Bangkok to Pattaya Train – Cheap Travel Option

Want to know how to get from Bangkok to Pattaya by train?

Getting from Bangkok to Pattaya by train is an easy and affordable option. Not only is train travel cheap, but it’s also comfortable as you’ll have ample leg room and a lot of room to store your luggage.

However, train travel from Bangkok to Pattaya isn’t very popular with tourists. One reason is that it’s slow and stops multiple times in small stations along the Bangkok to Pattaya railway route. On top of this, departure time is a bit inconvenient as all trains from Bangkok to Pattaya depart before 7:00am.

Bangkok's hua lamphong train station from outside
Hua Lamphong Train Station

This detailed article covers everything related to train travel from Bangkok to Pattaya. In case you find the train isn’t the most suitable option for your travel plans, I’ve listed a few alternative and equally affordable options too such as bus travel from Bangkok to Pattaya.

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Best Train Option From Bangkok to Pattaya

There are 2 types of train travel from Bangkok to Pattaya. There is a daily commuter train with no air condition, stops at every station and is very slow. And on weekends there is the express train with air conditioned carriages, comfortable seats and completes the journey in approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. It’s the best train option and popular with both locals and tourists. You can book your ticket in advance which is recommended.

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Best Ways to Get From Bangkok to Pattaya

Train travel is the cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Pattaya. However it is also the slowest and least convenient option since all trains leave Bangkok before 7:00am. So unless you want to travel by train just for the experience, the other affordable option to travel Bangkok to Pattaya is to take a direct bus from Ekkamai Bus TerminalMo Chit Bus Terminal or Suvarnabhumi Airport. Buses cost between ฿170 ($5) and ฿260 ($8).

Another option would be a private transfer. Compared to the train and the bus, this is going to be expensive as it will cost around ฿1400 ($39). However, if you’re traveling in a group and splitting the costs its quite affordable. And the the door-to-door service eliminates the need for extra transportation expenses to and from your accommodation.

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Bangkok to Pattaya Train

There is 1 daily train from Bangkok to Pattaya and an additional weekend train on Saturdays and Sunday. All trains from Bangkok to Pattaya start their journey at the old train station Hua Lamphong near Chinatown.

The daily commuter train from Bangkok to Pattaya
Jacqueline poking her head out the Bangkok – Pattaya commuter train

Ordinary (Daily) Train

Station: Hua Lamphong | Departure: 6:55am | Duration: 2.5 hour/3.5 hour | Cost: ฿35 ($1)

The daily train departs at 6:55 am from Hua Lamphong train Station. Tickets must be bought on the day of travel from the ticket booth at Hua Lamphong train station and cost ฿35 ($1). Make sure to be at the station at least 15 minutes in advance in order to sort out your tickets.

Train number 283 from Bangkok to Pattaya is a commuter train mostly used by locals and will stop at every station along the way which makes it very slow. It is a class 3 train with no assigned seats or air condition. There is ceiling fans and windows offering a nice and breeze. While the open window allow you to enjoy the country views, there is nothing that is particularly interesting along the journey.

Bangkok to Pattaya train from inside with ordinary seats and ceiling fan
Inside the commuter train – ordinary seats and ceiling fan

The main train stations in Pattaya are Pattaya Train Station which is in between the city centre and walking street. And if you’re going further South and close to Jomtien beach, you can stop at Pattaya Tai Train Station.

Bangkok to Pattaya Weekend Train

Station: Hua Lamphong | Departure: 6:45am | Duration: 2.5 hour | Cost: ฿220 ($6)

Train number 997 is the express train and is an additional train operating between Bangkok and Pattaya on Saturdays and Sundays. This is a better option of train travel to Pattaya as it is a Class 2 train with air conditioned carriages and comfortable seats.

The express train from Bangkok to Pattaya. Comfortable seats and air condition carriages
Inside the Bangkok to Pattaya express train – comfy seats and A/C carriages

It’s also faster than the ordinary train as it won’t stop at every station and is scheduled to complete the journey in 2 hours 30 minutes arriving in Pattaya at 9:15 am.

The weekend train departs from Hua Lamphong train station at 6:45 am. Unlike the ordinary train, tickets for the weekend train to Pattaya can be purchased in advance either at the station or online through the 12Go platform. Since it is a popular train service used by both locals and tourists, booking ahead of your travel dates is recommended. Tickets cost ฿220 ($6).

Pattaya Train Station to Hotel

Pattaya Train Stations are situated outside the main tourist areas. So you will need transport to reach your hotel in Pattaya. There are various transport options waiting outside the train station. The fastest and easiest option is to take a taxi. If the driver gives you a fixed price, ask them to use the meter as its always cheaper. A taxi ride will cost anywhere between ฿80 ($2.30) and ฿200 ($6.50). The cost will depend on where you’re going and traffic conditions.

Note: the taxi prices shown are to give you an idea of what rides typically cost to popular areas in Pattaya and should be used as a general guideline.

A cheaper alternative is to use the baht buses or Songtaews. This public transport is pick-up vans with fitted benches in the back. Ask any of the drivers to indicate which van you need to reach your destination. Keep in mind that this is public transport and the stop may not be directly in front of your hotel/accommodation.

Train from Bangkok to Pattaya – Key Points

The train from Bangkok to Pattaya is an inexpensive way to travel between these 2 cities. But like many other train routes in Thailand, its a slow journey especially when taking the daily commuter train. And with this particular train there is only 1 train a day (except for weekends).

A train sitting at the station in Hua Lamphong Bangkok
Inside Hua Lamphong train station Bangkok

In the case of train travel from Bangkok to Pattaya, the express weekend train is the best option. It’s faster and more comfortable than the daily commuter train. And also compared to the bus, the train is more comfortable as you’ll have more leg room. However, in our opinion, this extra comfort doesn’t really compensate for the early departure and we’d prefer taking the bus since the total journey only takes 2.5 hours and there are various bus stations in Bangkok offering this route.

But if you’ve never been on a train in Thailand, this can be quite an enjoyable experience.

If you have the time to read further you can find out more useful information that can help you plan your trip to Pattaya.

Below is a list of key points including the best places to stay in Pattaya depending on your travel style, a few amazing activities which you can do by tour or by yourself and weather related information.

Things to do in Pattaya

Beside the beaches, nightlife, resorts and loads of entertainment, there’s quite a few things to do in and around Pattaya.

An aerial view of catamarans in tropical waters

Here are a few ideas for things to do in Pattaya. You can do these by yourself or book a tour. Either-way, it will be an amazing experience.

Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary interactive experience.

Visit Koh Pai, Koh Rin, and Koh Ped islands by Catamaran

Visit the Sanctuary of Truth

Go to a Cabaret show

Where to Stay in Pattaya

Pattaya is a beautiful coastal city. Lined with gorgeous beaches, amazing views, loads of oceanfront dining option and an entertainment scene that never sleeps. However all this is often overshadowed by Pattaya’s red light district and most tourists just generalize that’s all Pattaya is.

However Pattaya is so much more and to really enjoy this City by the beach it’s important to book your accommodation in an area that suits your travel style.

Below is a quick overview for areas to stay in Pattaya. This should give you an idea of what to expect.

Just a heads up. Most of the Go-Go bars and adult entertainment bars are located around walking street in central Pattaya. Don’t stay there if you’re not into that kind of stuff”

Central Pattaya – Best for Nightlife and Entertainment

Central Pattaya is the heart of the city’s nightlife and entertainment. Here, you’ll find a plethora of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. The area around Walking Street is famous for its vibrant nightlife and adult entertainment.

Below are 3 accommodation suggestions for every budget.

The entrance to a hotel in Pattaya

Budget:

City Center Residence & Yahaha – A budget-friendly option close to the entertainment districts.

An aerial view of a pool surrounded in trees and the ocean in the background

Mid-Range:

Condo Express View Talay 6 – Offers a balance between affordability and comfort.

A restaurant with ocean views at dusk

Luxury:

Hilton Pattaya – A luxurious hotel with stunning views, located in the central area.

North Pattaya – Best for Families and Relaxation

North Pattaya is a quieter area compared to the bustling central parts. It’s suitable for families and those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere. The Wong Amat Beach is a highlight, offering a serene environment away from the busy city life.

Below are 3 accommodation suggestions for every budget

A room in a hotel

Budget:

Swiss Paradise Boutique Villa – Affordable and only 10 minute walk to beach

how to get from Bangkok to Pattaya by bus

Mid-Range:

Golden Tulip Pattaya Beach Resort – A comfortable hotel with family-friendly facilities.

A room with private pool

Luxury:

Hidden Palm Pool Villas – An upscale hotel with villas with private pools

Jomtien Beach – Best for a Relaxing Seaside Retreat

Jomtien Beach is a more laid-back option compared to Central Pattaya. It’s known for its long, sandy beach and water activities. This area is suitable for those who want a mix of beachside relaxation and some nightlife.

a condo apartment with pool

Budget:

Paragon Suites Resort – A budget-friendly hotel withe excellent reviews.

a beautiful facing the ocean

Mid-Range:

Copacabana Beach Jomtien – Offers a comfortable stay with proximity to the beach.

a condo apartment with pool

Luxury:

Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa – A luxurious resort with upscale amenities and a beachfront location.

Weather in Pattaya

Like the majority of Thailand, there are 2 types of weather in Pattaya. Either hot and sunny (dry season) or hot and rainy (well, the rainy season).

November to February is the dry season. This is when temperatures are moderate and range between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Due to favorable weather, this period is also the most popular. So you expect more tourists and also higher accommodation prices as there is more demand.

March to May is the hot season. In Pattaya you can expect higher temperatures and increasing humidity, with daytime highs often reaching 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) or more.

June to October is the rainy season in Pattaya. Known for monsoons and frequent rainfall, often in the form of short, heavy showers. Despite the rain, daytime temperatures remain warm, fluctuating between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius (77 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit).

September and October are generally the wettest months during this period. While the dry season is favored for its comfortable weather, Pattaya’s lush greenery during the wetter months has its own allure, making it a year-round destination for travelers.

How to Get From Pattaya to Bangkok

Want to know how to get to Bangkok from Pattaya?

There’s busesminivanstransfers and trains every day going back and forth between these 2 cities. The total distance is around 145 km which should take around 2 hours travel time. Depending on traffic conditions.

Note: use minivans as a last resort. Minivans are often crammed with both people and loads of luggage.

Here are a few suggestions for getting from Pattaya to Bangkok depending on your budget, travel style and what time of day you to travel, one of these options will definitely be a good fit.

Pattaya to Bangkok by Bus

An easy, affordable and convenient option is to take the bus from Pattaya to Bangkok. Between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm there’s a bus doing this journey about every hour. The easiest way to reserve a seat on a bus is to book tickets on 12 Go Asia. This will guarantee you find a seat on the day of your travels.

On 12 Go Asia you’ll also get all the information for buses like schedules, travel time and departure stations in Pattaya and the arrival bus station in Bangkok. If you know your travel dates and know what you will be traveling from Pattaya, you can book your tickets here. A 1 way tickets costs around $5 to $6.

There’s also direct buses from Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi airport.

Pattaya to Bangkok by Train

Another option is to take the train from Pattaya to Bangkok. While it’s a cheap way to travel, the train isn’t really that convenient since only 1 train a day operates and departs Pattaya Tai Station at around 2 pm. This isn’t a popular transport option so you don’t need to order tickets in advance. Just show up at the station* get on the train and pay the dispatcher on the train.

*Here you won’t find an actual train station but just a platform. No booth or anything, Tickets are paid on the train. 3rd class seats only – fan and open window – authentic style.

Pattaya to Bangkok Transfer

The safest, fastest and most convenient option to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok is by transfer. A transfer is like a taxi and will include pick-up at your Pattaya Hotel and drop-off at your desired location in Bangkok.

Another option is to take a metered taxi. On paper, taking a meter taxi will cost less since the meter is only going to record the distance in one direction. However, you’ll have a hard time finding a taxi driver that will accept to do the ride without any further compensation. The taxi driver will offer a fixed price which is usually more expensive to booking an online transfer.

Pattaya to Bangkok by Air

Flying from Pattaya to Bangkok is the least convenient option. And probably the most time consuming. You’ll need to be at the airport 2 hours in advance which is about enough time to travel by land. Then from the airport you still have the journey from Don Mueang Airport into the city.

The only reason that air travel sort of makes sense is if you have a flight from Don Mueang airport shortly after you land. But in most cases, don’t consider flying, it’s expensive and inconvenient.

Conclusion

That’s it from here. I hope this article helps you plan your journey from Bangkok to Pattaya. Also, if you have any questions just drop a message below. Comments are answered within a few hours.

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