Because Pattaya is so close to Bangkok, travelling there is very quick and easy.
Pattaya can be reached in a 2 hour drive along Bangna-Trat Highway via Bang Pakong, Chon Buri and Si Racha. However, visitors can avoid Chon Buri by opting for Highway 36, the new route of Chon Buri - Pattaya - Rayong or motorway from Rama 9 Road.
. The Eastern Bus Terminal, 0 2391 2504, 0 2391 8097
Air-conditioned and non-air con buses regularly depart from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai), Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit) on Kamphaengphet Road and Southern Bus Terminal on Borommarat Chonnani Road throughout the day.
Departure times and fares may be obtained from:
. The Northern Bus Terminal, 0 2936 2852-66, 0 2936 3666
. The Southern Bus Terminal, 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200 (air-con bus)
or 0 2434 5557-8 (non air-con bus).
There are also minibuses that go directly from the Bangkok Airport to Pattaya at 09.00, 12.00 and 19.00 hours daily. For information, contact the Bangkok International Airport, tel. 0 2535 1111.
Besides, there are bus services to Pattaya available at most hotels in Bangkok. Contact the tour desk at your hotel for details.
The State Railway of Thailand offers a daily train service departing Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station at 06.55 a.m. The journey takes about 3.30 hours.
For details, call
the State Railway of Thailand, 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2220 4444 (RSVN),
0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701.
Travelling Around Pattaya
Travelling around Pattaya is most convenient by minibuses (songthaews) that continually ply the Beach Road and Pattaya 2 Road in counterclockwise circuits. There are also minibuses running to Naklua and Jomtien areas. Fares are from 10-30 baht depending on the distance.
Pattaya Beach Bus
Designed to help tourists get around the city, the Pattaya Beach Bus service consists of three lines – Green, Red and Yellow, covering the main streets of Pattaya, Naklua and Jomtien.
Each line has been assigned a different colour to make it easier for passengers to identify the routes. Bus stops are also colour coded and numbered so passengers know where to board and disembark.
There are fixed clockwise and counter-clockwise routes for each line, served by three buses per route from 06.00 to 02.00 hours the following day. All buses are air-conditioned and contain 34 seats.
A 30-baht one-way ticket can be used on any of the routes. Visitors will also be able to purchase one-day passes at 90 baht, three-day passes at 180 baht, and one month passes at 900 baht. The passes are available at most hotels and major supermarkets (Tesco Lotus, Carrefour, Big C, etc.).
For those who wish to be independent and explore Pattaya's surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure, there are many vehicle rental places offering various types of motorcycles, jeeps and cars. Visitors are advised to shop around and consult local tourism publications as each company offers different prices and conditions.
Anyway, renting a car from leading car rental companies is strongly advised as they provide international standards of service as well as information and maps of tourist attractions.