How To Get to Pattaya From Bangkok – X5 Hassle Free Travel Options

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Going from Bangkok to Pattaya is straightforward. Taxis and Private transfers with door to door service are a preferred option with many foreigner tourists. Buses from Bangkok to Pattaya are an inexpensive option and equally convenient. There’s also a daily train traveling to Pattaya from Bangkok. If for some reason you want to fly, that’s also a rather impractical option.

Regardless of transport option, the journey time from Bangkok to Pattaya will be between 2 hours and 2.5 hours for land transport. Rail travel is often slower due to frequent stops.

A bench in Pattaya offering an amazing view. How to get from Bangkok to Pattaya

Bangkok to Pattaya

The distance between Bangkok and Pattaya is around 145km. Buses, taxis and private transfers generally take 2 hours to complete the journey. However, this can change due to traffic conditions. And weekends are well know to be busier due to many locals traveling by private car or bus down to the sandy beaches of Pattaya.

If you don’t have the time to read this entire article and you’re ready to plan your trip, the safest, easiest, fastest and most hassle free way to travel from Bangkok to Pattaya is to book a private transfer which costs ฿1400 ($40). A driver will pick you up at your Bangkok hotel and drop you off at your Hotel in Pattaya. It’s convenient, affordable and doesn’t require any logistical planning.

Another best way to travel from Bangkok to Pattaya is by bus. There’s direct buses departing from Mochit bus terminal and a more convenient bus terminal in Ekkamai. Bus tickets cost around ฿180 ($5).

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Bangkok to Pattaya Private Transfer

the best way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok is via private transfer
A mid range private transfer vehicle from Bangkok to Pattaya

A private transfer is the easiest way of getting to Pattaya from Bangkok. If you’re staying in any main tourist area in Bangkok, you can walk into a travel agent store and ask. Most agents either offer this service themselves or can arrange a transfer for you.

The cost for a private transfer should be anywhere between ฿1400 ($40) and ฿1800 ($50). It’s a fair price considering it takes at least 2 hours to drive to Pattaya from Bangkok. And then another 2 hours back with an empty car. You may also consider booking a transfer online. All you need to do is time and place for pick-up and where in Pattaya you want to be dropped off.

Bangkok to Pattaya Taxi

Taxis in Bangkok come in all colors. Going to Pattaya from Bangkok
Taxis in Bangkok come in all colors

Similar to a private transfer, taking a taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya is equally convenient. If you’re staying in a busy area where taxis frequently pass by, you can just wave down a driver. Or ask at your hotel to call one of their entrusted drivers.

While taxis in Bangkok are regulated and utilizing the meter is mandatory, most drivers often refuse taking long-distance trips at the metered rate. This is because accepting such rides and being compensated based on the metered price would mean receiving payment for only one leg of the journey. As a result, drivers prefer negotiating a fixed fare for the entire round trip to ensure fair compensation for both the outbound and return journey. This fixed rate should be at most equal to that of a transfer. If not, try negotiating a fair price for both.

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Car Rental

If you’re landing in Bangkok airport you may want to consider renting a car. Car rentals are a popular option especially with families or when groups are splitting the cost. The journey from Bangkok to Pattaya is a straightforward journey along highway 3 or highway 7 which don’t generally have much traffic.

Around the Jomtien area in Pattaya isn’t half as chaotic as around the walking street area in Pattaya. This makes car rental an easy and convenient option.

Booking a car rental in Pattaya

Bangkok to Pattaya Buses and Minivans

Bangkok to Pattaya Bus. A big blue coach parked in a bus terminal
The Bangkok to Pattaya bus

Buses and minivans are a convenient and affordable transportation option between Bangkok and Pattaya. Mochit Bus terminal and Ekkamai Bus terminal have the most frequent departures. The journey will terminate at Pattaya North bus terminal which is close to central Pattaya. Taxis, tuk-tuks and Baht buses (Songtaews) will be waiting outside and taking passengers to their hotel.

Buses are comfortable, have air condition and a storage compartment for luggage. And have a frequent schedule with bus departures every hour and more frequent during the busy times of day. Minivans are also an option at both of these bus stations. However, after using minivans in Thailand a few times, I would suggest getting the bus if you find any seats available. Minivans are already tight as they are, and when loaded with all the passengers and their luggage it will be an unbearable 2 hour ride. Book a book ticket here.

Bangkok to Pattaya Bus Timetable

Bus Bangkok - Pattaya $ 4.44 2h 30m
  •   Express 05:00, 06:00, 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00
Bus Suvarnabhumi Airport - Pattaya $ 5.36–12.49 2h
  •   Express 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00
  •   VIP 24 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:00

If you’re taking the bus, make sure to have something warm. Buses tend to have the A/C set on freeze mode. Literally, it can get freezing inside especially on a 2 hour ride.

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Train

A train sitting at the station in Hua Lamphong Bangkok
The train at Hua Lamphong Station

Train travel isn’t the most convenient option to get from Bangkok to Pattaya but it is the most affordable. The Bangkok-Pattaya commuter train has class 3 carriages with ceiling fans and open windows. A train ticket from Bangkok to Pattaya costs ฿35 ($1). The daily commuter train departs Hua Lamphong train station at 6:55am and is scheduled to arrive in Pattaya at 10:00am. However delays are very common as the train is slow and stops in every station along the way. Tickets for this train must be bought on the day of travel from the booth at Hua Lamphong.

Another option is to take the weekend train which operates on Saturdays and Sundays. The train departs Hua Lamphong at 6:45. It’s a class 2 carriage so you’ll have the comfort of an aircondition.

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Getting to Pattaya From Suvarnabhumi Airport

Taxis waiting outside Suvarnabhumi international airport
Taxis at Suvarnabhumi Airport

If you’re landing in Suvarnabhumi Airport and want to go directly to Pattaya, there are a few convenient ways to do this. The easiest options are to take a taxi or book a private transfer at the airport. If you want to avoid the hassle at the airport, then consider booking a private transfer in advance online. This way a driver will be waiting for you and you’ll be on your way to Pattaya the moment you walk out of arrivals.

You may also consider taking the inexpensive bus if you’re arriving in Suvarnabhumi during the day. Air conditioned buses leave every hour between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm and are scheduled to complete the journey in 2 hours. A bus ticket from Bangkok to Pattaya costs ฿200 ($6). Read more details here.

From Don Mueang there aren’t any direct buses. But you can take a 20 minute taxi to Mochit and take the bus from there. Read more details here.

Flight

I’m not entirely sure why there are flights from Bangkok airport to Pattaya. But if for some reason you want to spend more time traveling by air than you would via a cheaper transfer, or a waaay cheaper bus, then you can fly to Pattaya. A flight will cost quite a lot compared to the other options. It will also take a lot longer too.

Key Points

Whichever option you decide to go with to get to Pattaya from Bangkok, they are all straightforward and you should be in Pattaya in around 2 hours or 2.5 hours.

If you have the time to read further, below you’ll find useful information about Pattaya including a few recommendations for areas to stay, Pattaya weather information, a few suggestions for things to do, and details about how to get back to Bangkok from Pattaya.

“If I missed anything, leave a comment in the section below”

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 tourist 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.

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 by taxi. Also, if you have any questions just drop a message below. Comments are answered within a few hours.

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