Pattaya is within 100 km of three international airports, and the only deep water port on the Eastern seaboard. Pattaya has become a world renowned tourist destination, but was made popular by US Servicemen in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. Men stationed at U-Tapao Army Airfield would travel from Rayong to Pattaya Bay to enjoy the perfect half moon bay of golden sands that Pattaya is known for. Add to the beautiful bay the breezes for which Pattaya gets it's name and you have an ideal tropical paradise for rest and relaxation. Fast forward 5 decades and Pattaya has become a well known hotspot offering exciting nightlife, world class golf, five star hotels at 3 star prices, Asias largest seaside shopping mall, and more. Getting to Pattaya will become even easier as U-Tapao expands in the coming year.


Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya

Suvarnabhumi Airport services over 500 carriers from around the globe. It is the major international airport for Thailand with capacity to serve up to 45 million passengers per year and 3 million tonnes of cargo. The airport is open 24 hours a day and can handle 76 flights per hour. Suvarnahumi is only 122 km from Pattaya.


Transportation from Suvarnabhumi Airport

If you are lucky enough to be on a flight during business hours MAKS Car Rental will deliver your car to the airport for 1600 THB. If you are arriving at another time of day there are several options for leaving the airport. Prior to midnight there is the Airport Rail Link which you can take to the BTSand board at Phaya Thai heading south, and exit at Ekamai, the Eastern bus station, which has buses that run to North Pattaya until midnight, and begin again at 4:00 am.

Alternatively there is a shuttle that runs from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang, where you can board the shuttle that goes to Foodland in Jomtien Beach. If you don't like the idea of taking the bus or BTS, then there are vans that go to Pattaya as well, and of course taxi cabs. Taxis can run anywhere from 1000-2500 depending on the type of car, and the time of night, and the season you are travelling. There are also a number of shuttle companies that will provide transport to and from Pattaya 24/7.


Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya

Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok has capacity to handle up to 16 million passengers per year, and handles a large number of domestic flights, charters, and short international flights. It is 163 km from Pattaya. There is a shuttle bus that goes from Don Mueang to Jomtien Beach Foodland for 130 THB or you can get a private taxi for between 1,000 – 2,500 THB depending on the type of taxi, the time of day, and the season in which you are travelling. Airport delivery may be arranged at Don Muaeng Airport if you arrive during daylight hours.


U-tapao Army Airfiled a.k.a. the Pattaya Airport

U-tapao Airport is the closest airport serving Pattaya, however with it's expansion it will only be serving up to 3 million passengers a year, up from 800,000. It handles mostly charter flights and cargo, however, there are some domestic flights and a few international destinations daily. The airport has expanded to serve Singapore, several cities in China, Malaysia, as well as Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and most airports within Thailand. U-tapao is only 40 km from Pattaya, and a shuttle can be arranged for 800-1000 THB. Delivery service of your Pattaya rental car may also be arranged.


Pattaya Rental Car Delivery to the Airport

If you would like to rent a car and take delivery at the airport that can be arranged. Once you are departing you can also elect to be delivered back to the airport by a staff member. MAKS Car Rental will do everything they can to make your airport transfer an easy one whether you are coming to Pattaya, or departing for home.