MRT is a subway system developed in Bangkok which connects 18 stations of the city that are stretched over the area of 20 km. It is a well-connected system for smooth transportation where a train arrives at each station in every five to seven minutes. MTR stands for Metropolitan Rapid Transit. There are two lines of operation, blue line, and purple line. Every day almost 4 lac people ride MRT in Bangkok, making it a very highly used transportation system.
The construction of the blue line started in the year 1996 and after some delay in the procedure, the line was open for public use in 2004. King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit along with other royal family members inaugurated the line. The purple line started very later in 2016.
The blue line covers Tao Poon station, Kamphaeng Phet, Lat Phrao Road, Ratchadaphisek road, and Lamphong station. The purple line runs at the suburban area in northwestern Bangkok from Tao Poon to Thonburi.
As Bangkok is mostly surrounded by water, the production of MRT is done floodproof with the station entrance a meter above the ground level and specific floodgates. For the ease of passengers, lifts, ramps and the facility of wheelchair is available at every station.
The ridership during the earlier time of the introduction of MRT was lesser than expected. There was also only one line when the MRT was introduced. The ridership eventually raised when an interchange station called Tao Poon came into the operation between the blue line and purple line.
The ticketing system is also two-tier, round tokens are for single trips and a smart card called MRT plus card are used by the frequent users. The single trip tokens are sold between 16 baht to 42 baht depending on the distance. It is a more economical way of traveling for the tourists as mostly all the tourist places lie around the MRT stations like Sukhumvit, Chatuchak market, Silom and Chinatown.
Most of the major city spots are connected through the MRT line and this could be the best way to commute around the city and save your traveling budget for other things. The presence of MRT saves the transportation cost and hustle for the tourists especially. Where the taxies and tuk-tuk charges 100 baht to 250 baht for the minimum distance, MRT trains charge maximum up to 70 baht even for the larger distance.
For understanding the operations better, you can also get an MRT map from any station. These maps are also painted inside the trains for the convenience of the passengers. So, if you want to save some money while visiting Bangkok, you can definitely consider traveling through MRT.