Getting to Pattaya City
Pattaya being located only 150 kilometres south of Bangkok, there are no commercially viable alternatives to the road, save for the rail, and a single flight service from/to Koh Samui. Travel from either the Bangkok Airport or hotel to your Pattaya Hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Choose between a shared vehicle transfer, and your own private vehicle transfer. When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed immediately and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
From Bangkok to Pattaya
By Bus, Taxi and Minivan:
The taxi available in Bangkok - Taxi are of many different colors look for any with the sign Taxi-Meter on top.
Recommended Bus Service: Departure from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Pattaya bus station on North Pattaya road, every 30 minutes, daily from 05:00 till 22:00. Duration:2.30 hrs. One way fare: 128 baht. Ekkamai Bus Terminal, Tel. 02-391 9829, 392 9227.
Departure from the Northern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit) to the Pattaya Bus Station on North Pattaya road every 30 minutes, daily from 05:00 till 19:00. Duration: 2.30 hrs. One way fare: 101 baht. Mor Chit Bus terminal, Tel. 0-2279-4484-7, 0-2272-5242, 0-2272-5761.
By Minivan: Departure from the Victory monument in front of the Centre One Mall from 05.00 till 21.00. Duration 2.30 hrs. One way fare: 200 Baht but the minivan depart when is full of passenger so, you don't have to wait on time. Sometime they just leave in 5 minutes each.
Rail Service: A rail service that runs once a day connects Bangkok to Pattaya station: leaving Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Bangkok, daily at 6:55 am, arriving Pattaya 10:35 am. (Call 0-2223-7010, 0-2223-7020, 0-2223-0341, 1690 call centre 24 hrs. for information). Stopping at several destinations on the way, it is a pleasantly interesting journey--as it runs through the country side not seen from the road route.
If you arrived from a bus on your arrival, you can use collective pick-up taxis called "baht-buses" or "songthaew" (i.e. two-rows) which should take you anywhere in town for around 60 - 150 bath. Within the resort, those dark-blue pick-ups continually follow the circuit made up by passing from Beach-road to Pattaya 2nd-road and back. Fares are 10 baht per person per ride. If you know your destination on this circuit, wave your hand for the coming taxi to pick you up, jump on at the back and pay the fare after you alight (press the buzzer to stop the taxi).
There are also other routes going through Soi Buakhao, Pattaya Klang (Central of Pattaya), Pattaya Tai (South of Pattaya) and Pattaya Neua (North of Pattaya). Up to Naklua, down to Jomtien, fares may increase to 20 baht or more. You can also hire the vehicle for yourself, or change route, then you must negotiate the price beforehand. For door-to-door trips, you can hire motorcycle-taxis [i.e. with a driver] available in strategic spots of the resort like at cross-roads or "commercial" places.
For more independence, and explore Pattaya's surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure, motorcycles of different capacities can be hired for one day, one week or one month. Customers are advised to check around prior making a choice because different companies offer different prices and conditions (don't forget to wear the compulsory helmet and be aware there is no insurance...).
Pattaya Car Rent Centre, 437/157 Soi Yodsak. Private cars, vans, pick-up. 1st class insurance and services. Reasonable prices. Tel. 038-420-863, 038 -361-358, 01-906-6307, 01-945 7850, Fax: 038-420-863
VIA, 215/15-18 2nd road, opposite the Royal Garden Plaza. Cars are fully insured and well maintained. Australian management. Tel: 038-426-242, Fax 038-426-243.
AVIS, Dusit Resort (at the beginning of Beach-road). Tel: 038-361-627-8, Fax 0-2254-6718, Telex: 038-721-18 Avis Th.
ARC, 389/114 moo 5, Sukhumvit road. Tel: 038-420-252, 01-861-3357, Fax: 038-420-252
PP Car Rent, 193/156 Rungland Village, South Pattaya. Cars, jeeps and minibus for rent, as well as taxis. Tel. 038-426-552, 038-428-059.
Budget, 333/1 moo 6, Sukhumvit road, Naklua. Tel.038-726-185, Fax: 038-726-362. Car, pick-up & truck rental, full insurance.
There are scores of jeeps for rent (usually parked) on Beach-road, on the way to South Pattaya. You have to bargain and check if there is any insurance, otherwise an accident could prove costly.
Getting out of Pattaya To Bangkok
Several private but reliable companies operate (comfortable, air-conditioned) minibus-transfer from anywhere in Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Actually, they come to pick you up at any address (within the resort) you mention at the time of booking (24hr before is sufficient).
By Bus and Taxi:
Recommended Bus Service: Departure from the bus terminal on Pattaya North Road to Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) every 30 minutes daily from 05:30 to 21:00. One way fare: 128 baht.
Departure from the bus terminal on Pattaya North road to Northern Terminal (Mor Chit) every 30 minutes daily from 05:30 to 19:00. One way fare: 128 baht.
Departure from the bus terminal on Pattaya North road to Bangkok's Don Muang Airport, via the northern terminal at Mor Chit every two hours from 07:00 to 18:30. Book at least half an hour in advance and check the timings.
By train: Departure from Pattaya Railway station at 13:47 arriving 17:15 at Hua Lamphong station, Bangkok. Tel: 038-429-285. (No English spoken).
And if you want to GO EAST from Pattaya, buses (or any other road-vehicles) can take you to Rayong, Chanthaburi Trat, Koh Chang... Kanchanaburi (130 km west of Bangkok), and its infamous River Khwai's bridge, is worth going too!