Pattaya City is conveniently located in Chonburi province at the Eastern seaboard of the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 140 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, and only a 90-minutes drive from the capital’s new Suvarnabhumi Airport. Due to ambitious road construction since the 1990s, the motorway connection between Bangkok and Pattaya has constantly improved, so that now it is only a two-hours drive between both cities.
Pattaya’s central location near Bangkok and the kingdom’s main international airport, from where several offer inexpensive domestic and international flights, also makes the seaside resort a perfect hub for tourists who enjoy travelling around Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia.
North – now being used mainly for cargo and domestic flights – has made it even easier and faster to get to Pattaya. On average, it’s just a 90-minute bus or taxi ride from the new Bangkok airport to Pattaya. Suvarnabhumi Airport – Official Airport Website Suvarnabhumi Airport Guide
Taxis depart from airport level one and charge a flat rate of around 1,500 Baht (i.e. unless you opt for an expensive “limousine” service, which can easily cost you a few thousand Baht.) An air-con taxi ride, of course, is most convenient after an exhausting long-haul flight; however, as anywhere else in Thailand, be aware of rip-offs. As with most taxis in Thailand, except for “taxi meters” in Bangkok, passengers will have to negotiate a price with the driver first (which also applies to “pseudo-taxi meters” at the airport.) In general, anything between 1,500 and 1,800 Baht should be enough to get you to Pattaya.
Public bus service from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya or Jomtien is provided from the bus terminal at the airport’s Transport Center. To get there, you can use a free shuttle bus from outside the main terminal. The free shuttle service may take about 15 minutes to get to the bus station (last stop!) Several bus companies offer their services from here. Please note that fares and departure times may change frequently.
Transport Co. Ltd. offers two bus services to Pattaya, with one coach going to North Pattaya and another one going to Jomtien Beach (Soi Chaiyapruek). Take the air-conditioned (yellow) bus No. 389 to Jomtien Beach, or bus No. 905 to North Pattaya.
One-way fare approx. 120 Baht. Tel. 02-1344 099 (airport office)
Airport-Pattaya Bus Service (Roong Reuang Co. Ltd.) provides direct transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Jomtien and vice versa, with only 32 seats in each coach and an estimated travel time of approx. two hours. The company’s Jomtien office is located outside the Foodmart supermarket on Thappraya Road (opp. Pan Pan restaurant, just around the corner from Thepprasit Road).
There are two departure locations at Suvarnabhumi Airport, one at the airport’s main bus terminal and another one on the 1st floor of the arrivals terminal (between gates 7 and 8).
One-way fare is 134 Baht (February 2013). www.airportpattayabus.com
Bell Travel Service operates a private bus service between Suvarnabhumi and Pattaya’s main bus terminal on North Pattaya Road (Pattaya Nua). They also providesa “Door to Door Service from Arrival Hall to Pattaya Hotels,” meaning that upon arrival at the North Pattaya bus station, passengers will be transferred to vans that will take them to their respective hotels in Pattaya.
Passengers can either take the free shuttle bus to the Transport Center, or have Bell pick you up at their Meeting Point on the ground floor of the terminal building (level 1, arrivals door 7, near the Tourist Police counter) where you can also buy the bus ticket. Bell service staff will direct you to where the coach will pick you up, which is just outside arrivals door 7.
Departure times 8h, 10h, 12h, 14h, 16h, 18h.
One-way fare 250 Baht (paid to service staff upon boarding the coach. This price includes drop-off service to your hotel in Pattaya.) www.belltravelservice.com
Transfer To Pattaya