Official Map of Pattaya produced by Pattaya City is available at Pattaya City Hall,
Pattaya Police Station, the Tourist Police Stations and the Immigration Police.
Getting Around by Songtaew or Minibus
Songtaew literally means two rows. It is a minibus or sometimes called a Baht
bus in English. Songtaew in Pattaya is small pick-up trucks in dark blue colour with canopy on the
top. The service is available all around Pattaya. White songthaews run on
Sukhumvit Rd. and go towards Si Racha and Sattahip. You can wave at them wherever
you are and press the buzzer when
you reach your destination. They will pick up other passengers all the way they
run. The routes vary. Therefore, it is best to ask before boarding. Usually, the fare is around 10 Baht for short destination. For longer
destination for example from Jomtien to Naklua costs around 20 Baht. Songtaew can also be
chartered for private group or alone. The fare should be
Getting Around by Local Bus
Pattaya City has started a bus service on 3 routes around the city but
they are not as regular as Songtaew and cover the main streets of Pattaya,
Naklua and Jomtien. 3 routes are designated by 3 colours, green, red and yellow.
The bus stops are also coded with colours and numbers for passengers to know
where to board and disembark. All routes start from Big C supermarket. One-trip fare is around 20 Baht. Brochure
with the information on the routes and bus stops are
available from the bus drivers and in most hotels and resorts.
The green line route is Big C - South Pattaya Road - Pattaya 2nd Road (reverse
route = Beach Road) - Dolphin Roundabout - Naklua Road - Soi Potisan - Sukhumvit
Road (back to Big C).
The yellow line route is Big C - Sukhumvit Road - Thepprasit Road - Thappraya
Road over the hill - Pattaya 3rd Road - North Pattaya Road - Dolphin Roundabout
- North Pattaya Road - Sukhumvit Road (back to Big C).
The red line route is Big C - Sukhumvit Road - Soi Chaiyapruek - Jomtien Beach
Road - Dongtan Corner - Thappraya Road over the hill - Pattaya 2 Road (reverse
route = Beach Road) - Dolphin Roundabout - Naklua Road - Banglamung Police
Station - Sukhumvit Road - Kratinglai intersection (u-turn) - Sukhumvit Road -
Soi Chaiyapruek (u-turn) - Big C.
Getting Around by Motorbike Taxi
Motorbike taxi is possibly the quickest way to travel around the town but may
be less safe than other types of transport. They are less expensive than a
Songtaew charter. Their stations scatter around the town but it is also possible
to flag down one that pass by along the road. The motorbike taxi drivers can be
identified by vest top uniform with number on the back but colours can vary
according to their based station. The fares vary according to the distance of
the destination. Trips around inner parts of the town can cost around 30 - 40 Baht.
Getting Around by Taxi
Pattaya itself does not have local meter- taxi but there are some travelling from Bangkok to bring their
customers to Pattaya. It is possible to flag down the available one. Car services
and non-metered taxis are available on an on-call basis
which is more suitable for out of town destinations. It can be arranged through most travel agencies and many hotels
and resorts. The price is more expensive than songthaew charter.
Getting Around by Motorcycle Rental
Motorcycle is a great way to get around. There are numerous motorbike rentals
throughout the town. The rental costs around 150 - 200 Baht for a short time
rental. A lot of motorcycles for rent are automatic gear. However, manual-geared
ones are also available. Usually, driving licence is not required but tourists
are asked to provide their passport as security. Some places accept photocopy of
passport. Cash deposit are often required but insurance is not included. Wearing
a helmet is a must.
Getting Around by Car Rental
There are car rental companies around Pattaya. Prices start 600 Baht per day for an older car
and about 1,500 Baht per day for a newer model and newer car. Long term rental
is more reasonable. However, driving in Pattaya might not be an ideal holiday as
the traffic in Pattaya can be very frustrating especially during the rush hours, weekends or long
weekend holidays of Thailand residents.
Getting Around by Bicycle
Bicycle is a good way to discover Pattaya. It is healthy,
environmentally-friendly and cheap. There are less bicycle rental services than
the motorcycle or car. Most of them can be found at the motorbike rental shops or you
can buy one for the trip at malls or hypermarkets but these bikes may be not in
a very good quality. Specialised bicycle shops have more options and better
quality to choose from. They are also available at
some hotels and resorts but may be only for their guests only.
Getting around Pattaya by Walking
It is a great way to explore the area but it may be best to walk in the
morning or evening as the heat in Thailand can be unbearable at midday. If ones
would like to walk along the street, they might have to pay extra attention to
the path and the cars. There is a promenade along the Beach Road which provides
a good view of the sea. There are many vendors and shops on the other side
of the promenade. Good walking shoes, loose clothes and a bottle of water are recommended.