How to Reach Pattaya from India

Pattaya do not house an airport of its own but is located about 120 km from Suvarnbhumi Airport. There are many flight services that ply on regular basis from India to Bangkok including Air India, AirAsia, Jet Airways, Thai Airways, IndiGo and other from various India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai etc.

Most frequently searched routes to Pattaya

Route Name Distance Time
Bangkok to Pattaya 150 KM 2 Hours 30 Mins
Phuket to Pattaya 973.6 km 14 hr 5 min
Hua-hin to Pattaya 326.5 km 4 hr 31 min

How to reach Pattaya by flight

Pattaya Airport ( U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport): The nearest airbase to Pattaya is U-Tapao, positioned 30 km south of Pattaya, which is the base for Bangkok Airways. A direct minibus is available from the airport to the city costing THB 200-250 for pre-booked service per head, and covers the distance in about 30 minutes. Taxis are also available, which charges around THB 750, including tolls.
Suvarnabhumi Airport: The Suvarnbhumi Airport is located at a distance of about 120 km from Pattaya. The journey from the airport to the city can be covered in 80-90 minutes during dry weather and in about 2 hours during the rainy season by taxi or bus. Although taxi drivers charge a standard rate of THB 1500 it is negotiable.

How to reach Pattaya by road

One can hail a taxi from Pattaya to reach Bangkok at an almost fixed price of THB 800 which is advertised widely in the city. These prices are low as usually these are Bangkok taxis returning home. However, the cab driver pays about THB 300 to the agencies, so if you can find a taxi on your own, the price is negotiable. If you are traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya, then a one-way ride will cost around THB 1500. Make sure to confirm the inclusion or exclusion of toll before starting the journey.

How to reach Pattaya by train

If you are traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya, there is a third class (not air-conditioned) train from Hua Lumphong Station that departs on weekdays at about 7:00 AM costing less than THB 40 for a three-hour journey. Pattaya train Station is its main stop with a small halt at Pattaya Tai Train Station close to Jomtien.

How to reach Pattaya by bus

The bus is a common commute mode for people traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya. To the city, one can also get a direct bus from Suvarnbhumi Airport or Bangkok's Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal. From the airport, the bus departs from the Transfer Center; the air-conditioned buses ply every couple of hours, taking about 1.5 hours to reach and charging a bit more than THB 100 per head.
If you take the bus from Eastern Bus Terminal, Bangkok, the service starts at 5:00 AM and until midnight (departing every 30 minutes), costing a little more than THB 100 and taking around 2 hours to reach Pattaya. From Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal and Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal, buses leave less frequently but take equal time and cost almost the same.
There are also 2nd class buses that ply between Bangkok and your final destination of Jomtien Beach, Pattaya that are faster than first-class. Several other bus services ply between Pattaya and other parts of Thailand, such as Chaing Mai, Mai Sai, Isaarn, etc.

Local transport in Pattaya

Car, Jeep, Motorbike Rental: Pattaya has no tuk-tuks. The best way to get around Pattaya is to rent a car, a jeep, or a motorbike. There are several car rental companies around the city.
Bus: The cheaper way of commuting around the place is through a local bus called Beach Bus that covers a lot of destinations including Pattaya Floating Market, Jomtien Beach Road, Dolphin Roundabout, Pattaya Beach Road, and many more. It costs around 30 THB.
Songthaews: These are another way of cheap traveling, which are small dark blue color pick-up trucks with two benches for seating. These songthaews cover almost all routes and visit all the tourist places with fares ranging between THB 5 and THB 30 depending upon the route traveled.
Taxis: Meter taxis are easily available in Pattaya, but they don't run on the meter. These are generally taxis from Bangkok that operate locally until they find a return passenger or return fare.

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