This is the current situation for travel in Bangkok. Please note that if you intend to travel by bus or train to or from Bangkok this week, the situation is changing on a regular basis. Contact the hotline numbers detailed below for advice. In general terms the situation should begin to improve this week, but in the short-term more localized flooding could impact train and bus services.
Updated Thursday November 17
In general terms the overall flood situation as it relates to transport in Bangkok continues to improve. In most areas water levels are dropping or receding, but it could still be a few weeks before rail and bus services are running a full service and you should still allow for potential delays and extended journey times on a number of routes.
Bangkok’s main airport at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) continues to operate as normal for international and domestic flights. The old airport at Don Muang (DMK) which caters to a limited number of domestic flights remains closed. Low-cost airlines Nok Air and Orient Thai have temporarily switched operations from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi. Roads between Suvarnabhumi and central Bangkok remain dry and flood free. With the exception of Don Muang, all other airports in Thailand remain open and free from flooding.
The situation for train travel is subject to change on a daily basis and all travellers are advised to contact the State Railway of Thailand hotline Tel. 1690 for the latest information on all routes. Nobody knows at this stage when normal services will be resumed so all travellers need to use their own common-sense. With rolling stock out of place, localized flooding on sections of track and ongoing track repairs, a reduced timetable is in operation with extended journey times. I have spoken to SRT today (11.00 local time) and this is a summary of what I have been told:
Things are gradually improving in the central provinces and there is now a limited service between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. This is being re-routed on the north-east line away from the flooded sections of track before diverting back onto the northern line. At the time of writing there is no overnight sleeper service to Chiang Mai and the lady I spoke to said she didn’t know when this would resume because things were changing on an almost hourly basis. Please call 1690 for detailed information on specific trains.
Update: November 8
Two trains per day are now running between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and vice-versa. Journey times are extended and according to SRT, there are still no sleeper carriages although this could change on a daily basis as rolling stock becomes available.
Some services appear to be operating out of Bangkok Hualamphong whilst others are going from Makkasan. Please call 1690 for detailed information on specific trains.
The answers I received from SRT were ambiguous. However, that is not the fault of the lady I spoke to and all travellers need to be aware that with flooding on the Thonburi side of the river, services are subject to change/cancellation. There was a temporary suspension of services yesterday but as of today some trains appear to be going from Hualamphong whilst others are from Nakohon Pathom with a connecting bus service. This could be because of out of position rolling stock or flooding on specific sections of track. Again, don’t shoot the messenger and for specific information you must call SRT hotline Tel. 1690.
Update: November 24
A near normal service is now reported to be running on Southern Line routes out of Bangkok Hualamphong
Mo Chit (Northern)
At the time of writing, bus services between Bangkok and the north of Thailand continue to run from Mo Chit (northern bus terminal). There has been flooding in areas close to Mo Chit, but the bus terminal remains open. However, this could change at any stage and passengers should also expect delays and extended journey times as buses are diverted away from flooded roads in Greater Bangkok and the central provinces.
More info Tel. 1490
Update: November 17
Mo Chit bus terminal is still open and is likely to remain open with the localized flooding in the immediate vicinity receding.
Sai Tai Taling Chan (Southern Terminal)
It is being reported locally (15.00 Thai time) that the southern bus terminal will close at 18.00 this evening because of flooding in the area. Services will continue to operate from a new location on Rama II road (Holland Brewery). I have no more information than that and you should call the Transport Company (inter-provincial buses) on 1490 for more detailed information.
Also see this news update here »
Update: November 24
Southern buses have now resumed services from the Southern Bus Terminal
Ekamai (Eastern Terminal)
Open as usual and routes to south-east and east of Bangkok reported to be free from flooding although there may be possible traffic congestion. Some extra services have also been added to Pattaya to cater for the extra demand.
River Boats in Bangkok
Chao Phraya Express boats are not currently running, but cross-river ferries and longtail boats are reported to be operating. Expect to get your feet wet from wash-off at piers.
Chao Phraya Express boats remain suspended until
November 14the end of November with flooding at fuel depots being cited as the reason.
A limited service has resumed today. Full services are not expected to resume for at least another week
Bangkok Metro and Skytrain
Services running normally although some exits at certain stations may be temporarily closed as part of flood prevention measures.