Saturday, 24 September 2016

Bangkok bus maps

Bangkok bus maps

Public bus maps

At the begin of April 2016, public bus maps have been installed in Bangkok:





Detailed info about the bus lines, with all stops in Thai and English and roads marked by color:



In 2015, similar guides appeared in buses:



Printed bus maps

This is the largest collection of post-2010 Bangkok bus and van maps in private possession (mine!) in our solar system:



Still it's not complete. There is "Roadway Bangkok Bus & Mass Transit" which I have seen but didn't buy. For more information see here: http://groovymap.com/products/roadway-bangkok-bus-map-9789745251540 and http://traveliving.org/wordpress/photo/ajayver/bangkok/buses/ (pictures of the map with all information).


And Thaiways map of Bangkok (free) has bus lines. Online here: http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/bangkok_map/bangkok_map_metro.html

Of all these, thinknet Bangkok Bus Guide comes out winner. I praised it here: http://christianpfc.blogspot.de/2014/01/bangkok-bus-guide.html It's the only one that can be used in the field (the others would rip the first time you unfold them at a bus stop). But there is room for improvement: van lines have only start and end marked in the map, not the van line itself. For van lines, I have to use one of the other maps. Same for a list of all bus stops of one line, they are in the other maps.

Bus map applications for mobile phone


แผนที่รถเมล์ Bangkok Bus Map https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bytecode.bangkokbus

You can view all lines on google map (inbound - outbound different color - some bus lines follow different routes in different directions). 

รถโดยสาร - ค้นหาสายรถเมล์
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bank.busstop 
Has a list of all bus stops of a line, but no map.

Both useful for me, but only in Thai language (I'm not aware of any bus map for mobile phone in English). There are many more free and paid Bangkok bus maps for mobile phone, requires more research.

None of these maps (public, printed, application) is up-to-date. E.g. they list bus 173 (Bang Khun Thian - Minburi) which is supposed to pass along Rama 4, but I've never seen it (in estimated 50 hours waiting for bus in two years of living nearby).


Recently, I accompanied a boy to bus stop in the morning and waited with him for bus 141 outbound and used the time to count buses. Bon Gai on Rama 4 road Tue 6sep2016 4:55 to 5:43 in chronological order: 
13 i (inbound=westward), 45 i, 45 i, 45 o (outbound=eastward), 4 i, 22 i, 4 o, 45 i, 47 i, 13 o, 109 o, 4 i, 13 i, 46 i, 109 i, 47 i, 45 o, 4 o, 45 i, 141 i, 13 o, 4 o, 4 i, 45 o, 13 i, 45 o, 4 i, 47 i, 141 i, 46 i, 47 o, 46 o, 13 o, 45 i, 109 i, 4 i, 149 o, 47 i, 13 i, 4 o, 13 i, 109 o, 4 i, 13 i, 22 o, 47 i, 141 o, 47 o. Bus 4 all aircon, others mainly free.

Copyright 2016 ChristianPFC

1 comment:

  1. 1.NO, you do not have the largest collection, though it is indeed impressive for the ordinary punter.
    2. so I counted 29 buses going west-most would have come straight from the Klong Teoy garage (opposite the tesco there), and as daytime service starts around 4.30/5.00 this is normal before the real jams start to come
    3.indeed, the main prob with BKK's/BMTA buslines is that one never knows when they stop serving. The 173 is run by a private contractor, Thonburi Bus Comp., which also runs the 171+172, all 3 are among BKK's longest lines (AC buses have a table somewhere inside which shows fares+ distance in Kms) and TBBC is a very bad employer and simply has since the last 3-4 yrs not enough staff for all its buses- also for the maintenance. Other buslines now have large batches of Khmer money-collectors.
    Route 4 should also have normal red and orange (old green) mini's. The AC's are the oldest white/blue ones HINO.

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