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 placemarks of all the major bus depots in Pattaya.
Thailand Online Travel & Tour Booking
There’s 2 great online ticket booking services I can recommend. Why are they great? First but not most importantly they pay me commission if you make a booking, costs you no extra by the way. And well, from my own experience I can tell you they are efficient, cost effective and easy to use services.
12GO Asia: Ticket booking service for all modes of transport in several South East Asia countries. They don’t cover all routes to and from Pattaya, but it’s well worth taking a look. I last used them to buy bus tickets from Bangkok to Mukdahan, along with the voucher which also served as my bus ticket, I received instructions to help me find the bus terminals.
Klook Travel: Mainly offer discount entry tickets and tours, but have several Pattaya – Bangkok bus, mini van and taxi services including the airport bus to Pattaya and tickets from Pattaya to Koh Chang and Koh samet. Take a look at their Bangkok page for even more options. Klook also have a reward scheme, and yourself and friend you refer can also earn points.
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.
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 Threppasit road, opposite Pan Pan pizza. For more information check out the Roong Reung Pattaya to Airport Bus website.
Bell Travel Bus from Pattaya to Airport.
Pattaya to Bangkok at: 0900,1300,1700. Price roughly 300 Baht. Suvarnabhumi 200 Baht. Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport: 0600, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700, 1900. Please refer to Bell travels website for more detail and information, they pick up from various locations in Pattaya and Bangkok, they also require you to subscribe via e-mail, For details use the Bell travel website. Tel:038 370055 (Bangkok 027 474673)
Pattana 407 Coach Company, 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 V.I.P. 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, there does not appear to be any arrival and departure times for Pattaya, may be better to to call the office, 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
Buses depart Phet Prasert bus terminal to Trat at 05:15 and 07:15. 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. They run a regular schedule but by all accounts do not always run to time. The cost of a ticket is around 280 baht. The website is in Thai but you can translate with Google translate, look for the routes from Mae Sot and Phitsanalouk to Trat to find the arrival and departure time for Pattaya.
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 Nakhin Chai Air terminal. The service goes to Loei via Nakhon Ratchasima and Dankhuntod. You can contact them on 038-415-887.
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