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Bangkok’s BTS becoming too expensive for Thai passengers

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Bangkok’s BTS becoming too expensive for Thai passengers

By The Thaiger

 

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The ultra-useful BTS network around Bangkok is becoming too expensive for many Thais, and is more expensive than international equivalents.

 

The BTS Skytrain system is already too costly when compared to basic wages in Thailand, according to a recent research paper by the The Thailand Development Research Institute.

 

It says that low-income earners can only afford to pay 11.7 baht per trip, well under the BTS starting fare price of 16 baht. This is even less than the average of 28.3 baht fare for all three commuter rail services carrying passengers around Bangkok.

 

The reports says that, based on current fare schedules, rates could rise to over 100 baht for a ride between the Purple Line’s MRT Bang Yai, in the Bang Bua Thong district in the western outskirts, to a downtown station. In terms of cost-per-kilometre travelled by train, the average fare in Bangkok stood at 14.8 baht, as opposed to 12.4 baht in London, 2.3 baht in Singapore and 4.08 baht in Hong Kong.

 

The report also points out inconsistencies between the BTS (Skytrain) and MRT (Underground). A BTS passenger would be charged 37 baht when travelling from Sala Daeng to Asok, compared to 23 baht when commuting by MRT between Silom and Sukhumvit stations, an equivalent length journey.

 

Because of high fares the report says that fewer commuters could use the electric rail lines, and operators would have to shoulder high operating costs.

 

There are currently three electric rail systems traversing the capital: the BTS Skytrain, the MRT and SRT Airport link. They are operated by privately owned conglomerates under lucrative concessions granted by the Thai government.

 

Learn more about the Bangkok BTS HERE.

 

Source: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/transport/bangkoks-bts-becoming-too-expensive-for-thai-passengers

 

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Ok. There are about a half dozen different ways to get anywhere from pretty much anywhere within bangkok. Bts is one of the most expensive. Also one of the slickest and most well run. So, everything is making sense here. 

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46 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

In terms of cost-per-kilometre travelled by train, the average fare in Bangkok stood at 14.8 baht

Nobody show this to the taxi drivers, won't make them feel good at 5-6 baht per km, excluding start fare.

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Wait until they see the fares on the new HST's; they will be running empty !    Mind you; if it ever gats built it will be some kind of miracle.

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In Kuala Lumpur, we have a 30-day unlimited pass option. Usable on all the MRT, LRT, Monorail and BRT lines as well as the RapidKL and MRT feeder buses. Price is 100 ringgit (approx 743 baht). But only Malaysian citizens can get the pass. What do you think? Is this inexpensive?

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