Thailand, a country full of great beaches and spirit, offers multiple options to travel for its multitude of tourists that visit this great destination every year. Bangkok and Pattaya are among the popular destinations in Thailand and there are various ways in which you can choose to travel between Bangkok and Pattaya suited to your taste. Pattaya is around 150 km away from Bangkok and one can travel by Flight, Train, or simply choose to hit the roads using an on-call Cab, Bus, or rental services.
Bangkok to Pattaya by Train, Bus, Cab, or Flight?
Pros and Cons: Let’s first understand a bit more about each mode of transportation just to give you the best out of this short journey from Bangkok to Pattaya (145 to 150 km) and make it part of your experience.
Travel by Flight:
Assuming you are an international tourist arriving from outside Thailand, and arriving by one of the international flights, the best bet is to arrive at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport Bangkok. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport is around 120 Km away from Pattaya city. However, Utapao is the nearest airport to Pattaya with a distance of 30 km but not very high on connectivity.
- Utapao is the nearest airport to Pattaya
- It reduces on-road travel time
- Suvarnabhumi is popular and accessible for most international tourists
- Utapao is limited flight connectivity
- One has to resort to other modes of transportation since Pattaya doesn’t have a direct flight.
Travel by Bus:
You will get plenty of Bus options from Bangkok to Pattaya. Running over a route of 140+ km, the buses give you a countryside view of Thailand.
- The bus connectivity between these two cities is good
- Roads are good with a high frequency of buses
- You can just sit back relax, take a nap, enjoy the view and you would arrive in Pattaya
- It is economical
- Sometimes it gets crowded and may have to check for availability.
- Buses rides may get bumpy sometimes
- Runs at specified time, so one may need to wait out a bit
Travel by Cab:
Bangkok and Pattaya are cities that have accessible roads and plenty of willing folks to take your places. Once you arrive in Bangkok, it offers a plethora of tourist attractions and worth taking a trip. However, it is a personal decision to choose to stay or hit the roads with quick on-call cabs or meter cabs.
- Faster mode of transportation
- You can travel in a personal space and relaxed
- Can get the bookings promptly
- Air-conditioned cabs available
- A bit more expensive compared to Buses and Vans
- Not recommended if you are a budget/green traveler and wants to experience local Thailand life
Travel by Rental Service like Vans or Shuttle:
Another common mode of transportation for Bangkok to Pattaya travel. You have to share the space and perhaps can end up chatting with the next passenger like a local folk.
- Cheaper compared to cab service
- Direct drop to Pattaya with some stoppage in between depending on co-passenger’s request
- A shuttle can drop you at drop locations nearest to your stay or any tourist attraction.
- Vans can pick up you from your said Hotel locations as well
- Shared space – can be a bit uncomfortable
- No fixed schedule like a train or bus
- Runs on an availability basis
Travel by Train:
Trains are the most economical mode of transportation between Bangkok and Pattaya. However, this is not the most popular one among the tourists owing to the reasons listed below:
- Economical mode to get to Pattaya.
- 3rd and 2nd class options both are affordable
- Countryside view of Thailand
- Both Air-conditioned and Non-Air-conditioned coaches available
- Only a couple of train run along this route
- Time constraint – both trains leave before 7 am
- Sometimes the train may be late by an hour or so
So, below are the recommended modes for Bangkok to Pattaya
Option 1: Traveling by Bus
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: under 100 Baht to 130 Baht
- Eastern Bus terminal near to Ekkamai Bus Station
- Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit)
- Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)
- Transport center at the Suvarnabhumi Airport
Step 1: Starting from Pattaya
- Arrive at the bus station Eastern Bus terminal or Northern Bus Terminal Bangkok
- Buses are leaving at every half hour from Eastern Bus terminal starting 05:20 to 23:20 every day and Northern Terminal as well starting 5:30 to 10 PM every day · From southern terminal bus is at an interval of 1 to 2 hours starting 5:30, 8:30 so on till 18:30.
- If you are arriving at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, there are bus services that will take you to the nearest bus stop or you can get direct buses for Pattaya near the airport itself.
Step 2: Getting down
- You can get down at North Pattaya bus stop or Central Bus Stop, check which one suits you best
Option 2: Private Rental Cars or Vans
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Cost: 400Baht to 1200 Baht
Departure: Pickup as per your convenience
Steps: Starting for Pattaya
- Book a cab or shared Van
- Cost for Shared Van will be less than your private cab
- A cab will cost you anything between 1100 to 1500 Baht
- A van will cost less around 400Baht
Steps: Getting down
- These cabs will provide point to point pick up and drop
- It will drop you at a specified location as per your input
Option 3: Trains
Duration: 2.5 hrs to 3.5 hrs
Cost: 31B, 71B
Departure: Hua Lamphong railway station Bangkok to Pattaya Railway station
Steps: Starting for Pattaya
- You can book the tickets at the stations for 3rd class or book in advance for 1st and 2nd class
- Choose between Train 997 departure at 06:45 or Train 283 departure at 06:55
- 997 is the faster and arrive by 9:13
- 283 takes a bit more time arriving Pattaya by 10:34 am
Step 2: Getting down
- Once you have zeroed down on the train, head to Hua Lamphong, the main railway station of Bangkok
- Board the train early in the morning
- Get down at Pattaya station Bang Lamung