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From the Ekamai bus station in Bangkok air conditioned buses depart every half hour to Pattaya. Duration of the journey is 90 minutes to two hours. Minibuses leave from Don Muang Airport direct to Pattaya, which is the most convenient versus cost-effective way to make the trip to Pattaya from the old airport–look for their booth and waiting lounge inside the airport Arrivals area. There are also airport taxis, which’ll cost around 2,000 baht (1,200-1,500 baht from Suvarnabhumi Airport).
The Pattaya A/C bus station is located near the highway on North Pattaya Road. Buses to Bangkok’s Morchit Bus Station leave every 20-40 minutes from 05:00-20:00; and to Ekamai Bus Station every 20-40 minutes from 04:30-23:00.
Going to Pattaya by train is recommended because it will avoid the unpleasant trip from downtown Bangkok to Ekamai Bus Station. A service leaves twice a day to Pattaya from Hualampong train station, duration three half-four hours. Motorbike taxis and songthaews run to Pattaya and beaches for about 60 baht from the train station. Hualampong Train Station: (02) 220 4334, 223 3762, 225 6964, 224 7788, 225 0300.
Pattaya Train Station is off Siam Country Club Road, You can buy a ticket to Bangkok here. Soi Siam Country club, Nongprue, Banglamung, Tel: (038) 429 285.
For transportation in Pattaya you could use the Songthaews which are covered, dark blue pickup trucks with open sides and seats along each side. To stop a songthaew, wave your hand downward a couple of times. To get off, press the buzzer on the roof. The songthaews are convenient for those who rely on public transport. They continually ply Beach Road and Pattaya 2nd Road in a counter clockwise circuit.
Motorcycle taxis – The drivers wear colored vests with numbers on the back. About the price you can negotiate but it will not always be cheap. Though it can be a fast way to reach your destination. Please bear in mind that you are at your own risk when using a motorcycle taxi. Often the motorcycle taxies are not insured and helmets are not available.
Tuk tuk drivers will go anywhere in Sriracha and sometimes can be hired for a ride to Naklua and Pattaya. It is recommended to negotiate the driver’s fare in advance.
Chauffeured car hire – Private taxis with air conditioning are the four-door Sedans and the price is negotiable.
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