MRT is one of the modern transport systems adopted in Thailand. Basically, it works in the same way as BTS, but it is run by a different organization. The former is run by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand while the latter is partly run by the Bangkok Mass Transit System. Just like BTS, MRT helps improve the lives of people in Bangkok. The railways are above or below the street level.
People can use MRT to go to their workplaces during the rush hours without having to be worried that they might get stuck in a traffic jam. For travelers who aren’t familiar with MRT yet, you’re encouraged to read this article to have some general knowledge of how it works. This is for your own benefits. By knowing how MRT works and the places each of its stations connects, you can enjoy your trip as much as you want.
MRT stands for Metropolitan Rapid Transit. Its operating hours are from 6am to 12am of every day. It currently has 2 lines in operation: Blue Line and Purple Line. The former runs from Lak Song to Tao Poon. The latter runs from Tao Poon to Khlong Bang Phai. The two lines connect at Tao Poon.
There are currently 45 stations. 30 are along the Blue Line and 15 are along the Purple Line. The stations along the Blue Line are Lak Song, Bang Khae, Phasi Charoen, Petchkasem 48, Bang Wa, Bang Phai, Tha Phra, Itsaraphap, Sanam Chai, Sam Yot, Wat Mangkorn, Hua Lamphong, Sam Yan, Silom, Khlong Toei, Queen Sirikit Convention Center, Sukhumvit, Petchaburi, Phra Ram 9, Thailand Cultural Center, Huai Khwang, Sutthisan, Ratchadapisek, Ladprao, Phaholyothin, Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet, Bang Sue and Tao Poon. The stations along the Purple Line are Tao Poon, Bang Son, Wong Sawang, Yaek Tiwanon, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi Civic Center, Bang Krasor, Yaek Nonthaburi 1, Saphan Phra Nangklao, Sai Ma, Bangrak Noi-Tha It, Bangrak Yai, Bang Phlu, Sam Yaek Bang Yai, Talat Bang Yai and Khlong Bang Phai.
MRT and BTS connect at Phaholyothin, Chatuchak Park and Sukhumvit. MRT and the Airport Rail Link connect at Petchaburi.
MRT provides a stored value card and it’s called “MRT card” which works in the same way as the Rabbit of BTS. Any value that is added to the card is valid for 30 days. The card, however, expires 2 years after the last top-up date.
Keep in mind that pets aren’t allowed in MRT unless they come with the blind. Besides, food and drinks aren’t allowed in MRT, either.
An important thing that needs mentioned here is whether MRT has a toilet. The answer is yes, but you aren’t likely to be able to notice it. The toilet isn’t easily noticeable. If you really need to use it, you should inform a security guard or any other staff person and he/she will take you to where it is.
Elevators are available at all stations but a priority must be given to those in more need than you are.
Recently, 5 stations have been put into operation: Wat Mangkorn, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai, Itsaraphap and Tha Phra. Currently, you can get to these stations for free. They connect to some major tourist attractions such as Wat Mangkorn, Yaowarat, Sao Chingcha, Museum Siam etc. It’s a good idea to check out these attractions if you haven’t done so.