All change on public transport fares

22 Apr 2013

The operators of Bangkok’s Skytrain say fares will rise while tickets on a rapid bus route are being halved for a set period. Keeree Kanjanapas, the chairman of the BTS Skytrain operations company, stated on Friday  that fares had not increased in eight years and needed to go up to reflect higher running costs.  

At present, single-trip fares range up from 15 Baht to a maximum of 40 Baht. Mr Kanjanapas said that fares would be raised right across the board with the maximum set at 56 Baht.

He finished off by saying that the new fare structures would probably be set some time next month. Just two days previously, the deputy governor of Bangkok said ticket prices on a busy Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route had been reduced from 10 Baht to 5 Baht in accordance with a re-election promise made by the governor.

Commuters and tourists travelling between Ratchapruek Road in Thon Buri and Chong Nonsi Skytrain Station will reap the savings through until the end of 2013. Deputy governor Amorn Kijchawengkul said the promotional fare was designed to encourage travellers to start utilising the bus service.

He explained that 20,000 people a day used the buses when they were free during a three-month trial in 2010. Mr Kijchawengkul added that once a 10 Baht flat-rate fare was introduced the amount of passengers fell to 16,000 a day.

The 1Stop Bangkok transportation guide has more information on how to get around the city. 

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