After a week in Bangkok, we decided to head down to Pattaya and browsed what was the quickest way from Bangkok to Pattaya.
Here are your options!
P.S. This beach destination is an awesome place to explore and there are so many things to do in Pattaya that makes it worth the trip down. There is more to Pattaya than the bars and beach!
There are some gorgeous places around Thailand and South East Asia to explore, so get researching and exploring! Read these guides for Bangkok to Chaing Mai or Bangkok to Cambodia to help you plan your trip!
The cheapest way to travel from Bangkok to Pattaya is by bus. These trips take two and a half hours and you can catch a bus from a few different terminals.
Most buses depart from the Eastern Bus terminal every 30 minutes starting at 5.20am and ending at 11.20pm. These air conditioned buses cost 117 Baht per person. For a similar price, you can get a bus from Northern Bus Terminal and Southern Bus Terminal (the easiest option from Khao San Road).
Always opt for air conditioning, most are these days but just double check!
Tips for the Bangkok to Pattaya bus:
- We use 12Go to compare and book transport around Thailand. They show prices for buses, trains and taxis and a reliable company to use. They are also often cheaper than the agencies you find in Khao San Road or even at your hotel.
- There are also buses available between the cities and airports if you are planning to travel directly from to or from the airport.
- Klook also offer good transport services as well as tours and experiences.
- Note that overhead space is available for smaller luggage but bigger luggage will often be placed underneath the bus. Keep your valuables in your smaller luggage at all times.
- If you opt for a van instead of a bus, room for bigger luggage can be challenging. Check when booking your ticket, that there is room for luggage – we spent a 3-hour journey to Hua Hin with a suitcase tucked under our legs – not fun!
- Try to travel on weekdays if possible, the route to and from Pattaya can be busier on weekends, meaning tickets are less available and traffic is worse.
- When travelling by bus, bring a cardigan or jacket for the journey. Buses can get cold so be prepared.
A mini-van is an easier option for many, offering door-to-door pick-up and drop off. This usually costs around 400 Baht and tickets can be purchased from most Thailand tourist booths, your hotel or vendors on Khao San Road. You have slightly more room in mini-vans and generally, these tend to go a little faster than the buses.
Note: Make sure you don’t over pay for mini-van seats. Compare prices on 12Go and haggle with agencies in tourist areas.
Victory Monument BTS and Ekkamai are popular areas that mini-vans also depart from, so if you’re staying near a BTS, these may be the best option for you.
Government-regulated buses are also available from the Eastern Bus Terminal and cost 130 baht. Often, the driver is happy to drop you nearer to your hotel but there is less room for the journey and very little room for luggage.
Taxi is a good option for those wanting a comfortable journey but expect to pay quite a bit more.
The journey can take under 2 hours in good traffic and again, this is a door-to-door option. The general price is 1500 baht plus expressway fees. You can ask your hotel or hostel to book a taxi in advance.
Another option is to contact taxis in advance to pick you up and take you to your destination.
Good taxi companies are:
- Nam’s Taxi Service (http://www.namstaxipattaya.com/)
- Mr T. (Tel: 0812587716 (0813513612) Email: email@example.com)
- Pattaya Central (http://pattayacentral.com/)
- Tan Taxi Pattaya (http://www.tanstaxi.com/)
Uber – Now GRAB
A friend living in Bangkok advised us to order an Uber to Pattaya. So we did! (You can see a video of our journey above).
The über cost us 1,625 baht and took 1 hour and 40 minutes. The car was comfortable and spacious with a very good air-con system. We personally much preferred this option because it was just an extra bit of comfortable and it didn’t cost much more than a taxi.
We caught a taxi on the way back and would have preferred the Uber. On our first trip to Bangkok a few years ago, we took a mini-van which was great for us in our early 20’s on a very tight budget.
We personally thing an Uber is the quickest and most convenient and comfortable choice to travel from Bangkok to Pattaya.