Last August 6, 2016, the new Purple Line opened in Bangkok, Thailand. Today, I went on a field trip to check the situation.
Actually, it hasn’t contacted MRT yet.
Before I report, let me tell you a shocking fact. The Purple Line departs from Tao Poon station, north of Bangkok and west of Chatuchak Park, about a kilometer away from Bang Sue station, the nearest MRT station （MAP）.
The MRTA, which is responsible for the operation of the line, is said to be negotiating with the Bangkok Metro Corporation (BMCL), the operator of the line, to hasten the extension of the Blue Line so that passengers can change trains, but it is typical of Thailand that the negotiations are still ongoing. In other words, they’ve given up on the idea.
Shuttle bus from Bang Sue station to Tao Poon station
However, the management is not sitting on their hands until negotiations are concluded, and as a temporary measure, they have set up a free shuttle bus service between the two stations.
Go out the ticket gate of Bang Sue station and head for the exit.
I looked at my feet and saw that the delivery system between Tao Poon and Bang Sue stations was marked as Exit 2. This is the shuttle bus.
It’s all in Thai, so I don’t know what’s written on it.
In the meantime, head for Exit 2. At the end of the street, take a right.
Shuttle Bus Stop
There was a crowd of people on the ground. Actually, Bang Sue station is also a railroad station, so it looks like a terminal station.
Information board. The railroad is in the back.
There is no shuttle bus stop, so I joined the crowd and waited for the bus. There is also a local bus, so be careful not to get on the wrong one.
It looks like a normal local bus, so check the ShuttleBus sign on the side and get on. The fare is free.
Arrival at Tao Poon Station
When you arrive at Tao Poon station, just follow the flow of people to the ticket gate.
Buying a ticket (token) is the same as buying an MRT ticket. First, choose your destination.
Check the price.
Since it is a long way to the token vending machine, you can buy it directly at the manned counter.
Tao Poon Station – Bang Sue Station
To get back to Bang Sue station from Tao Poon station, there is a shuttle bus waiting for you near where you got off the first shuttle bus.
Bangkok Purple Line Summary
As you can see, it is still incomplete, but I am happy to be able to visit Nonthaburi by train, which I rarely do. I hope to expand the network of inspection in this untapped area.