Buses: run about every 30 minutes from two of Bangkok's bus terminals to Pattaya Bus station. From Morchit Mai bus station in Kamphenphet Road in northern Bangkok and from Ekkamai bus station in Sukhumvit Road, next to Ekkamai BTS station.

Shared Vans / Minibus: Toyota Commuter airconditioned vans, 15 seaters. Fare THB100 per head as in April 2013. Take the Van just below Victory Monument BTS Station. The vans leave almost every hour and even faster if filled up. They drop in Pattaya 2nd Road, just 1 minutes walk from Walking Street and beach. Return also same.  

Taxi: Flag down any available passing taxi (go for a newer one for added comfort) and haggle a fare. You might get it as low as 1000฿, but 1200฿ - 1300฿ +/- tolls is easily achievable. If the driver holds out for more - simply flag the next one down. Have an idea where your hotel is located within Pattaya, together with phone number, it's probable your driver won't know it.



TAXI: The metered taxi system operates 24/7.  When opting to take a taxi from the public "metered" taxi stand on LEVEL ONE (down one floor from your arrival level)

More info here

You will be quoted a flat fare because the meter rate is not used for journeys to areas outside of the Bangkok-metro area. The flat rate currently stands at about 1,300฿ - 1,400฿ including any road tolls and the 50฿ airport taxi surcharge. The journey is about 120 kilometers, and with the road upgraded, should take about 1:20 or a little longer during peak times.

*Do not pay the driver the agreed rate UNTIL you arrive at your destination safely.

It's best practice not to leave the driver alone with your property on any "comfort" stop. He may not be there when you return to the car. Insist the driver get out the car too. For added security take a pic of the taxi license plate.



PRIVATE TRANSFER:Your  hotel can usually arrange a private transfer from the Airport (or elsewhere in Bangkok) to your Pattaya hotel, but be aware the rate for this service is often extremely expensive. The convenience aspect is that there will be someone in arrivals waiting for you, holding your name on a placard. There are many other private transfer options available, that will cost far less that what the hotel will charge you to organise. provide from 1 people up to 5 people transfer between Bangkok Airport - Pattaya starting from $ 33.

Taxi Well was a main provider of the popular airport transfer around the world, transfer more than 10,000 people every year. offer transfers for up to 3 people for a total cost of 1,800฿, and Vans for up to 8 people for 2,100฿.

Image Limobased in Jomtien also provide airport to Pattaya, or Bangkok to Pattaya transfers. offer private transfers for up to 4 people for a total cost of 1,600฿, Miniva 5-7 people: 2,200฿ and Minibus 7-13 people: 2,700฿
Also they are organizing Bangkok airport shared Arrival and Departure transfer.

You can find other (slightly cheaper) private transfer providers mentioned often in the forum pages including;

Mr Toom -

Mr T -

Rates with these vendors usually start around 1000฿

Tom Taxi Service

Pattaya Taxi Services Start Price 1000฿

Bangkok Airport-Transfer offer the best private transfers start from 800฿ from Bangkok to everywhere in Thailand 

garantree with the best service and price.  

*The rate for a Taxi or Private transfer from your Bangkok hotel will be the same or very similar.

BUS:Buses between Bangkok and Pattaya operate until late evening. There is a free shuttle service to get you from the Airport passenger terminal to the Airport Transport Centre. Onward fares from that point start around the 100฿ mark. You can find further reading on the subject of buses on this forum thread

Bell Travel Service also operate a bus service between the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and hotels in Pattaya. The big bus will travel directly from  Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Bell Travel Service office in Pattaya. Then passengers will be transferred to small van to your hotels in Pattaya.The fare is reasonable priced at THB250 per pax, which is much cheaper than any expensive private transfer. 

- Check Bell Travel Service website or Thailand bus ticket aggregator portal for Bell Travel Service schedule and make online booking

 There are also mini-buses available for about 300฿ from the transfer desk in Airport arrivals (2nd floor), but the service does not start until after 9am.

TRAIN: If you're so inclined, there's an early morning - daily train service from Hua Lamphong Station which takes over 3 hours and stops everywhere along the route to Pattaya.

U-TAPAO AIRPORT:Is about 40 kilometres from Pattaya. BANGKOK AIRWAYS provides daily flights to/from there to Koh Samui (USM) and Phuket (HKT). A taxi to/from U-Tapao Airport to/from Pattaya- one way, should cost in the order of 700฿.

RENTAL CAR:Hiring a self-drive rental car to get from Bangkok/Bangkok Airport to Pattaya is not for the uninitiated, and is NOT recommended. If you choose to rent a car in Pattaya, remember to bring an International Driving Permit and your own National Drivers Licence to legally drive on Thai public roads.


Here's how to stay strictly within the law if operating any vehicle (car or motorcycle) on Thai public roads - LINK

 (Link to Thailand Road signs)

Further advice on negotiating Thai roads HERE.


TAXI:Airport Taxi stands are scattered around Pattaya, and the rates for the journey back to Bangkok is cheaper (as the drivers are looking for a paying fare back to Bangkok). Rates usually start at 800฿. The easy way to book your taxi Best Pattaya Taxi Cherry Taxi and Tom taxi. Start Price 1000฿.

BUS: It is a simple process to catch a bus back to Bangkok. Please note that the bus will terminate at bus station. Travelers need to take taxi to your hotel respectively. Further information on that can be FOUND HERE.

Another option is provided by BELL TRAVEL SERVICE at 375฿ for Pattaya Hotel to Bangkok Hotel door to door service. Please note that small van is used for pick up at your hotel in Pattaya to Bell Travel Service office in Pattaya. Passenges will be transferred to big bus which will be heading to Bangkok Bell Travel Service office. Then small van will send travelers to your respective hotels in Bangkok.

Please note that Bell Travel Service only cover some areas of hotels in Bangkok. Please check carefully before making booking