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About Thailand
Transportation Options

There are various transportation options provided for tourists – by land, by air, and by boat.



Traveling on the road is the main choice if you wish to go through provinces within Thailand.

Public Transportation: either long-distance or short-distance trips in Bangkok or other provinces, tourists can travel around by bus, by train, by sky train, by subway, by van, and by Song Taew (small pick-up truck with two rows of bench). 

Taxi: Bangkok and big provinces have metered taxis.

Tuk Tuk: a three-wheeled motorcycle which becomes a symbol of Thailand and can be found around Bangkok and in some provinces.

Motorcycle Taxi: motorcycle taxis can be found close to street intersections or small allies for quick transportation and short distances.

Rental Car and Motorcycle: visitors who want to have independent travel or do not want to waste their time waiting for public transport can rent a car or a motorcycle from local companies as well as international chains. Some companies also provide a driver for tourist’s convenience and safety. Vehicle rental companies can be found in big cities, airports, and bus or train stations.

Traveling by car, motorcycle and bicycle is quite convenient for tourists because there are traffic signs available both in the Thai and English languages.



Thailand has two long coastlines – the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman coast islands. Also, there are many rivers and canals throughout the country including Bangkok, which once was called ‘the Venice of the East.’ The long-tail boats are a main transport on rivers and canals in Bangkok and neighboring provinces. Visitors can also have a boat trip or river cruise in Bangkok or a trip for snorkeling, fishing or squid fishing in other provinces.



There are many domestic air routes from Bangkok and provincial capitals. Two main airports in Bangkok are Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


Moreover, for those who want to have more privacy and independence, they can rent a private plane as well.


By far the easiest way to travel in Thailand is via air, as the distance covered by a one hour flight can take up to twelve hours by bus or train. 

Airport Shuttle

Shuttle busses follow two routes, the Express and Ordinary Routes; both are free of charge for passengers and consist of the following stops, the Express Route focusing solely on transportation facilities:

Bus & Coach

Thailand features a wide variety of bus options, including comfortable air conditioned coaches, linking all major and minor cities and towns throughout the kingdom. 

Custom Transfers

Few people actually enjoy driving in Bangkok but wish for nicer transportation services than the public taxis.  Fortunately there are a number of custom limousine services that provide professional drivers and a selection of vehicles for your convenience, comfort and safety. 

Car & Vehicle Hire

When traveling in Thailand, hiring a Thai car can be an enjoyable and relatively inexpensive way of getting about. 

Underground Bangkok MRT Subway

Bangkok’s transportation system has entered the 21st century with modern, electric rail lines that are easing traffic and making travel around the capital city both comfortable and convenient. 

Airport Rail Link

Airport Rail Link provides train service at the maximum speed of 160 kilometer per hour on an elevated track parallel to the eastern railway, which covers the distance of approximately 28 kilometers, passing through 8 stations:



The Thailand train network is quite extensive and, in addition to being reasonably priced, is a charming way to travel the countryside. 

Tuk tuks

One of the most iconic modes of transportation, the tuk tuk is a truly Thai vehicle.  The colorful, noisy, open-air tuk tuks that are found throughout Bangkok are both a “must ride” experience for visitors and a convenient way for both visitors and locals to quickly travel around.

Boats & Yachts

Thailand has many bodies of water and a long history of travel by boat.  Learn about the ways to travel around Thailand by boat. 

Motorcycle and Scooter Rentals

Motorcycles are one of the most popular modes of transportation in Thailand as they are inexpensive and fuel efficient.  Both within cities and around the countryside, motorcycles are used by numerous Thais for work and personal travel.  


There are various opportunities for cyclists to enjoy Thailand.  This includes hiring tandem bicycles to cruise around beach towns such as Hua Hin, exploring the temples of Ayutthaya or Sukhothai, experiencing an extreme mountain biking adventure in Chiang Mai, or going on a multi-day bike tour that passes through small Thai villages and stops at natural and historical attractions along the way.  


Believe it or not, several international motorhome agencies offer the opportunity for you to explore Thailand in a mobile recreational vehicle.  Depending on the size, these mobile homes feature bedrooms with TVs and even kitchens with dining tables.

Driving in Thailand

Driving a car in Thailand allows you more freedom to explore the kingdom, but should be done only after familiarizing yourself with the local driving laws and customs. 

Private Chaters

If you are looking for a private charter flight around Thailand there are numerous opportunities as most Thailand airports have services for private charter flights including a number of smaller airports that are not serviced by normal commercial flights.