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By Car

At 147km from Bangkok, it is a 2 hour drive yo Pattaya. The 2 best routes to get in are on Highway 7 via the Bangkok outer ring road and Chon Buri or on Highway 34 via Bang Na and Bang Phil.

By Plane

Bangkok Airways flies to U-Tapao Airport (Pattaya) from Bangkok, Ko Samui and Phuket
Transfer from U-Tapao Airport to Pattaya city centre can be done by Taxi, Bus or mini Bus (the easiest). Journey time is about 30 minutes.


Air-conditioned coaches operate from Bangkok to Pattaya and local travel agents will be able to get you booked on one if you want to book in advance. Coaches depart frequently and tickets can be brought at the time of travel. Coaches depart Bangkok from Ekamai and Moh Chit bus terminals and arrive in Pattaya at the North Pattaya Road bus station.

Minibus / Passenger Van

Bangkok - minibuses run between Pattaya and Bangkok's hotels and Khao San Road, offering the convenience of a door-to-door service for around 400 baht/person. Driving time is about 2 hours, however it can take quite a bit longer overall (especially if you're the first to be collected and the last to be dropped off).
Century Movie Plaza next to Victory Monument BTS Staton vans to Pattaya 140 baht each way. Also service to Hua Hin, Cha Am and Petchburi. T-Tour tel. 080-090-6540.
U-Tapao Airport (near Sattahip) - about 50 minutes, 190 baht (2010-03-11), three different companies takes you direct to your hotel, including Bangkok Airs minibusses. No pre-booking required.

By Rail.

Provided it's a weekday, the most economical way to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok by public transport is by rail - the one-way fare is just 31 baht, and if you've never experienced a 3rd class Thai train, this can be an interesting experience.


From Bangkok - prices range from 1500 baht (the official meter-taxi rate) to 1000 baht; arranged car services will tend toward the higher end, but licenced meter-taxis should be negotiable to the lower end of the range. Allow about 90-120 minutes, depending on where in Bangkok you're coming from; more around rush hour.

To Bangkok - widely advertised in Pattaya at 800 baht (the lower price is because it'll be a Bangkok cab returning home), and easily arranged through most travel agencies and hotels/guesthouses. Minibuses can also be chartered taxi-style from around 1800 baht.

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