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Submitted on Nov 14, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok, Thailand

  • Pattaya is located about 150km south of central Bangkok. It's one of the more popular places to visit in Thailand and expats that live in Bangkok
  • There are 3 ways to get there from Bang: by 1) bus, 2) taxi, or 3) prearranged transfers. The best option is bus in my opinion, as it's fairly comfortable and very cheap. However, if money is not an object for you, then prearranged transfers is the best option


  • Option 1) Bangkok to Pattaya by busUser submitted photo of Pattaya
  • This is the cheapest way to travel between the two cities, costing as low as $4USD per person each way
  • Travel time is 2h15min-3 hours depending on traffic
  • There are lots of departures everyday. The earliest bus departs at 4:30am and the last bus at 11pm
  • Departure station in Bangkok varies by bus company (see below) including some departing from the Suvarnabhumi airport, but they all arrive at Pattaya bus station, which is located here
  • Bus companies:
  • 1) Roong Reuang Coach: most popular bus optionUser submitted photo of Pattaya
  • This is by far the most popular bus company running between Bangkok and Pattaya, and it's also the cheapest. Their buses are in decent shape and are air conditioned
  • Price: $4USD per person each way
  • Website: https://pattayabus.com/V2/en/home/
  • Reviews: Tripadvisor (rated 4/5)
  • How to book: you can just buy tickets at the bus terminal when you get there, that would be the cheapest way. You can also book ahead through 12Go or BusOnlineTicket
  • This bus departs from 4 stations in Bangkok:
  1. Ekkamai Bus Station (located here): buses running between 5am and 11:00pm, every 30-40 min; fare is 119 baht (~$4USD); ticket booths are #32 and #33, and boarding platform is #1; you can get to the bus terminal with BTS by getting off at the Ekkamai station
  2. Mo Chit Bus Station (located here): buses running between 4:30am and 10:00pm, every 30-40 min; fare is 119-128 baht (~$4USD); ticket booth is #48 on the ground floor, and boarding platform is #78; the closest metro station is Phahon Yothin of MRT blue line
  3. Sai Tai Bus Station (located here): buses running between 8:00am and 4:00pm, every 2 hours on top of the hour; fare is 119 baht (~$4USD); ticket booth is #81, and boarding platform is #46; this station is not accessible by MRT or BTS, so you'll have to taxi there or take a local bus
  4. Bang Na Bus Station (located here): buses running between 5:30am and 9:30pm, every 30-40 min; fare is 119 baht (~$4USD); to get to this bus station you can take BTS to Bang Na station, and then walk or taxi for 2.4km (30 min by foot)
  • Again, the arrival station is Pattaya Bus Terminal, from there you can take a taxi or tuk tuk for ~4km to central Pattaya and the beaches
  • Check the website for the latest schedule and fare
  • 2) Bell Travel: best overall bus option, mostly because it includes pickup and drop off service from and to your hotel in Bangkok and PattayaUser submitted photo of Pattaya
  • Website: http://www.belltravelservice.com/shared-transfer/
  • Reviews: Tripadvisor (rated 4/5)
  • Price: 300 baht ($10USD) from Suvarnabhumi airport and 400 baht ($13USD) from the city
  • How to book: you should book ahead of time through their website. Their buses can fill up so don't buy last minute. You can also book ahead through 12Go or BusOnlineTicket
  • Departure stations in Bangkok:
  • Bangkok Bell Office (located here): buses depart here at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 5:30pm; they provide pickup service from hotels in Bangkok, and pickups are done up to 1 hour before the scheduled bus departure time
  • Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK): buses depart here between 8am and 6pm, every 2 hours on top of the hour; once you exit the customs, go down one floor to level 1 and go to Gate 7, and you you will find staff by the "Bell Travel Service" signage
  • Arrival station is Pattaya Bus Terminal, and from there they will put you on a van to drive you to your hotel
  • You have a free baggage allowance of 1 piece up to 20km in weight. Additional bags or overweight bags will incur an additional charge of 20-300 baht
  • Check their website for the current schedule and fare
  • Aside from Roong Reuang and Bell Travel, there are also Tara Tour and Travel and Mama Travel & Tour, but both of them are rated very poorly and I don't recommend using them


  • Option 2) Bangkok to Pattaya by taxiUser submitted photo of Pattaya
  • This is not common and is much more expensive than taking a bus, but tourists do often take taxis from Bangkok to Pattaya for its convenience
  • Price: one-way fare is about 1100 baht ($36.5USD) from the airport and 1600 baht ($53USD) from central Bangkok with meter. If drivers ask you for fixed fare, only agree to do so if the fare is in this ballpark. Payment is by cash only so make sure you have enough baht on hand
  • Travel time: about 1.5-2.5 hours depending on traffic and where in Bangkok you're departing from
  • How to get a taxi: from the airport, just head to the regular airport taxi line. In the city, the best is to have your hotel call a taxi for you. You can try to flag a taxi off the street but I don't know if many of them will be willing to drive 150km to Pattaya


  • Option 3) Bangkok to Pattaya by prearranged transferUser submitted photo of Pattaya
  • Basically you prebook a private car that will drive you to Pattaya from anywhere in Bangkok
  • This is the most convenient option to travel between Bangkok and Pattaya, and it's only slightly more expensive than a taxi
  • Price: for a standard 4-passenger car, the price is around $35USD each way, but can be as much as $80USD
  • Travel time: similar to taxis, at 1.5-2.5 hours each way
  • Where to book: Klook and Viator are both good websites to book. Just search for "Pattaya" and filter for "Transportation" category. 12Go also has a fairly large selection of prearranged cars (they call it "taxi") but these are a lot more expensive than Klook and Viator, in the range of around $60-$90USD each way. On 12Go you need to specify both your origin (Bangkok) and destination (Pattaya)
  • Some transfers are for shared minivans. These transfers are much cheaper, at around $10USD each way. It's not always available but when it is, it's a great way to save money while still using having the convenience of prearranged transfer