There are several convenient options for travelers to reach Pattaya from Bangkok.
By Bus to Pattaya from Bangkok
There is a regular air-conditioned bus service between Bangkok and Pattaya. Buses leave the Ekamai, Eastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, every 30 to 40 minutes from 05:00 to 23:00 daily. Fare is ฿113. Contact number 02-712-3928.
Ekamai bus station is on Sukhumvit Road (Near Bangkok Planetarium and Ekamai BTS Station). Take the skytrain to Ekamai Station.
Ticket Booth Location: No. 32-33 Boarding Location: Platform no. 1
This is an express bus service that takes about 2 hours. Make sure you don’t catch the local bus service. It takes 4 hours and you will be dropped on Sukhumvit Road on the outskirts of Pattaya!
Door-to-Door Bus Service
The Bell Travel bus service offers a daily door-to-door service between Pattaya hotels and Bangkok hotels.
Service from Bangkok departs the Bell Bus Service Bangkok office, 3 times per day at 09:30, 13:30, 17:30. You will be collected from your hotel in Bangkok by minivan. Check their web site for a list of hotels in their service area. You can book a ticket on their web site. This is great value for ฿350.
From the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya city
Suvarnabhumi Airport is the new Bangkok airport (opened 2006). It is located south east of Bangkok, closer to Pattaya than the old international airport, Don Muang which is north of Bangkok and is now used for regional flights. Now that Highway 7 to Pattaya is completed, the travel time from the airport is now less than 90 mins.
If you are looking for transport from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya, you have a number of options.
What time will you Arrive?
Will you be arriving during the day or late at night? The bus services to Pattaya and Jomtien run during the day till early evening. If you arrive late at night your choice is limited to a taxi.
Bell Travel Bus Service from Airport to Pattaya
The Bell Travel bus service runs during the day. Buses depart from the airport every two hours from 08:00 to 18:00.
Cost is ฿ 200.
Buses arrive at the bus terminal on North Pattaya Rd (Pattaya Nuea). The price includes a drop-off service to your hotel, in their service area. Check their web site for a list of hotels. You can book a ticket on their web site.
Bell Travel meeting point at the airport is on Level 1, Gate no.7, next to the Tourist Police counter. Look for the stand saying “Pattaya – Bell Travel Service.” Bell Travel Phone (Airport) – 089 449 8843
There are lots of taxi services available at the airport. Many of them are expensive. For the best value you should book ahead. There are several taxi services based in Pattaya, that offer excellent value. Here are two that I use on a regular basis:
PT Taxi Service
PT Taxi Service have an office on 3rd Road in Pattaya.
Airport to Pattaya fare: ฿1,000 including highway toll fees.
Pattaya to Airport fare: ฿900 including toll fees.
They offer reliable, courteous service at a great price. Contact them by email or by phone to book ahead. Recommended.
VR Taxi Service
VR Taxi Service offers a 24 hour taxi service. Fare is ฿ 1,100 including highway toll fees. Contact them by email or by phone to book ahead.
What are your options if you don’t have a booking?
If you arrive at the airport without a booking, you have a couple of options.
1. Public Taxi. This is a government controlled taxi service. Look for the signs on Level 2 (Arrivals Level) for “PUBLIC TAXI”. Fare to Pattaya is ฿ 1500.
2. Wait until approached by a tout, or independent operator. Fare is negotiable, in the range ฿1200 to ฿1500. Make sure you agree on a price before you load your bags into the taxi!
3. There are limousine services available. They are more expensive!
Fare to Bangkok is ฿ 800 upwards. Pattaya fare is ฿ 2,000 upwards.
Note that taxis in Bangkok run on Natural Gas, so you will find that part of the trunk (boot) space is taken up with a gas cylinder. If you’re in a party of two or more, you might find that your luggage doesn’t fit in the trunk! One option is to reserve a mini van.
Misty’s VIP Transport Service
If you are looking for a fun way to start your visit to Pattaya, then try Club Misty’s VIP transport service. You will be met at the airport in Misty’s party van, an air-conditioned, luxury limo, complete with food, drinks, two girls from Club Misty’s and your choice of entertainment.
The vehicle has leather seats, blackout windows to ensure privacy, a fridge with beers, water, soft drinks and champagne, an assortment of sandwiches, a flat screen TV and DVD player and library of the latest movies. There is also a CD system installed with Karaoke if you want to create your own entertainment.
Contact Misty’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +66 81 863 3074