HOW TO GET TO PATTAYA
Getting to Pattaya is manageable from various destinations such as Bangkok, Aranyaprathet, Hua Hin and Laem Chabang Port. You can choose from airplanes, public transports to private transfers in which whatever would give you the most convenient travel. Here is detailed information which helps you manage better on planning your trip to Pattaya:
Bangkok to Pattaya
The journey from Bangkok to Pattaya is popular because it only takes a few hours from Bangkok city to the beach town Pattaya. They are only 150km away from each other. There are many buses running regularly between these two destinations. However, if you wish for more comfort, private transfers would be at your best convenience.
Because Pattaya is the closest major beach to the capital city Bangkok, the bus running between Bangkok – Pattaya is one of more frequent bus routes in Thailand. Bus leaves every half an hour from 5:20 to 23:20. There are two types of buses: air-conditioned first class and air-conditioned second class. However, second class buses might take longer to arrive in Pattaya, and the price is not much different. The air-conditioned first class might be overbooked quickly. If you look for a certain time arrival, booking in advance online is recommended.
There are several departure points from which you can catch a bus to Pattaya. The most frequent departures are leaving from Eastern Bus Terminal which is located at Ekkamai BTS Station. Northern Morchit Bus Terminal and Southern Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal have similar bus fare air-conditioned buses running but less frequent. There are also buses departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport from 5:30 to 18:30. There is no bus to go from Don Muang Airport but you can get a taxi with a price starting from 2,000 Baht.
You can also pool a bus at Victory Monument Station. The station is situated at Victory Monument BTS Station and on Thanon Phaya Thai road. It comes in a minivan. It starts from 5:30 and the last departure is at 20:00. However, they might come late sometimes.
Train rides are not practical because it takes much longer. Third class train number 283 (non-airconditioned) departs at 6:55 on Monday to Friday from Hua Lamphong Train Station. It takes about 4 hours to get to Pattaya Train Station. Tickets should be booked in advance on Railway Thailand.
By private transfers
It is the easiest and most convenient way with no doubt. Private transfer to Pattaya can be arranged easily and offer door-to-door service.
Aranyaprathet to Pattaya
Taking public transports in Aranyaprathet could be a struggle because the amount of buses and trains departing from here is not frequent and not direct to many big destinations. However, it is still manageable to go by bus or train if you come from the Poipet Cambodian Border. The best option is having your own private transfers which minimize your travel time and make your trip more comfortable.
There is no direct bus from Aranyaprathet to Pattaya. Buses depart from Aranyaprathet at 16:00 or Rongklua Market at 15:45 to Chaosensao. To be more certain about the departure to Pattaya, it is recommended to take the bus from Rongklua Market. Arriving in Chaosensao at around 19:00 – 19:30, you take another bus (a van) to Pattaya which you have a bus change in Chonburi at 20:00 – 21:30. Chonburi to Pattaya gives direct buses. The trip takes in a total of six hours.
An alternative option is to take a bus from Chaosensao to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Pattaya.
There is no direct train from Aranyaprathet to Pattaya. If you wish to take the train, it will more like to take two days to get there. You first take a train from Aranyaprathet to Chachoengsao Junction which it departs twice a day – 6:40 (train 280) and 13:55 (train 276). It takes about four hours. And there is one train running from Chachoengsao Junction to Pattaya which departs at 8:59 (train 283). You spend a night at Chachoengsao.
By private transfers
To avoid all the hassle and minimize your travel time, it is the best to take private transfers. You will be transferred directly from Aranyaprathet to Pattaya without any struggles of changing buses or trains.
Hua Hin to Pattaya
Bus would be one of the best public transports to go from Hua Hin to Pattaya. However, if you wish to make you trip more convenient, private transfers are offered. Also, ferry service will be provided from Hua Hin to Pattaya in early 2017.
There are some bus companies offering the journey from Hua Hin to Pattaya. There are buses departing from Hua Hin Bus Station at 2:25, 11:00 and 23:25 daily. However, tickets are quickly sold out. Thus, it is better to book tickets at least a week in advance on Bus Online Tickets. The journey takes five and a half hours.
By private transfers
Taking private transfers if you wish for a flexible of time and a convenient journey.
Laem Chabang Port to Pattaya
The best way to get to Pattaya from Laem Chabang Port is either by taxi or by private transfers. There are some cruise shuttles which bring you from Laem Chabang to Pattaya but most people find it not practical and there is no certain schedule which makes it hard to manage your trip. Laem Chabang Port is 25km away from Pattaya, which makes the drive up to 30 minutes.
Lopburi to Pattaya
It is recommended to take private transfers to get to Pattaya from Lopburi which saves you so much time. It is possible to take the bus but you will make a transit in Bangkok. With private transfers, it takes three hours to drive from Lopburi to Pattaya, which saves you more than two hours if you take the bus.
Rayong to Pattaya
You could either take a bus or private transfers to Pattaya from Rayong. It takes two hours with the bus and one hour with private transfers.
There are two buses departing from Rayong Bus Station, which are at 16:30 and 18:30. However, Rayong Bus Station is relatively small and far from the city. You could take a taxi or a tuktuk to Rayong Bus Station.
By private transfers
It only takes one hour to go from Rayong to Pattaya with private transfers. It provides the most convenient journey and you can be in Pattaya in no time.