The 150-kilometer journey from Pattaya City to central Bangkok is fastest by car, safest by bus, cheapest by train, scariest by minivan, and easiest to book online.
You can travel from Pattaya to many different destinations in Thailand, but when it comes to getting to and around Thailand, Bangkok is the gateway to the world and every corner of Thailand.
From Bangkok, you can reach far away places like Phuket cheaply by bus, enjoy unique Thailand travel experiences like the Bangkok to Chiang Mai overnight train, or travel quickly by plane to 20+ destinations in Thailand.
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Getting Around Pattaya and Bangkok:
You will also find this getting around Pattaya guide helpful when you need transport to a bus station or other departure point in Pattaya.
Refer to the Transit Bangkok website if you need help getting around Bangkok by bus, BTS (sky train), and MRT (subway).
HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK FROM PATTAYA BY TAXI
Private taxi companies in Pattaya accept bookings by telephone or email. However, booking several days in advance is best, especially during holidays such as the Songkran Festival, Christmas, and New Year.
How much does it cost to go from Pattaya to Bangkok by taxi? Prices vary according to the number of passengers and the vehicle size. For standard routes such as Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport, most Pattaya taxi services are similarly priced, but it’s worth shopping around.
Approximate costs of a standard sedan-style taxi to Bangkok from Pattaya:
- Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 1000–1,200 baht
- Pattaya to Don Mueang Airport: 1,400–1,800 baht
- Pattaya to Bangkok City: from 1,200 baht
What is the distance from Pattaya to Bangkok? For example, to the Victory Monument in central Bangkok from Central Festival Beach mall in Pattaya is 142 kilometers.
How long does it take to get from Pattaya to Bangkok by taxi? To Suvarnabhumi airport takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, to Bangkok city takes 2 hours, to Don Mueang airport takes two and a half hours.
HOW TO GET FROM PATTAYA TO BANGKOK BY BUS
The big bus from Pattaya to Bangkok departs from North Pattaya Bus Station. It goes to Ekamai (eastern) and Mochit 2 (Morchit), bus stations in Bangkok City.
HOW TO GET TO THE BANGKOK AIRPORTS FROM PATTAYA BY BUS
The Pattaya Airport Bus goes direct from the Jomtien bus station to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok.
Bell Travel Service provides a minivan shuttle to collect you from your home or hotel in Pattaya to take you to the north Pattaya bus station, where you board a big bus to Suvarnabhumi airport.
There is no direct bus service from Pattaya to Don Mueang airport, but you can take the free airport shuttle from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang.
How much does it cost to go from Pattaya to Bangkok by bus? The prices (below) are for tickets purchased directly from the operator.
- Pattaya to Ekamai (Eastern) bus station: 131 baht
- Pattaya to Mochit 2 (Northern) bus station: 131 baht
- Pattaya Airport Bus to Suvarnabhumi: 143 baht
- Bell Travel bus to Suvarnabhumi: 300 baht
How long does it take to get to Bangkok from Pattaya by bus? To Ekamai, you should allow 2.5 hours. To Mochit 2, at least 3 hours. Suvarnabhumi airport takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
HOW TO GET FROM PATTAYA TO BANGKOK BY MINIVAN
There are three minivan services between Pattaya and Bangkok which you can book online through 12Go.
Pannipa Pattaya minivans go from Central Pattaya Road (Klang) to Mochit New Van Terminal.
T-Tour minivans go from Bali Hai at the south end of Walking Street to Ekamai and Mochit New Van Terminal.
12Go Transport minivans go from Terminal 21 to Makkasan Station.
HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK FROM PATTAYA BY TRAIN
On weekdays trains depart from Pattaya Train Station at 14:20 and arrive at Bangkok’s main train station Hua Lamphong at 18:25.
At less than 50 baht per ticket, the weekday train is the cheapest, slowest way to get from Pattaya to Bangkok.
At weekends the train leaves Pattaya at 16:26 and arrives at Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 18:55. Tickets for the weekend train cost 170–200 baht.
For more information, read this article about Pattaya Train Station.
HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK FROM PATTAYA BY MOTORCYCLE
Motorcycles are not allowed on expressways and tollways such as highway 7, so you must use Sukhumvit (highway 3) or plan an alternative route.
If you are renting a motorcycle in Pattaya, check your rental agreement to ensure there are no limits on the distance you can travel from Pattaya on the bike.