Bangkok – Pattaya: How to get there

How to get from the airport and Bangkok to Pattaya – by bus, cab, car

Quite often people travel from Bangkok to Pattaya and this is one of the most frequently asked questions – how to get to Pattaya. There are a lot of ways, from budget buses to cabs, probably because the distance from Bangkok to Pattaya is not very big (about 150 km). I will tell you everything in order. Also, you may be interested in how to get from Bangkok to Chang Island or transfer from Pattaya to Chang. I’m not really campaigning for Chang, but it seems to me that the beach vacation there is much better than in Pattaya.

From Bangkok airport to Pattaya

There are three ways to get from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (where you will arrive from Russia) to Pattaya: by bus, cab, or by renting a car.

Yes, another point – in Pattaya you can get as from Bangkok, and from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The second option is more common and we’ll start with it.

Bangkok-Pattaya bus

There are six flights a day by this bus company Belltravelservice (08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00). Tickets can be booked, cost 250 baht, travel time is 2 hours. This price includes delivery to the hotel – on arrival in Pattaya, you will be transferred to the minibus. The ticket sale counter is located on the 1st floor (1 floor) between exits 7 and 8, you cannot pass by. That means you have to go down just one floor after your arrival.

The Airportpattayabus bus company stand is also located there. The terminus is Jomtien and the bus goes all the way through Pattaya. Runs from 7 am to 10 pm, every hour. The ticket costs 122 baht, travel time 2 hours. And if you buy a ticket to the hotel, 250 baht.

There’s also an airport bus terminal, which is 10 minutes away from the airport. There’s a free shuttle bus.

Here you can buy tickets to Pattaya and Hua Hin.

Ordering a Taxi on the Internet

If you want a minimum of work you can book online in advance at Kiwitaxi. They will meet you in the arrival hall, take your luggage, put you in the car and take you to the desired place. The way is nice because there is no hassle at all and it costs the same as a regular cab, about 1500 baht.

I already took a shuttle from this company and was completely satisfied. They picked me up with a sign, put me in the car, and took me to my hotel. Here is my review of Kiwitaxi.

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A regular Bangkok to Pattaya cab

A cab to Pattaya from the airport will cost 1,500 baht or more, depending on where you take it. Yes, there are cases when they managed to get cheaper, but you need to have a certain skill and know how to bargain. If you book at the counters on the second floor of the airport (arrivals area), the price will be about 2500-3000 baht. As an alternative, go up to the 4th floor (arrival hall), go outside and catch the cab driver who just dropped off the passengers. The price should be the lowest.

Do not forget that you need to clearly negotiate the price in advance. As an option, go to the meter, but it’s more relevant to short trips, I have no idea how much the meter will count, not checked. And make sure the cab driver understands you, Pattaya is not far, or he will think it’s somewhere in Bangkok. If you have any problems, mention the touristic police, take a picture of the driver and the cab number.

Rent a car

I know it’s only a 3-hour drive to Pattaya, but I’ll tell you about this option as well. It may be useful for active travelers who are going to travel around the area or Pattaya is their intermediate destination. IMHO, it is a pleasure to travel in Thailand by car: good roads, gas stations with cafes and 7/11 everywhere, you can go in a company. All the nuances of renting a car in Thailand, I have already set out in detail.

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From Bangkok to Pattaya

If you will not get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport, but from Bangkok itself, the easiest way to get by buses (or minivans) from two bus stations. By the way, if you stay in the center of Bangkok, near the street Kao San Raod, then most likely directly from the gestahouse will be able to leave to Pattaya, or with some travel agency, which is located on this street or in the neighborhood, the cost of travel is about 200 baht. You can also order a cab to Pattaya from the hotel, it costs from 3000 baht.

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How to buy a ticket on the Internet

Not everyone knows, but there is a website, where you can buy tickets for the bus / train online. This is currently the only service offering this opportunity. It covers many destinations in Thailand, and of course there is also Pattaya. Tickets for minibuses/buses from different stations, taxis/transfers, etc.

Payment by bank card or PayPal, e-ticket, very convenient. I hope they will continue to add different routes and expand functionality.

Ekkamai Bus Station

Buses go to Pattaya from Ekkamai East Bus Station. You can get there by taking the Ekkamai Metro (BTS Skytrain). Here is a scheme of the Bangkok subway and at the same link is a post about the subway, bus stations, etc. The Ekkamai bus station is right next to the subway.

There are buses from 5 am to 10 pm every half hour. The buses are air conditioned and cost about 100 Baht. The bus comes to North Pattaya Street. It makes sense to make sure it is an express and not a local bus, otherwise it will take you longer, 4 hours, and you will get out on the outskirts of Pattaya, Sukhumvit Road.

Moh Chit Bus Station

You can also get to Pattaya from the North Moh Chit Bus Terminal (Mo Chit), which is located 1.5 km from Chatuchak Park (MRT subway station) and Mo Chit (BTS Skytrain) stations. From these metro stations (they are close by) you can either walk 15-20 minutes (as on the map) or take a bus 130 or a tuk-tuk. This bus station is the closest to Don Muang airport, so you can get here from this airport.

Buses run from 5am to 7pm every half hour, hour. Cost about 100 baht, travel time 2 hours, air-conditioned buses. The bus comes to North Pattaya Street.

Bus station in the southeast of the city

Buses run from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm every half hour. The cost is 108 baht.

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Good schedule and cost, but the location is not very convenient, it’s a hassle to get to, only if you live somewhere nearby, or don’t mind taking a cab.

Victory Monument.

As of October 2016, minivans no longer run from here to other cities in Thailand. The military junta has been fighting the traffic jams in the square, which were caused by the activities of 4,000 minivans, which essentially created an illegal bus terminal in the middle of the city. The minivans were distributed to the three main bus terminals in Bangkok and free shuttles now run from Victory Monument to these three bus terminals. If you’re closer to the Monument than the train stations, come here. Shuttles run from 4:30 am to 8:30 pm every 20 minutes.

Bangkok to Pattaya train

You can also get to Pattaya by train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station, which is right next to the Hua Lamphong Underground Railroad (MRT) station of the same name. However, the trains don’t run as often as the buses and you have to arrive at a strictly defined time, IMHO, an inconvenient option.

The departure time is 6.55 and the arrival time is 10.30. The train has no air conditioning, 3rd class, runs on weekdays. The ticket price is about 80 baht. The train stop in Pattaya is next to Siam Country Club on Sukhumvit Road North.

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How to get to Pattaya from Bangkok

In this article we will describe all possible ways to get to Pattaya from Bangkok, if you need a way back, read here. Most tourists travel from Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports, also very large passenger traffic at Ekkamai and Mochit bus stations, less so at South Bus Station. Significantly fewer people use the train departing from Hua Lampong railway station.

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Bus Stations at the South Bus Station.

Contents of this article:

Basic information about the road:

  • The distance between Pattaya and Bangkok is 150 kilometers (to the center);
  • Travel time by car – 2 hours (depending on traffic);
  • Travel time by bus: 2.5 hours (with waiting time and traffic);
  • Bus/Minibus/Taxi tickets – from 120/100/1500 baht.

How to get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Most international flights from Russia, Ukraine and CIS countries arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main airport of Thailand and Bangkok. Distance from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya – about 110 km. You can take a bus, a cab or rent a car from the airport. The ways are briefly described below, read more in this article.

1. buses.

Regular buses from Suvarnabhumi go to the bus station on Thappraya Street, in Pattaya stop at Sukhumvit Highway, at its intersection with North, Central and South Streets. Depart from Gate 8 on the 1st floor of the airport, tickets are also sold there.

Tappraya Bus Station.

Bell Travel Service provides bus transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport directly to the hotel in Pattaya. Tickets are sold online only and only in advance on the official website or from The price is approximately 250 baht per person.

2: Taxi.

If you have a large luggage, you are traveling with children or all the bus tickets are sold out, you can always leave the airport by cab. For a company, the fare is comparable with the bus, as you pay for the entire car, not for each person, and you are taken directly to the hotel. The cost of a cab to Pattaya is from 1500 Baht.

Rent a car.

Suvarnabhumi has the largest selection of car rental companies. We recommend you book a car in advance (2-3 months), because it is more profitable. However, the decision can be made on the spot. Read more about car rental in Suvarnabhumi.

All what is written above, but read more in the article: How to get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi.

How to get from Don Mueang Airport

There is no direct bus between Don Muang Airport and Pattaya. The fastest and most comfortable way is to take a cab. Cars are available at the exit of the arrival area. You can also book an airport pickup transfer. Or leave on your own in a rental car.

Bus Station A1

If a cab is not affordable, then you have to go to the Mochit bus station, where the buses and minibuses go to Pattaya. There are two options. One is to take a metered cab or catch the A1 shuttle which leaves from the airport terminal and goes into town to the nearest BTS Mochit subway station. It returns back through Mochit Bus Station, where you need to get off.

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How to get to Pattaya from downtown Bangkok

There are buses, minibuses (minivans) and even a train between the cities. You can also take a cab or rent a car.

Buses and minibuses

From Bangkok to Pattaya you can get from all bus stations: Ekkamai, Mochit, and South. Buses go to the bus station on North Street. From there you can take a public songteo or cab to the hotel.

From Kaosan, as well as some other parts of Bangkok, you can leave by minibus. In Pattaya, they usually stop on Sukhumvit Highway. The final point of arrival in most cases is the office of the transport company, which can be anywhere. Tickets are sold at travel agencies or online.

You can also book a Bell Travel Service shuttle-bus service. The service includes transfers from hotel to hotel. Buses run between Pattaya and Bangkok 3 times a day. Tickets cost about 400 baht and can only be purchased online at the official website or from

Below is the schedule and prices for January 2018. Up-to-date information can be viewed on the official website of the carrier.

1. Ekkamai Bus Station.

Buses from Ekkamai Bus Station run every 30-40 minutes from 05:00 – 23:00.

Tickets to Pattaya cost 108 baht. The contact number is 02-712-3928.

The distance from Ekkamai Bus Station to Pattaya is 130 km. Travel time is 2 hours (no traffic).

Eckamai East Bus Station

2. The bus station in Mochit.

Buses from Mochit bus station go every 30-40 minutes from 04:30 – 22:00.

The fare is 117 baht. Contact phone number: 02-936-3509.

The distance from Mochit bus station is 140 km. Travel time is 2-2.5 hours (no traffic).

Mini buses of Pattaya Van also depart from here. Tickets cost 92 baht.

South Bus Station.

Buses to South Bus Station run at: 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00.

The fare to Bangkok is 108 baht. Contact phone number: 02-894-6363.

The distance to South Bus Station is 150 km. It takes 2.5 hours to travel from Pattaya, but the travel time may increase significantly due to traffic jams.

Tickets for all described bus and minibus routes can be bought online.

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