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    Suvarnabhumi Rail Link in pictures.

    After seeing someone off at the airport I took the opportunity to check out the rail link into Bangkok.
    Starting at the Departure level the first thing I noticed is that it is not very well signposted but after asking around I was told it was down on level 3 under arrivals.
    Once down at level 3 its a lot clearer.



    and once around the corner its down to the ticket machines




    Which were broken :




    No worries ....just get a ticket to Phaya Thai from the ticket booth. This cost a princely 15 baht which was pretty cheap but I guess prices will go up soon enough.

    Then it was follow the arrows to the platform which looked like a typical underground station.






    Where you get a ride on one of these. Pretty much the same as other BTS trains except for the glass door between the carriages which can be opened with the push of a button.






    Then its a pretty quick run into Phaya Thai, stopping at several stations on the way , which takes about 25 minutes.

    Arriving at Phaya Thai you head down from the platform to the pedestrian link which connects to the BTS.







    As you walk into the BTS station you notice there are only 2 ticket machines available to passengers joining from the rail link. Must be fun during the rush hour, especially if you're standing behind a tourist trying to figure out what to do and where to go. More machines needed here or a tourist booth.


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    Good effort there Bangyai - nice clear pics and details.

    I've got pick me mum up in a few weeks, and she doesn't like heights, do you reckon this train would be a problem? She's not too keen on the Docklands Light Railway for example.

    I can drive, but thought it'd be a nice scenic trip in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Good effort there Bangyai - nice clear pics and details.

    I've got pick me mum up in a few weeks, and she doesn't like heights, do you reckon this train would be a problem? She's not too keen on the Docklands Light Railway for example.

    I can drive, but thought it'd be a nice scenic trip in.
    Shouldn't be a problem if she was o.k. with the flight. There's nowhere where you're looking down over a precipice until you arrive at Phaya Thai . Best thing would be to ride out to the airport yourself and be your own judge. However, I would say that after a long flight perhaps your mum might not fancy a lot of legwork and faffing about. I know that when my mum arrived 3 weeks back she just wanted to get back to our house asap and after a cup of tea, hit the sack.

    Hope your mum has a nice time and cooler weather than mine did

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    Nice post !

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    Thanks Bangyai.

    I need to use the airport train next month and this thread tells me exactly what to do & where to go.

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    I read all these stories trashing the airport link, but other than the lack of sufficient ticket machines, it does not look all that bad.

    Obviously someone with a bunch of luggage is always going to be better off in a taxi.

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    ^^

    Me too. Cheers Bangyai!

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    Be aware that the 15 minute Express Train does not go to or from Phaya Thai and terminates at Makkasan. The train from/to Phaya Thai stops at all the stations along the route and takes 30 minutes.
    Makkasan is not connected to the BTS nor the MRT either.

    The hassle of getting the BTS to Phaya Thai then getting on another train for 30 minutes isn't worth it for me to save 100thb so I will continue to use a taxi.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    I read all these stories trashing the airport link, but other than the lack of sufficient ticket machines, it does not look all that bad.
    It looks Fisher Price in comparison to Hong Kong's airport link which I use frequently. Perhaps the Express Train carriages are better furnished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostradamus View Post
    Be aware that the 15 minute Express Train does not go to or from Phaya Thai and terminates at Makkasan. The train from/to Phaya Thai stops at all the stations along the route and takes 30 minutes.
    Makkasan is not connected to the BTS nor the MRT either.

    The hassle of getting the BTS to Phaya Thai then getting on another train for 30 minutes isn't worth it for me to save 100thb so I will continue to use a taxi.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    I read all these stories trashing the airport link, but other than the lack of sufficient ticket machines, it does not look all that bad.
    It looks Fisher Price in comparison to Hong Kong's airport link which I use frequently. Perhaps the Express Train carriages are better furnished.
    True, I've been on the Hong Kong airport train, but my Yaris looks like "Fisher Price" compared to a Mercedes. That does not make it useless or even bad.

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    It's a piece of piss. Head for the public taxi stand, look straight ahead instead of outside, and there's a route downwards to the station as the photos show.

    Bt15 to Makkasan, and on a motosai taxi I was at Cowboy in 10 minutes.

    But it only runs from 6am to Midnight, in case you're on a red eye.

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    Just seen this on youtube. Some people don't like this guy but I kinda like his easy going banter.


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    Theexpress to Makassan is more like the airport express in Malaysia, with comfortable seats and also very few passengers. The airport link to Phya Thai is a crowded cattle car.

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    Good stuff to know.

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    The best thing about the train is you don't have to give money to scum taxi drivers.

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    nice pics

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    In June this year 2011, we went on the train from Bkk to the Airport. We purchased a tourist type ticket, there were people at every point to show us where to go. Absolutly fantastic, I looked down on the traffic while on the train, thinking how good it was not to be stuck in that, there is no way l would opt to go by taxi. Better to go a convieniant station, then grab a taxi to your Hotel, that way you avoide getting stuck in BKK trafic more than you have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    Theexpress to Makassan is more like the airport express in Malaysia, with comfortable seats and also very few passengers. The airport link to Phya Thai is a crowded cattle car.
    I thought the link to Phya Thai as pictured above was just like the standard BTS train. Not so bad except in the rush hour maybe. At least the Phya Thai link takes you somewhere . The express conection might be more plush but getting off at Makkasan means you need to get a taxi to get to your hotel. This is one of the reasons the express link has recieved a lot of critisism.

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    What is absolutely atrocious and so typical of the Thai propensity for deception is the outrageously misleading claim by the airport signage the Express service connects with the MRT at Petchaburi which as we all know is simply not the case. It is a terminal to nowhere and its only function is to connect with the City line onto Phayathai which rather defeats the purpose.

    The City line is the way to go and Makkasan as it is will be nothing more than a white elephant. I have used both at peak times and it's fairly apparent from the almost total absence of punters on the Express service the travelling public have sussed it out too.

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    Anyone know when the station in Bangyai is due to finish? i see the work in progress yesterday lots of cranes and water and concrete pillars sticking up out of the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrang View Post
    Anyone know when the station in Bangyai is due to finish? i see the work in progress yesterday lots of cranes and water and concrete pillars sticking up out of the ground.
    Don't hold your breath as its going to be at least a couple of years yet. Construction stopped during the flooding and has barely started again so the completion date will probably be set back.

    When it does open it will be a massive boon to all those workers who have to comute into the city from Nonthaburi. As it is now this trip can taking a few hours during rush hour because of the bottlenecks along Wippawadee Rangsit Road and the Lahd Prao , Wongwahn junctions.

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    sky rail

    Thanks bang yai for the reply i was just seeing if it was worth while buying another property near by to rent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrang View Post
    Thanks bang yai for the reply i was just seeing if it was worth while buying another property near by to rent?
    As property values are probably going to take a hit on account of the flooding you might be able to pick up a bargain at the moment, the gamble being that if there is flooding again in the coming few years, your bargain could become a financial millstone.

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    Just had a look around and found out that the Bangyai depot and sky rail will be completed early 2014 give or take a couple of months.

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