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          Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day in Bangkok. The metered fare is standardized : Begins 37
baht for the frst 2 km and 5 baht for each km thereafter. Passengers must pay expressway tolls.Make sure the driver turns on the meter when you get in the cab. Make sure you have change, because taxi drivers often don’t. Drivers change shifts at about 3:30-4:00 p.m., and may not accept you unless your destination is convenient.The amount fare will vary depending on the distance, traffc, weather (if it is raining the fare will rise). No tip is expected, but it is a nice gesture.
  Tuk - Tuks  
          The colorful, three-wheeled, open-air “samlor” taxis are renowned for their maneuverability in the tightest spots and offer passengers an interesting experience. Accommodating two passengers (three or four at a squeeze), tuk-tuks are best for short trips during off-peak hours. Settle the fare BEFORE proceeding. Normally cheaper than metered taxis.  
  City Buses  
          Bangkok has an extensive bus service with routes serving every part of the city, providing a fun and cheap way to explore the city. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned vehicles. The fare for the former depends on the distance traveled, starting from 12 baht per person; the buses are colored yellow or orange depending on the route. Non-air-condition, which are red and white/blue, charge a fare of 7 baht and 8 baht per person respectively.
        Because of the low fares, the non-air-conditioned buses tend to be very crowded, especially during the rush hours in the morning (6-9 a.m.) and evenings (4-7 p.m.). Be watchful of your belongings and learn the art of balancing since the ride might be jerky, with sudden stops and accelerations. You can request the bus conductor to notify you of your stop. People at the bus stops will gladly inform you of the correct number bus to take if you are unsure of how to get to your destination.
        Be prepared with the exact change or bank notes of 50 Baht (blue) or lesser denominations. An uniformed conductor aboard the bus (listen for the clinking sound of coins in a long cylindrical container) will collect the fare and give you a ticket. Keep the ticket handy in case an inspector asks to see your ticket later in the trip.
  BTS Skytrains  
          With stations in major commercial areas and departures every 5 minutes, the Skytrain is an ideal means of transportation to escape the traffc. There are two routes: the Mo Chit-On Nut route, which runs along Sukhumvit Rd., and the National Stadium-Taksin Bridge route, which runs along Silom Rd. The Skytrain runs from 6 a.m. to midnight, and the fares range from 15 to 40 baht per person depending on distance traveled. Routes and fares are posted at every station, and tickets must be purchased at the station before boarding the Skytrain.  
          There are 18 subway stations from Bangsue to Hualamphong Station. The subway runs from 6 a.m. to midnight. MRT fare rate for single journey token is from 15-40 Baht, and for stored value card for adult is from 15-40 Baht and for student is from 13-33 Baht You can make connections to the BTS Skytrain at the Silom station, the Sukhumvit station and the Mo chit station.  
  Motorcycle Taxis  
          Unique to Thailand, these taxis emerged in response to needs for faster transportation during traffc jams and access to main roads from remote neighborhoods and deep sois (alleyways). Drivers wear colored vests and fares are slightly higher than those of metered taxis. Fares should always be negotiated BEFORE proceeding. Thai laws stipulate helmets must be worn by motorcycle riders on public roads. Be prepared for an exciting ride.  
  Airport Link  
          The Express Service is a 15-minute non-stop journey between the City Terminal and Suvarnabhumi Airport with a fare at Bt150 per trip. The Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport will provide 2 Transit options: a Direct Express Train that will take 15 minutes from the City Air Terminal (Makkasan) sky train station during 6 a.m. to midnight. This service will connect to the city’s mass transit subway system. Passengers will have the opportunity of checking in their luggage at the City Air Terminal, before boarding the express train to Suvarnabhumi airport. The Commuter Train will make 8 stops throughout the city, taking 30 minutes during 6 a.m. to midnight with fare at Bt15-Bt45 to the airport and linking with both the Phetchaburi Subway station and Phayathai Sky train Station in Bangkok.
  Ferries and Express Boats  
          Ferries ply routes crossing the Chao Phraya River, the fare being 3 baht. Express boats travel along the river from the southern part of the city to Nonthaburi in the north, making stops at various landing stages on both banks along the way. Fares range from 14 to 34 baht per person, depending on distance. Signs at the landing piers are in both Thai and English.  
  Hired Cars  
          If you want to experience driving in Bangkok, there are many car rental companies in Bangkok, including international rental companies such as Hertz, Budget and Avis. The road system is good and well posted with signs written in English. An international driving license is required.  


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