Getting in to Pattaya
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok handles international flights and is 110km from Pattaya. Travel takes around 90 minutes by either taxi or hotel shuttle. It is recommended for those travelling to negotiate a firm price with the taxi driver before departing for Pattaya.
U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport (UTP) is the closest airport to Pattaya located 30km south. The only commercial domestic flights that fly into UTP are from Phuket and Samui. Getting to Pattaya from the airport is rather easy, as many buses and taxis travel into the city.
Dong Muang Airport (DMK) handles most Thailand domestic flights. The best ways to get to Pattaya from DMK is by taxi, bus or train.
To get from the airport to your destination, there are several options: Airport bus and minibus service to Pattaya departs regularly from UTP, DMK, and BKK airports. Large hotels offer transfer shuttles for guests, and taxis are available for those needing transportation.
One way fare from Bangkok to Pattaya via train costs passengers only 31B. The train departs from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station and tickets must be bought at the station.
Nonstop first class buses from Bangkok depart from the Eastern and Northern Terminals and leave about every 30 minutes. Cost is around 120B per person and travel time is under 2.5 hours. There are also second class bus services from Bangkok that take much longer to arrive in Pattaya and only cost around 20B less.
Cars are easily rented but traffic is often congested and parking is hard to find. Rentals cost anywhere from 600B-1000B per day. Pattaya is easy to find from Bangkok with clearly marked highway signs.
It is possible to arrive in Aonang from Phuket via ferry or speedboat. The ferry costs 700 Baht per person while the speedboat costs 1200 Baht. Mainland Krabi also has ferry services that travel to the Krabi islands.