The Different Modes Of Road Transport To Get To and Around Pattaya

If you are planning a corporate golf trip to Pattaya and have hired the services of a tour operator to manage all the arrangements, you wouldn’t have to worry too much about which flights to take to Pattaya or the ground transportation you would use while in the city. But it’s good to have some basic information about how you can get to Pattaya and the modes of transport you can use while you are there.

Getting there

By Air

  • The U-Tapao Airport is closest to Pattaya and is situated at Sattahip which is 30 kms away from the city. From here, there is very limited connectivity to most destinations in Pattaya.
  • Many people fly to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport which is about 120 kms or an hour and a half drive from Pattaya; There is a very good and reasonably-priced taxi service from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya. This airport is very well-connected with a number of domestic as well as international airlines flying in & out of it.

By road

  • As mentioned earlier, Pattaya is only a one and a half hour drive from Bangkok and you also have the option to hire a car to transport you to Pattaya. There is also a reliable bus service that plies every two hours, from various bus terminals in Bangkok to Pattaya’s main bus terminal.
  • There are a number of buses that ply to Pattaya from Isan (in Thailand’s north-eastern region), from a bus terminal located on Sukhumvit Road.
  • Every half an hour, there are long-distance, air conditioned buses that depart from Akamai, which is Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal.
  • A number of buses also depart from Mochit the northern bus terminal; these ply from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at regular intervals.
  • The other bus terminal is Sai Tai Mai which is the Southern terminal; there is a regular bus service from here as well.

By train

There’s excellent train connectivity between Bangkok and Pattaya too. A regular train service operates between Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station and Pattaya’s main station. There is no air-conditioning on this train, but it is a very economical mode of transport. The tickets are to be purchased 30 minutes prior to your departure time, at the station counter.

Different modes of transport within Pattaya city

If you don’t have a private car hire as part of your tour and want to move around the city, there are a number of transportation options, such as:


The Beach Bus is a local service that runs along a circular route in Pattaya. It’s a very cost-effective way of getting around the city and covers a number of places of tourist interest including – Jomtein Beach Road, Pattaya Floating Market, Pattaya Beach Road and Dolphin Roundabout


This are one of the most economical modes of transport in the city. These are essentially pickup trucks that have 2 benches which can be used for sitting. You will find these all over the place and they can take you to places such as Jomtein Beach, Naklua Beach and Beach Road.

Aside from these, you also have the option to travel by Tuk Tuks which are small red or yellow minivans. If you prefer traveling more comfortably, you have the option to rent a car from well-established companies such as Thai Rent a Car, Avis and SixT and they will provide you with very reliable drivers as well. You also have the option to self-drive a car or ride a motorcycle around Pattaya. The traffic can be crazy and driving can become a chaotic experience though.

If you have any questions about golf in Pattaya and our tour packages, you can get in touch with us at Pattaya Golf Trips. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll call you as soon as possible. You can also call us on 0499 013 536, and we’ll be happy to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Miniter
0499 013 536

Leave Comment