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Chao Phraya Express Boat and Tourist Boat Guide

Whether you are looking to explore the lively wet market or to take in the gorgeous view of Bangkok’s most magnificent temples, take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River and you will come to some of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Bangkok. Check out all the attractions near to each pier and plan your route using our route map, you will sure get the most out of your vacation in Bangkok.

Chao Phraya River route map:

Chao Phraya Express Boat
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  • Grey line – routing for local line with no flag.
  • Green line – routing for green flag boat.
  • Yellow line – routing for yellow flag boat.
  • Orange line – routing for orange flag boat.
  • Blue line – routing for Chao Phraya Tourist Boat.

Pier number start with “S” represents Southern Bank
Pier number start with “N” represents Northern Bank

Types of Chao Phraya boat:

There are 5 types of boats available for cruising through Chao Phraya River:

Chao Phraya Express Boat no flag boat Local line with no flag

Chao Phraya Express Boat orange flat boat Orange flag

Chao Phraya Express Boat orange flat boat Green flag

Chao Phraya Express Boat yellow flag boat Yellow flag

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat blue flag boat

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat is perfect for tourists as the boat is serving piers with major tourist attractions. There is also a tour guide on the boat who will recommend and introduce the attractions through out the journey.

Chao Phraya Express Boat operation hour and frequency:

Generally, Chao Phraya boats start operation at 5.50am and end at 7.00pm. Most of the boats operate during weekday only except for Orange flag boat who operates on daily basis. Boat departure frequency is varied depends on pier and timing, for details departure timing and frequency, please refer to this time table.

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat operation hour and frequency:

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat is operating on daily basis from 9.30am to 4.00pm with interval of 30 minutes from Sathorn Pier. For updated departure timing and frequency, please refer to this time table.

Chao Phraya River piers:

Piers name Nearby attractions
Ratburana (S4) N/A
Wat Rajsingkom (S3) Wat Rajsingkorn
Wat Worachanyawas (S2) Wat Worachanyawas
Wat Sawetachat (S1) Wat Sawetachat
Sarthorn (Central Pier) Saphan Taksin BTS, Silom Rd, Sathorn Rd, Shangri-La Hotel, Lebua at State Tower
Oriental (N1) Mandarin Oriental Hotel, French Embassy
Wat Muang Kae (N2) Wat Muang Kae
Si Phraya (N3) River City Shopping Complex, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok Folk Museum
Marine Department (N4) N/A
Ratchawong (N5) Chinatown, Sampeng Lane, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Memorial Bridge (N6) Saphan Phut Night Market, King Rama I Monument, Little India
Rajinee (N7) Museum of Siam, Santa Cruz Church, Cafes and Bars overlooking Wat Arun
Tha Tien (N8) Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Tha Tien Market, Pak Klong Flower Market, bars and restaurants overlooking Wat Arun
Tha Chang (N9) King Rama V-era shop houses, Maharaj Road’s pavement market, Sanam Luang
Maharaj (tourist boat pier)
Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Mahathat, Anantasamakom Throne Hall Palace, Wat Rakhang Khositaram
Wang Lang (N10) Siriraj Hospital and Museum, Patravadi Theatre, Supatra River House, Wat Rakhang Khositaram
Thonburi Railway (N11) N/A
Phra Pin Klao Bridge (N12) National Museum, The Royal Barges Museum
Phra Arthit (N13) Khao San Road, Phra Sumane Fort, Banglumpoo Clothing Market, Phra Athit Road, Wat Chana Songkram, National Art Gallery, Roti Mataba, Santiphap Park
Rama 8 Bridge (N14) Bank of Thailand Museum, King Rama VIII bridge, Samsen Road, Kin Lom Chom Saphan
Thewet (N15) Wet Market, Wat Benchamabophit, Vimanmek Mansion, Dusit Zoo, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
Krung Thon Bridge (Sung Hi) (N16) N/A
Wat Thepnahree (N17) Wat Thepnahree
Wat Thepakorn (N17/1) Wat Thepakorn
Payap (N18) N/A
Irrigation Department (N19) N/A
Kheaw Khai Ka (N20) N/A
Kjak Kai (N21) Krung Thon Bridge, River Side Bangkok Hotel
Bang Po (N22) N/A
Wat Soi Thong (N23) Wat Soi Thong
Rama 7 Bridge (N24) N/A
Pibul 1 (N25) N/A
Wat Khema (N26) Wat Khema
Wat Tuek (N27) Wat Tuek
Wat Kien (N28) Wat Kien
Pibul 2 (N29) N/A
Nonthaburi (Pibul 3) (N30) Nonthaburi, Koh Kret
Ministry of Commerce (N31) N/A
Wat Klang Kret (N32) Wat Klang Kret
Pakkret (N33) N/A

Chao Phraya Express Boat and Tourist Boat fares:

No flag

10 baht, 12 baht and 14 baht

Orange flag

15 baht

Yellow flag

20 baht and 29 baht

Green flag

13 baht, 20 baht and 32 baht

Blue flag (Tourist Boat)

40 baht (one way ticket) and 150 baht (unlimited day pass), ticket and day pass can be used for express boats with no additional charges.

Chao Phraya Express Boat and Tourist Boat ticketing:

Ticket for both express boat and tourist boat can be obtained at the ticketing counter in Sathorn Pier and Phra Arthit Pier. For tourists who commute with BTS, boat tickets can also be obtained at the BTS tourist service unit in BTS Siam station and BTS Taksin station.

Important: There is incident reported by tourists that there are “ticketing counters” who are trying to sell expensive tourist boat tickets (i.e. 200 baht per trip), please do not buy tickets from them and only get your tickets from the Chao Phraya Express Boat Ticketing counter.

Chao Phraya Express Boat and BTS interchange:

There is only one interchange section between Chao Phraya Express Boat and BTS at Sathorn Pier and BTS Taksin.

Chao Phraya Express Boat and Railway interchange:

Interchange at Thonburi Railway pier (N11).

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