Pattaya, Thailand

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By Train

The most economical way to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok is by rail. The one-way fare is just 31 baht and if you've never experienced riding a 3rd class Thai train, then this can be an interesting experience! Though the most economical, it is far less comfortable than by bus - the trains have no air conditioning, not very clean and no toilets. The train also takes longer to arrive, as much as 3.5 hours compared to around 2 hours by bus.

 
 
 
 
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Hualamphong Railway Station in Bangkok by 2T

From Monday to Friday, 3rd class trains depart from Bangkok's Hualamphong Station at 6:50 a.m., arriving at Pattaya's main railway station at 10:18 a.m. before continuing to Sattahip. It then returns via Pattaya at 2:21 p.m. and end its journey in Bangkok at 5:40 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the train travels between Bangkok and Chachoengsao and therefore of no use for getting to or from Pattaya. Regardless of direction, purchase the tickets at the stations - there is no advanced booking.

Pattaya has two train stations, both just east of Sukhumvit Road:

  • Pattaya Train Station is the main stop in Pattaya. A Baht Bus waits here for the train to arrive and charges a fare of 30 baht to anywhere in the Pattaya Beach area. In the opposite direction, budget around 40-50 baht for a motorbike taxi from Beach Road.
  • Pattaya Tai Train Station is a small unmanned halt located about 3 km further south and hence closer to Jomtien, near the Sukhumvit/Thepprasit Road intersection.

At Pattaya Train Station, tickets must be bought before boarding and are only sold in the final 30 minutes prior to departure. Pattaya Tai halt has no ticket office and passengers are permitted to board here without tickets and then pay on the train.

Tickets for other journeys can be purchased (maximum of 60 days in advance) from the ticket office at Pattaya Train Station between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The same tickets can also be arranged through travel agencies in Pattaya but will add a 200-300 baht markup to cover their assistance and collecting the tickets from the station.

Pattaya Train Station by Vmenkov

 
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