Getting from Bangkok to Pattaya; train, bus, plane and taxi!

How to Get from Bangkok to Pattaya?

Pattaya, which is 147km from Bangkok is the nearest popular beach. The sandy beaches and fun activities like jet-skiing, parasailing, sailing, and more, make it a favourite destination for many.

When night falls, life gets even more interesting as a result of numerous nightclubs, Walking Street, and more. If you need some peace and quiet, the multiple temples, tropical gardens or cultural centres will be ideal for you.

Now to the main issue… How will you travel from Bangkok to Pattaya?

The Bangok to Pattaya by train guide

Let’s look what’s in this post;

  • Easy travel
  • Cheaper train to Pattaya
  • Hiring a taxi
  • How to get the bus
  • Getting the train to Pattaya
  • Getting the Van
  • Hiring the taxi to Pattaya
  • Catching a flight to Pattaya
  • Hiring a private car
  • Where to stay in Bangkok
  • Where to stay in Pattaya
  • Final thoughts

The Easy Way

If you are searching for the easiest way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok, the bus is a perfect choice. Your journey will take about 2 ½ hours at a cost of $4 if you get your ticket at the terminals. If you book online, however, the cost will be more.

The Cheaper Option

When travelling on a budget, the train is the most convenient option. The tickets can cost $1 if you choose the 3rd class train seat option.

If you choose the rapid trains, you’ll get to Pattaya in 2 ½ hours whereas the ordinary train takes 3 ½ hours. It is important to note that none of the trains is air-conditioned.

The Hustle-Free Way

To avoid going through the trouble of getting to train or bus stations, you can hire a taxi at 1,350THB. In only 2 hours, you’ll have reached Pattaya – this is not the cheapest way though, so if you’re backpacking Thailand on a budget, then I would skip this option!

Let’s look at each travel option in details:

Bangkok to Pattaya by Bus

The bus is the easiest, most practical means when travel from Bangkok to Pattaya and will only take 2 ½ hours. Several bus companies operate in the area that includes:

  • Roong Reuang Buses: these operate between 05.00 and 23.00 at Eastern Bus Terminal or between 04.30 and 22.00 at Morchit Bus Terminal.

You’ll pay 120BHT at bus terminals or 180BTH if you buy your tickets online.

Here is a closer look at the different bus to Pattaya from Bangkok schedules

Operator

 

ScheduleTimeCost
Rong Reuang Coaches (at Eastern Bus Station)

 

9.30 to 12.00

13.30 to 16.00

15.30 to 18.00

17.30 to 20.00

 

2 ½ Hours180THB
Roong Reuang Coaches (at Mochit Bus Terminal)9.00 to 11.30

13.00 to 15.30

15.00 to 17.30

18.30 to 21.00

 

2 ½ Hrs330THB
Bell Travel Services9.30 to 12.30

13.30 to 16.30

17.30 to 20.30

 

3 Hrs450THB plus free drop off and pick-ups
Thai Sriram9.00 to 11.00

11.00 to 13.00

13.00 to 15.00

15.00 to 18.00

2 Hrs

2 Hrs

2 Hrs

3 Hrs

330THB
Khao San Tara8.30 to 12.30

10.30 to 14.30

4 Hrs270THB

 

If you choose Khao San Tara or Thai Sriram, you’ll enjoy hotel pick-ups. For the other buses, however, you’ll need to go to the bus terminal of your choice.

Once you get to Pattaya, you can hire a songthaew at 50THB or a motorbike at about 80 to 100 THB depending on the distance.

Travel to Pattaya by Train

bangkok to pattaya by train

Time: 2 ½ hrs for Rapid Train or 3 ½ hrs for the ordinary train

Cost: Between 30THB and 140THB depending on your class choice

When traveling to Pattaya on a budget or you want to enjoy the beautiful scenes along the way, go for the train. For trains, however, you only have 2 travel options as there are 2 trips each day.

For the rapid train, the departure time is at 06.45 and you arrive at 09. 13.  If you choose the ordinary train, you leave Bangkok at 06.55 and get to Pattaya at 10.34.

Since you cannot buy train tickets online, you’ll need to get to the Pattaya station in advance to buy your ticket.

You can book the train here.

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Get to Pattaya by Public Van

Cost: 130THB

Time: 2 Hrs

If you have less luggage and you need a travel means that has more convenient drop-offs, you can travel by van. The vans are strategically located at Eastern Bus Terminal and will charge 130THB per person.

You can secure your ticket online via BookAway or book your ticket on the day of your travel. The only time you should not use public vans is when you need extra space to store your luggage.

You can book the mini van here.

You can see the distance to Pattaya here;

Bangkok to Pattaya by Taxi

If you’re wondering how long it takes to get to Pattaya, and the cost of a taxi, here is the guide;

  • Time: 2 Hours
  • Cost: 1,350THB

For convenient, comfortable travel to Pattaya, hiring a taxi is the best option. You’ll not have to go to any bus or train station and it will bring you to your actual destination.

If you are checking in to a specific hotel, you can request them to make arrangements for a taxi if possible. With this, all you need is to get up, prepare and wait for your chauffeur to pick you up.

For those times when you make last-minute decisions to hire a taxi, you can try hailing one along the way. For this, however, most taxi drivers will ignore you or charge a high price for the services. If you are lucky, you can renegotiate and settle for a lower rate.

You can also book a taxi online at around 1,350THB which is more convenient.

You can book a taxi here!

Bangkok Airport ( Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Pattaya

flight to pattaya from bangkok

Do you have plans to travel to Pattaya straight from Suvarnabhumi Airport? Well, you don’t have to get stranded.

You can choose to travel by bus which leaves at hourly intervals between 07.00 and 22.00 at 120THB. The buses are near Gate 8 for more convenient travels.

There are also numerous taxis at the airport that you can hire to take you to Pattaya at 1, 100THB. Due to the additional costs of highway toll (60THB) and airport surcharge (50THB), the total cost will be 1,200THB.

You can reserve your taxi in advance to avoid the inconvenience of waiting for the next available taxi.

You can book a flight here.

Hire a Private Car to Pattaya

bangkok to pattaya van

If you own a car and wouldn’t mind driving for 1 ½ hour nonstop, you can choose to drive to Pattaya. It is important to note that the drive will not be too easy of you are new in the area due to heavy traffic.

The local police will also see you as an easy target and extort money from you. And in case you cause an accident, the fine will be too heavy.

Considering all this, you’ll only be safe to drive from Bangkok to Pattaya if you are a local traveller.

You can book a private charter here!

Where to stay Bangkok?

Here is a list of 3 great accommodations in Bangkok;

  1. Zenith House – All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the guest house every room is equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Check out the rooms here.
  2. Water Hotel – Situated in Bangkok, 3.1 miles from Central Plaza Ladprao, Water Hotel features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is around 3.1 miles from Chatuchak Weekend Market, 5 miles from Arab Street and 5 miles from Central Embassy. The hotel has family rooms. Check out the rooms here.
  3. comfy deluxe one-bedroom – Located in Bangkok in the Bangkok Province region, comfy deluxe one-bedroom features a balcony. This apartment provides free private parking, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. Check out the rooms here.

Where to stay in Pattaya?

Here is a list of 3 great accommodations in Bangkok;

  1. The Base – The apartment has 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. Check out the rooms here.
  2. Pattaya Beach Front Studio – Offering an outdoor swimming pool and sea view, Pattaya Beachfront Studio is set in Pattaya Central, a few steps from Pattaya Beach and 0.7 miles from Wong Amat Beach. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi. Check out the rooms here.
  3. Grand Avenue Pattaya Paza – Popular points of interest near the apartment include Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya, Alcazar Cabaret Show and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The nearest airport is U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport, 27.3 miles from Grand Avenue Pattaya paza. Check out the rooms here.

Final thoughts

Travelling through Thailand is always fun, and you’ll see some crazy things on your journey – but it’s all part of the adventure!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on how to get to Pattaya from Bangkok! Remember whichever route you take, stay safe, and take plenty of water and snacks!

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