Pattaya (Thailand) and how to get there

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Pattaya (Thailand) and How to get there Pattaya, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand, is situated 150 km south of Bangkok (the capital city of Thailand). You can go to Pattaya by cars, buses and trains. There are also domestic flights from Samui and Phuket to Utapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport, operated by Bangkok Airways. Goting to Pattaya from Bangkok By Train There is daily train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Bangkok) to Pattaya. It departs Bangkok at 6.55am and arrive Pattaya at 10.34am. The cost is around 140 Baht for first class, 72 Baht for second class and 31 Baht for third class. Address: Rong Mueng, Patumwan, Bangkok To get to Hua Lamphong Railway Station, you can take subway and get off at Hua Lamphong Station. The train journey may take almost 4 hours to arrive Pattaya; but what you'll get from traveling by trains in Thailand are the unique atmosphere and Thai culture together with beautiful scenery along the way to Pattaya. By Bus from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya There is Airport Pattaya Bus service running from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to North Pattaya. You can find the service at Airport Bus Terminal or just go down to level 1 at the Airport (Arrival Terminal) and the bus service can be found between gate number 7-8. The ticket price is 124 Baht per person and the service runs everyday from 6.45am to 10pm. The Airport Bus takes around 1.5 hours to arrive Pattaya. By Bus from Bangkok's Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal. You can get to Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal by Bangkok's sky train (BTS) and get off at Ekkamai Station. The bus terminal is right at the Ekkamai Station and opposite Sukhumvit 63. The buses leave every 30 minutes from 5am to 11pm and the ticket price is around 113 Baht per person. By Bus from Bangkok's Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal 2 to Pattaya You can go to Bangkok's Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal 2 by Bangkok's sky train (BTS) and get off at Mo Chit station. This station is near famous Jatujak Weekend Market. The buses leave every 30 minutes from 4.30am to 10pm and cost between 113Baht to 121 Baht per person. By Bus from Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) to Pattaya This bus station is situated quite far away from Bangkok's city center. It's located on Borommaratchachonnani Road and you have to go there by taxi or buses. Unlike the other two bus terminals, buses at Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal leave approximately every hour from 5am to 7.30pm. The ticket price is 113Baht per person. For me, I don't recommend you to catch the bus here unless your accommodation is close to its location or you want to travel around there before going to Pattaya. No matter which bus terminal you choose, there are two types of buses going to Pattaya, First Class and Second Class buses. The first class bus generally has a toilet inside and goes straight to North Pattaya without or a few stops on the way and it takes around 2 hours for the first class bus to arrive Pattaya. The second class bus stops to pick passengers up at some points along the way, so it takes more time to arrive Pattaya. However, if you'dke to go to Jomtien Beach, you may want to catch a second class bus, as many of them offer to drop passengers off at Jomtien Beach and continue on to the South Pattaya road. You might need to ask the staff first when buying ticket if the bus goes to Jomtien Beach. By Taxi from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya Make sure you know the average rate before asking for Taxi to drive you to Pattaya; otherwise it can cost you a fortune. The normal rate could be around 1,500 Baht plus express way fee. However, the rate is negotiable and you can get as low as 1,000 Baht. Tips: Taxi on level 1 in front of the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport may cost you more. A better choice is to go to the departure terminal (4th Floor) and you'll find many taxis there that just dropped off prior passengers. They are more negotiable. By rental car from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya This might be the most convenient mode of transportation, but costs you the highest as well. There are plenty of car rental services at Suvarnabhumi Airport you can choose from. The advantage is Suvarnabhumi Airport is closer to Pattaya than Bangkok's city center and so it's easier to drive there. You can ask for the direction from the car rental services; but I recommend you to go on Bypass Route in order to avoid traffic at Chonburi's city center. It should take around 1.5 hours to arrive Pattaya.