Bangkok to Pattaya - Ways to Travel

by Guest

The city of Pattaya is located just south of Bangkok, on the Gulf of Thailand. Once just a quaint fishing village, Pattaya exploded in popularity around 50 years ago which gave rise to numerous hotels, apartment buildings, temples, restaurants, and nightlife. It’s got everything the coastal cities further south have, but is much easier to get to and is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and expats looking for a beach resort close to the capital. There are now over 250 hotels and almost 500 guest houses for tourists to base themselves in while they visit the botanical gardens, temples, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, and nearby island. There are several options for getting to Pattaya from Bangkok which we have listed below. There are no direct flights from Bangkok to Pattaya, unlike to other popular destinations in Thailand like Chiang Mai  or Koh Samui . The journey would be so short, it simply isn’t worth having them. By the time you have got to the airport, checked in and waiting the two hours for your flight, then got from Pattaya airport to the hotel, the time would be considerably more.

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Temple in Bangkok.

Bus from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya

By far the cheapest way to travel between the capital and Pattaya is on board the regular bus services (as is most of the transport in Thailand). For those looking to bypass the capital, there are two different companies offering the route directly from Bangkok Airport including Bell Travel and Airport Pattaya Bus. Both offer comfortable air conditioned coaches and the prices are not so different. Tickets can be bought at the kiosk inside the airport terminal and cost around US $5. You can also buy tickets in advance online, a good idea if the journey falls on a public holiday when the service gets booked up well in advance. It’s worth remembering that the buses don’t run at night, so if you are arriving in the evening, you will need to overnight in the capital. The journey takes around 2 hours to the bus station in Pattaya, from which point you can take a taxi to your hotel.

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Small boats and yachts dotting the Pattaya coast.

Bus from Bangkok centre to Pattaya

Buses also operate from the centre of the capital to Pattaya. They depart from the Ekkamai Bus Station. To get there, take the skytrain to Ekkami BTS, and the bus station is just next to exit 2. The buses depart hourly throughout the day from the early morning all the way into the evening. The last bus departs around 11 p.m. To book your ticket, go to the kiosk at the station. The staff speak good English and the cost of the ticket is around US $5. You will not need to book in advance unless the journey falls on a public holiday when the service gets booked up in advance. The journey takes around 2-3 hours depending on how bad the traffic is in Bangkok and they will stop en route to allow travelers to stretch their legs and use the bathroom. When you arrive at the bus terminal in Pattaya, it is easy to find a taxi to take you into the centre of the city and your hotel.

Minibus from Bangkok centre to Pattaya

If you prefer something smaller, consider getting a minibus. They a slightly quicker than the larger buses, but be warned that the drivers have a reputation for reckless driving, particularly when they are out of the city. The minibuses depart from Ekkamai Bus Station as well and the cost is around the same at US $5 - $6. Tickets can be booked directly with the minibus when you arrive and they usually don&’t need to be booked in advance unless it is a public holiday. The benefit of a minibus is they will often drop you at your hotel, but they don’t speak English well, so write down the address is Thai. If you are carrying lots of luggage, it may be better to go on the large coaches, as space is limited on minibuses.

Taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya

It’s possible to get a taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya, though it’s worth remembering that not every taxi will be willing to take you the long distance, particularly if it is coming towards the end of the day. The option is really only better if you have 4 passengers. To get a taxi, either ask at the reception desk of your hotel or simply go out onto the street and hail one down. Always ask that they driver uses the metre or negotiate a rate you are comfortable with before getting in. The cost of a taxi will be somewhere between US $50 - $70 depending on your driver. Always try to leave in the middle of the day, avoiding the morning and evening rush hour, when the traffic is at its quietest. Note that there is only so much you can fit in the trunk of a car, so if you want a comfortable journey, travel light. The journey will take around 2 hours or so and they will drop you at your hotel.

Rental car from Bangkok to Pattaya

If you plan to explore the surrounding countryside around Pattaya, or want to stop en route, they you may want to consider renting a car. There are plenty of international car rental companies in the centre of Bangkok including Budget, Hertz and Sixty. The cost of hiring a car is around $20 per day depending on when you book and petrol is $1.20 per litre. To hire a car, you will need an International Driving License which you can easily apply for back at home. You will also most likely need to leave a copy of your passport or ID and a deposit of up to US $1,500 on your credit card. Check the car thoroughly before you leave the parking lot to ensure that the vehicle doesn’t have any damage. If you see any dents or scraps, make sure these are noted on the paperwork. Before you decide on this option, it is worth remembering that the driving standards in Thailand may not be the same as the country you are from. Be cautious as all times and avoid driving at night.

In conclusion, the quickest and easiest way is to take one of the coaches which are inexpensive. If these aren’t available or you’d like to be dropped at your hotel, you may want to consider a minivan. Taxis are comfortable, but expensive and only really worth it if you are travelling with 4 people. Lastly, a rental car which you should only really do if you have some experience with driving in Thailand.

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