Bangkok to Pattaya

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Ekkamai, Bangkok
3h bus ride in Express
Pattaya Bus Station
Ekkamai, Bangkok
3h bus ride in Express
Pattaya Bus Station
Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
3h van ride in Regional 14pax
Pattaya T Tour Station

From Ekkamai to Pattaya by bus

Ekkamai, Bangkok
3h bus ride in Express
Pattaya Bus Station
Ekkamai, Bangkok
3h bus ride in Express
Pattaya Bus Station

From Mochit New Van Terminal to Pattaya by van

Mochit New Van Terminal, Bangkok
3h van ride in Regional 14pax
Pattaya T Tour Station

Bangkok to Pattaya Schedule

Bangkok to Pattaya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Hua Hin Cars Comfort Any time฿ 1,800
MCC VAN Comfort Any time฿ 1,900
Glassflower Comfort Any time฿ 1,690
Thailand Limo by Datum Comfort Any time฿ 1,900
12Go Transfer VIP Van 9pax Any time฿ 2,200
Kim Transfers Thailand Van 9pax Any time฿ 2,180
Pannipa Pattaya Tour Regional 14pax 06:00 - 09:00฿ 210
T Tour Regional 14pax 10:00 - 12:30฿ 200
T Tour Regional 14pax 14:00 - 16:30฿ 200

How to get from Bangkok to Pattaya

Sitting only 150 km south of Bangkok along the Eastern Seaboard Pattaya is easily reached from the capital by bus, van or taxi. The travel time is between 2 and 3 hours and it is highly dependent on traffic and on the route as some buses call to Chonburi, Sri Racha or Laem Chabang on the way and others go direct. There are big buses to Pattaya from all the three bus terminals in Bangkok, all arriving to Pattaya Northern Bus Station plus a direct transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport. For more flexibility opt for Bangkok–Pattaya van. Vans leave from different locations throughout Bangkok and some bring you right into the centre of Pattaya. Bus and van tickets to Pattaya cost between THB120 and THB400. Taxi remains the fastest and plushest way to travel door-to-door with prices fluctuating from THB1,700 for a 3-passenger car to THB4,000 for a private van accommodating up to 9 pax.

One of the best motorways in the whole country, motorway 7, links Bangkok to Chonburi and Pattaya, so getting from Bangkok to Pattaya by bus, by taxi or by private car is usually smooth as silk.

From Bangkok to Pattaya by bus

There are three major bus terminals in Bangkok: the southern Sai Tai Mai, the northern Morchit and the eastern Ekkamai, the two latter being the most convenient option for getting from Bangkok to Pattaya due to their location. Buses to Pattaya leave throughout the day and seats sell out quickly as the route enjoys great popularity both with locals and foreign travellers.

Ekkamai bus terminal is the most logical starting point if you are heading to the Eastern Seaboard. It is conveniently located by the eponymous BTS station. Buses from Ekkamai may bring you to Pattaya in mere two hours, but to be more realistic, consider three hours as a norm as they often detour from motorway to let passengers get off in Chonburi, Sri Racha or Laem Chabang. Pattaya Bus operates three buses from Ekkamai – in the morning (9.30am), in the afternoon (1.30pm) and in the evening (5.30pm), all at THB127.

Morchit, located in the north of the capital, is a convenient choice if you stay anywhere in the area or arrive to the bus terminal by a shuttle bus from Don Mueang airport. Note that regardless the fact that there is a BTS station of the same name, you will need to take a bus or a taxi for a short ride to the bus terminal from BTS Morchit. Buses from Morchit take about three hours to reach Pattaya and also cost THB127 with Pattaya Bus company. There are three buses a day at 9am, 1pm and 5pm.

In Pattaya, buses arrive to the Northern bus station located in North Pattaya Road, 200 m from Sukhumvit intersection. To get to the city from there you have a choice of songthaews (THB40 per person), motorbike taxis or normal taxis – always negotiate the cost of your ride in advance.

From Bangkok to Pattaya by train

Technically, it is also possible. There is a morning train #283 which leaves Bangkok at 6.55am and arrives to Pattaya at 10.34am. It makes plenty of stops on the way and in general not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Prepare to spend about four hours in a third class fan seats only carriage and do not expect breath-taking views. But true, you will have a lot of opportunities for exciting people watching. Out of all Pattaya train stations the most picturesque one is probably Huay Yai train station. And yes, tickets are dirt-cheap.

From Bangkok to Pattaya by taxi

If you travel with a lot of luggage or with a large family or a group of friends, consider taking a taxi which will bring you from Bangkok to Pattaya door-to-door. We recommend the company Glassflower because of their excellent service, comfortable and clean cars, best prices and their understanding that the safety of the passenger comes first. Glassflower also has minivan available that can accommodate groups with up to 12 people. PGS is another company that offers smart solutions both for an individual and a group transfer. Choose their Toyota Camry for 3 passengers at THB2,200 or opt for a roomier Toyota Commuter which accommodates up to 9 passengers and costs THB2,530 – which makes it a great option. The rates are all-inclusive – no extra tolls, no additional fee for pickup and drop-off in specific locations, and the trip should last no more than three hours – normally less, depending on your starting point in Bangkok.

Just arrived to Suvarnabhumi? Go to Pattaya from the airport!

If you enter Thailand through its main airport, Suvarnabhumi, with Pattaya being your next destination, use bus and taxi services to get from Suvarnabhumi directly to Pattaya without calling to Bangkok’s bus terminals. Bell Travel operates buses from the lower level of the airport near gate 8.

Buses depart every two hours from 8am till 6pm. Their VIP24s are comfortable enough – and much roomier than an economy seat with any of the air carriers. The whole trip lasts about two hours. In Pattaya, passengers are brought to Pattaya Northern bus station in Pattaya North Road.

Note: Tickets for the Suvarnabhumi-Pattaya bus can be bought on the spot, but note that the route is extremely popular, so in the overwhelming majority of cases you will not be able to get the tickets for the next bus and will have to wait till the next but one departure. If booked in advance, tickets cost THB272.

Tip: Right next to the gate 8 on the lower level of Suvarnabhumi, from where buses to Pattaya depart, there is a cheap Thai-style canteen, Magic Point, where you can refill your stomach with mouthwatering Thai favourites, including rice with chicken (khao man gai), rice with pork leg (khao kha moo), tom yam and the like at very moderate prices (starting from THB40 per dish).

Charters of PGS bring you to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi door-to-door even with more comfort. You can choose between Toyota Camry for three passengers (THB1,980) and Toyota Commuter accommodating 9 people (THB2,200). The latter is a great option from the point of view of a price-quality ratio. Rates are all-inclusive, meaning no extra tolls, luggage or drop-off charges.

Why go to Pattaya?

Pattaya is notorious for its red lights districts, lady bars and obtrusive ladyboys hunting for easy victims under the stately coconut trees along Beach Road. For years Pattaya has been rightfully dubbed the City of Sin: poor people beauties have been waiting money from foreigner – have been looking for their true love burdened with her extensive family.

Pattaya is a famous tourist city in Thailand. The nickname is a city that never sleeps. Because you can travel both day and night. In the past Pattaya famous for prostitution and vice. But currently there are changes to the city of city image a variety of people, food, including tourist attractions. Known as the city of truly independent. Now attracting a fair share of international package tourists, families and bangkokians who flood the city on weekends and during Thai public holidays.

Though Pattaya cannot boast rare or unique sights, the festive mood of the city never fails to conquer the hearts of its visitors. Restaurants of authentic cuisine from all over the world at astonishingly affordable prices and street food cheapies; first class international hotel chains and simple guesthouse rooms; elegant high-rises and traditional shophouses; modern shopping malls and entertainment centres and colorful night markets are all there. There is a choice of nearby islands which literarily transport you to that perfect island paradise and a growing number of family-oriented attractions secure Pattaya;s status of one of Thailand’s most popular vacation destinations.

Getting around

Songthaews are your prime choice for getting around Pattaya. They are cheap – one trip costs from THB10 to THB40, depending on the distance you go – and several routes cover the whole city. The most useful routes of blue songthaews are from the junction of South Pattaya Road and Second Road to Jomtien; from Jomtien to the Dolphins roundabout in the north; and a Second Road-North Pattaya-Pattaya Beach Road loop. White songthaews run along Sukhumvit Road and bring you as far as Sattahip. Songthaews also work as hired taxis – you have to agree on the cost of the ride before you go.

Motorbike taxis are ubiquitous and affordable. With city traffic getting worse and worse these days, motorbike taxis offer a great solution.

Renting a car or a motorbike is also an option. Rental shops are located throughout the city. Scooters cost from THB200 per day (from THB2000 per month) and small cars like Honda City go at THB1000. Scams when you are forced to pay for ‘damage’ after you return the vehicle are not common, but note that police often stops both cars and motorbikes to check drivers’ licences. Belts and helmets are a must, too.

More bicycles are seen on Pattaya roads these days, but with quite chaotic traffic it is neither safe nor pleasant to pedal between speeding cars, tourist buses and bikes.

Where to stay

It is always a matter of taste, but if you are after a happening nightlife with a seedy flavour, look for centrally located hotels and guesthouses around Soi Buakhao and between Beach Road and Second Road. The North and Nakluea house respectable five-start chain hotels. Jomtien is a realm of relatively cheap guesthouses and mid-range hotels and the Jomtien beach, though mediocre, is still ok for swimming and sunbathing. Pratamnak is a bit off the public transport routes, but the area is very green and tranquil, and there are several nice beaches there, including Cozy Beach. Ambassador City Hotel area is far from the entertainments of the city and can be considered only if a lazy beach vacation is your thing.


Thought there are decent beaches in Pattaya and the vicinity, it is definitely not the prime beach destination. Yet visiting Pattaya is a very diverse and exciting experience. Here is our TOP-5 things to do in Pattaya to ensure you have a great time in the city.

  1. Visit world-famous Walking Street: go-go dancers, roaring music and visitors from every corner of the globe any day of the week.
  2. Go up View Point Hill to catch a postcard perfect view of the city while taking a cup of coffee in a no-frills but relaxed and friendly cafe.
  3. Spend a day in Khao Khew Open Zoo admiring elephants, giraffes and rhinos – both children and adults will enjoy it.
  4. Take a THB30 ferry boat to Koh Larn, find a secluded bay and savour your own island paradise.
  5. Feast on seafood in a restaurant in Bang Saray while watching the fishermen boats sailing to the night or delivering their daily catch.

Transportation from Bangkok to Pattaya

Bangkok to Pattaya destination reviews

van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Mar 23, 2021
The van was so old and we spent quite long on the van to Pattaya. It would be great if you have a direct trip from Bangkok to Pattaya. The van drove pass from another city before arrival Pattaya.
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Dec 28, 2020
Almost two hours late, with a very uncomfortable steering by the driver.
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Sep 7, 2020
รถตู้เล็กแอร์ไม่เย็น พนง. บอกแอร์ บ. ผมเย็นทุกคัน ขี้เกียจจะเถียง นั่งทรมานกว่าจะถึง
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Sep 2, 2020
Great service. Both driver and the van!
Bus Express, Roong Reuang Coach (รถรุ่งเรือง), Sep 1, 2020
Sadly this service does not seem to exist any more. We need more buses going to Jomtien
Bus Express, Roong Reuang Coach (รถรุ่งเรือง), Mar 25, 2020
The experience was fine but I would have appreciated clearer information at the station, both in Bangkok and in Pattaya. There's a communication barrier with the staff at the ticket booth.
Bus Express, Bell Travel (เบล แทรเวล), Mar 17, 2020
Easy transition from Bangkok to Pattaya! What more could you want? Would recommend!
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Mar 16, 2020
taxi Comfort, PGS (พีจีเอส), Mar 14, 2020
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Mar 9, 2020
There was barely any leg room, much less leg room compared to a normal bus! And it arrived an hour later than said. But the lady was nice and the seats were comfy, the bus also had USB chargers
Bus Express, Bell Travel (เบล แทรเวล), Mar 3, 2020
Pick up was on time by minivan from hotel. The conventional old bus in which we went from the airport to Pattaya was not very comfortable: lots of vibration.
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour (มาม่า ทราเวล), Feb 26, 2020
Travel is convenient. Much better if we can communicate with the driver effectively.
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 25, 2020
The bus was exactly in time. Fast drive. Good AC.
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 24, 2020
Efficient & Friendly service Excellent value for Money
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 19, 2020
On time and friendly
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Feb 18, 2020
All absolutely perfect. Driver was very friendly and i can recommend it!
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Feb 18, 2020
careful driver with Scorpions music ( German band for German guest). I am quite sure he prepared it. Very good.
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour (มาม่า ทราเวล), Feb 17, 2020
Drive very fast on bumpy roads. Anpart from that it was as expected.
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 11, 2020
Pick up point quite hard to find, bus and journey excellent
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 8, 2020
No problem for me with this bus. Only some noicy people that had got some wrong info from their tour operator. Driver fixed that nice.
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Feb 6, 2020
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 5, 2020
The van is ok. But the drive changed the schedule in Pattaya, she went first to Jomtien Beach and later to Pattaya, the schedule shows opposite. She didn't inform the passangers about this change! Beacuse this we were really late! It wasn't first time, driver is doing alway like this.
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 5, 2020
Great service!! Transfer took less time then originally planned. Van was very fancy and comfortable!!
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 4, 2020
The driver and the car was excellent
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 4, 2020
Vše v naprostém pořádku.,
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Feb 3, 2020
Driver very rude with customers and not comfortable to sit inside because driver kept all bags inside. Driver very³ fast. But price cheap and arrival on time.
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Feb 1, 2020
Seats are very compact and the space between the front seats are too tight...
Bus Express, Bell Travel (เบล แทรเวล), Jan 25, 2020
Outstanding service
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Jan 25, 2020
The operators were friend and helpful, despite the fact that I don't speak Thai. I went extra early expecting to have to ask where I found go to get my tickets printed, but they didn't even challenge it and just put me on the trip an hour earlier than I booked, so I got to my destination early. Awesome!
Bus Express, Roong Reuang Coach (รถรุ่งเรือง), Jan 25, 2020
Bus ok not so comfortable as I wished. No water given, nobody speaks English , nobody said we have arrived, price was good. No Bathroom on the bus.
Bus Express, Bell Travel (เบล แทรเวล), Jan 24, 2020
Great service! Will definitely use it again
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 24, 2020
Everything was good.
Bus Express, Roong Reuang Coach (รถรุ่งเรือง), Jan 24, 2020
Everything went well. Minor things that need your attention: safety belt at our seats 25-26 . I particularly disliked al ost all passengers keep the curtains drawn. There was no blazing sunshine. Cell phone users feel intitled to block the view. We were interested and curious to see the passing landscape.
Bus Express, Roong Reuang Coach (รถรุ่งเรือง), Jan 23, 2020
The bus is old and vent for air conditioning can’t be closed. Riding for more than 2 hours freezes to death!
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 22, 2020
Good van good driver. In time
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 20, 2020
Good service. Would take it again
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour (มาม่า ทราเวล), Jan 19, 2020
Easy to find office, good services
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 18, 2020
Very friendly, AC in the van, nice trip. Thank you
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour (มาม่า ทราเวล), Jan 17, 2020
Took a while to set off as was waiting for mini busses for a while and when it came the tyre burst after 20 mins. They arranged a new bus fairly quickly so was well handled. Although we had no idea what was happening initially so would have been nice if the driver told us as we didn't know if a new bus was coming or if we had to wait until it got fixed!
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 12, 2020
Fast travel from Bangkok to Pattaya. Friendly workers helped us well. Carseats little uncomfortable.
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Jan 11, 2020
The driver was amazing!
taxi Van 9pax, Thailand Limo by Datum (บริษัท เดทัมกรุ๊ป จำกัด), Jan 9, 2020
All according to plan. Thanks
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 7, 2020
Simply the best - most comfortable, fastest way to travel between Bkk & Jomtien !
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Jan 5, 2020
I'm not sure if it was the bus company's fault or the station but we went from one bus stop, to somwhere else over the road, back to another bus stop. Left half an hour late but traffic ok so didn't arrive too late. Bus driver didn't speak English and couldn't seem to read a map so I'm not sure if I got off at the closest stop or not. Journey itself was ok.
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Jan 4, 2020
Nice bus trip. They could of cleaned the seat back pockets of our bus from previous trip.
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour (มาม่า ทราเวล), Jan 4, 2020
It was ok. I arrived at boarding point 1 hour before, as it is required, and the office was close. If you have a large suitcase or backpack, you must pay an extra seat. Take a jacket because air conditioner is strong. We departure 30 minutes later but arrive in time, not at Walking Street, like 800 mts away. If you are tall, ask please ir you can seat on the front or near the door. Is a very small minivan
van Van VIP 9pax, 12Go Transport (12Go Transport), Dec 28, 2019
Fast and easy travel.
van Regional 14pax, Mama Travel and Tour (มาม่า ทราเวล), Dec 25, 2019
The minibus left late and was i terrible shape. No AC, very crowded, very little leg room and they had us move to another pickup point. We overpaid when booking online compared to people who bought the ticket on site. The only advantage was the departure time and the location.
van Regional 14pax, T Tour (ทีทัวร์), Dec 24, 2019
Good van, good driver, good price =perpect!
taxi Economy, Hua Hin Cars (หัวหิน คาร์), Dec 23, 2019
The change in date and pick up destination was not picked up properly by the taxi company but when followed up they resolved the situation quickly.
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