Sukhumvit Road, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
The renowned seaside resort of Pattaya sits on Thailand’s eastern seaboard and is just 120kms from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the nation’s chief air gateway, and 130kms from Bangkok. Although the town has its own railway station and airport, buses are the most convenient and fastest means of getting here.
The station on North Pattaya Road is the arrival point for buses for buses from Bangkok and other locations in eastern Thailand. There are scheduled bus services from all three of Bangkok’s bus terminals. Services between the Ekamai and Mochit stations and Pattaya depart at thirty minute intervals from 04:30 onwards. The last buses are at 22:00 and journey times vary between 90 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes.
Bangkok’s Southern terminal is farther and journey times are longer especially during the morning and evening rush hours. There are 10 buses a day between these two stations. Service 389 is a direct bus from the Transport Centre close to Suvarnabhumi Airport for Pattaya. Demand for tickets on all these routes is high and passengers may find they have to wait if they don’t make an online booking.
There are also minibus services to Pattaya with pick up points at Khao San Rd and other landmarks in Bangkok. Pattaya Bus Station has all the facilities that passengers usually need. There is a small shop where departing passengers can stock up on snacks and beverages. There is also an open-air restaurant serving Thai favourites. Arriving passengers have a choice of songthaews or motorcycle taxis for transport to hotels and resorts.
Songthaews follow a set circular route along Pattaya’s two principal thoroughfares and deposit passengers somewhere near their hotels. The part of town the bus station is situated in is quieter than the beach front, yet has all the facilities visitors are likely to need. Diana Garden Resort is among many accommodation establishments. There are also seafood restaurants and convenience stores.