Over 500,000 people, both expats and locals stay here year round, and some more come and go every day... Pattaya has become one of the main cities which people around the world would like to come for business or travel. It looks like that it’s such a great idea to invest or choose a place here to settle down.
But wait… What about transportation?
Don’t worry about that since Pattaya is not so far from the airports - three main international and domestic airports of Thailand. In this article we will see how we can get to each of them from Pattaya, including some background and history behind them.
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
The 20th busiest airport in the world and sixth busiest airport in Asia, Suvarnabhumi Airport is a major air cargo hub with over 500 airlines.
This area is formerly known as Nong Nguhao before it was changed to the new Bangkok International Airport. The area is spacious and large enough for being the official main airport of Thailand. Located in the large plot of land for 18,625 Rai, 25 Kilometers east of downtown Bangkok.
The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, and Orient Thai Airlines as well as being regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers.
It’s quite easy to travel between Suvarnbhumi Airport and Pattaya depending on which way you would like to choose. It normally takes around 1.5 hours for 150 Kilometers distance.
Driving your personal car through Highway number 7 will be the most convenient, or just take a taxi which is the most comfortable way since you don’t have to worry about where to park. Although it is quite expensive, when compared to the bus, but since you have a lot to carry, it’s easier to manage. There is also a bus station next to Foodmart Supermarket in Thuppraya Road where they will send you to the bus station in the airport. A mini bus would be another flexible way since there are a lot to offer in Pattaya.
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)
Don Mueang is considered to be one of the world’s oldest international airports. It is the Asia’s oldest operating airport. Don Mueang was officially opened as a Royal Thai Air Force base in 1914 before the commercial flights began in 1924, making this airport to be one of the world’s oldest commercial airports.
Don Mueang is now the main domestic airport for Thailand and once again support International flights after one year closed in 2006 due to grand opening of the new airport. Don Mueang has transferred to be a regional commuter flight hub and the low-cost airline hub of Thailand. As in 2015, Don Mueang became the world’s largest low cost carrier airport and now Don Mueang is the main hub for Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, and Orient Thai Airlines.
There are more than one way to go to Don Mueang Airport from Pattaya. Some mini buses and taxis are available everywhere. Taxi will cost you around 1,500 Bath which you can share with your partners. A mini bus is around 100 Bath per person. You can also take a bus to Mo Chit Bus Terminal and take a taxi or a bus to the airport. If you prefer to drive a car, you can choose to go along Highway number 7 or Burapha Withi Expressway.
U-Tapao International Airport(UTP)
The government intends to turn this International airport into the third major destination for airlines. Interesting news is that within this year, the capacity of this airport will be increased from 800,000 to 3 million persons per year, and finally further up to 5 million people. U-Tapao Airport offers both international and domestic flights, serving Rayong and Chonburi-Pattaya Metropolitain Area. Primary goal is to help reduce the density of people at the other 2 major airports. Being such a great option for transportation, people can save a lot of time to travel for it takes only around half an hour from the airport to Pattaya and Maptaphut and another 2 hours to Chantaburi
Starting your trip from U-Tapao Airport would be the most convenient way to travel in Thailand or to take a flight to another country when you stay in Pattaya. Since it’s so easy to go to the airport and it takes only around half an hour from Pattaya.
Ways to go there are various, starting with just taking a mini bus from somewhere in Pattaya or just stop one on Sukhumvit Road. They will charge you around 50 baht. Driving your own car from Pattaya would be the best choice. You can go straightforward on Sukhumvit Road or avoid the traffic by using By Pass road. A taxi will charge you 1,000 Bath which is sometimes necessary.
Situated in the east coast of Thailand, Pattaya is the city filled with opportunities. People come to stay here on vacation and travel to other places in Thailand. Some people go to the airports for international flights. You can choose to go by taxi, drive your own car, or take a bus or a minibus from Pattaya to the airport. U-Tapao International airport is only 30 minutes away which is close to us and very convenient. The other two airports take less than 2 hours. Facilities are already covered all kinds of lifestyles as you can imagine. But since the world is changing all the time and Pattaya is getting bigger. There are no signs of the growth stopping, even if it slows. In the near future, we will have a high-speed train from Bangkok to Rayong which has one station near Jomtien. This will be another facility to assist us to go to all major airports even faster.