This article is devoted to stations only (railway stations, bus stations, pier) – in order to make it clear how to get from Pattaya to Ko Lan, Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai etc on your own. Detailed information about means of transport (buses, trains, ferries) in Thailand waits for you here.
Prices in this article are up-to-date for 2019.
Southern bus station
GPS coordinates: 12°54’19.5″N 100°52’10.1″E (12.905404, 100.869484)
Small bus station that serves predominantly the route from Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to Pattaya. It’s comfortable to arrive to the airport not only for those who are leaving Thailand, but for those who want to escape traffic jams also (there’s Airport Rail Link connecting city center with Suvarnabhumi airport).
- Leave every hour for Bangkok from 7:00 to 21:00.
- Ticket costs ~130 THB and includes 1 piece of luggage
- Time of ride ~2 hours.
Northern bus station
GPS coordinates: 12°56’57.6″N 100°54’11.9″E (12.949326, 100.903293)
Buses from all 3 main bus stations of Bangkok arrive here. And vice versa – you can choose, which bus station in Bangkok you want to arrive to. Also there are some buses leaving for Suvarnabhumi airport.
- Leave every 30-40 minutes from 4:30 to 23:00.
- Ticket costs 120-130 THB.
- Time of ride ~2-2,5 hours (depends much on traffic jams).
Note waiting hall is located outside, under the roof.
Also there are buses that leave for Hua Hin (that arrive to Hua Hin bus station located near Hua Hin airport), ticket price is ~430 THB. These buses continue their way to Suratthani (which serves as an interchange on the way to Ko Samui). The way to Samui island is long.
Nakhonchai Air bus station
GPS coordinates: 12°55’49.4″N 100°54’02.2″E (12.930390, 100.900618)
This bus station allows you to Northern Thailand and Isan from Pattaya: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubonratchathani, Sisaket, Surin, Buriram, Mae Sai, Phayao, Phrae etc. Buses are of different classes that affect the price. F.e. a ticket to Chiang Mai will cost between 600 and 900 THB and the time of ride will be 12-16 hours.
Nakhonchai Air borrows its design from Northern bus station: waiting hall is located outside.
Terminal at Bangchak gas station
GPS coordinates: 12°56’00.4″N 100°54’00.8″E (12.933440, 100.900217)
Minivans to Bangkok (Mochit bus station). Time of ride ~2,5 hours. The ticket costs 123 THB.
35 Group Pattaya
GPS coordinates: 12°55’26.9″N 100°52’56.7″E (12.924137, 100.882414)
Minivans from Pattaya to Ko Chang (=neighboring Ko Kud and Ko Mak), Ko Samet.
A stall next to intersection of South and 2d roads
GPS coordinates: 12°55’36.1″N 100°52’31.2″E (12.926699, 100.875341)
Here you can buy tickets and board minivans departing for Bangkok.
Bangkok-Pattaya trains are for those who have passion for trains only. Because they take 2-3 times more time (4 hours and up for ordinary train and 2,5 hours and up for “express”) also there’s not a big choice – approximately 3 trains a day arrive from Bangkok to Pattaya.
These stations are very small and I would rather call them “platforms”. But I will mention several of them:
Pattaya railway station
GPS coordinates: 12°56’24.8″N 100°54’33.5″E (12.940227, 100.909315)
Kind of main railway station.
South Pattaya railway station
GPS coordinates: 12°54’30.1″N 100°54’04.3″E (12.908362, 100.901183)
It’s just a platform – no tent, no benches, no ticket windows. Be careful and quick, as the train stops only for 1 minute here.
Floating market railway station
GPS coordinates: 12°52’10.4″N 100°54’34.6″E (12.869547, 100.909598)
GPS coordinates: 12°55’32.4″N 100°52’03.8″E (12.925657, 100.867721)
It’s the place with plenty of water transport departing for nearby Ko Lan (ferry tickets start from 30 THB one-way). It takes 40-60 min. to get to the island. It seems that timetable remains the same for years, but make sure that there have been no changes made, you’ll see it hanging right on ferries. Those ferries I have used for my trips have following timetable:
- Pattaya-Ko Lan – 8:00, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00.
- Ko Lan-Pattaya – 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00.
There are different companies that operate ferries, so if we talk of all ferries the frequency interval is between 30 minutes and 2 hours. First morning ferries leave for Ko Lan around 8:00 in the morning and the last ferries to Pattaya leave Ko Lan ~18:00-18:30.
Arrive to the pier at least 30 minutes prior to departure, if you leave Ko Lan with the last ferry.
Also at Bali Hai pier you can hire a speedboat in order to reach other islands located in the bay.
Out of long distance routes you may be interested in Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry. It’s at least 3 times more expensive than a bus (the price starts from 1250 THB), but it goes definitely faster – only 2 hours instead of ~5. You will be asked to arrive 1 hour before depature. Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry leaves Pattaya at 13:00, while Hua Hin-Pattaya ferry leaves Hua Hin at 16:00.
I would highly recommend putting the life vest on while using any means of water transport in Thailand. Or at least hold the life jacket in your hands. As sometimes the amount of life vests at the ship can be less than the amount of passengers. No matter how skilled you are in swimming, no one knows how much time you’ll spend in water until you’ll be rescued.
Long Bali Hai pier also serves as a viewpoint.
Take Pattaya map with you – just click the star and it will be saved in your Google account. Any locations in this region that I will add later will appear on your map.
For your convenience you may press the upper left button in order to see the menu. All infrastructure objects of Pattaya are gathered on the separate layer. Green markers are for everything that has to do with transport.