Taking a bus to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport is a cheaper alternative to using a taxi and in many ways can be a lot safer.
If you are on a budget, then you can travel by bus to Pattaya from Bangkok International Airport.
There used to be two pricing options:
However, from what I can see now, the pre-booked seat price is also available for 130 baht, however unlike the other option you cannot select your own seat. (used to be 250 baht)
For pre-bookings, ensure your bus departure time is at least 1.5 hours after your ETA at Suvarnabhumi Airport, to allow immigration clearance and baggage collection.
Have a read through this page for the various transport options on offer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya and to Hua Hin and see which suits your itinerary and budget.
For those wanting to leave from Ekkamai Bus Station, you can read my other page describing how to take the bus to Pattaya from Bangkok if you are already in Bangkok.
The total travel time on the bus from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya is around two hours.
There are two main bus options to choose from.
Both of these options depart from Level 1 in Suvarnabhumi Airport.
When you arrive, exit via the Customs area on Level 2 and then take the moving walkway or the lift down to the first level 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.
The Bangkok Airport Bus to Pattaya operates 7 days a week and leaves the Suvarnabhumi Airport terminal every hour from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
There are now two earlier buses running at 5:30 am and 6:30 am for those that land early in the morning.
Tickets can be purchased at the Pattaya bus ticket counter at Gate No. 8 on the First Level of the Airport and the journey takes approximately two hours.
All buses to Pattaya, except the last two (see below), at 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm, will provide a passenger drop off at the following locations:
From the drop off points you will be able to take a songthaew to your hotel.
For passenger’s safety, the 21:00 pm and 22:00 pm bus will go to the North Pattaya bus station only.
For the return journey to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the bus runs from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and the bus can be taken at their office on Thappraya Road (north of Thepprasit Road opposite Pan Pan Restaurant).
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 Pattaya to Bangkok Airport will drop you off at the Departure Terminal Level 4.
The Bangkok to Pattaya bus fare is 130 baht and the same for the return journey from Pattaya to Bangkok.
More details can be obtained directly from the official website of the Rong Reuang Coach Company.
It is quite confusing to know exactly what service is being offered, but it seems that you can pay 130 baht and take the chance that there are no seats on the bus when you arrive at the booking desk, or you can pay 280 baht with Bell Travel Service and pre-book your seat on-line.
Bell Travel Service provides a Bangkok Airport to Pattaya online booking option to pre-book your bus journey to Pattaya and offers a door to door service in both directions.
Buses to Pattaya operate 7 days a week and 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.
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 pick up from your hotel in Pattaya.
The fare in both directions is 280 baht if booked on the Bell Travel website.
Bell is the official website and sole provider of advance bookings for Roong Reuang Coach (RRC) Co., Ltd.
So you can see that there are slight differences in the services and prices provided for the bus to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
If you need to call and check prices you can phone Bell Travel Service on 084-427-4606.
For those arriving on late flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport with limited funds, then this page shows some good places to sleep in the airport, whilst you wait for the booking desk to open in the morning.
Seeing as you have found your way this far, then you should also know that the bus to Koh Chang and Trat leaves from this same desk, as does the bus to Hua Hin.
The bus to Koh Chang departs at 07:40 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 desk on 083-794-2122.
The same service desk sells tickets for the bus to Hua Hin.
In addition the bus to Hua Hin departs at
and it costs 294 baht.
Due to roadworks the trip time to Hua Hin is 4 - 5 hours, although it could take 5 - 6 hours on weekends or Thai public holidays.
This situation is likely to continue until the roadworks are completed.
There is some more information on the transfers from Bangkok International Airport to Hua Hin and Hua Hin to Pattaya at this link to the Rong Reuang Bus Company.
Here is a diagrammatic overview of the Rong Reuang bus transfers out of Bangkok.
If you follow the link to the Roong Reuang website then you will get all the options of getting to your Hua Hin hotel.
I remember going to Hua Hin once in a van.
Once I arrived at the van station in Hua Hin I needed to take a tuk-tuk to my hotel and the fare to travel less than 2 km was the same as the van fare from Bangkok.
Walking wasn't really an option as there was a massive thunderstorm going on, so I just had to pay up.
For larger groups there is also the option of hiring a 10-seater van for 2500 baht on the Roong Reuang booking site.
I presume it comes with a driver.
Often trips to Pattaya are planned at short notice and perhaps you need to book a cheap hotel in Pattaya to cover the first few days of your trip.
Explore this link to Pattaya Hotels on Agoda and choose your dates.
Filter your search using the options for:
If you sort on 1 Star to 5 Star using the Agoda drop down search box all the cheap places will come to the top.
Look for places with at least 200 reviews and a score of at least 7.0 or higher and then read the reviews.
There are many guest friendly hotels in Pattaya for less than 600 baht per night.
There are also many up market hotels, that cater for those than can afford to spend a little more.
My personal favourite is located at the other end of the Pattaya Bay and is very suitable for those with young families.
If you are thinking of taking the bus to Pattaya and want something a bit more upmarket than this Agoda link to The Dusit Thani Hotel will show availability and pricing.
I have stayed here several times and find it really convenient.
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 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 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 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 that provides enough fun for all the family.
Suvarnabhumi Airport Miracle Transit Hotel
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