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Anyone Tried Out The New Airport Link Yet?

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Just curious about the new airport link and if anyone rode it on the test run.

It will be great when it opens (when is that anyway?). Is there room for luggage or is it the same as the BTS trains in the city? Anyone know how much it will cost to take from Bkk to the airport?

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are those test-runs open to the public ?

I rather think they send empty carriages on the journey or not ?

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They reported a while back that the public was riding for a period of time, not sure how long.

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Yes, I've been on it a couple of times, but it's not open for public testing yet. I have no solid information when/if the public trials are to start, there are still issues with the (lack of) operating company.

When it does finally open it is likely to be free rides for a short while, which will REALLY make the taxi Mafia happy :)

Express trains have a baggage car for checked baggage TO the airport, plenty of space for bags inside the cars too, the City trains have less space for bags.

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There was only a short period of public trial runs so far. The full test run, open to the public, is scheduled to start on December 5. The official opening is now set for April 2010. Cost for a ticket will be 150 Baht for a single journey between airport and city terminal.

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My understanding is that there will be city check-in boothes at the Makkasan terminal for outbound passengers, similar to Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong and many more cities.

So I guess after check-in at Makkasan olutbound passengers only need to take care of cabin bags.

Not so of course for those folks arriving into Thailand.

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My understanding is that there will be city check-in boothes at the Makkasan terminal for outbound passengers, similar to Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong and many more cities.

So I guess after check-in at Makkasan olutbound passengers only need to take care of cabin bags.

Not so of course for those folks arriving into Thailand.

What Sky Train stations inside the city does it link with ?

Makkasan is a heavy rail line correct ?

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What Sky Train stations inside the city does it link with ?

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Why would you possibly think, in Thailand, the rail link would actually "link" up to anything? Hope springs eternal... :) The mocking name, "Rail Link" is simply a cruel joke to taunt the hopes of hoards of weary tourists arriving from a long flight.

Sorry, you'll have to drag those suitcases off the train, make your way down to street level, and resort back to the taxi mafia in order to get to any Sky Train station. Remember, here, it's all about fleecing the tourist, not providing convenience!

I'm sure a number of entities paid some heavy under-the-table "persuasion money" in the planning stages to make sure the "link" didn't leave out an ongoing demand for taxis, tuk tuk's, and motorcycle taxis! Part of a third-world mentality in a country that wants to think of itself as a "developing country."

TIT

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Please correct me if I am wrong (as if you wouldn't),

I think Makasan is very close to Ratchathewi or Prom Pong BTS stations. You still have to schlep all your bags down to street level, and then to the BTS and up to it's platform.

It is a real shame is does not link, even an elevated walkway from Makasan to the nearest BTS would make sense.

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Please correct me if I am wrong (as if you wouldn't),

I think Makasan is very close to Ratchathewi or Prom Pong BTS stations. You still have to schlep all your bags down to street level, and then to the BTS and up to it's platform.

It is a real shame is does not link, even an elevated walkway from Makasan to the nearest BTS would make sense.

Well - you got that one quite wrong. Makasan is close to the MRT Petchaburi Station. I think the only point at which the Airport Link meets the BTS is right at the end = Phaya Thai Station.

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Well - you got that one quite wrong. Makasan is close to the MRT Petchaburi Station. I think the only point at which the Airport Link meets the BTS is right at the end = Phaya Thai Station.

Think it's fairly close to MRT Petchaburi Station, well you can see Makasan from Petchaburi Station, though you will still have to walk to, and accross, Petchaburi Road, there is no link.

Not sure how close the Airport Link is at Phaya Thai Station.

I live in Thonglor and a taxi costs me 250 Baht, I will stick to that I think.

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It is my understanding that the HIGH SPEED Express train is only accessible at Maksasan. There is a new local train that runs from Phayathai BTS, on the same tracks, to the airport and will take considerably longer than the Express. Ironically, it appears that it will NOT stop at Makasan, so no transfers are possible to the Express.

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Please correct me if I am wrong (as if you wouldn't),

I think Makasan is very close to Ratchathewi or Prom Pong BTS stations. You still have to schlep all your bags down to street level, and then to the BTS and up to it's platform.

It is a real shame is does not link, even an elevated walkway from Makasan to the nearest BTS would make sense.

maybe in the end they will construct one....

in Silom/SalaDaeng it took many years, but now finally you can walk from BTS to MRT using a covered walkway. Same goes for the connection between ChitLom/Siam.

more to follow, I am sure. Even in Thailand, such things eventually become reality..... it just takes "a little longer" than at other places :)

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Please correct me if I am wrong (as if you wouldn't),

I think Makasan is very close to Ratchathewi or Prom Pong BTS stations. You still have to schlep all your bags down to street level, and then to the BTS and up to it's platform.

It is a real shame is does not link, even an elevated walkway from Makasan to the nearest BTS would make sense.

LOL...love your opening. No, not close to either station at all. And I'm not sure I'd want it to be. The Skytrain is not designed for people to be toting luggage. Even shoppers can find it to be a problem...or be the problem. And in that regard it's not unlike other mass transit systems in the west. THe Skytrain is often crowded with standing room only as it is.

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Ironically, it appears that it will NOT stop at Makasan, so no transfers are possible to the Express.

BOTH Express and City Services will stop at Makasan so transfers would be possible but hardly worth it as you must buy another ticket, best to accept the longer journey time of the City train from the airport if you want to connect with the BTS.

There is a concourse level bridge to Phayathai BTS from the end station (missing the final span last time I was that way).

Makasan to Petchaburi MRT is a bind but you don't have to cross Petchaburi Road, there was talk of an elevated / underground walkway, but I've seen no evidence of such.

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