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Chao Phraya Express Boat in Bangkok. Timetable lines boat tickets

Chao Phraya Express Boat

Among the activities not to be missed during a holiday in Bangkok there is certainly a trip with the Chao Phraya Express Boat. It is a kind of water bus that sails along the Chao Phraya River, offering a splendid view over the city and its main attractions.
Boats pass through Rattanakosin, Tha Chang (the Great Palace), Tha Thien and many other points of interest

Moreover, Chao Phraya Express Boat is a rather comfortable way to get around Bangkok, as well as a fairly economical solution.

The service consists of 5 different lines that offer almost the same route, with different stops. Each line is identified by a different color of the flag, located at the end of the vehicle. Each flag identifies its own line and, in this way, you will have no difficulty in understanding which medium to use.

Chao Phraya Express Boat Bangkok

Photo ©, Uwe Schwarzbach


Here are the lines operating in Bangkok:

  • Orange Flag Line. This is the most important line that stops at the main points of interest in Bangkok. It is among the most used lines, as well as the most frequent. It runs every day from 06:00 to 19:00. It connects the two terminus Nothaburi (Pibul 3) and Wat Raisinakor.
  • Yellow Flag Line. It is a fairly fast line that makes just 8 stops from Nothaburi (Pibul 3) to Ratburana (Big C). It is not recommended because it does not stop at the most important points of interest. It operates from 06:15 to 08:10 and from 15:30 to 18:05.
  • NO FLAG line. The only one to make all the stops and, therefore, the slowest to move from one terminus to another. It only operates between 06:45 and 07:30 and from 16:00 to 16:30.
  • Green Flag Line. It skips several stops but is the only one that reaches Pakkred, the closest pier to Ko Kret, a beautiful island dating back to 1772.
  • Blue Flag Line. It is called the Tourist Line because it also offers comments in English on the places you pass in Sardinia. It goes up and down between the main attractions. It works every day until 3pm.


Tickets vary depending on the trip and line. They can be purchased directly on board or, where present, in the main docks. You pay in cash only.
On the Orange Flag line the ticket costs 14 Baht. On the other lines the price varies according to the distance, up to 31 baht.

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