Nope still not started service yet. & the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (SARL) is a totally separate rail line, not an extension of the BTS skytrain system. Closest the SARL line comes to the BTS line is at Phaya Thai, where the lines are perfectly perpendicular, & the stations are totally unconnected - will hafta exit the SARL station & walk over to the BTS station/vice versa.
Sorry, I wasn't clear.
Its the Skytrain rail link (Makassan to airport). Eveythings seemed to be in place mid last year.
Generally I catch a taxi from airport to On Nut when arriving, and the reverse when leaving. It would be great to simply express to and from airport...when its is finally operational.
Makkasan to airport = SARL system.
tracks + stations already complete, trains already tested. supposed to open last Dec, & then this April, & now no idea. let's just say that there are 'vested interests' in having it remain non-operational...
SARL tracks are elevated just like the BTS skytrain system, but they are separate systems that do not connect at all.
when the SARL opens, you can take the 'commuter train' (more stops, cheaper fare) to SARL Phaya Thai station, & then walk over to BTS Phaya Thai skytrain station - if you wish to proceed further around central BKK by skytrain. the SARL 'express train' (fewer stops, more expensive) will terminate before Phaya Thai at Makkasan, where there is no nearby BTS skytrain station, only MRT (underground).
details of plans to extend the BTS skytrain beyond On Nut were announced ~2 days ago - it will run to Bang Pu in Samut Prakan province. see this map of the extended route for how the skytrain will not reach Suvarnabhumi. first 5 stations of the extension were already completed last year, projected opening this June.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (SARL) is now running free trial rides on weekdays between 7-10am & 4-7pm. Only the City Line between SARL Phaya Thai station & the airport is functioning, & only half of the 8 stations are open:
open = Phaya Thai, Ramkhamhaeng, Hua Mark, Suvarnabhumi
still closed = Rajprarop, Makkasan, Thab Chang, Lad Krabang
SARL official website:
Trial ride timetable
Left half = from Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi, left to right columns are departure times from Phaya Thai, Ramkhamhaeng & Hua Mark stations respectively.
Right half = from Suvarnabhumi to Phaya Thai, left to right columns are departure times from Suvarnabhumi, Hua Mark & Ramkhamhaeng stations.
reports on the free trial rides:
projected official opening date - 12 August 2010:
http://www.railway.co.th/srt/pr/news/viewshownews.asp?idnews=601 (Thai only)
(everything in Thailand can officially open on only 1 of 2 days per year - Queen or King's birthdays :P)
Thanks for the very prompt replies...getting closer each day.
Interestingly, the airport link seems rather pricey, but I suppose its probably aimed mostly at visitors.
And thanks for the URL Stoneman. I can now check from a single source.