Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain system is a boon for tourists. Many of Bangkok’s best tourist attractions, shopping malls, and the best areas where tourists like to stay are connected by BTS Skytrains. Another supplemental system is the underground MRT or Metro system. MRT is not so commonly used by tourists but this system does have direct connectivity to Chinatown via Hua Lamphong MRT Station which the Skytrain system does not have. BTS on the other hand is connected to Bangkok’s riverside attractions via its Saphan Taksin station. There are places where points of inter-change between the two systems are available. For example, the Asoke Station of Skytrain and the Sukhumwit Station of MRT are adjacent to each other. This makes the Nana / Asoke area of Sukhumwit one of the best places to stay for a tourist in Bangkok. Chatuchak Park MRT Station is very close to Mochit BTS Station, and similarly, one can easily walk from Sala Daeng BTS Station to Silom MRT Station.
There are two lines of BTS Skytrain System: Sukhumwit Line and Silom Line. The two lines meet at Siam Station. MRT also has two lines, the Blue Line and the Purple Line having Tao Poon as the inter-change station. The official route maps of BTS and MRT systems can be found here:
BTS Skytrain Route Map:
The map is interactive and by clicking on any two stations, one can see the travel time and single journey fare payable for the trip. At the bottom of the route map page, there is a drop down tool that allows you to search for hotels along any BTS Station in Bangkok
BTS Station Area Maps
Skytrain Station area maps are very helpful if you are trying to locate your hotel near the station and need to know which exit to take. This page of the official BTS website has links to the area maps of all BTS Stations. Just click on a dot next to the station name:
Explore Bangkok by Skytrain
This official BTS page has some useful info on using Skytrains for sightseeing in Bangkok. This is the first page giving info on the Palace attractions. There are other links on the left side of the page
MRT Route Map
The official Bangkok MRT route map is available on this page:
(Bad quality website. Gives all sorts of errors including “connection refused”.)
If the link works, one can find a list of all MRT Stations and by clicking on any MRT Station name, one can see the area map of the station, its exit information and inter-change with BTS, etc.
Please note that Rabbit Card (Bangkok’s stored value card) cannot be used in the MRT System.