BANGKOK Mass Transit System Plc (BTS), the operator of the Skytrain system in the metropolis, today (Dec. 12) announced a fare increase for rides to 24 stations over a distance of 23.5 kilometres starting Jan. 1, 2023, TV Channel 7 said.
The fare hike is applicable to the following lines:
– Sukhumvit – Mo Chit to On Nut station;
– Silom – National Stadium to Saphan Taksin;
– Silom Extension – Krung Thon Buri to Wong Wian Yai station.
The new fares have been adjusted from 16 – 44 baht to 17 – 47 baht, which is still lower than the ceiling set in the concession agreement reaching 21.52 – 64.53 baht.
BTS added that in operating the Skytrain service over the past 23 years since 1999, fares had been increased three times. The last hike was five years ago on October 1, 2017 with fares going up from 15 – 42 baht to 16 – 44 baht.
The company pointed out that even though the concession agreement permits fare adjustment every 18 months without exceeding the ceiling it had tried not to do so.
The new fare structure starting on Jan. 1 applies to all types of Rabbit cards including those for the general public and students. Those entitled to a Senior Rabbit card will still get a 50% discount while one-day pass will cost 150 baht thenceforth.
Top: BTS Skytrain running above Silom Road. Photo: Pietro Motta (CC BY 2.0)
Front Page: BTS Skytrain running through Bangkok. Photo: Tony (CC BY 2.0)