What are Rabbit Cards?
Rabbit cards are Bangkok’s answer to the contactless, stored value cards that are used on public transport in other large cities. For example, Hong Kong has an Octopus card, Singapore has an EZ Link card and London has an Oyster card.
Bangkok’s Rabbit card works in a similar manner. Passengers no longer have to buy individual tickets or tokens for journey on the BTS Skytrain. Instead they just tap their card on a turnstile gate card reader to enter and exit a station.
In addition to being super useful if you plan on taking public transport around the city centre, Rabbit cards can also be used at a large selection of shops and restaurants. These include chains such as: McDonalds, Dairy Queen, The Pizza Company, Burger King, The Coffee Club, Bread Talk, Swensens, Sizzler & Family Mart.
Instead of paying with cash or your credit card, just use your Rabbit card. However, the maximum amount a card can be topped up is 4,000 Baht. So it’s more suited for buying lunch in a food court, a Swensen’s ice cream or a coffee in Starbucks than a full on shopping spree.
For example. if you are spending a couple of days shopping in Bangkok you can use your Rabbit card to get from central Bangkok to Chatuchak weekend market and then back to the city. Or head across the river to the new Siam Icon mall (the largest in Bangkok) before heading back to your hotel or taking the skytrain down to Thonglor for dinner.
You can even use it on the Chaopraya Tourist boat which is a great way to spend a day checking out the sights and riverfront attractions in central Bangkok.
Rabbit cards can now also be used on the Smart buses in Phuket – these run between the airport and beaches on the island. And on the RTC City Bus service in Chiang Mai. This service runs four routes. Two linking main tourist sites around the city and two between the airport and the city centre.
Rabbit Card Pros
The main benefits of a Rabbit card are:
– Using the card doesn’t cost you any more than buying a regular ticket for the subway or skytrain. In fact it’s 1 Baht per trip cheaper.
– It will save you a lot of time. No need to queue for change for a ticket machine or at a ticket machine.
– You can use it to buy food, drinks and snacks in shopping malls. No need to carry a lot of bank notes or coins.
Rabbit Card Cons
As far as downsides go:
That’s the only significant downside. It would be great if the Airport Link, MRT and BTS could come to an agreement and allow passengers to use the same card for their networks, but that hasn’t happened yet.
There’s also the fact there’s an initial issuing fee of 100 Baht. However, this is a small price to pay for the convenience and time it will save you. And the card will pay for itself if you use some of the promotions on offer.
Deals and Discounts
Restaurants and some attractions often offer discounts and promotions for card holders. Check the current promotions and you’ll see it’s easy to save 10 – 15% on burgers, coffee or donuts for example. Users can also sing up for ‘Rabbit Rewards’ simply by installing the app (Iphone) (Android) and linking it to their card.
And holders get 150 Baht discount on their entry ticket at Sea Life aquarium at Siam Paragon mall in central Bangkok. This is the largest indoor aquarium in Southeast Asia. So well worth visiting if you want a break from shopping. It’s located in the basement, under the excellent food court – where your Rabbit card can also be used.
How to Buy a Rabbit Card?
Buy your Rabbit card at any BTS station when you are in Bangkok. Or if you prefer to plan in advance and make the most of your time in Bangkok, it’s actually cheaper to buy online and pick it up when land at Suvarnabhumi.
You can tell the visitors who are well prepared for their visit to Bangkok. They’ll ignore the queues in the airport Arrivals Hall at SIM card booths and currency exchanges. and will avoid the taxi ranks. They’ll immediately head down to the Basement Level at Suvarnbhumi Airport.
Because that’s where you’ll find the currency exchanges with the best – no rip off – rates. Plus the Klook.com booth, where savvy travellers will pick up their 4G SIM card, discounted Airport train ticket and Rabbit card.
Travel is stressful enough, get the essentials in advance and chill.
Bangkok Rabbit Card FAQs
How much do Rabbit cards cost?
A Rabbit Card costs to 200 Baht, which include 100 Baht issuing fee and 100 Baht stored value. Alternatively, Rabbit Cards can be bought online in advance for 290 Baht, which includes 200 Baht stored value.
Where Can I Buy a Rabbit Card?
Rabbit cards can be purchased at any BTS station in Bangkok. Or on the Smartbus at Phuket Airport. Or RTC City Bus counter at Chiang Mai Airport. Alternatively, you can buy a card loaded with 200 Baht stored value online through Klook.com. Just pick it up at their counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport or at Siam Centre Mall downtown.
How Do I Refill My Rabbit Card?
The card can be topped up at any BTS station counter or any McDonald’s; Tesco Lotus minimart or food court where Rabbit pay is accepted. The minimum amount a card can be reloaded is 100 Baht. You can add value in multiples of 100 Baht, up to a maximum of 4,000 Baht.
Note that the first time you refill your card, you will need to show your Passport as ID. This isn’t required for any subsequent top-ups. Simply present your card and the amount in baht you want to be credited to it.
How Do I Use My Rabbit Card on the BTS?
On the BTS (Skytrain), simply tap your Rabbit Card on the gate reader and listen for the “beep” to open the gate. Tap your card again when you exit the station at your destination. The cost of your trip is automatically deducted from your card’s balance.
Can You Use A Rabbit Card on the MRT or ARL?
No. Rabbit cards can’t be used on the subway system (MRT) or City Line Airport Rail Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Passengers have to buy separate tickets to use those services.
Is a Rabbit Card Refundable?
Yes. Users can get an instant refund of the stored value on the card, up to a maximum of 250 Baht, at any BTS ticket office. However, the card issuing fee will not be refunded. Refunds for larger balances take up to 15 days to process.
How Can I Check the Balance on a Rabbit Card?
You can check the remaining balance at any BTS ticket office or any shop or business that accepts Rabbit card for payment.
Do Rabbit Cards Expire?
Your Rabbit Card is valid for 7 years from the date it was issued. So if you plan on visiting Bangkok more than once you can use the same card on each visit. There’s no need to buy a new one. Your stored value balance won’t be affected.