The original river ferry service was founded over 75 years ago. Today it employs over 500 staff to run the boats that operate over 250 trips up and down the river every single day. Some of these services are cross-river ferries that link both banks, whereas others ply the piers that dot either side of the river.
The ferry boats are of various shapes and sizes depending on their use. Those travelling the length of the river are up to 30 metres long and very fast. A powerful diesel engine is mounted towards the stern and the driver is guided into and out of each pier by a bosun with a whistle.
When the ferry arrives at a platform it overshoots slightly and the bosun leaps onto the platform on this first pass and secures the vessel with a thick rope. He then guides the driver back with whistle signals. The reversing vessel is secured and everyone alights. He then whistles again when it is clear to leave and jumps back on board. Visitors are advised to move quickly as this process is carried out with great alacrity.
The following information will help visitors to identify the Chao Phraya Express Boats that travel along the river. These boats have a coloured flag which designates their respective stop-off points and eventual destination:
Local Lines (No Flag)
Monday-Friday from Wat Rajsingkorn to Nonthaburi between 6am-6pm, with a departure every 20 minutes.
Daily from Wat Rajsingkorn to Nonthaburi between 5.50am-7pm.
Monday-Friday from Sathorn to Nonthaburi, and Ratburana (Big C) to Nonthaburi between 6.10am-7.30pm.
Monday-Friday from Sathorn (Taksin) to Nonthaburi between 7am-6.25pm.