Arriving at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport is a little disadvantageous as compared to Suvarnabhumi Airport when it comes to travelling to Bangkok city (because there are no airport link trains yet) and to Pattaya because there is no direct bus service from here to Pattaya. In this page, I will explain the ways to minimize troubles of travelling to Pattaya from Don Mueang Airport. In short, there are three ways of making this journey to Pattaya: (1) Taking a taxi from Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya, (2) Going to Suvarnabhumi Airport and taking a Bell Travel or 389 Bus from there, and (3) going to either Ekamai Bus Terminal or Mochit Bus Terminal and taking a public bus or express van from there. Read on for details…
1. Taxi From Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya
This is the most comfortable way to Pattaya from Don Mueang Airport because you get a drop right at your hotel in Pattaya. Hop on to a cab. Pay around 1500 THB (including toll fees) and you will be in Pattaya within approximately 2 hours or more 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 express way 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. Make sure to settle the issue of toll fees before boarding the taxi. The taxi driver could be offering you a ‘deal’ without mentioning toll fees that you will be asked to pay on the way.
2. Bell Travel or 389 Bus From Suvarnabhumi Airport
The second best way is to go to Suvarnabhumi Airport to board Bell Travel or 389 bus from there. This will require travel to Suvarnabhumi airport by a very convenient express van service costing just 50 THB per person assuming you are carrying a small bag that can be accommodated on your lap or somewhere in the van. You may have to buy more ticket for heavier bags.
This express van service operates daily from 4.00am to 8.30pm. The boarding point for the express van is the parking area of Don Mueang Airport. One needs to exit from gate number 1, 2, or 3 and then keep walking towards the right side until one reaches a parking area. The van takes about one hour to reach Suvarnabhumi Airport and went on dropping people at their desired points around the airport. Once at Suvarnabhumi Airport, just remember to get down when the van reaches the ground level taxi stand. The van drivers do not understand English and will be of no help. Just start shouting when you are at the ground level near the taxi stand. Walk a little and enter the airport from gate number 8 and buy a bus ticket from the Bell Travel counter. Read this article for more info on the bus service from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya.
3. Public Bus or Express Van To Pattaya from Ekamai Bus Terminal or Mochit Bus Terminal
(i) Ekamai Bus Terminal
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 Ekamai BTS Station.
Get down from the station and walk to the Ekamai Bus Station and find the Mini Van Stand from where a 104 THB per head express 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 air-conditioned and have comfortable seats but not much space for heavy luggage. Read more about Bangkok – Pattaya / Pattaya – Bangkok Express Van Service here. If you are carrying heavy or more than one bag, read below about the bus service to Pattaya from Ekamai.
A regular bus service operates from Ekamai to Pattaya from 5.00am to 11.00pm and is best suited if you are carrying heavy bags. The buses are comfortable, air-conditioned, and cost a mere 119 THB per person. The trip takes about two hours.
‘A1’ Public Bus From Don Mueang Airport to Mochit BTS Station
You may take Airport Bus ‘A1’ from outside Gate Number 6 to Mochit BTS Station. From there, a skytrain ride to Ekamai Station can be taken. Read more about A1 Bus later in this page.
(ii) Mochit Bus Terminal
Bus from Mo Chit Bus Terminal to Pattaya
One can take a taxi from Don Muang to Mo Chit Bus Terminal (150 THB) and from there take a bus to Pattaya. This service is available from 4.20 AM to 10 PM and costs 108 or 117 THB per person. Heavy luggage will not be a problem here. Go to counter number 48. There are two side by side counters numbered 48 C and 48 D, and both sell the same ticket.
Sometime, an agent or a tout at Mochit Bus Terminal may try to lead you to the express van service to Pattaya. Just keep in mind that this express van service is not as good as the bus service. The van costs the same as the bus but will charge extra for heavy bags. Just be sure, if you are going to Mo Chit Bus Terminal, take only a bus to Pattaya.
‘A1’ Airport Bus Service From Don Mueang Airport to Mochit Bus Terminal via Mochit BTS Station
If you are arriving at Don Mueang Airport during daytime hours, you may like to take a public bus (A1) from outside Gate Number 6. This bus will take you to Mochit Bus Terminal via Mochit BTS Skytrain / MRT Chatuchak Park Station at just 30 THB per person. Heavy luggage is allowed on the bus at no extra charge. The first and the last trips of this bus start at 7.30am & 12.00am (midnight) from the airport and 7.00am & 12.00am (midnight) from Mo-Chit. There is a bus every 12 minutes.
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.