In this post learn about taking the bus to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport and:
Before you arrive, ensure you understand how to go from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya as there are basically two main options how to get from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya
If we are talking about the cheapest and safest way to get to Pattaya from Bangkok Airport, then it would be by bus, but this may not be that convenient for your hotel location.
Taking the Bangkok Airport to Pattaya bus is a cheaper alternative to using a taxi for the solo traveller, and in many ways can be a lot safer.
However, there are some downsides to consider when using the bus service and so it is necessary to balance the cost and benefits, based upon your own personal circumstances.
All the options for transferring from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya will be covered here in more detail for consideration and to allow making an informed choice.
If you are on a budget, then you can travel by bus to Pattaya from Bangkok International Airport very cheaply.
The two bus companies operating this route out of Suvarnabhumi Airport are:
There are different pricing options and timetables based upon different arrival points and direct transfer to hotel or not.
From what I can see now, the pre-booked seat price is also available for 143 baht, however unlike the other option you cannot select your own seat. (or maybe you can, as it seems to change almost daily)
For pre-bookings, ensure your bus departure time is at least 1.5 hours after your ETA at Suvarnabhumi Airport, to allow for Immigration clearance and baggage collection.
If you have to go through the Visa on Arrival process, then leave yourself more time.
Have a read through this page for the various transport options on offer to go from:
and see which suits your itinerary and budget.
If you are already in Bangkok and want to go to Pattaya from Ekkamai Bus Station, you can read my other page describing how to take the bus to Pattaya from Bangkok.
The total travel time on the bus from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya is just around two hours.
Most of the journey from Suvarnabhumi Airport is by motorway and so unless there is some problem, the total travel time to Pattaya is likely to remain unaffected.
There are two main bus options to choose from and both depart from Level 1 in Suvarnabhumi Airport and this is how to get there.
After Immigration clearance, collect your baggage and exit via the Customs area on Level 2 and then take the moving walkway or the lift down to Level 1 and look for Gate No. 8 which is located near to the Magic Food Point food hall.
If you are familiar with where the taxi stand is, then Gate No. 8 is at the far end of that level, closest to the foodhall.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus to Pattaya operates 7 days a week and normally the bus leaves the Suvarnabhumi Airport terminal every hour from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, but these times can vary depending upon the day of the week and of course, the demand.
Further down the page there is the link to the online booking form for the 389 Airport bus and which will provide the exact timetable and price for your particular travel date, once you enter your details.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya bus fare is 143 baht per seat. (from 1st October 2023)
The current Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya bus service timetable is:
The bus schedule is aligned to the demand; so once tourist numbers increase, then earlier and later buses will be added back to the Pattaya bus service timetable.
Even now I am seeing more bus times being added and it is nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.
As an alternative to purchasing online, tickets can be purchased in-person at the Pattaya bus ticket counter at Gate No. 8 on the First Level of the Airport and the journey from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya takes approximately two hours.
Bags upto 20 kg and one hand baggage is included in the bus ticket price, excess baggage incurs an additional charge.
All the usual price restrictions apply to small children and elderly people, so check out the Terms and Conditions if this affects you.
This bus service is operated by the Roong Reuang Coach Company Ltd and there is an option to make a booking online as linked.
If you make an online booking, then do print out the confirmation email or ticketing information and don't rely upon the data held on your phone etc.
Every bus to Pattaya will arrive at the Jomtien bus station and from there you will be able to take a Songthaew to your hotel for a small cost.
Tel. Suvarnabhumi: 086 324 2391
Tel. Pattaya: 086 324 2389
For the return journey, taking the bus from Pattaya to Bangkok Airport is just as easy.
The Jomtien airport bus from Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport usually runs from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and can be taken from Jomtien bus station on Thapphraya Road.
Currently the reduced Jomtien to Suvarnabhumi Airport bus timetable is as follows:
Tickets can be purchased in advance, or on the day of travel at the office.
If the ticket is purchased in advance, then ensure you board the bus 15 minutes prior to departure time or your seat may be reallocated.
The bus from Jomtien to Bangkok Airport will drop you off at the Departure Terminal Level 4.
The Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport bus fare is 143 baht per seat.
More details can be obtained directly from the official website of the Roong Reuang Coach Company.
Where is the Jomtien Suvarnabhumi Airport bus station?
Take the Suvarnabhumi Airport bus from the Jomtien bus station as marked on the map.
Pattaya Bus Station to Suvarnabhumi airport tickets can also be conveniently purchased at the 389 Bus Station on Thappraya Road or online.
If you purchase bus tickets online, then take a printed copy with you.
Bell Travel Service provides a Bangkok Airport bus to Pattaya online booking option to pre-book your bus journey to Pattaya and offers a door to door service in both directions.
The bus to Pattaya operates 7 days a week and in peak periods, leave the Suvarnabhumi Airport terminal every two hours from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Tickets for the Bangkok Airport bus to Pattaya are only available by pre-booking on their website, preferably 3 days before departure.
All buses will drop off at the Pattaya Bus Station and then you will be transported directly to your hotel in a van.
The travel time estimation is two hours, depending upon the traffic and then add on the hotel transfer time on top.
Note: Current bus timetable is limited and does vary by day of the week and also the bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport will be replaced by a van if there are not enough customers:
Bangkok Airport to Pattaya Coach/Van schedule:
08:30 10:30 14:30 18:00
The return journey on the bus from Pattaya to Bangkok Airport also runs every two hours from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm and can also include a va pick up from your hotel in Pattaya or alternatively, just catch the bus directly from the North Pattaya bus station.
North Pattaya to Bangkok Airport Coach schedule:
06:00 09:00 13:00 17:00
The fare in both directions is posted as 300 baht if booked on the Bell Travel website.
This seems to be made up of 190 baht for the bus, 25 baht online service charge and 110 baht for the hotel transfer or 325 baht in total.
As I said, the offers are confusing and contradictory in many ways, but I am sure you get the general idea of pricing and booking.
According to Bell, they are the official website and sole provider of advance bookings for Roong Reuang Coach (RRC) Co., Ltd. which seems no longer correct, as bookings can be made directly with RRC online.
So you can see that there are slight differences in the two services and prices provided for the bus to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
If you need to call and check prices, then phone:
Bell Travel Service 084-427-4606.
It is quite confusing to know exactly what service is being offered, but it seems that you can pay 143 baht with Roong Reuang and take the chance that there are no seats on the bus when you arrive at the booking desk, or you can pay 325 baht with Bell Travel Service and pre-book your seat on-line and get a hotel transfer included.
It is recommended to check with Bell Travel Service if you need further details, as the offer and timings is constantly changing, due to variations in passenger numbers.
I would expect once the tourist numbers settled down to the pre-covid levels then all these short-term adjustments that had to be made will resolve themselves to a more consistent pattern.
Also bear in mind that the two bus services have quite different timetables and you may not want to wait around for several hours after a long flight, for the next Bell Travel Service bus.
For those arriving on late flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport with limited funds, then have a look at this page that shows some good places to sleep in Suvarnabhumi Airport, whilst you wait for the bus to Pattaya booking desk to open in the morning.
Taking a taxi directly from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya is certainly an option and the taxi rank is outside of Gate 8 and you will see it if you walk along.
Just to add a note of caution here.
Some Bangkok taxi drivers don't actually drive to Pattaya, but they drive you to some sort of consolidation point, where you have to change vehicles.
The changed vehicle then drives you to Pattaya.
This seems fine, but if you arrive late at night and the taxi driver starts taking you down back alleys to a consolidation point, it becomes a little unnerving to go through the experience, as you have no idea where you are being taken.
In my opinion, first-time travellers to Thailand are much better off selecting a reputable company to drive them to Pattaya from Bangkok Airport.
Sedan car or van transfers are available from GetYourGuide.
The service includes:
The same service desk that sells the bus tickets to Pattaya, also sells tickets for the Hua Hin bus.
In the current period of reduced travel activity the bus to Hua Hin departs according to the following bus timetable:
07:30 09:30 12:00
14:30 16:00 18:00
and it costs 325 baht and the drop-off point is:
Due to roadworks the trip time to Hua Hin is 4 - 5 hours, although it could take longer on weekends or Thai public holidays when traffic may be particularly heavy.
This situation is likely to continue until the roadworks are completed sometime in 2023.
Seeing as you have found your way this far on the page, then you should also know that tickets can also be purchased for the bus to Koh Chang and Trat, as well as to Hua Hin from this same desk.
The bus to Koh Chang departs at 06:00 am
The bus to Trat departs at 11:00 am
The bus to Chantaburi departs at 2:00 pm
I don't have a recent Koh Chang bus price, so if you need to call and confirm times and prices you can phone the travel desk on 083-794-2122.
See this new page on about taking the Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua bus if you need the full information.
But if you follow the link to the Roong Reuang website then you will get all the options of getting to your Hua Hin hotel by bus and you can book your bus ticket online that will take you directly to the new Hua Hin bus station.
So when you are budgeting your trip, then bear in mind that there will be an additional fee for the transport to your Hua Hin hotel.
The infographic below gives some idea of the additional hotel tranfer costs.
There is some more information on the transfers from Bangkok International Airport to Hua Hin and Hua Hin to Pattaya at the below link to the Roong Reuang Bus Company.
Here is a diagrammatic overview of the Roong Reuang bus transfers out of Bangkok and the departure bus terminals.
If you follow the link to the Roong Reuang website then the bus options in the graphic are explained.
For larger groups wanting to go to Pattaya, there is also the option of hiring a 10-seater van for 2500 baht on the Roong Reuang booking site, although it looks like it may have to be formalised via e-mail as the drop-down boxes have gone.
It comes with a driver and without the dent.
Booking a transfer to either Pattaya or Hua Hin is now even easier and whilst taking the bus may seem like a cheap option, it is not going to very comfortable for the person with a larger frame.
Thai bus seats seem to have less room than an aircraft economy or coach seat and if the person in front reclines their seat, then you will be eating their hair.
Sedan or Van transfers from GetYourGuide may be the solution, if you need a little more comfort or have a larger group.
There are various options for the vehicle, including:
Transfer between either Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport to:
How to go to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok?
Perhaps there are still some unanswered questions.
Do Suvarnabhumi Airport taxis have child seats?
Don't expect regular Bangkok Airport taxis to be fitted with child seats. If you are travelling in a family group, then making an advance private transfer booking and selecting the child seat requirement is preferable.
Van transfers to Pattaya from GetYourGuide.
Can I go to Pattaya by Train?
Taking the train to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport is not a practical option. Catching the train from Bangkok to Pattaya is feasible but it is a slow journey and vans and buses are almost always quicker.
How to get from Pattaya to Bangkok?
If you don't need to return to Bangkok Airport, then the Pattaya bus to Bangkok operated by The Roong Reuang Coach Company has several bus departures a day from Pattaya Bus Terminal.
The service is very cheap and takes under 3 hours to reach Bangkok.
Buses go to Bang Na, Eastern (Ekkamai) and Northern (Morchit) bus terminals.
Before arriving Ekkamai, passengers can get off only at the following Bangkok bus stops.
Inform the driver before departing, as baggage placement has to be adjusted:
Does Pattaya Have an Airport?
Pattaya has the Utapao airport, but it is of no use to you, unless taking your private helicopter from Suvarnabhumi Airport. For International arrivals at Bangkok Airport, then bus or car is going to be the preferred way to travel to Pattaya or Jomtien.
How Far is Pattaya From Bangkok Airport?
The Jomtien bus station is about 175 Km or two hours by bus and should take around 90 minutes in a car or van.
Whether you take the bus to Pattaya or go by car, often trips are planned at short notice and you may not have chosen your final location to stay.
One option is to book a cheap hotel in Pattaya to cover the first few days of your trip whilst you scout around for something more permanent.
Explore this link to Pattaya Hotels on Agoda and choose your dates.
Filter your search using the options for:
If you sort on the Star Ratings tab and then select the Guest Rating greater than 7.5.
As a general guide to get a reasonable standard, look for places with at least 200 reviews and a score of at least 7.5 or higher and then sort by Most Recent and read the most recent reviews.
If you fail to sort them, you will be looking at reviews several years old, that may no longer be relevant.
There are many guest friendly hotels in Pattaya for less than 600 baht per night although some may charge a joiners fee for additional guests.
Pattaya has no shortage of up-market hotels, that cater for those than can afford to spend a little more.
If you really want to treat yourself, then my personal favourite is located at the other end of the Pattaya Bay and is very suitable for those people with young families.
If you are thinking of taking the bus to Pattaya from Bangkok Airport and want something a bit more upmarket, then this Agoda link to The Dusit Thani Hotel will show availability and pricing.
The Dusit Thani Hotel has a swimming pool, private beach and Kids Club and all other amenities that a large hotel brings.
Nearby are plenty of places for breakfast.
I have stayed here several times and find it really convenient, being located right by the Dolphin Roundabout with direct access to Beach Road.
Dolphin Roundabout is at the interconnection of Beach Road and Second Road, which makes it the main circuit for the Songthaews that operate in Pattaya, which makes the hotel really easy to get to.
If you haven't been to Pattaya before then maybe you are interested in other things to do in Pattaya, so please check out my experience when I went on a trip from Koh Chang to Pattaya.
In three days I visited Walking Street a couple of times, went to Koh Lan on the Ferry and also visited the Nong Nooch gardens.
If you want a different perspective, then check out my visit report on the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort at Naklua.
Naklua is located at the Northern end of Pattaya, where we visited Pattaya Floating Market and some other important places that eludes me for the moment.
The Naklua end of town is quieter if you are taking the family and the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is great if you have small children.
I wouldn't classify it as a cheap hotel though, but it has a massive water theme park and its own beach, that provides enough fun for all the family.
There are also plenty of nearby cheap places to eat for breakfast and dinner.