Here’s a handy list of Pattaya taxi companies, links to the Bolt and Grab Taxi apps (scroll down), about meter taxis in Pattaya, and tips on tipping taxi drivers. Some of the taxi companies listed below can be booked by telephone or online, others can only be booked via the online booking form or by email. If you’re in a hurry it’s best to use a phone number.
Although taxi services are usually punctual and efficient, the drivers can sometimes be hit and miss. What seems like a very nice, pleasant sort of fellow when he arrives at your door, often turns into a different beast altogether when he hits the motorway.
I’ve had both good and bad drivers, many a time it’s just been a relief to arrive and get out of the car. But it all changed for me after a taxi experience I never want to repeat. That’s when I decided, if it’s my choice, from now, lady drivers only.
And so now, the only taxi company listed on this page which I will personally recommend is Nam’s taxi company. Besides being competitively priced, you might have guessed Nam’s taxi service uses lady drivers.
For short trips, commuting around Pattaya, or visiting tourist attractions in Pattaya, you’re not limited to taxis, there are many convenient and cheap ways to get around Pattaya.
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Pattaya Taxi Services and Taxi Drivers.
Nam’s Taxi Service
Email booking only, lady owner-driver.
Pattaya 4 Leisure
Pattaya-based taxi service with female drivers available by request.
Online and email booking.
Tan Taxi Pattaya (female driver by request)
Initial contact by email 24 hours in advance.
Keerati Homestay 33/40,
Soi. LK Metro, Nongprue,
Tel: 038 720318
Mobile: 0812587716 (0813513612)
Pattaya based taxi service.
Grab Taxi Pattaya
The GrabTaxi App has made getting around Pattaya a whole lot more convenient and safe. It’s easy to use, and most importantly you know you’re not getting ripped off.
The GrabTaxi App shows your location and the location of the nearest taxis, simply tap in your desired destination, the app then tells you the distance and the estimated fare, confirm your booking and you’re done. On confirming your booking it sends you a picture of the driver, his ID, and license number, the driver will then call you back to confirm the booking.
Possible downsides of this app: You are not a Thai speaker and the taxi driver does not have a good command of English, hopefully though, a mere confirmation should not be any drama. Pattaya meter taxis have previously been reluctant to use the meter, and prices estimated by the app are comparatively cheap. Only time will tell if Pattaya’s meter taxis are going to remain happy using this scheme. If they do it is a huge plus for commuters who were previously reluctant to use them.
GRAB THE APP: The following link contains downloads for all mobile operating systems: https://www.grab.com/th/en/.
Bolt Taxi Pattaya
Bolt taxi works very much the same as the Grab Taxi, except it’s cheaper, actually quite a lot cheaper. So well worth having. You can find links to download the Bolt taxi app from the App Store and Google Play on the Bolt website: https://bolt.eu/en/cities/bangkok/
Uber Thailand App
Unfortunately, Uber is no longer available in Thailand. Uber Thailand has merged with, or sold its resources and service to Grab.
Pattaya Meter Taxi.
So-called ‘Meter Taxis’ can now be found in Pattaya, usually close to busy Pattaya tourist areas and shopping malls. You should treat these as you would when chartering a Baht Bus, there have been many complaint about Meter Taxi drivers in Pattaya who will not turn on their meter. In this case, make sure you negotiate a price with the ‘Meter Taxi’ driver or use the GrabTaxi app instead.
Tipping Taxi Drivers
You can find more information and advice on this link: Tipping in Thailand. Taxi drivers are usually very polite, they won’t linger or hold out their hand for a tip, if you just a timely trip to Pattaya and you feel you were not overcharged, a tip of 50 or 100 baht is adequate.