Bus to Pattaya from Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai)
To go to Pattaya you can take the Skytrain to the Ekkamai station and walk down stairs to the bus station.
To make sure you exit on the correct side of Sukhumvit Road as the Eastern Bus Terminal, just look over the balcony first for the traffic lights.
You should see the buses coming out of the bus station on the left hand side.
Approximately, every forty minutes air conditioned buses depart to Pattaya main bus station.
The buses run from 5:30am to 9.00pm.
For detailed information tel: +66 (0) 2391 9829.
A single ticket will cost approximately 90 Baht for the slow bus and 124 Baht for the Express bus.
After arriving at the Pattaya bus terminal you will be herded into songthaew's and taken to your hotel.
The cost is 40 Baht, or at least it was when I went. Considering that the regular songthaew around Pattaya still only costs 10 Baht, I reckon I overpaid.
If you need the Bangkok Airport bus to Pattaya then click the link.
Buses to Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal from Pattaya
First take a songthaew to the Pattaya bus terminal.
Approximately every hour air-conditioned buses depart to Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok
A single ticket will cost approximately 124 Baht.
The Pattaya bus terminal is usually very busy and you may have to wait more than an hour as the next bus back to Bangkok may well already be sold out by the time you get there.
If this is the case, then after purchasing your ticket exit the bus terminal and turn right to go get something to eat.
There is a large noodle shop next door where you can sit in relative comfort under a fan and sip on a coke as you wait for your bus to arrive.
Hotel Car to Pattaya/Bangkok
Expect to pay upwards of 3500 Baht and the same for the return journey.
This should include tolls.
Car to Pattaya from Bangkok
Expect to pay 2500-3000 Baht, but you should enquire as to whether this includes tolls or not.
Car to Bangkok from Pattaya
There are plenty of kiosks in Pattaya offering return travel to Bangkok. Expect to pay 1200 Baht, plus your tolls.
If you negotiate too hard you will find that the driver will not use the expressway, it will be a bumpy and long drive as you potter along on the road down beneath the expressway.
Mini Van from Bangkok to Pattaya
A really inexpensive and convenient option is to take a mini van from Bangkok to Pattaya. The vans are really easy to find at the Victory Monument, but the first time can be a bit daunting.
If you get off the skytrain at Victory Monument station, walk down the stairs on the left hand side, through the small market into the soi at the rear of the food stalls, then go and look for those that are going to Pattaya.
There are dozens of vans like this one, so you will need to ask someone to make sure you get the right van. Then just pay your money and the van will leave when full, which usually isn't long at all.
The Thai price to go Pattaya is 120 Baht (Sept 2011), but you may have to pay a little more if non-Thai, but if you get asked for more than 180 Baht you should put your bargaining hat on.
The van will be quicker than the bus and is a good mid-priced option if you only have carry on luggage. If you have a big suitcase then it may depend on what the other passengers are taking as to whether there is sufficient room.
Either way it will be a short wait for the next van, so no real problem.
Whether you take the van to Pattaya or decide to go on the bus, you are sure to have a great time, as there are lots of places to visit and experience once you get to Pattaya.
There is more to Pattaya than the Beach and Walking Street.
Read more about things to do in Pattaya in my Thailand Travel Diary.
Go to Pattaya from Bangkok Airport
You can take a van or bus to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
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