Pattaya, Thailand

Getting In


By Car
Pattaya is located about 150 km southeast of Bangkok and can be reached in a comfortable 2-hour drive. Most visitors arrive in Pattaya by road from or via Bangkok, many having flown into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Much smaller numbers arrive directly by road from cities in Thailand's northern and eastern regions, Koh Samui and Phuket in the south,
U-Tapao Airport (Pattaya's nearest airport) and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

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There are two convenient ways to get from Bangkok to Pattaya by road:

  • Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya Motorway (Highway No.7) - The motorway is linked with Bangkok’s Outer Ring Road (Highway No. 9) and there is also another entrance at Si Nakharin and Rama IX Junction.
  • Bang Na-Trat Highway (Highway No. 34) - From Bang Na, Bang Phli, cross the Bang Pakong River to Chon Buri and take the Chon Buri’s bypass to Sukhumvit Road (Highway No. 3), passing Bang Saen Beach, Bang Phra to Pattaya.

Sukhumvit Road (Highway No. 3) by Vmenkov

By Taxi

  • From Bangkok - The fare range from 1,000 to 1,500 baht, arranged car services will tend toward the higher end but licenced metered-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 i.e 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, hotels and guesthouses. Minibuses can also be chartered taxi-style from around 1,800 baht.
  • From Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport - The official metered-taxi fare to Pattaya is 1,050 baht (1,100 baht to Jomtien) plus the 60 baht highway toll. Allow around 80-90 minutes in favourable conditions.

Note that public taxis at the airport must have a meter, be air-conditioned and less than five years old. The driver should have an Airports of Thailand certificate. Watch out for scams such as being told that the price is fully inclusive but on arrival at the toll booth, told that the highway fees are extra.

Suvarnabhumi Airport by MOs810

By Boat
In November 2010, a high speed catamaran ferry commenced service between Pattaya and Hua Hin, taking just over three hours and costing 1,600 baht one way.
From May to October, the ferry operates a regular schedule of three crossings per week i.e. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing from Pattaya at 8:30 a.m. and from Hua Hin at 12:30 p.m. From November to March, the ferry is only available by charter.

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