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AIRPORT BUS (LIMOUSINE) This is probably the best means of transport for travelling to and from Pattaya. For 200 Baht (one way) you travel from Don Mung Airport (Bangkok) directly to Pattaya. There are both buses and vans operating as 'Airport Limousines' (Bus) so don't be put off if you think you are choosing the wrong vehicle in which to travel. Times are from Bangkok 9am, 12noon & 7pm to Pattaya from Don Mung Airport or 6:30am, 2pm & 6:30pm from Pattaya. Look for their booth and waiting lounge inside the airport (arrival). Try to schedule your air flight accordingly. There are also airport taxis at the airport for 1500 Baht to Pattaya. Travel time from Bangkok to Pattaya is 3 hours by road.

BY AIR The vast majority of tourists going to Pattaya are unaware that the resort does have an airport...U-Tapo Airport at Sattahip. Currently the only scheduled flights are operated by Bangkok Airways to and from Koh Samui. Flight costs are around 1,900 baht (adult fare) one way, to/from Koh Samui. For other areas take a look at our transport pages for the following: Phang Nga, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Chiang Rai and Phuket for local flights to/from these destinations and Bangkok.

For more information on flight timetables etc. telephone the department you require as follows: International Flights: (Bangkok) 66+2+5351111, Domestic Flights:(Bangkok) 66+2+5351253, Arrivals: (Bangkok) 66+2+5351301 and Departures: (Bangkok) 66+2+5351386.

BUS services link Pattaya and Bangkok. There are also direct buses from and to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport.These also serve Naklua, immediately north of Pattaya, and Jomtien to the south of Pattaya.

Bangkok has three main bus terminals serving different areas within THailand. The Eastern Bus Terminal located on Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 40, Ekkamai, tel. 66+2+3912504 or 66+2+392-2391, usually referred to as Ekkamai, is for Pattaya and points southeast, to Rayong and Trat province. Driving Time to Pattaya from Bangkok is about 3 hours. The fare to/from Bangkok on an ordinary bus is 90 baht one way and the fare on the airport bus costs 200 baht one way.

TRAIN The State Railways of Thailand has a weekend excursion train (Saturdays and Sundays only) departing from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station at 6:20.

BUS/TRUCK (Songthaew) transport within Pattaya is most convenient by passenger pickup (otherwise referred to as mini-buses or songthaew). They continually ply the Pattaya Beach Rd and Pattaya 2 Road in counterclockwise circuits. Fares beyond the main bay area have to be agreed upon before starting the trip. It makes a difference whether one just boards a passenger pickup and drives along its route while the or whether the trip is individual. The rates for individual trips during which the driver does not pick up additional passengers are much higher.

VEHICLE HIRE Those who wish to be independent or to explore Pattaya’s surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure, can hire motorcycles, jeeps or cars. The visitor should shop around, for different companies offer different prices and conditions. Driving Time to Pattaya from Bangkok is about 3 hours if you are interested in hiring a vehicle in Bangkok and driving yourself to Pattaya. Many street shops don't fully insure. When renting any vehicle first walk around it and write down any dents and scratches on the back of the rental form. This will save you problems upon return. You will also need an International Drivers License.

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