Bangkok is full of life with busy streets, excellent shopping and countless street food carts. You will find history, culture and beautiful sights all in this bustling city also known as ‘The City of Life’.
Traveling the 150km distance from Pattaya to Bangkok is quite easy with 3 options. You can take the bus in 2.5 hours, hire a taxi and arrive in 2 hours, or board the train which will take 4 hours. Prices range from 40 THB ($1.30) to 1,500 THB ($49) to make this journey.
The bus is a cheap and easy way to get from Pattaya to Bangkok. Bus tickets cost at least $6 and travel time is 2.5 hours. Vans are also available, but they might not provide enough space for big luggage.
The taxi is a comfortable way to travel door-to-door. You can get a 3-seater car for as low as $49.
If you want to travel more like a local, you can also take the train. Train fares start at $1 for a 3rd class seat. You can choose from 2 kinds of trains: the ordinary train takes 4 hours to reach Bangkok, while the rapid train completes the journey in just 2.5 hours.
Most of the buses park at the Eastern Bus Terminal in Ekkamai, although a few continue on to Mochit Bus Terminal. You can simply ask the driver or ticket staff where the last stop is prior to departure.
Although a bit more expensive, Bell Travel Services provides free pick-up and drop-off. Book with them if you don’t want the hassle of finding the bus station in Pattaya or your next destination in Bangkok.
Pattaya to Bangkok by Van
There are public vans that also transport along this route. These vans are parked outside of Central Festival Pattaya, in front of the entrance. Vans leave every 30 minutes from 06:00 until 22:00 and charge 130 THB ($4.30) per person.
You can also book a van ride online for 230 THB ($7.50). Pannipa Pattaya Tour operates trips that depart almost every hour from 5:30 to 18:50. You can find them at Pattaya Van Terminal 3 and they arrive at Mochit Van Terminal.
Depending on the route the van takes, they may drop you off closer to your hotel than the bus. Simply ask your driver to stop if you are near your destination.
Keep in mind the van space is quite tight and there is not a lot of legroom. You may end up holding your luggage on your lap for the duration of the trip.
You will first need to take a songthaew or motorbike taxi to Pattaya Train Station, which is outside of the city center.
There are two trains leaving from Pattaya to Bangkok daily. Train #284 (ordinary) departs at 14:21 and train #998 (rapid) departs at 16:26. Expect to pay 30 THB ($1) for a 3rd class seat, 70 THB (2.30) for a 2nd class ticket, and 140 THB ($4.60) for a 1st class seat.
Train tickets for this route are not sold in advance and can be purchased at the station on the day of departure.
Trains arrive at Hua Lamphong Railway Station. , which is 15-30min away from Bangkok city center. From there, you will need to catch a transfer to your hotel or next destination.
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