How to Get to Pattaya From Bangkok (Taxi, Bus & Train)

This guide outlines how you get from Bangkok to Pattaya.

How To Get From Bangkok To Pattaya

The best way of traveling from Bangkok Downtown or Airport to Pattaya is by car (public taxi or ride-hailing), covering a 150-km distance in approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, with an estimated cost of around 1,500 THB.

For a more budget-friendly alternative, explore public transport options such as buses and trains, which take 2-4 hours at a lower cost of 31-170 THB.

Overview of transportation choices to Pattaya. For detailed guides, continue reading.

TypeFareJourney time
Public Taxi
Transport App (Grab or Bolt)
Private charter
1,500+ THB2 hours
Bus131 THB2 hours 30 minutes
Train31-170 THB2-4 hours

Public Taxi (Metered)

Bangkok Taxi

Taxis are a super convenient way to get from Bangkok to Pattaya, but it’s worth noting that they can be a bit pricey compared to other transportation options from the city.

Bangkok taxis run a meter; however, negotiating a fixed fare with the driver is viable for extended journeys such as the one to Pattaya.

Downtown:

Catching a taxi on the street in Bangkok is easy – their bright colors are hard to miss; flag one down when you see one free (green light on dashboard). But it might take a few tries before a driver accepts a long trip like Bangkok to Pattaya.

Airport:

Public taxis can be found on the ground floor level one after exiting the arrivals hall. Book a public taxi using the automatic taxi ticket machines, which provide a ticket with a lane number where you’ll find your driver.

Airport taxis may add additional charges such as toll fees, airport surcharge, and fees for additional luggage.

Travel time and cost: Expect a 2-hour 20-minute journey with fares starting at around 1,500 THB, excluding toll fees.

Tips for getting a taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya

  • Use Licensed Taxis: Look for taxis with clear “Taxi-Meter” signs and vibrant colors like bright pink and green. These are official taxis with meters, ensuring fair fares.
  • Insist on Meters: Always ask the driver to use the meter at the beginning of the ride and agree to a fixed fare for longer distances.
  • Know your destination: Familiarize yourself with your destination, and if there are communication issues with the driver, show them the location on Google Maps.
  • Avoid Rush Hours: Bangkok traffic can be intense during rush hours (morning and evening).
  • Cash is King: Most taxis in Bangkok will only accept cash, so prepare cash beforehand before accepting a ride.
PROS
  • Door-to-door convenience with direct drop-off to your destination.
  • A good option for large groups or heavy luggage.
CONS
  • Potentially expensive, especially during peak hours
  • Traffic congestion can significantly impact travel time.
  • Cash only

Transport App (Grab & Bolt)

Grab Taxi

Grab and Bolt are Thailand’s two main ride-hailing services, and both are available for transport between Bangkok and Pattaya.

Grab

Grab is Thailand’s most popular transport booking application, offering public taxi and private ride-hailing booking services from Bangkok to Pattaya.

The best way to book long-distance to Pattaya with Grab is by using their book-in-advance feature to secure a driver a few hours or a day before your trip.

One great thing about Grab is that it offers various vehicle options to suit different budgets and accepts multiple payment methods.

While it may not always be the cheapest option to Pattaya compared to local taxis, the convenience of managing everything through the app and the extra safety measures it provides make it worthwhile.

Travel time and cost: Expect a 2-hour journey with fares starting at around 1,500-5,000 THB, depending on vehicle selection.

Tips for taking a Grab in Bangkok

  • Download Grab App: Install the Grab ride-hailing app on your smartphone before heading to Bangkok.
  • Confirm Fare and Destination: Enter your pickup and drop-off locations in the app to get an estimated fare before booking.
  • Cashless Payments: Pay through the app using credit/debit cards or GrabPay to avoid the hassle of cash payments and potential change issues.
  • Check Driver Details: Before getting in, check the driver’s name, photo, and license plate on the app to ensure you’re boarding the correct vehicle.
  • Plan for Traffic: Be aware of Bangkok’s traffic congestion and consider travel times accordingly, especially during peak hours.

Bolt

Bolt, another popular ride-hailing app, offers lower fares than Grab for trips around Bangkok, including journeys to Pattaya.

Bolt doesn’t offer the same variety of vehicles as Grab. While they have standard, comfort (think fancy cars!), and 6-seater options, you won’t find any 9-seaters for larger groups.

Travel time and cost: Expect a 2-hour 20-minute journey with fares starting at around 1,500-5,000 THB, depending on vehicle selection.

Tips for taking a Bolt from Bangkok to Pattaya:

  • Install Bolt App: Download the Bolt ride-hailing app onto your phone to access their services in Bangkok.
  • Verify Ride Details: Double-check the driver’s name, photo, and vehicle details in the app for safety before entering the car.
  • Have cash: Bolt is cash only unless you have a local bank account for a QR code transfer.
  • Plan for Traffic: Be aware of Bangkok’s traffic congestion and consider travel times accordingly, especially during peak hours.
PROS
  • Pre-booking convenience and fixed fare estimates.
  • No haggling over prices and ease of payment through app.
  • Wide range of vehicle options and potential comfort upgrades.
CONS
  • Subject to surge pricing during peak demand, making costs variable.
  • Reliance on internet connectivity for booking and ride tracking.
  • Availability can be limited outside central areas or during peak hours.
  • Traffic congestion can significantly impact travel time.

Private Charter

For a hassle-free journey from Bangkok Airport to the city, consider securing a private transfer service in advance.

This is my favorite way of getting to and from Pattaya because it is convenient and avoids the stress of securing a public taxi or bus.

Numerous companies offer private charters to and from Pattaya, which can be pre-booked days or even before you arrive in Bangkok.

Select various vehicle types, including standard, premium, luxury, and 9-seater vans, without needing a specific transport app like Grab.

If you’re getting a transfer from the airport, the driver will wait for you at the arrivals exit and escort you to the vehicle.

I use Klook to book private charters in and around Thailand because they have an inventory of operators for easy price/vehicle comparison.

Travel time and cost: Expect a 2-hour 20-minute journey with fares starting at around 1,500-5,000 THB, depending on vehicle selection.

Tips for taking a private charter from Bangkok to Pattaya:

  • Book in advance: Popular routes and vehicles fill up quickly. Consider companies with good reputations and reviews.
  • Choose the right vehicle: Consider your group size, luggage space, desired comfort level, and budget. Options include sedans, SUVs, and minibusses.
PROS
  • Door-to-door convenience and hassle-free experience.
  • Pre-booking ensures availability and avoids waiting times.
  • Fixed fare eliminates negotiation hassle and potential taxi scams.
  • Wide range of vehicle options for solo travelers, groups, or families.
  • Professional and reliable service, often with English-speaking drivers.
CONS
  • It is costlier than most other options, especially compared to public transport.
  • Traffic congestion can significantly impact travel time.
  • Requires phone access to contact the driver.

Bus

Downtown:

Direct bus service from Bangkok to Pattaya departs from central Bangkok stations, Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai), and Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit).

The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with onboard air conditioning, seat belts, ample luggage storage, and toilet facilities.

The bus arrives at Roong Reaung Coach station on North Pattaya Road, centrally located with the popular Pattaya beach, a 15-minute taxi ride away.

The bus fare is 131 THB, paid directly to the driver, or 163 THB if you pre-book online.

Travel time and cost: Expect a 2-hour and 30-minute journey with a fare of 131 THB.

Airport:

A direct bus (#389) to Pattaya is operated by Roong Reuang Coach, available at ground level 1 gate 8.

Operating from 7 am-10 pm out of Suvarnabhumi, the bus journey takes around 2 hours 30 minutes and arrives at Jomtien Bus Station (Pattaya).

There is air conditioning, seat belts, ample luggage storage, and a toilet onboard.

A ticket can be bought at the customer service counter at level 1 for 143 THB per person or pre-booked online for 197 THB per person.

Tips for taking a bus from Bangkok to Pattaya:

  • Know the Route: Familiarize yourself with the bus route and number that will take you to your destination before boarding.
  • Prepare Exact Fare: Have the exact change ready, as bus drivers may not provide change for larger bills.
  • Avoid Peak Hours: Travel during non-peak hours to find a less crowded and more comfortable bus journey.
PROS
  • Budget-friendly option directly to Pattaya
  • Frequent departures and easily accessible central stations Ekamai and Morchit
  • It is a good option for light travelers or backpackers on a tight budget.
CONS
  • It is the slowest option due to multiple stops and potential traffic congestion.
  • Limited luggage space and can be crowded, especially with large bags.

Train

Feeling adventurous? There are two trains to Pattaya, which run from Hua Lamphong Bangkok Station in Bangkok to Pattaya Railway Station, which is a 10-minute drive to Pattaya Beach.

Train #997 is a rapid train operating on Saturday and Sunday only, which takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Pattaya Railway Station.

Tickets cost 170 THB for train #997 and can be pre-purchased online or at Hua Lamphong Bangkok station.

Train #283 is an ordinary slower train running on weekdays (Monday-Friday) only and takes around 4 hours to reach Pattaya Railway Station.

Tickets cost 31 THB for train #283 and can be purchased at Hua Lamphong Bangkok station.

Travel time and cost: Anticipate a 2-4 hour journey, depening on the train route, with fare varying between 31-170 THB.

Train timetable

TrainDeparts BangkokArrives PattayaOperation
9976:459:13Saturday & Sunday
2836:5510:34Weekdays

Tips for taking a train from Bangkok to Pattaya:

  • Plan ahead: There are only two daily trains departing early in the morning from Bangkok to Pattaya. Book your tickets in advance, especially during peak season, but be prepared for potential delays or schedule changes.
  • Pack lightly: Luggage space on trains can be limited, especially in 3rd class carriages.
  • Prepare for arrival: The Pattaya train station is outside the city center. Download an offline map or arrange transportation beforehand.
PROS
  • Train travel is often the cheapest option, especially if you are solo or traveling on a budget.
  • Trains offer a slower, more scenic journey compared to other modes of transport, allowing you to soak in the landscape and get a glimpse of local life.
  • Trains have a lower carbon footprint compared to cars and buses, making them a more eco-friendly choice.
CONS
  • There are only two trains daily from Bangkok to Pattaya, both departing early in the morning.
  • The train journey takes significantly longer than other options
  • Regional trains lack the modern amenities like air conditioning and spacious seating

Thailand transport tips

Stay safe and prepared if you plan to travel when using transport in Thailand.

Below are a few tips based on my personal experience traveling in Thailand

  • Get travel cover: It’s always a good idea to have cover for unexpected events such as emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost luggage.
  • Look after your belongings: Keep your valuables like passports, phones, and wallets secure and within reach.
  • Download essential travel apps: From navigation maps to language translators.
  • Check weather conditions: Thailand can experience heavy rain and flooding during certain months, so monitor the weather before your trip.
  • Prepare route: Plan your route using Google Maps or a trip planner
  • Keep note of emergency services: Note important emergency contacts such as ambulance, police, or hospital numbers.
    • Police: 191
    • Tourist police: 1155
    • Ambulance: 1669
    • Fire: 199
  • Follow the local regulations: When using any form of transportation, always follow the local regulations, including wearing a seat belt in a car.
  • Follow the advice: your country will have guidelines for traveling within Thailand. Some examples below:
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