Many people choose to visit Pattaya as it is one of the closest beach resorts to Bangkok. Also because of the close proximity of Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya it has meant that many foreigners have opted to buy properties in the seaside city. There are less than 150km separating the two great cities and depending on what type of transport you select, the journey can be undertaken in just over two hours. Because of this fact, the last couple of years has seen many Bangkok residents purchasing condominiums either as an investment or a weekend holiday home. There are several options open to the commuter how to get from Bangkok to Pattaya and in this blog we explore the possibilities.
Although a high speed train link is scheduled to be operated from Bangkok to Pattaya and then on to Rayong, this has yet to be built. The existing line and train service that links the capital to Pattaya is to say the least rudimentary. There is only one train per day, and the journey time is in excess of four hours and stops approximately 22 times. You can board the train at Hua Lamphong Station Bangkok at 6:55am which alights passengers at the tiny Pattaya Station adjacent to Soi Siam Country Club on Sukhumvit road at 10:35am. The best thing about the service is its price – less than 50 Baht but it only has third class facilities.
The best way to catch a bus from Bangkok is from the Ekamai Bus Terminal in central Bangkok. Air conditioned coaches to Pattaya depart every 30 minutes and start around 5am. The cost of a one-way ticket is under 150 Baht. Make sure you board a direct bus to Pattaya and one that does not stop first at Chonburi. If you are in the north of Bangkok you can also travel from Morchit terminal, the service is roughly the same and the price is the same. Buses run by Roong Reuang Coach Company will drop you off at the Central Bus Station on North Pattaya Road at the Sukhumvit Road end.
If you are not in the centre of Bangkok and have just arrived by plane at the airport you will find yourself on the Pattaya side of the capital. There is an excellent airport shuttle service that runs seven days a week. The reliable and fast service runs on the hour from 7am to 10pm. Make your way from arrivals to the first level of the airport and you can catch the bus at Gate number 8. All air conditioned coaches will drop off at North Pattaya Intersection, Central Pattaya Intersection, South Pattaya Intersection, the corner of Thepprasit Road and terminate at Thappraya Road.
There are many mini bus services between Bangkok and Pattaya, Victory monument and other landmarks dotted around the city are crammed with white minibuses making the journey. There is no need to buy a ticket before hand, just wait until there is a seat available and get on board.A word of caution these buses are regularly crowded and there can be a long wait.
Traveling by taxi from Bangkok is not very expensive at all, it also offers comfort and privacy and will give you door-to-door service. Agree with the driver the rate before you get in and specify the highway route, which will cost a little extra for tolls but it is well worth it, the journey should take under two hours and costs around 1,500 Baht. If you are coming to view a condominium in Pattaya then good developers such as The Global Top Group can arrange transport on your behalf, simply contact us ahead of your journey. The Global Top Group offer many great condominium developmentsideal for investors that either want to live in Pattaya permanently or have a second home in the entertainment capital.