- 1 About
- 2 How to get to Pattaya from Bangkok city (Ekamai bus terminal, cab)
- 3 How to get to Pattaya from Ekamai Bus Terminal (also known as East Bus Terminal / Thai: สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารเอกมัย)
- 4 Bus Timetable from Ekamai Bus Terminal to Pattaya
- 5 Checked baggage fee is 20 Baht
- 6 Arrival Location in Pattaya
- 7 When going to Koh Larn
- 8 Take a cab to Pattaya
- 9 Points to keep in mind when using cabs
- 10 How to get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport
- 11 Take a bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya
- 12 Bus arrives at Thap Laya office in Jomtien area
- 13 Transportation service from the airport to Pattaya (max. 10 people, around 60U$)
- 14 Directions from Don Mueang International Airport to Pattaya
- 15 Limousine Taxi Service from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya
- 16 North Bus Terminal (Mochit Bus Terminal / Thai: สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารกรุงเทพฯ) to Pattaya
- 17 A1 airport bus stop in Don Mueang Airport
- 18 Bus ticket office for Pattaya in the North Bus Terminal
- 19 Transfer service from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya
- 20 Summary of Getting to Pattaya
To get to Pattaya from Bangkok, you can take one of the following three modes of transportation
However, the Rotu (minibus) is not a comfortable ride and is not particularly inexpensive (bus fare is 119 baht, Rotu is 100 baht).
In addition, the ticket office of the Rotu is very crowded with local Thais, making it quite stressful to use.
(Lotu boarding area in Bangkok for Pattaya. It is very crowded and not even air-conditioned)
Therefore, it is not necessary to make the use of a lotto an option when going to Pattaya.
Therefore, this article will focus on buses and cabs.
The ownership time from Bangkok to Pattaya is about 2 hours and 30 minutes for both bus and cab.
When going to Pattaya, even if you want to go to Pattaya directly from Japan, you need to land at Bangkok airport (Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang) first.
Therefore, even if you are only staying in Pattaya, you will have to go from Japan to Bangkok to Pattaya. When you return to your home country, the reverse is true.
How to get to Pattaya from Bangkok city (Ekamai bus terminal, cab)
The best way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok city is by bus departing from Ekamai bus terminal. It is the same ride as a travel bus, but cheaper (119 Baht).
Ekamai Bus Terminal is conveniently located right in front of BTS.
Many cabs and Song Taew buses stop at the bus arrival point in Pattaya. It is easy to get to the hotel from the arrival point.
If you are on a budget, you may want to take a cab as described below.
How to get to Pattaya from Ekamai Bus Terminal (also known as East Bus Terminal / Thai: สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารเอกมัย)
Bus stop from Bangkok city center to Pattaya is right in front of BTS Ekkamai.。
Get off at Exit 2 of Ekamai station, make a U-turn, and after about 10 meters you will see the bus terminal.
There is a ticket counter marked “PATTAYA” inside the bus terminal (at the right end of the terminal, counter 28) Purchase tickets at counter 28.
Be careful of other bus companies
There are several bus companies that operate at the Ekamai bus terminal in addition to bus stop No. 28.
However, other bus companies have a bad reputation because they arrive at inconvenient places even if they say they go to Pattaya, and when you get on the bus, it is a lotto (minibus).
(Be careful, as soon as you enter the Ekamai bus terminal, the bus company staff will call out “Pattaya, come here.)
Be sure to buy your bus ticket to Pattaya at window 28.
Buses to Pattaya stop at bus stop No. 1 at the bus terminal.
However, depending on the time of day or day, the bus may not stop at the No. 1 bus stop, so it is better to show your ticket to the staff near the bus and ask, “Pattaya? after showing your ticket to the staff near the bus.
There is a store in the bus terminal, so it is recommended to buy a drink before boarding the bus.
On the way to Pattaya, the bus will not stop anywhere for rest or other stops.
However, there are restrooms on the bus.
Once on board and seated, simply wait for the bus to depart. Keep your ticket until you arrive in Pattaya to avoid losing it.
Bus Timetable from Ekamai Bus Terminal to Pattaya
Buses to Pattaya depart every hour between AM 06:00 and PM 21:00 (last bus leaves at 21:00).
The timetable is as follows
Bus Timetable to Pattaya
For timetable and operation information, please also refer to the official website of the bus company.
Checked baggage fee is 20 Baht
If you have luggage weighing more than 20 kg, you must pay an additional 20 baht as a checked baggage fee.
Arrival Location in Pattaya
The bus will stop at Pattaya’s North Bus Terminal (marked in red on the map below).
To get to the hotel from the North Bus Terminal, take a shared-ride songtaew or motorcycle cab waiting inside the bus terminal.
The songtaew from the North Bus Terminal to the hotel costs 50 baht.
Motorcycle cab fare should be around 150 baht, depending on the location of the hotel.
When using either public transportation, just tell the driver the name of your hotel. They will understand.
When going to Koh Larn
If you want to go to Koh Larn, just tell the driver of a songtaew or motorcycle cab, “Bali Hai Pier (English: Bali Hai Pier / Thai: ท่าเรือแหลมบาลีฮาย).
The trip from Pattaya Bus Terminal to Bali Hai Pier takes about 10-15 minutes.
Upon arrival at Bali Hai Pier, take the ferry to Koh Larn.
For more information on ferry timetables, fares, etc., please refer to the following article.
Take a cab to Pattaya
Cabs from Bangkok city to Pattaya do not have a specific stop, but rather pick up a cab from a cab van.
The distance from Bangkok to Pattaya is 150 km. You may be worried, but surprisingly, they readily agree to do so.
This is because many people take cabs from Bangkok to Pattaya.
However, cabs usually travel by meter, but the fare to Pattaya is negotiable.
The fare ranges from 1,500 baht to 2,000 baht (no matter how many people are in the car).
(Even if you were running a meter from the center of Bangkok to Pattaya, it would have cost 1,467 baht, so the 1,500 to 2,000 baht rate is a fair price)
Grab is also available.
It is also possible to take a Grab cab to Pattaya. The fare for a Grab taxi is approximately 2,200 baht.
Although it is a bit more expensive than taking a cab, there is no need to verbally tell the driver where you are going.
If you are not comfortable with the language, grab-and-go may be a safer option. For more information on grab-and-go, please refer to the following.
How to use Grab Taxi (Grab) in Thailand [Explanation from registration to easy usage].
Cab fares are very expensive compared to the buses mentioned above, but cabs have the following advantages.
Taxis can stop at convenience stores and other places at any time. (except when traveling on the expressway)
They are more comfortable than buses
They will take you to your designated hotel with pinpoint accuracy.
If you share with a friend, the price per head is not that expensive. This is a recommended method for those with a budget to spare.
Points to keep in mind when using cabs
However, cab drivers are not strong in the geography of Pattaya since they usually drive in Bangkok.
They will not know the details of your location if you just tell them the name of your hotel.
Therefore, it is better to take a screenshot of the address of your hotel (preferably in Thai) or use the GPS function of your smartphone and Google map to navigate to your hotel when you arrive in the center of Pattaya.
How to get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport
From Suvarnabhumi Airport, there are buses that go directly from the airport to Pattaya, as well as cabs and a shuttle service from the airport to Pattaya (maximum 10 people; around 5,000 yen).
The most recommended transportation is the bus (130 baht).
However, those who are not accustomed to traveling abroad or traveling in small groups may also use a pick-up service.
The fare for the pick-up service is around 5,000 yen, but the more people on the bus, the cheaper the price per person.
Cabs departing from the airport follow the same procedure as the cab service described above. When getting into a cab, tell the driver that you are going to Pattaya, and you will be asked to negotiate the fare (the going rate is 1,500 baht).
The cab stand at the airport is located in front of Exit 4 or 7 of the Arrival Lobby on the first floor.
Take a bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya
There is a ticket counter for Pattaya or Hua Hin, as shown in the photo above, near Exit 8 on the first floor of Sukhumvit International Airport.
The bus fare is 130 baht.
The timetable for buses to Pattaya is as follows
|Bus Timetable to Pattaya|
For timetable and operation information, please refer to the bus company’s website.
If you have baggage over 20 kg, you must pay an additional 20 baht checked baggage fee
(Check the departure time and seat number on the ticket you purchased.)
Bus arrives at Thap Laya office in Jomtien area
However, this bus arrives at a different destination than the buses from the BTS Ekamai bus terminal mentioned above.
Once the bus arrives in downtown Pattaya, it passes through the main street called Sukhumvit and finally arrives at the bus center called “Thapphraya Airport Bus Office” located near Jomtien Beach.
From the Thapphraya Office to the hotel, take a cab or songtaew waiting for customers in front of the office.
The fare depends on the location of your hotel, but you should expect to pay around 150-200 baht.
The bus will make a total of three stops in downtown Pattaya until it reaches the Taplaya Office.
You should expect to pay around 150 baht for a songtaew or motorcycle cab to the hotel.
However, as with the above-mentioned cab service, some drivers may not understand the location of your hotel even if you tell them only the name of the hotel.
Therefore, it is advisable to write down the address of your hotel as well.
It is also advisable to use a smart phone and check the location using Google Maps and GPS before heading to the destination.
Transportation service from the airport to Pattaya (max. 10 people, around 60U$)
It is true that Thailand is a country that is no less safe than Japan. If it is your first time traveling abroad, you may feel uneasy about the language and security.
This is especially true if you arrive late at night, if there are elderly people in your party, or if you are traveling in a small group and want to make sure everyone is on the same page.
In such cases, it is recommended to book a pick-up service from the airport to your hotel in Pattaya in advance.
With the pick-up service, a guide arranged by a reliable travel agency will pick you up at the airport.
In addition, you can contact the tour operator or contact them in case of emergency, so you can rest assured that everything will be taken care of.
Directions from Don Mueang International Airport to Pattaya
How to get to Pattaya from Don Mueang International Airport
Take a bus to Pattaya from the North Bus Terminal
Pick-up service (from 6,800 yen)
Use one of the above four options.
For cabs, the procedure is the same as that described above.
The cab fare from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya is fixed at 1,900 baht.
The airport cab stand is located on the first floor of the airport, right in front of exit 8.
There is also a limousine cab stand (choice of Mercedes Benz, Camry, or minibus) at Don Mueang International Airport.
Limousine cabs cost around 2,500 baht at the cheapest, so they are for those on a budget.
The cheapest option is to take the A1 Airport Bus (30 baht, 30 minutes) from the airport to the Mochit Bus Terminal, about 15 km away.
From the North Bus Terminal, take a bus to Pattaya (128 baht).
The North Bus Terminal is the closest bus terminal to Don Mueang Airport for buses to Pattaya.
If you want to save some money on your trip, it is recommended to go through the North Bus Terminal.
You can find detailed information on how to use each transportation method below.
Limousine Taxi Service from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya
There is a limousine cab service counter in the arrivals lobby on the first floor of Don Mueang Airport, as shown in the photo above.
Below is a map of the international arrivals lobby at Don Mueang Airport.
The fare is much higher than that of a regular cab, so few people would consider using this service, but if you are on a budget, you may want to try it.
Although the name “limousine cab” does not mean that you can really ride in a limousine.
You can choose from “Camry (Toyota)”, “Mercedes Benz”, or “Mini Bus”.
(Limousine cab fare chart. The cheapest fare to Pattaya is 2,400 baht + highway fee)
If you were to take a Camry to Pattaya, the fare would be 2,400 baht.
Toll road and expressway fees (if used) will be added to this.
When going to Pattaya, you should expect to pay 2,520 baht at the cheapest, since you will always use the toll road and expressway.
Since the price is a bit higher than that of a regular cab, this is the mode of transportation that few people use the most.
North Bus Terminal (Mochit Bus Terminal / Thai: สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารกรุงเทพฯ) to Pattaya
The North Bus Terminal is a huge bus terminal where buses to and from Bangkok to northern, central, and northeastern Thailand arrive and depart.
Of all the terminals with buses to Pattaya, it is the closest to Don Mueang Airport.
Below is a Google Map showing the location of the North Bus Terminal
Therefore, if you are looking for a quick and inexpensive way to get to Pattaya from Don Mueang International Airport, it is recommended to take a bus from the North Bus Terminal.
Buses from the North Bus Terminal to Pattaya operate at the following times
For timetable and operation information, please refer to the bus company’s website.
The North Bus Terminal is about 15 km away from Don Mueang Airport, so once there, visitors can take a cab or airport bus from the airport.
The approximate cost of a cab from the airport to the North Bus Terminal is around 120 baht. The trip takes about 30 minutes.
Just tell the driver “Mo Chit Mai” or show him the Thai notation of the North Bus Terminal “สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารกรุงเทพฯ”.
From 7:00 to 24:00, you can take the A1 Airport Bus that goes directly from the airport to the North Bus Terminal.
The fare for the A1 Airport Bus is 30 baht. The bus originally comes every 5 minutes.
A1 airport bus stop in Don Mueang Airport
(A1 Airport Bus. A1″ is written on the directional sign)
The A1 Airport Bus stop for the North Bus Terminal is located at Exit 5 on the first floor of Don Mueang International Airport.
The A1 Airport Bus comes to the airport at a high frequency of about one bus every 5 minutes between 7:00 and 24:00, so you will not have to wait to get on.
In addition to A1, there are A2, A3, and A4 airport buses, but only A1 goes to the North Bus Terminal.
Therefore, make sure that “A1” is written on the directional sign of the bus you are boarding to avoid getting on the wrong bus.
After boarding the bus, the conductor will come to collect the fare, so tell him “Bus Terminal” and pay 30 baht for the ride.
The bus will arrive at the North Bus Terminal in about 30 minutes.
Bus ticket office for Pattaya in the North Bus Terminal
The bus ticket counter for Pattaya in the North Bus Terminal is located at the “48D” counter on the first floor of the terminal (see photo above). The word “PATTAYA” written on the counter is a landmark.
Since there are countless bus ticket counters lined up inside the North Bus Terminal, it is quicker to find the counter from Entrance 3 (ENTRANCE 3) inside the terminal.
Counter 48D is on your immediate right after entering the terminal through Entrance 3.
Tell the counter staff “Pattaya” and then select your seat from the panel on the counter.
After selecting your seat, the staff will issue your ticket.
The bus ticket costs 119 baht.
If you have luggage weighing 20 kg or more, you must pay an additional 20 baht checked baggage fee.
The ticket includes the departure time and seat number as well as the boarding gate number.
Be sure to check the platform number on your ticket, as the platform from which buses to Pattaya depart is not always the same.
Buses from the North Bus Terminal arrive at the North Pattaya Bus Terminal, as do buses departing from the Ekamai Bus Terminal.
Transfer service from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya
As with Suvarnabhumi Airport, a direct transfer service from Don Mueang Airport to your hotel in Pattaya is available!
The fee for a deluxe sedan car is around 5,500 yen, and there is also a VIP van (around 9,000 yen) that can accommodate up to 10 passengers.
This service is recommended if you arrive late at night, if you have elderly companions, or if you are traveling in a small group and want to make sure everyone is on the same page.
For the pick-up service, a guide arranged by a reputable travel agency will pick you up at the airport.
It is also possible to contact the host company and make emergency calls, so it can be said that everything is safe and secure.
Summary of Getting to Pattaya
There are many other ways to get to Pattaya from Bangkok city or Bangkok airports, including Lotdu and other travel agency services.
However, if you are a first time visitor to Pattaya, the above-mentioned methods are the best ways to get to Pattaya “at the lowest possible cost”, “without any hassle”, and “with ease”.
In summary, the best way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok is as follows
From Bangkok City ⇒ Ekamai Bus Terminal or Taxi
From Suvarnabhumi Airport ⇒ Bus, cab or shuttle service to Pattaya
From Don Mueang International Airport ⇒ Taxi, limousine cab, or pick-up service via North Bus Terminal
You may consider the following methods.