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Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link Officially Starts Commercial Services

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link officially starts commercial services

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BANGKOK: -- Transport Minister Sophon Zarum on Monday morning presided over the inauguration of Bangkok's Airport Rail Link project, providing direct rail service to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The long-awaited opening of the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link commercial services began with special discount fares offered until the end of the year, shortened travel times for inbound and outbound air travellers as well as easing arrivals and departures compared to existing airport transport.

The 28km rail link connects Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province east of Bangkok and the City Air Terminal (CAT) in Bangkok's Makkasan area, where passengers will be able to check in their baggage.

The Airport Rail Link project is owned and will be operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

Services of both the Express Service and the City Line will be operational on the same tracks at speeds of up to 160km per hour, the train will serve eight stations and can cater up to 50,000 passengers daily.

The Express Service is a 15-minute non-stop journey between the City Terminal and the airport with a fare at Bt150 per trip. During the opening period, the fare charged will be Bt100.

Meanwhile, on City Line commuter trips, with set fares at Bt15-Bt45, take 30 minutes to reach the airport, departing from Phaya Thai, Ratchaprarop, Makkasan, Asoke, Ramkhamhaeng, Hua Mak, Ban Thap Chang, and Lat Krabang stations, and will end at the last stop of Suvarnabhumi.

The promotional fare will be Bt15 for all journeys during this period.

However, the baggage check-in system developed by the SRT and Airports of Thailand (AoT) for Makkasan Station will be ready for full operation by the year end. (MCOT online)

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-- TNA 2010-08-23

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There is NO Asoke station for the airport rail line... though the Makkasan station is not so far/walking distance from the MRT's Petchaburi station.

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Just to remind people that if they have lots of luggage it's better to take the taxi. Unfortunately, there are no down escalators, there is only one lift so you will have to queue.

If you connect to the BTS it's even worse, remember that the BTS stations don't have any down escalators either, or lifts, with very few exceptions. And the up ones are usually only on one side, in a city where crossing the road is highly dangerous or plain impossible.

I really don't understand how come no-one thought of that?? Considering how much this project cost, is it really that expensive to add some escalators?? Not to mention older folks etc.etc. :realangry:

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From Makhasaan, what is going to be the quickest route into Sukhumvit by taxi? Asoke?

If so, it may be worth it if travelling light, but with any amount of luggage probably a pain.

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Airport Link kicks off its official operations today

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Airport Link has finally kicked off its official operations today at 06.00 hrs, to accommodate passengers traveling to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Transport Minister Sopon Zarum presided over the official opening of the Airport Rail Link this morning. The rail link service, which is expected to serve up to 50,000 commuters and generate one million Baht a day, has been operating on a trial basis since June. It has begun full commercial operations today, operating from 6 am to midnight. The Minister said the Airport Link will ease the traffic and reduce travel time between the inner city and Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan.

The Airport Link consists of two lines, the City Line which stops at all eight stations from Phayathai to Makkasan , and the Express Line which runs non-stop from Makkasan to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. According to Mr Sopon, the non-stop Express Line, which can accommodate up to 150,000 people a day, will run at the speed of 160 kilometers per hour, covering the 28-kilometer route in 15 minutes, whereas the all-stops City Line will cover the same distance in 30 minutes. It can accommodate up to 150,000 people a day.

From the opening day until the end of the year, the SRT is offering passengers discount fares. Passengers who travel on the City line, which operates 24 hours a day, will pay only 15 Baht flat rate, while those who prefer a faster mode of transportation will have to pay 100 Baht for the Express line, operating from 6a.m.- midnight.

The passenger tickets will temporarily be manually operated until the check-in center at the Makkasan stations has been completed. After January 1 of next year, the fares for the City Line will be between 15 and 45 Baht, depending on the station passengers get on, and 150 Baht for the Express Line

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The Express Service is a 15-minute non-stop journey between the City Terminal and the airport with a fare at Bt150 per trip. During the opening period, the fare charged will be Bt100.

Meanwhile, on City Line commuter trips, with set fares at Bt15-Bt45, take 30 minutes to reach the airport, departing from Phaya Thai, Ratchaprarop, Makkasan, Asoke, Ramkhamhaeng, Hua Mak, Ban Thap Chang, and Lat Krabang stations, and will end at the last stop of Suvarnabhumi.

The promotional fare will be Bt15 for all journeys during this period.

MCOT

Why ....why, why is the "express" airport link so much dearer is this to "promote tourism" and encouraging people to use the BTS?

Ah' yeah, forgot, someone has to pay the bill..... :whistling:

let's party....

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Clearly, the current (and perhaps future) arrangements for luggage movement/handling for folks heading TO the airport via the rail line are lacking....

I'd be interested to hear how that same issue goes for folks taking luggage from the airport ONTO the Airport Rail Line.... In other words, how easy is it to get from the international terminal onto the rail line, when you're lugging 3 or 4 50-lbs suitcases???

Likewise, are any of the new facilities handicapped accessible, such as with ramps... Not only do those work for people with disabilities, but it's a whole lot easier to move suitcases on ramps than it is on stairs.

Edited by jfchandler

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So now we're back to the City Line running 24 hours.... Are we ever going to get any clarity on this???

From the opening day until the end of the year, the SRT is offering passengers discount fares. Passengers who travel on the City line, which operates 24 hours a day, will pay only 15 Baht flat rate, while those who prefer a faster mode of transportation will have to pay 100 Baht for the Express line, operating from 6a.m.- midnight.

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Kinda pointless imo, theres no lifts on BTS and I bet MRT too, so how in gods name do I carry a 70lbs suitcase up all them stairs in the heat and a laptop bag / backpack????

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I have some questions :annoyed:

1. Where is the timetable -"every 30 minutes" is fine but is it on the hour and half hour, or at 9 minutes past the hour? What about the times for the city line?

2. Why stop at midnight - what about all those late night flights?

3. What happened to the operating contract signed by German railways (Deutsche Bahn)?

4. Why no direct links with the BTS & MRT?

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Kinda pointless imo, theres no lifts on BTS and I bet MRT too, so how in gods name do I carry a 70lbs suitcase up all them stairs in the heat and a laptop bag / backpack????

you take a taxi

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