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BUS > Pattaya is a mess for bus travellers unless they are going to Bangkok. The simple reason is that there is no single bus station as in most Thai towns. Going to Bangkok, you go to the “Air Conditioned Bus Terminal Pattaya-Bangkok” (that’s the real name, map) on North Road.
From Bangkok to the North Pattaya Rd bus station are air-con, almost always have an on-board toilet, are essentially direct (i.e., no stops), and provide a no fuss, no frills, hassle-free service. Departures from the Eastern (Ekamai, map) Terminal and Northern (Mo Chit 2, map) Terminal are frequent (every 20–40 minutes, depending on the time of day; more frequent still on public holiday weekends) and usually take 2-2½ hours.
Green Bus Corporation • Nakhonchaiair Co., Ltd. • Phetprasert • Sombat Tour Co., Ltd. (*List of bus routes in Bangkok)
RAIL > Provided it’s a weekday, the most economical way to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok by public transport is by rail. From Monday to Friday, a single daily 3rd class (non-air-con) train departs Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station (map). Travelling by train although is the most economical, is far less comfortable than travelling by bus (train is non-air-con, not very clean and no toilet). Also travelling by train takes longer time, as much as 3.5 hours compared to bus 1½-2½ hours.
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a 4,000-km network covering most of the country, from Chiang Mai in the north all the way to (and beyond) the Malaysian border in the south. Compared to buses, most trains are relatively slow and prone to delays, but safer. Tickets may be purchased on-line from Thairailwayticket.com. (*Rail transport in Thailand)
AIRPORTS > Airports of Thailand. Bangkok has two major airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport which is the main airport and serves most full-service carriers, and the smaller Don Mueang International Airport which primarily serves low-cost carriers.
WATERWAYS > Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.,Ltd | river transport in Bangkok.