Pattaya City is conveniently located in Chonburi province at the Eastern seaboard of the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 140 kilometers southeast of Bangkok and just a 90-minutes drive from the capital's new Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thanks to ambitious road construction since the 1990s, the motorway connection between Bangkok and Pattaya has constantly improved, so that now it is only a two-hours drive between both cities.
Pattaya's central location near Bangkok and the kingdom's main international airport, from where several regional budget airlines offer inexpensive domestic and international flights, also makes the seaside resort a perfect hub for tourists who enjoy traveling around Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia. Get Around In Thailand
From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya
The 2006 opening of Bangkok's new international Suvarnabhumi Airport (speak suwanna-poom), which replaced the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok's North, has made it even easier and faster to get to Pattaya. Located just south of Bangkok in Samut Prakan province, it's usually just a 90-minute bus or taxi ride from the new Bangkok airport to Pattaya. Suvarnabhumi Airport - Official Airport WebsiteSuvarnabhumi Airport Guide
Taxis depart from airport level one and charge a flat rate of around 1,300 Baht (i.e. unless you opt for an expensive "limousine" service which might easily cost you a few thousand Baht.) An air-con taxi ride is certainly most convenient after an exhausting long-haul flight; however, as anywhere else in Thailand, be aware of rip-offs. As with most taxis in Thailand, except for "taxi meters" in Bangkok, passengers will have to negotiate a price with the driver first (which also applies to "pseudo-taxi meters" at the airport.) In general, anything between 1,000 and 1,800 Baht should be enough to get you to Pattaya. Public bus service from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya or Jomtien is provided from the bus terminal at the airport's Transport Center. To get there, you can use a free shuttle bus from outside the main terminal. The free shuttle service may take about 15 minutes to get to the bus terminal (last stop!) Several bus companies offer their services from here. Please note that fares and departure times may change frequently. Airport-Pattaya Bus Service (Roong Reuang Co. Ltd.) provides direct transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Jomtien and vice versa, with only 32 seats in each coach and an estimated travel time of approx. two hours. The company's Jomtien office is located outside the Foodmart supermarket on Thappraya Road (opp. Pan Pan restaurant, just around the corner from Thepprasit Road). The departure location at Suvarnabhumi Airport is on the 1st floor of the arrivals terminal (between gates 7 and 8).
Departure times 7h, 8h, 9h, 10h, 11h, 12h, 13h, 14h, 15h, 16h, 17h, 18h, 19h, 20h, (21h), (22h)
One-way fare is 134 Baht (January 2014). www.airportpattayabus.com Bell Travel Service operates a private bus service between Suvarnabhumi and Pattaya's main bus terminal on North Pattaya Road (Pattaya Nua). They also provides a "Door to Door Service from Arrival Hall to Pattaya Hotels," meaning that upon arrival at the North Pattaya bus station, passengers will be transferred to vans that will take them to their respective hotels in Pattaya.
Bell Travel Service have a "Pattaya" counter on Level 1 of the arrivals terminal (Gate 8) where you can also buy the ticket. Their coaches depart from outside Gate 8. Passengers will have to take an escalator or elevator from the arrival hall on Level 2 to the ground floor of the terminal building.
Departure times 8h, 10h, 12h, 14h, 16h, 18h
One-way fare 250 Baht (paid to service staff upon boarding the coach. This price includes drop-off service to your hotel in Pattaya.) www.belltravelservice.com
From Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bell Travel Service have an office inside the bus terminal on North Pattaya Road (Sukhumvit road end) from where coaches will go directly to the airport’s departure terminal. Pick-up service from your hotel in Pattaya to the bus terminal is also available and included in the price.
Departure times 6h, 9h, 11h, 13h, 15h, 17h, 19h
One-way fare 250 Baht (This price includes pick-up service from your hotel.)
Tel. 038-370 055-6 (Pattaya office). www.belltravelservice.com Airport-Pattaya Bus Service (Roong Reuang Coach Co. Ltd.) offers direct transfer from Pattaya/Jomtien straight to Suvarnabhumi Airport (departure terminal on the 4th floor); with only 32 seats in each bus and an estimated travel time of two hours.
Their departure location and office is located outside the Foodmart supermarket on Thapphraya Road in Jomtien (opposite Pan Pan restaurant, north of the junction with Thepprasit Road).
Departure times (Foodmart office) 7h, 8h, 9h, 10h, 11h, 12h, 13h, 14h, 15h, 16h, 17h, 18h, 20h, 21h
One-way fare is 134 Baht (January 2014). www.airportpattayabus.com
Metre taxis to Suvarnabhumi Airport or Bangkok may be chartered in many travel agencies or at small taxi booths all over Pattaya at a flat rate of around 900 Baht, i.e. plus the multiple surcharges for tollway usage (expect around 100 Baht). Limousine taxis can be booked in most hotels and travel agencies, with fares around 1,500 Baht.
The former U-Tapao military airport in Sattahip, which was upgraded to an international airport in 2009 and is even closer to Pattaya (approx. 30-minutes driving distance) is used by only a few international airlines so far and serves mainly Russian charter flights. Bangkok Airways operate domestic flights to Koh Samui and Phuket from here.
From Bangkok to Pattaya by Bus
If you travel from Bangkok's city centre and want to avoid an expensive taxi ride, your best option is to take a public bus from Ekamai bus terminal on Sukhumvit Road (BTS skytrain station). Air-conditioned coaches depart from Ekamai every 30-40 minutes from 5h in the morning until 23h. One-way tickets cost approx. 130 Baht (fares frequently changing). The bus ride to Pattaya should not take longer than two hours. However, make sure you catch a coach that takes the motorway route straight to Pattaya (not the Sukhumvit Road route via Chonburi!)
If you stay in Bangkok's North you can alternatively travel from Morchit bus terminal. Coaches to Pattaya depart every 30-40 minutes from 4.30h till 22h. The one-way fare is roughly 130 Baht, same as when traveling from Ekamai.
Roong Reuang Tour coaches (PattayaBus.com) will drop you off at Pattaya's main bus terminal at the Sukhumvit end of North Pattaya Road (Pattaya Nua), otherwise anywhere along Sukhumvit Road, from where you can continue your journey with a Baht-Bus taxi.
Pannipa Pattaya Tour Co. Ltd. operate a daily minibus service between Bangkok and Pattaya at 150 Baht only. The Bangkok office and departure point is at the Victory Monument. Drop-off point in Pattaya is on Central Pattaya Road (Pattaya Klang) between Foodland supermarket and Big C Extra. Departure times are every 30 minutes, from 5am to 8.30pm.
There are several other companies providing minivan services to Pattaya, all in the vicinity of the Victory Monument. Fares start at around 100 Baht/person, and minivans are departing as frequently as every 15 minutes. PattayaVan, part of Roong Reuang Coach Co. Ltd., is one of the more reputable companies providing such services. From 6h to 20h, their vans depart from Bangkok every 15 minutes. The one-way fare is only 97 Baht (January 2014).
From Pattaya to Bangkok by Bus
Air-con coaches from the bus terminal on North Pattaya Road (Pattaya Nua) to Bangkok's three major bus terminals - with frequent connections to all provinces of the country - depart regularly every 30-40 minutes. One-way fares are approx. 130 Baht. For more details please see PattayaBus.com.
Pannipa Pattaya Tour Co. Ltd. operate a daily minibus service between Pattaya and Bangkok at 150 Baht. Their Pattaya office and departure point is on Central Pattaya Road (Pattaya Klang) between Foodland and Big C Extra (Carrefour). Drop-off point in Bangkok is at the Victory Monument. Departure times are every 30 minutes, from 5am to 9pm.
Other minivans to Bangkok (Victory Monument) depart from several locations in Pattaya, e.g. the Petronas gas station on Sukhumvit Road (Central Pattaya), the Bali Hai Pier (southern end of Walking Street) or from near the intersection of South Pattaya Road (Pattaya Tai) and Second Road/Pratamnak Road. Fares approximate 100 Baht per person, and minivans are departing as frequently as every 15 minutes. PattayaVan, part of Roong Reuang Coach Co. Ltd., is one of the more reputable companies providing such services. From 6h to 20h, their vans depart every 15 minutes from four boarding locations in Pattaya. The one-way fare is 97 Baht (January 2014). For more details please see their website.
"407 Pattana" and Nakornchai Air bus companies provide VIP bus services to Northeast Thailand (Isaan) and North Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai). For more information and contact details, please visit our Get Around In Thailand page. Of course, you can use their services also to travel straight from Isaan or North Thailand to Pattaya, i.e. without changing buses in Bangkok.
From Bangkok to Pattaya by Train
If you should be a die-hard railway fanatic, then there's one daily connection between Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Railway Station (with MRT subway access) and Pattaya's little railway station off Soi Siam Country Club (on the so-called "dark side" off Sukhumvit Road).
The scheduled departure time from Bangkok is 6.55h, scheduled arrival in Pattaya 10.35h. Trains from Pattaya leave at 14.21h and arrive in Bangkok at 18.25h. The one-way fare (3rd class) is 31 Baht (only 3rd class available). Due to the length of the journey, however, this alternative won't be of much interest for tourists unless they are die-hard railway fanatics. State Railway Of Thailand (destinations, timetables and fares)
From Bangkok to Pattaya by Car
In case you travel from Bangkok to Pattaya by car, you should, depending on the traffic situation, expect a ride of approximately two hours (or about 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport).
The most convenient route when driving from Bangkok is to first follow the Bang Na-Trat highway (No. 3) via Bang Pakong to Chonburi, and then change to the the new Chonburi-Pattaya-Rayong highway (No. 7). A lot of traffic can be avoided by opting straight for the Chonburi-Pattaya-Rayong highway!
For a listing of car rental companies based in Thailand and Pattaya, please visit our Get Around in Pattaya page.