How To Get From Bangkok To Pattaya?

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How To Get From Bangkok To Pattaya?

Once a small fishing village, Pattaya is now a famous resort town on the Eastern Coast of Thailand. Named Phraya Tak after King Taksin’s march against Nai Klom in 1767, it’s now called Mueang Phatthaya or quite simply Pattaya. Famous for Walking Street, ladyboy shows, temples and beaches, Pattaya is one of the must-visit stops on any Thailand itinerary. Even if you can only manage a day trip to Pattaya, getting from Bangkok to Pattaya is important so that you can enjoy this all-embracing city. 

monk walking in Thailand
Monk walking in Thailand

Bangkok To Pattaya Time And Distance

So what is the distance between Bangkok and Pattaya? Or how far is Pattaya from Bangkok?

The drive from Bangkok to Pattaya is about 140 to 152 km and will take about 2 hours by road at a minimum, but if you get stuck in traffic up to 4 or 5 hours. 

What is the Bangkok airport to Pattaya distance?

The distance from Bangkok airport to Pattaya is about 120 km, and a transfer from Bangkok airport to Pattaya will take you 1.5 hours to get there without traffic, and about 3 to 4 hours if you get stuck. 

Oriental Traffic Jam
An Oriental Traffic Jam

How To Travel From Bangkok To Pattaya?

There are a number of options for getting to Pattaya from Bangkok. The easiest is a cab or taxi, the expensive way is by flight, the cheapest way is to take the train or bus from Bangkok to Pattaya for your holidays. 

Minibus And Bus To Pattaya

The Eastern Bus Terminal on Sukhumvit Road is where the majority of buses from Bangkok to Pattaya start their trip. If taking the Bangkok to Pattaya bus, you’ll find them leaving the Ekamai terminal every half hour from 5:20 AM to 11:20 PM.

Bus transportation Bangkok to Pattaya is also available at Sai Tai or Southern Bus Terminal at 5:30 am, 8:30 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6:30 pm. Bus transport for Bangkok to Pattaya from the Mochit or Northern Bus Terminal runs from 5:30 am to 8:00 pm.

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The trip from Bangkok to Pattaya by bus costs around THB 125 or USD 4, making the bus Bangkok to Pattaya your cheapest mode of travel. The THB 125 bus fare from Bangkok to Pattaya is also cheaper than the mini-van fare from Bangkok to Pattaya of THB 300 or USD 10. The minibus, however, will drop you off right at your hotel in Pattaya, which makes the prices that are slightly higher than the Bangkok to Pattaya bus fare worth it!

Pattaya City
Pattaya City

Suvarnabhumi Airport (Main Airport)

If you need a bus from Bangkok airport to Pattaya in Thailand, you’ll find them leaving every 2 hours for the Mochit or Northern terminal. The bus fare from Bangkok airport to Pattaya is THB 106 which is a little less than USD 4. 

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Don Muang Bangkok Airport

If you’re looking for a Don Muang Bangkok airport to Pattaya bus, they don’t really exist. Instead of this, you have two options here.

  • Option 1 (recommended): Take the A1 bus to Mo Chit Bus Station for THB 30 or USD 1 and from there take the THB 120 or USD 4 buses traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya.
  • Option 2: Take the free shuttle bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport and then taking one of the many buses from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya (keep in mind that you may be asked to show your plane tickets as a proof that you are flying from Don Muang. You don’t have it, so you may be refused to get to the bus). 

The return bus and minibus to Bangkok from Pattaya Bus Terminal cost the same as the transport Bangkok to Pattaya. The bus from Pattaya to Bangkok costs THB 124 or USD 4 to Ekamai terminal and THB 136 to Sai Tai or Morchit terminals.

You can prebook your bus tickets leaving from Pattaya Bus Terminal here. The other option is to simply go there. You will be given a ticket on the next available bus, be it in 30 minutes or 2 hours. But with buses every half an hour, you won’t have to wait too long! And even if you have to wait, there are many kiosks selling food and drinks at the terminal. 

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

Train

It’s really easy to get from Bangkok to Pattaya by train. There is a daily Bangkok to Pattaya train that leaves Hualamphong Station of Bangkok at 0650 AM. Tickets for the train Bangkok to Pattaya cost around THB 30 or USD 1.

How long from Bangkok to Pattaya by train? The journey takes about 3 hours and is a great way to watch the Thai countryside roll by.

Private Taxi

The best way to travel from Bangkok to Pattaya is by taking the Suvarnabhumi airport to Pattaya taxi or a Bangkok to Pattaya taxi from your hotel.

How much is a taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya? The official cost of taxis from Bangkok airport to Pattaya is THB 1050 plus THB 60 for expressway tolls. That’s a total of THB 1110 or USD 37. The fare is quite reasonable for a peaceful and quick 1.5-hour taxi from Bangkok airport to Pattaya. 

You can also book a taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya by bargaining with the cabbies outside the airport. But their Bangkok to Pattaya taxi fare can range anywhere from THB 800 to THB 1500 (USD 26 to USD 50) and depends on your bargaining skills. The official Bangkok airport to Pattaya taxi is a better option. There are also a number of sites where you can book transfers from Bangkok airport to Pattaya online in advance. For example here.

If you’re already in Bangkok city and traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya, the taxi fare Bangkok to Pattaya is THB 1500 plus THB 60 expressway tolls. That’s about USD 52. But you could also find a local taxi Bangkok to Pattaya who might charge lesser at around THB 1000 or USD 33 because they need the business. Bargaining is key here! 

My advice is to choose a hassle-free method and book your taxi online. You can be sure the price will be low and the car will be there on time.

A Thai Food market
A Thai Food market

Flight

If you prefer to travel in style, there would have the option of flights from Bangkok to Pattaya. Pattaya is served by the U-Tapao International Airport that’s about 30 km South of Pattaya City. A Suvarnabhumi Bangkok to Pattaya flight would get you here, post which you need to take a taxi or bus to the city.

However, I do not recommend flights from Bangkok airport to Pattaya as they all go via other cities, for example, Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Pattaya or Bangkok – Koh Samui – Pattaya. The minimum flight duration is 4 hours including layovers and the costs vary from USD 100 to USD 300. On the other hand, if you’re trying to get to Pattaya from other places, say for example Koh Samui, Phuket or Chiang Mai, the flight into U-Tapao Airport will be a good choice! 

So if you ask me how to go to Pattaya from Bangkok? Or how to get from Bangkok to Pattaya? My answer is: taxi, train or bus are the best options. 

Tuktuks in Thailand
Tuktuks in Thailand

Other Questions

How To Get To Pattaya From Bangkok By Speedboat? 

There are no Bangkok to Pattaya by speedboat or ferry options available at the moment. But there are ferries running from other cities to Pattaya. The best way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok is either by bus or taxi.

How to Reach Pattaya From Bangkok Without Spending Too Much?

Train from Bangkok to Pattaya is the cheapest option. You could also consider bus or minibus travel Bangkok to Pattaya as they are very economical.

See also my post about Day Trip From Bangkok To Pattaya Itinerary.

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