Taking a bus to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport is a cheaper alternative to using a taxi.
If you are on a budget then you can travel by bus from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya for 250 Baht or even less.
The total travel time is around two hours to reach Pattaya and there are two main bus options to choose from.
Both of these options depart from Level 1 in Suvarnabhumi Airport, so when you arrive you should go out via Customs 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 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the Pattaya counter at Gate No. 8 on the First Level of the Airport.
Currently you are not able to pre-book your ticket to Pattaya.
All buses to Pattaya, except the last two (see below), at 9:00pm and 10:00pm, will provide a passenger drop off at the following locations:
The bus to Pattaya will then continue to the terminus at Thapprya Road.
From the drop off points you will be able to take a songthaew to your hotel.
The last two buses of the day will go directly to the Pattaya Bus Terminal on North Pattaya Road.
For the return journey to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the bus runs exactly the same timetable hours (except the last bus back to Bangkok Airport is 9:00pm) 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 fare is 134 Baht in both directions.
Bell Travel Services offers a door to door service in both directions.
Buses operate 7 days a week and leave the Suvarnabhumi Airport terminal every two hours from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Tickets for the Bangkok Airport bus to Pattaya can be purchased at the Pattaya counter at Gate No. 8 on the First Level of the Airport or by pre-booking on their website, preferably 3 days before departure.
(Currently their website is not fully functional for Smartphone and iPad and they are suggesting allow 7 days for the processing of email bookings, October 2013)
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 6:00am to 7:00pm and can also include a pick up from your hotel in Pattaya.
The fare in both directions is 230 Baht if booked on the website and 250 Baht if booked in person.
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 here are some good places to sleep in the airport, whilst you wait for the 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 leaves from this desk, as does the bus to Hua Hin.
The bus to Koh Chang departs at 07:40am
The bus to Trat departs at 11:00am
The bus to Chantaburi departs at 2:00pm
In addition the bus to Hua Hin departs at 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30pm, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm and it is 305 Baht starting 15 April 2013.
If you need to call and confirm times and prices you can phone 083-794-2122
Cheap Hotels in Pattaya
If you need to book a cheap hotel in Pattaya to cover the first few days of your trip, then choose the area of Pattaya that you want to stay, from the links on the top right. These will open a link to the Agoda website.
The next step is to sort on 1 Star to 5 Star using the Agoda drop down search box and all the cheap places will come to the top.
There are many guest friendly hotels in Pattaya for less than 600 Baht per night.
If you are interested in things to do in Pattaya then check out my experience when I went from Koh Chang to Pattaya.
In three days I visited Walking Street a couple of times, Koh Lan on the Ferry and the Nong Nooch gardens.
If you want a different perspective then check out my visit to the Centara Grand Beach Resort at Naklua at the Northern end of Pattaya, where we visited Pattaya Floating Market and some other important stuff that eludes me for the moment.
This 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.
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