Tram fares


From the National Archives

Something about old coins
In 1946-51, 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 satang coins were brittle and dirty tin coins
In 1951, 50 and 25 satang coins were aluminum bronze coins - much better coins while 10, 5 and 1 Satang coins still dirty and brittle tin coins
In 1954, 10 and 5 satang were aluminum bronze coins while 1 satang coins were worthless tin coins (since the minimum stamps for domestic postcard was 5 Satang)

Tram ticket prices during the WWII
Before May 17, 1945:
2nd class: 6 satang/3000 meters (2 satang/km)
1st class: 12 satang/3000 meters (4 satang/km)
Bus tickets (e.g. Nai Lert White buses, Bangkok Municipal green buses, etc.): 12 satang/km (due to price controls during from the War Time Act BE 2485 (1942))
After May 17, 1945:
2nd Class: 10 satang/2500 meters (4 satang/km)
1st Class: 20 satang/2500 meters (8 satang/km)


Tram tickets from the collection of Ric Francis.

From Lokbaimai Environmental Monthly Magazine (Vo. 8 No. 87, September 1996)

Tram Fare Rates (from Jan 1, 1950 to October 1, 1968)
Bangkok Tram Line Name - 2nd class fare rate - 1st class fare rate
1. Bangsue-Kiakkai-Bang Krabue - 10 Satang - 20 Satang
2. Bangkrabue-Samsen-Wireless Road - 25 Satang - 50 Satang
3. City Pillar-New Road-ang Kholaem (Thanon Tok) - 25 Satang - 50 Satang
4. Silom Bridge-Sala Daeng-Pratoo Nam - 15 Satang - 30 Satang (shortened to Pratoo Nam to Saladaeng around December 1950)
5. Yotse-Natioanl Stadium-Pratoo Nam - 10 Satang - 20 Satang
6. Thewet-Saphan Dam-Hua Lamphong - 15 Satang - 30 Satang
7. Bang Lamphoo-Phan Fah-Wat Liab - 15 Satang - 30 Satang (or Bang Lamphoo - Tha Tian - Wat Liab)

From A Century of Thai Graphic Design:

1894 - 1908 - 4 Atts (2nd class - Bangkok Tramway Co.Ltd.)
1897 - 1908 - 6 Atts/10 Stang (2nd class - Bangkok Tramway Co.Ltd.)
1893 - 1908 - 1 Fuang (for 1 station of the Paknam Railway Co.Ltd. - 1 baht from Hua Lamphong to Pak Nam)
May 1922 - 2.50 Tical (1st class monthly pass on Samsen Tramway - from the 10th Pedant to Pakklong Talad - about a silver dollar)

From Sornsan Phrangsapha (penname: "Thor Thao" - literally the "Oh-Old man") during the 1930's:

Paknam Railway
Hua Lamphong - Paknam, one-way, 2nd class : 60 Stang (0.60 baht, about a silver US Quarter)
Hua Lamphong - Paknam, one-way, 3rd class : 30 Stang (0.30 baht, about A US Dime and A US Nickel)
Hua Lamphong - Paknam Railway usually ran at 70-minute interval.

Mae Klong Railway
Klongsarn - Mahachai, one-way, 2nd class: 1.00 baht (about 4 US silver dimes)
Klongsarn - Mahachai, one-way, 3rd class: 0.65 baht (about 3 US silver dimes)
Klongsarn - Mahachai, round trip, 2nd class: 1.50 baht (about 6-7 US silver dimes)
Klongsarn - Mahachai, round trip, 3rd class: 1.00 baht (about 4 US silver dimes)
Klongsarn - Mae Klong, one-way, 2nd class: 2.00 baht (about 8-9 US silver dimes)
Klongsarn - Mae Klong, one-way, 3rd class: 1.30 baht (about 5-6 US silver dimes)
Klongsarn - Mae Klong, round trip, 2nd class: 3.00 baht (about a US silver dollar and 1-2 US dimes - enough to buy a bottle of White Label Scotch Whisky)
Klongsarn - Mae Klong, round trip, 3rd class: 2.00 baht (about 8-9 US silver dimes)

Nowadays, Wongwian Yai to Mahachai will cost the passenger as follows (one-way ticket):
3rd class -> 10 baht
2nd class without air-conditioning -> 15 baht
2nd class with air-conditioning -> 35 baht

For Wongwian Yai-Wat Singh, it will cost the passengers as follows (one-way ticket):
3rd class -> 3 baht
2nd class without air-conditioning -> 5 baht
2nd class with air-conditioning -> 25 baht

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