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How to get from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya

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How to get from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya

Pattaya, located on the Eastern Gulf Coast around 150 Km southeast of Bangkok, is one of Thailand’s famous seaside resorts. It was previously known as a quiet fishing village, and is now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs.

To get from Don Mueang airport (DMK) to Pattaya you have 2 different transportation options; you can either take a taxi or a bus. Taking a Bangkok airport taxi is by far the quickest and most convenient way to travel, and your only direct option. The other, and much cheaper option, is to take the airport shuttle bus, however, it is not the most convenient one as you will need to take a connecting bus at the Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €42.50 120min 24/7
Bus €8.40 180min 04:30–22:00

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How to get from Don Mueang airport to Pattaya by taxi

Taking a Bangkok airport taxi from Don Mueang (DMK) airport is the only direct transport option available when travelling to Pattaya. Although the overall price may seem high, taking a taxi offers a comfortable, air-conditioned, door-to-door service, with a travel time of 2 hours.

Taxi fare from Don Mueang airport to Pattaya

Taxis at Don Mueang airport don't offer flat rate fees to Pattaya, instead, they use a taximeter based on the distance and time travelled. This means that your final price will depend on your exact location within Pattaya, but should cost around €42.50 (1.500 Baht). Please note that an airport surcharge of €1.40 (50 baht) will be added to your fare.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the only direct transfer option from Don Mueang (DMK) airport to Pattaya, getting to your hotel fast and efficiently. By choosing to take a taxi, you can get to your hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and start exploring the beautiful beaches of Pattaya in just 2 hours.

Editor’s Note

Not only is taking a taxi the only direct transfer option from Don Mueang airport to Pattaya, it is also the only way to avoid Thai traffic and the complicated city roads of Bangkok, resulting in an even quicker journey.

Useful Tips

It is highly recommended to keep your taxi receipt in case you leave any of your personal belongings in the vehicle or if you need to place a complaint.
As some taxi drivers don't speak English, it is always useful to have your destination's address written in Thai, as to avoid any communication issues.
If you wish to have a price estimate before leaving the airport, you can always ask your driver. However, the exact amount will be calculated using a taximeter.

How to get from Don Mueang airport to Pattaya by bus

Unfortunately, as there is no direct bus line from Don Mueang airport (DMK) to the city centre of Pattaya, you will need to take a bus connection in the centre of Bangkok. You will firstly need to take the Don Mueang airport shuttle bus which leaves every 5 minutes to Mo Chit bus station. From there, you will need to take the connecting Roong Reuang coach to Pattaya at the Mo Chit New Van bus terminal; this bus leaves every 30 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from Don Mueang airport to Pattaya?

As there is no direct bus from Don Mueang (DMK) airport to Pattaya, you will firstly need to take the airport shuttle bus to Mo Chit bus station and then take the connecting bus to the city centre of Pattaya. A one-way on the airport shuttle bus costs €0.85 (30 Baht) and a one-way ticket on the Roong Reuang coach costs €3.40 (119 Baht), bringing the total cost of your journey to €4.20 (149 Baht). You can purchase both your bus tickets directly from your driver.

Cost

€4.20

Trip Duration

2 H 30 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 5 minutes for the airport shuttle bus and a 30 minute wait for the Roong Reuang coach.

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Value for Money

The airport bus runs from 07:00 to 00:00 and the Pattaya bus from 04:30 to 22:00.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the distinctive orange airport shuttle bus at Don Mueang airport's exit 6 on Level 1. The Roong Reuang coach is located at Mo Chit bus station at the Mo Chit New Van Terminal.

Convenience

As there is no direct bus from Don Mueang (DMK) airport to Pattaya, you will need to take a connecting bus in Bangkok, bringing up the travel time to 2 hours 30 minutes. Moreover, if you are travelling with large luggage or children, this journey can become very tiresome and time-consuming.

Editor’s Note

Please be aware that there are two stations with similar names - do not get off at Mo Chit Station where the BTS operates from, you will need to get off at the next stop which is called Mo Chit bus station; where you will find the bus to Pattaya.

Useful Tips

During peak times, the airport (A1) shuttle bus uses the Toll Express in order to reduce the travel time.
Both buses do not have much luggage space; this means that if you are travelling with large bags, you may need to purchase two seats.
The Roong Reuang coach to Pattaya leaves the Mo Chit bus station every 30 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya?

There are 2 transfer options when travelling from Don Mueang (DMK) airport to Pattaya; you can either take a taxi or a bus. Taking a taxi is the fastest and the only direct option, taking just 2 hours. Your other option is to take 2 connecting buses: the airport shuttle (A1 bus) and the Roong Reuang coach at Mo Chit bus station with a total travel time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

How much is a taxi from Don Mueang to Pattaya?

Taxis at Don Mueang airport don't offer flat rate fees to Pattaya. Instead, they calculate the price using a taximeter, so based on distance travelled. The final price of the journey will depend on your exact location within the city, but should cost around €42.50 (1.500 Baht).

How much is a bus ticket from DMK to Pattaya?

Unfortunately, there are no direct buses from Don Mueang (DMK) airport to Pattaya; you will need to take a connecting bus at Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok. The first bus, the airport bus shuttle (A1), costs €0.85 (30 Baht) and the second bus, the Roong Reuang coach costs €3.40 (119 Baht), bringing the total cost of your journey to €4.20 (149 Baht).

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