"If you plan to use this for airport transfer" BTS Skytrain Tip by BkkTourist

BTS Skytrain, Bangkok: 115 reviews and 276 photos

The sky train is convenient for day to day travel around Bangkok but as an airport transfer it's not too good if you are toting luggage. Every sky train station has some stairs you will need to negotiate. There are a small set at the base of every escalator and if you are connecting to an MRT station then there will be more stairs at some point. Fine if you have a backpack, a bit of a pain with trolley bags. The entry gates are very narrow and the barriers close very quickly, requiring you to move through them at some speed otherwise they will close on you. There are wide gates at the stations but an attendant has to open those for you. The BTS is a heavily trafficked transport system and it will be difficult to tote trolley bags through the stations particularly during the day when the walkways are packed shoulder to shoulder with people. Although it's a lot cheaper than a taxi and seems easier if you have more than one bag you will be better off with a taxi to get to your hotel. Bangkok isn't pedestrian friendly, the footpaths are narrow and lumpy and you have to dodge bicycles, pedestrians and the odd motor scooter on them. The footpaths in the city area are usually packed at all hours. This would only be a convenient transport system if you had a backpack or no luggage.

Makassan station is supposed be the main city transfer station and is where the express airport trains stop at. You can change to phetchaburi MRT at Makassan. Good in theory until you actually see Makassan station. It's located on the opposite side of a 6 line highway to phetaburi station with no walkway or defined pedestrian crossing between them. You also can't see the MRT station from Makassan, so unless you know which way to go once you exit, you won't be able to find it by looking around. I especially wouldn't want to be searching around for it after dark. This is the reason why 90% of airport traffic uses Phaya Thai as the city stop instead and Makassan remains largely unused.

Mode: TO
Type: Airplane
Website: http://www.bts.co.th/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 24, 2011
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