The journey by bus from Bangkok to Pattaya takes about two hours. By bus directly from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Pattaya can be as little as an hour and a quarter. There are two main departure points in Bangkok, with the Eastern Bus terminal (Ekkamai) being the main one. This is conveniently accessible via the BTS skytrain.
All you need do is take an underground train to the Asok BTS junction and travel down to Ekkamai, or board at any other BTS station and get off at the Ekkamai station. Buses to Pattaya depart at least every 30 minutes from early morning to early evening. From the busier Northern Terminal at Morchit, which is a bit more difficult to get to, there are buses almost every hour to Pattaya.
For private departures, minibuses can usually be arranged from your hotel and the Khao San Road area, with personal pick up. There are also private minibuses departing the Victory Monument area (on the BTS line), behind the food court. These are more comfortable and quicker, usually leaving when full.
When returning to Bangkok, it is advisable to have a travel agent arrange a ticket or arrive at the bus terminal early to ensure you get a seat. Outbound buses from Pattaya can get busy. People going to Koh Samet or Koh Chang (or arriving from either of these) will have to change buses in Chonburi.
Buses to Pattaya from Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit)
Buses to Pattaya from Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai)
Buses to Pattaya from Bangkok Airport
From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, buses depart from 06:45-21:45 every 45 minutes. Travel time is up to two hours. Transport Co., Ltd., Tel: (02) 134 4099. These depart from the Airport Transportation Centre. You should enquire at the Information desk on arrival for specific directions to the transfer pick up point, which is outside the main terminal building. In Pattaya, buses arrive and depart from the main Pattaya Bus Terminal.
Buses from Pattaya to Bangkok
Trains from Bangkok to Pattaya – train timetable
Trains leave from Hualumphong Railway Station, Bangkok (service available Monday to Friday only). Rama IV Road, Pathum Wan, Tel: (02) 220 4334, (02) 223 3762, (02) 225 6964, Hotline: 1690, Website.
Train Departure Arrival
Ordinary train 06:55 10:34
Pattaya to Bangkok train timetable
To get to Pattaya Train Station, turn off Sukhumvit Road at the traffic lights at Soi Siam Country Club and then turn into Soi Pornprapanimit (service available Monday to Friday only). Tel: (038) 429 285, Hotline: 1690, Website.
Train Departure Arrival
Ordinary train 14:21 18:15