How To Use The Bangkok SkyTrain System: The Rabbit Card Explained (Revised)
What is a Rabbit Card
A Rabbit Card is actually an e-money system for the BTS (Bangkok Train System) or often referred to as the “SkyTrain”, but the Rabbit Card benefits don’t just stop there. The Rabbit Card also doubles up as a cashless payment system for over 100 retail merchant partners. Its the easiest payment method for travelling on the BTS train system in Bangkok, just tap and go & you and only pay for what you use. Register your Rabbit Card online for Rabbit Rewards and start earning Rabbit Reward points.
For additional detail on using the Rabbit Card for purchases, as well as Rabbit Line Pay and rewards, go here.
Registering your Rabbit Card online will give you the added benefit of taking ownership of the card, giving you the option to suspend the card if it’s lost or stolen, you will also be eligible to earn Rabbit Reward points. These points can be used to top up your Rabbit Card or redeemed for discount vouchers with participating retailers.
Types of Rabbit Cards available
There a 3 main types of Rabbit Cards available, but as a tourist, the only card you need to know about is the Adult card, as a non Thai citizen this is the only card you will be eligible for.
Adult Rabbit Card
As a tourist or Thai citizen this is the standard card you will need, eligible for all ages, see below for set up fees.
Student Rabbit Card
Only eligible for full time students not exceeding 23 years. Student ID must be presented on request and hefty penalties are in place for misuse of this type of card.
Seniors Rabbit Pass
This card is only available for Thai Citizens aged over 65 years of age. A citizen ID card must be presented on request and again, hefty penalties for misuse of this card.
How to get started
Available at all Skytrain station Ticket booths. Initial start up cost is 100 baht issuing fee and an additional 100 baht minimum credit (total 200 baht). Rabbit Cards are valid for 5 years and can be loaded with minimum of 100 baht, maximum of 4000 baht. Fares start at 15 baht per one stop.
Unlimited travel within the duration of a single day for 140 baht (non refundable).
30-Day Pass for Adults
Trips can be purchased for use between the original 25 stations only and as the name suggests the trips are valid for 30 days. The 30 day limit commences from when the card is first used, however there is a strict 45 day limit on the commencement of use, otherwise the trips will be cancelled.
Adult 30 day pass charges
– For 15 trips (use within 30 days), 31 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 465 baht.
– For 25 trips (use within 30 days), 29 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 725 baht.
– For 40 trips (use within 30 days), 27 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 1080 baht.
– For 50 trips (use within 30 days), 26 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 1,300 baht
Keep in mind you have a 120 minute time limit once you are in the paid area or you will be charged the maximum published fare.
Stations with disabled access
Stations offering elevators for disabled access: Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, On Nut and Chong Nonsi. BTS Tourist Information Centers can be found at Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations.
To Sum it up in a nut shell
Rabbit cards are easily purchased from any BTS ticket booth and can be topped up at any BTS ticket booth or authorised top up merchant partner, just look for the top up sign on display.
The initial outlay to you will be 200 baht to get you started, this includes:
Issue fee (non refundable) 100 baht
Initial credit minimum purchase (refundable) 100 baht
Total minimum start up cost 200 baht
Rabbit Cards come with generous expiry periods with credit values being valid for 2 years from the last transaction or an inactive period of 2 years. Rabbit Cards can be loaded between a (minimum) 100 baht and (maximum 4000 baht).
The Original 25 BTS Stations
Just to clarify, there is a lot of references to the original 25 stations, but which ones are they and what are the charges if you use the stations not included in these, it’s all a bit confusing, so allow me to shed some light on this. The BTS stations not counted in this original 25 are on the Sukhumvit Line Extension (Bang Chak, Punnawithi, Udom Suk, Bang Na, Bearing and Samrong Stations) or Silom Line Extension (Pho Nimit, Talat Phlu, Wuthhakat and Bang Wa Stations). Passengers entering and exiting in the Sukumvit Line Extension between Bang Chak, Punnawithi, Udom Suk, Bang na, Bearing and Samrong Stations or Silom Line Extension between Pho Nimit, Talat Phlu, Wutthakat and Bang Wa Stations, the fare collection system will charge a further flat fare of of 15 Baht per trip.
BTS SkyTrain operates daily from 06.00 – 24.00 hrs.
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For more information contact the BTS hotline: +66 (0)2 617 7300
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