Bangkok to Pattaya; getting from Suvarnabhumi Airport to your Hotel: If you’re travelling via a long-haul flight to get to Bangkok, you’re probably going to be feeling quite tired and dirty by the time you get there. You’ll want to get the final leg of your journey over as quickly as possible so that you can check into your hotel, have a shower, wash your hair, clean your teeth and rest up a bit. Here are my two recommended options for getting to your hotel in Pattaya.
You have two Bus/Coach options on how to get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi airport; if you want minimum hassle, you might want to use Bell Travel Service.
Overall Bell offer the most convenient service as they’ll pick you up at the airport and drop you off at your hotel. The price for a one-way ticket is currently 250 baht if you pay at their desk in the airport. There’s one major problem with Bell Travel Service…. buses only depart at 08:00, 12:00 and 16:00 hours!
You can get a cheaper bus from Bangkok to Pattaya if you use the airport bus (Number 389) operated by the Roong Reuang Coach Company, but it won’t drop you off at your hotel…. meaning that you’ll have to get a taxi at the drop off point to take you to your hotel. The airport bus is still a good option though, and they have a more extensive timetable which runs every hour from 07:00 to 22:00 hours. The price of a one-way ticket is a mere 134 baht at the time of writing.
If you want to use any bus service, all you need to do is head down a floor to level 1 once you’ve collected your bags and walked through customs. Walk to gate number 8 where you’ll see all the bus service employees waiting for customers.
My advice is to only pay at the desk for bus tickets, rather than pre-booking, as you won’t usually be offered a refund if your flight is late. A bus journey takes about 2 hours to get to Pattaya. If you arrive at the airport at a suitable time then by all means use one of the bus services, they are cheap and convenient. If you are getting to the airport at an unsuitable time though, you’ll need something different.
Info on the cheap Roong Reuang Coach Company service is available at: airportpattayabus.com
If I can’t make use of a convenient bus from the airport, I just take a
taxi instead. If you are travelling as part of a group, you’ll be able
to share the taxi fare and it so it might even be your preferred option
in any case.
If you do take a taxi, make sure that you use one of the regular licensed taxis that line up outside the airport doors, you can’t miss then, they are usually brightly coloured and there will be lots of them. DO NOT be tempted into using one of the touts that will be shouting for your attention; these guys are unlicensed drivers and they have a terrible reputation for lousy service and over-charging.
A licensed taxi will take you from Bangkok to Pattaya for something like 1,500 baht and the journey will only take about 1 hour 40 minutes. It’s a good idea to ask the driver to use the motorway as this will save a fair bit of time and the toll charges are quite low. You should be able to get the driver to cover those charges anyway.
After your holiday is over and you need to get back to the airport, you have the same travel options for the return leg except that a Pattaya taxi will be happy to take you to Suvarnabhumi airport for less... about 900 baht is the standard fare.
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