Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Don Muang Airport to Pattaya

Bangkok's Don Muang (Don Mueang) Airport has regained some importance after Air Asia shifted its flights to that airport. Arriving at Don Muang Airport is a little disadvantagious as compared to Suvarnabhoomi Airport when it comes to travelling to Bangkok city (because there are no airport link trains) and to Pattaya because there is no Bell Travel like bus service. Travelling by Air Asia is always problematic and not necessarily cheaper than full service airlines (see Problems with Flying Air Asia here - opens in new window). There is not much that can be done about the Air Asia problems. But in this page, I will explain the ways to minimise troubles of travelling to Pattaya from Don Muang Airport. In short, there are two ways of making this journey to Pattaya: (1) The Comfortable Way, and (2) The Budget Way. Read on ...

Also See: Visa on Arrival Requirements and Process at Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi Airports (Opens in new window)

Public Taxi Stand outside Don Muang Airport Bangkok
The comfortable way is simple. Hop on to a cab. Pay around 1500 THB (including toll fees) and you will be in Pattaya within 2 to 4 hours depending on how much Bangkok City traffic you get on the way. Yes, your cab will need to wade through Bangkok city roads to reach the expressway that links Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya. Fortunately, the cabs are air-conditioned and this cab ride can be a good opportunity to read your travel guide book if you haven't read it already or even to catch up on the sleep you missed on the flight to Bangkok.

Budget Travel from Don Muang Airport to Pattaya

There are three ways to save money on this trip. Only thing is, one needs to have adequate time at one's disposal. If one is arriving late at Don Muang, its better to take the comfortable way mentioned above. Also, if travelling in a group (up to four persons), just take the taxi. Now Let's see the budget ways:

1. One can take a taxi from Don Muang Airport to Mo Chit BTS Skytrain Station which would cost 150 THB. From Mochit BTS, take skytrain to Victory Monument BTS Station. Get down from the station and walk to the very nearby Mini Van Stand from where a 100 THB per head mini van service to Pattaya is available from 6 am to 8.30 pm. The van ride takes about one and a half hours. The vans are airconditioned and have comfortable seats but not much space for heavy luggage. Read more about Bangkok - Pattaya / Pattaya - Bangkok Mini Van Service here.

Bus from Mo Chit Bus Terminal to Pattaya

Bus from Mo Chit Bus Terminal Bangkok to Pattaya

2. Alternatively, one can take taxi from Don Muang to Mo Chit Bus Terminal (150 THB) and take a bus to Pattaya. This service is available from 4.20 AM to 10 PM and costs 124 or 133 THB per person depending on the route the bus takes. Heavy luggage will not be a problem here. Go to counter number 48.

3. The third way is to go to Suvarnabhumi Airport to board Bell Travel bus from there. This will require travel to Suvarnabhumi airport by public bus or taxi, and both will cost time and money. Public bus number 554 goes from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The 554 route is actually from Rangsit to Suvarnabhumi via Don Muang and a few other stops. The bus operates between 4.00am and 10.00pm and costs 34 THB one way from any stop. Its a 47.5 km distance which can be covered by Taxi in 45 min to 2 hours depending on the time of the day and the traffic conditions. Cost of a taxi ride to Suvarnabhumi Airport will be around 350-400 THB. Public bus should take between one and two hours.

Free Airport Transfer Bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport is not an option for going to Suvarnabhumi Airport just to catch a bus to Pattaya because this transfer bus is meant for passengers who have an air ticket for an onward flight departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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