkok)
Bangkok Bus #554 Light Red route: Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang Airport for domestic flights (and close by mainline station)
Bangkok Bus #555 Lilac route: Suvarnabhumi to Rangsit, North Bangkok (via Expressway)
Bangkok Bus #556 Colour Not Known route: Suvarnabhumi to Southern Bus Terminal (via Expressway) and Yommarat, Democracy Monument, Thammasat University and the Pata Department Store.
Bangkok Bus #557 White route: merged now with 558 below.
Bangkok Bus #558 White route: Suvarnabhumi to Central Rama II and Wong Wien Yai (on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River) via Central Park Hospital, Chalarat Hospital 1, Ramkamhaeng 2 Junction, Srinakarin Junction, Bang Na, Soi Lasan, Krung Chareon Market, Suksawat Road, Bang Na Tesco-Lotus, Bang Pakaeo, Bhuthabucha Junction, Bang Mod Hospital and Central Rama II.
To give an example of the fares, the fare between Suvarnabhumi and On Nut (E9) - BTS Sky Train station on the 552 is 32 THB, and the journey from On Nut to Suvarnabhumi Airport takes about 45 minutes in mid-afternoon traffic.
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