Listed below, are the main bus terminals, and bus route operators in Pattaya. I’ve added links to the operators website where applicable, a few pictures to help you get familiar, and at the bottom of the page is a link to handy map with place-marks of all the major bus depots in Pattaya.
North Pattaya Bus Station
From the North Pattaya Bus Station there is a regular service which arrives at 3 destinations in Bangkok, there is also a service (the yellow bus) which goes to Rayong, Samui and the north-east. Both of these services, the blue and white bus to Bangkok, and the yellow bus are operated by Roong Reuang Coach Company.
Bus from North Pattaya Bus Station to Bangkok.
The blue and white bus departs from Pattaya to 3 bus stations in Bangkok, Ekamai (eastern Bus Terminal), Morchit 2 (Northern Bus Terminal) and Sai Tai (Southern Bus Terminal). Buses leave Pattaya on a regular basis between 0430 and 2300, tickets cost between 120 – 150 baht. For more information use the Roong Reuang Blue and White Bus website, Thai and English language.
Buy Pattaya to Bangkok bus tickets in advance
As I found out for myself, not buying in advance can be costly. On my last visa run to Savannakhet I pre-booked the bus from Morchit to Mukdahan. I arrived at North Pattaya Bus Terminal to take the blue and white bus at least 2 hours early, but no seats to Morchit were avail be for the next 2 hours. That meant I had to take a taxi costing 1,800 baht to Morchit so I could make the bus to Mukdahan.
Buy Pattaya to Bangkok bus tickets in advance through 12go. They offer a reliable service and include directions and map to your bus terminal, and a printable voucher. I’ve booked several bus journeys and bought tickets for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai overnight train, and so far never had any issues or reason to complain.
The Yellow Bus from North Pattaya Bus Station.
The Yellow Bus is also operated from North Pattaya Bus Station by Roong Reuang Coach Company. Destinations of the Yellow Bus include Rayong, Koh Samui, and various destinations in North East Thailand (Issan), they also offer a parcel delivery service. For more information on schedules, destination and booking tickets, see the Yellow Bus website, in English and Thai Language, Please note the Yellow Bus website is quite often offline or not operating.
Roong Reung Pattaya Bus to Airport
Roong Reung Coach Company is now running a new service from Pattaya to the airport. Buses will be departing 7 times per day, pick up points in Pattaya are on Chaiyapruk Road and Thapphraya Road. departing the airport from the airport bus terminal and first floor, airport building between gates 7 and 8. Their Pattaya office is on Thappraya road, just north of the Theprasit road, opposite Pan Pan pizza. For more information check out the Roong Reung Pattaya to Airport Bus website.
Bell Travel Bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok and Hua Hin
Bell Travel collect you from your hotel in a mini van and shuttle you to the main bus terminal in Pattaya where you board the bus to your selected destination. Once there you will once again be shuttled by mini van to your hotel or destination of your choice. Prices range from 280 to 390 baht per person. For more information use the Bell Travel website.
Bell Travel Departure Times from Pattaya
Departure times were correct on January 25th 2019.
- Bell Bus Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport 06:00, 09:00 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
- Bell Bus Pattaya to Bangkok 09:00, 13:00, 17:00
- Bell Bus Pattaya to Hua Hin 11:00
NOTE: You can also book all Bell travel routes with 12go
Recommendation: The Bell travel routes to Suvarnabhumi Airport and Bangkok can be booked for the same price with Klook. If you book with Klook you earn points towards your next booking, which could be one of many tours, entry tickets, SIM card service, taxi, shuttle bus, airport services, and many more.
Pattana 407, Bangchak Petrolem Gas Station Pattaya Klang.
Situated on the far left corner of the forecourt at the Bangchak Petrolem petrol station, Just north of the Central Road junction, and opposite Soi Nernplubwan (soi 53) on Sukhumvit Highway. Regular trips to Nongkhai, Udon Thani and Khon Kaen every day. A VIP sit alone ticket to Nongkai costs 620 Baht. Tel: 038 249162 (038 733167)
Nakonchai Air Coach Company (Sukhumvit Pattaya Klang)
The depot is on the Sukhumvit Highway just south of the Central Pattaya junction, on the east (south-bound) side of the highway between sois 57 and 59, it’s just a few meters north of the King Power duty free center on the north-bound side.
They operate routes to Northern and North Eastern Thailand and south to Rayong. For more information on schedules visit the Nakhon Chai website, in English and Thai language. Please note, to view the schedule for Pattaya you need to select routes to and from Rayong. Tel: 038 424871 (038 427841).
Chan Tour: Sukhumvit Pattaya Klang.
Sorry, can’t find much information about Chan Tour, except they run between Pattaya and Khon Kaen. The terminal is located on the slip road which enters Sukhumvit Highway from Pattaya Klang Road (Pattaya Central Road), you can call them on 038-719-090.
Phet Prasert Bus Terminal
The Phet Prasert terminal is located on the southbound side of Sukhumvit highway, opposite Boonthavorn, approximately 900 meters north of the Pattaya (central) Klang junction.
The bus stops at Pattaya on routes to and from Trat and Rayong. The website is only Thai language but you can use google translate. To check the schedule for Pattaya look for all routes to and from Trat and Rayong. Website: http://www.phetprasert.com/index.php
Book tickets from Phet Prasert Pattaya bus terminal online: You can book the routes (below) through 12go.
Although similarly named, this company is not associated with Nakhon Chai Air. The terminal is on the north-bound side of Sukhumvit highway, exactly opposite the Nakhon Chai Air terminal. The service goes to Loei via Nakhon Ratchasima and Dankhuntod. You can contact them on 038-415-887.
More Direct Bus Routes from Pattaya to Destinations in Thailand
You can book the following bus routes (below) from Pattaya through 12go. Besides bus routes you may also see alternative modes of transport such as flights, taxis, ferries, and combination mini van or bus + ferry tickets.
Please note: Some of the routes may only be available during high season, November to February/March.
- Pattaya Sawasdee Tour Pattaya to Phuket Bus
- Phet Prasert Pattaya to Hat Yai Bus
- Sri Mongkol Pattaya to Nakhon Ratchasima Bus
- Boonsiri & Mango Travel Pattaya to Koh Chang Bus & Ferry
- Phet Prasert Pattaya to Kamphaeng Phet Bus
- Phet Prasert Pattaya to Tak Bus
- Boonsiri Pattaya to Koh Kood
- sawasdee Tour Pattaya to Phang Na Bus
- Phet Prasert Pattaya to chantaburi Bus
- Boonsiri Pattaya to Koh Mak
Check all routes and modes of transport from Pattaya, including flights, taxis, mini vans and ferries on 12go Thailand.
Long Distance Bus Journeys in Thailand
Traveling long distances by bus in Thailand is relatively cheap, but I can tell you personally it can also literally be a pain in the ass. I recommend whenever possible pay the extra for a comfy seat, or even consider taking a daytime express train for about the same price.
Getting a comfy seat on the bus in Thailand: Just because a bus is so called VIP does not mean the seats are comfy. Sure, they recline, and they are more comfortable than seats on a standard bus, but they are still restrictive and have little leg room. Most double deck VIP buses in Thailand have larger seats with more leg room on the bottom deck.
As a general rule, the fewer seats on the bus the better. So look for VIP 20 – VIP 24 with only 3 seats across instead of 4. Check the seating plans and photos whenever possible. If you book with 12go you sometimes have the option of choosing your seat, but you must book well in advance.
Getting to a Bus Station in Pattaya
By Baht Bus: The main baht bus route is a loop of Second Road and Beach Road, from South Pattaya to Dolphin roundabout on North Pattaya Road. If taking the baht bus to any of the bus stations on Sukhumvit at Pattaya Klang (Central), unless the baht bus turns right (east) towards Sukhumvit highway, simply get off and wait for one heading east and get off just before the highway. The bus stations are easy walking distance from here.
If going to North Pattaya Bus Station and the baht bus heads straight on or turns left back to Pattaya Beach Road from Dolphin roundabout, get off and wait on North Pattaya Road for a baht bus heading east, in the opposite direction of Pattaya Beach. Expect to pay between 10 and 20 baht per person, per ride.
By Motorcycle Taxi: The most convenient way, especially if you are downtown Pattaya. The problem most people have with motorcycle taxi riders is simply making them understand where they want to go. Some speak quite good English, some don’t. Make sure you agree on a price before you jump on the back, from downtown Pattaya it should not cost much more than 40 – 60 baht.
Grabtaxi App: A great way to book a taxi for short local taxi runs, and be sure you are paying an honest price.
Bus Station in Thai Language
When you hail a motorcycle taxi, most will ask where you are going, quite often in Thai, which sounds like “bpai nai”. If they do not understand English, you can tell them in Thai you are going to the “sa thaa nee rot may” (bus station). Of course, that could be any bus station, so let’s say you are going to North Pattaya bus station, you can try sa thaa nee rot may Pattaya Nua. You can also try this with the name of the bus company. Or even the destination of your bus, example, sa thaa nee rot may, rot by Bangkok, rot by Buriram, and so on.
Still struggling ?, show the driver “bus station” in Thai text สถานีรถเมล์ = bus station.
Use the Google map of bus and coach stations in Pattaya to get location and directions