How to get from Bangkok to Pattaya

Last updated: April 19th, 2017 | in Central Thailand | Chonburi | Getting Around Thailand | Pattaya | Traveling

Pattaya is without doubt the all-time favorite for short time trips from Bangkok. So how to get there?

Bangkok to Pattaya by Bus

Take the BTS Skytrain to Ekkamai station. Leave the station at Exit No. 2 and you are right at the Ekkamai Bus Terminal.

Bangkok Ekkamai Bus Terminal

There are buses to Pattaya every 30-60 minutes from 5am to 11pm. Just go to the ticket booth and buy your ticket. There is no need to pre-book your bus, even during weekends and holidays, because there are so many services frequently leaving for Pattaya, and also minibuses are available as an alternative (see below).

The one way bus fare from Bangkok to Pattaya is 108 Baht.

Bangkok to Pattaya Ticket

Since there are so many departures, your waiting time should be less than 20 minutes. Enough time to grab a small bottle of water from one of the shops (10 Baht) and do some people watching before boarding the bus.

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Bangkok to Pattaya Bus

The bus ride takes 2-3 hours. It used to be just under 2 hours, but recently the traffic got worse.

It’s quite an unspectacular trip, but if you are interested how the scenery looks like along the way – check out my video at the end of the guide.

The bus will stop at Pattaya’s Bus Terminal in North Pattaya:

Pattaya Bus Terminal

Once you have reached there you can hop on a shared songthaew (shared pick up taxis) that takes you to your hotel or Beach Road (50 Baht).

Pattaya Songthaew

Alternatively you can take a motorbike taxi that will take you to any place in Pattaya for 80-100 Baht.

Pattaya Motorbike Taxis

Bangkok to Pattaya by Minibus

The alternative to the big busses (see above) are the minibuses. They used to leave from Victory Monument – but not anymore (they caused a lot of traffic problems).

The minibuses from Bangkok to Pattaya leave at the Ekkamai Bus Terminal – correct, the same place where the big busses leave as well.

Bangkok to Pattaya Minibus

No matter which minibus you take, it will cost no more than 130 Baht. Which is quite a good deal considering that’s like a taxi ride from downtown Bangkok to Khaosan. By the way:

Foreigners pay the same price as local Thais.

The trip takes around two hours, obviously depending on the traffic. Normally the driver will ask you where in Pattaya you want to get off. Often, they don’t speak English. So you might tell him “chai hàat” (ชายหาด) for beach. There are tons of hotels and guesthouses located near the beach and the further you walk inland, the cheaper they get. There are decent rooms for 600 Baht on Second Road, which is the road that runs parallel to Beach Road. From there it’s a short 5-10 minute walk to the beach.

Note: Space for luggage is quite limited in the minivans and if you carry more than a small backpack, they may have you pay for a second seat.

Bangkok to Pattaya by Taxi

Of course you can go from Bangkok to Pattaya by taxi as well, however this will set you back ten to twenty times as much as the minibus (1,500-2,000 Baht).

  • Now that you know how to get to Pattaya, check out this post if you want to know what to do in Pattaya other than hanging out in the go go bars.

How to get from Pattaya back to Bangkok?

You obviously have the same 3 options to get back to BKK: Bus, minibus & taxi.

If you choose the most popular option – the big bus – then you will need to take a motorbike taxi to Pattaya’s Bus Terminal (80-100 Baht). And once you are there, buy your ticket (110-120 Baht). Then take a seat and relax until it’s time for departure.

Bus Pattaya to Bangkok

If you choose to travel back by minibus, then just go to Central Festival Pattaya. You can find the minibus station in front of the entrance on Second Road. I have marked the location on the map below. The fare is 130 Baht and there are departures every 30 minutes from 6am-10pm.

And if you choose to travel back by taxi, that will cost you around 2,000 Baht (usually more than if you come from BKK, because the supply of taxis is not nearly as big in Pattaya as it is in Bangkok).

No matter which option you choose, the travel time will again be 2-3 hours. If possible, try to avoid Sundays and early evenings for your travel back as the traffic will be much worse than during other times.

Map of Bangkok & Pattaya Transportation

Video of Bus Ride from Bangkok to Pattaya

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Redcat lives his dream by living and traveling in Thailand. On Thailand Redcat he shares his experiences and advice to all aspects of (night)life in Thailand. Redcat is also fluent in Thai both spoken and written and is the author of the books Thai Beginner’s Course and Thai Love Course.

8 Responses

  • Andy says:

    Hello guys!
    Just want to make an update. The price for big bus from Mochit 2 is 121 baht now.
    There are also many private van companies located around all Pattaya which go to Bangkok every hour. One of them is located between Pattaya soi 6/1 and Pattaya soi 7 opposite to Her Massage. The price for the seat is 150 baht.

  • Johnywawa says:

    Redcat, you didn’t mention about train :) Its the cheapest way to get to Pattaya, just 30 baht but the slowest too (4 hours).

    • Redcat says:

      Yeah right Johny, it’s 31 Baht for the train, but I prefer traveling 2 hours on the bus instead of 4 hours on the train, which is quite old and rundown, too. And the bus is cheap, too, just a couple of bucks more. The train might be a serious alternative in a few years, when they finish the planned construction of the high speed trains.

  • Sid says:

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    Wanted to know if there is any service where I can get girls during my airport transfer from Bangkok to Pattaya?
    Other than devilsden, I couldn’t find any.

    We are 2 guys. We hope to maybe start our fun from the moment we land.

    Can you please help us out here? We are looking for girls to pick us up or accompany us for the airport transfer to pattaya.

  • Jean says:

    very informative and detailed post..thank you so much!

  • Lucky says:

    Hi… if ever we will choose minibuses going to Pattaya, where will they drop us off? thanks


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