Visitors to Bangkok can now avail of a smooth and convenient transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport to various locations in the city centre following the official opening of the rail-link. The rail-link will be a blessing for independent travellers, from business travellers to backpackers, seeking to avoid the taxis and touts at Bangkok airport. In addition to helping decentralise and decongest Bangkok towards the suburbs, it will also help the capital join the league of regional cities such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong which have city-airport mass transit links.
HotHotels in the vicinity of the rail-link stations and terminals at Phya Thai, Rajprarob and Makkasan areas will gain a significant competitive advantage, especially in the Rajdamri area as well as those along Phetchaburi, Asoke and Rajdaphisek roads. Hotels located close to the city’s mass transit systems, the BTS Skytrain and the Metro Underground, will also get a lift.
Providing easy access right under the Suvarnabhumi airport terminal, the rail-link is smooth and efficient. The rail-cars are spacious with plenty of place for luggage. Visitors will also enjoy panoramic views of Bangkok, including greenery, housing estates, temples, mosques, malls and the office towers of the inner city.
The State Railways of Thailand, which owns and operates the system, has ensured that it includes complete facilities for the physically-challenged, including proper car parks, spacious wheelchair access, elevators equipped with buttons in Braille buttons and voice announcements. There is also as area allocated especially for the disabled within the passenger car. Toilets, ticket distribution channels and access gates have also been designed accordingly, and in line with international standards.