Taxis / Song-taews / Baht-buses, Pattaya
You do not have a choice as all the taxi quote you Baht 200 anywhere you go in Pattaya.
So we gave up flagging taxi and start to take Baht Bus.
They are quite convenience.
We took Baht Bus from Bus terminal in North Pattaya to Jomtien Beach.
They charge us 50 Baht per person but they only leave the bus terminal when the bus is full (12 pax).
They only draw point is that they dropped everybody off in Central Pattaya and went Jomtien the last as we are the only group to go Jomtien.
The ride took less than 1 hr as the journey is not long.
But those people that drop off in Central Beach only pay 20 Baht per person.
Don't bother to wait for the Taxi outside the Bus Terminal or along the North Pattaya Road as you will not get one.
If you really want to get Taxi then you have to tell them honestly that you just want to drop and take a taxi. They will do so for you. But not sure how much they will quote you though. Because I saw one couple took the Baht Bus and the driver help them to get taxi on Central Beach road.
To go around Pattaya you can flag any Baht bus along the road, they will stop for you.
Just remember to ask if you are going from Central Beach to Jomtien Beach as some of them don't go and vice versa.
They only cost you 10 Baht for each trip no matter how near or far.
But some of the empty bus will quote you 200 baht as taxi.
When we came back from Walking street all the empty Baht Bus refuse to take us and ask for 200 Baht to Jomtien.
So we walk out of South Pattaya Road and take those that stop along Sukhumvit Road.
But have to wait for the bus to have 12 pax before they leave.
If you are a season "Thai travelers", you should know the about cost of taxis to Pattaya and you should know what to expect to pay....being a "season Thai travelers" Siam Bayview hotel would be good for your hotel in Pattaya, The Green Hotel is my old standby and has a pool and clean rooms next to a new shopping mall. Mr T taxi service is a company I use for 1000bahts a trip, I will put up the address on my travel log if you want to use him.
cheers tommy x
A songthaew, also called a Baht Bus, is a truck-based vehicle with a pair of bench seats in the back, one on either side — hence the name, which means "two rows" in Thai. You simply flag one down and get in the back and then press the buzzer/bell when you want to get off and then pay the driver.
The busiest route in Pattaya is the beach circuit: from the junction of Second Road and South Pattaya Road, north along Second Road to the Dolphin Circle roundabout; then south along the full length of Beach Road; then briefly east along South Pattaya Road to complete the loop. Frequency is virtually non-stop, and even at the most unlikely hours, average waiting time is literally no more than a few seconds.
The official "bus" fare is 5 baht for trips within Pattaya, however foreigners are universally expected to pay 10 baht. Having the correct change is by no means essential, but does keep the potential hassle factor to a minimum.
Songthaews (PICK UP WITH SEATS AT THE BACK) are the general mode of transportation around Pattaya if you don't have a car/bike.From the bus station to your hotel around Beach Road is about 40 baht. Any other time prices change depending on if you look like a tourist or not .Sometimes I've been charge 10 baht for a trip and then get on another and get charged 20- 40 baht. A "rip off" but that's how it is in Pattaya.Songthaews are available regularly throughout the day & night ,they will take you to where you want to go....just press the bell when you want to get off
Public transport in Pattaya are known as the baht bus if you know where you are and where you want to go, this is not necessary to take a motorbike taxi The Baht Bus system is the cheapest form of transportation just jump inside one never ask the driver or take a parked one unless you want to hire him as a private taxi
Time to go home. How do you get out of this town? Here is the secret.
All of those taxi's drivers that deliver tourists to Pattaya all want to go back to their homes in Bangkok, even better if they can get a customer to pay their way back. Well, that's what they do. When they arrive in Pattaya they check in with local agencies that look for customers for them and get a commission for their work.
As you walk down Second road you will see signs advertising taxis to Bangkok or BKK for 800 to 1200 Bhat. These are the street agents for the agencies that line up the taxis. Just walk up and tell them where you want to meet your driver. They will pick you up at your hotel at whatever hour of the day or night you wish. Make your arrangements and get a receipt Make sure you understand what you purchased, who pays tolls and will they take the motorway. At the requested time your taxi will arrive. Make sure you have your receipt!
Songteaws are like mini van taxis which circles around the city for only a couple of bath. If you are a tourist, you will get ripped off if you do not know the prices. Don't try it unless you know the price and also the songteaws system is a little confusing. I was there with a local and have to problem getting around but I still have yet to figure out the system to date.
The hundreds of Baht Busses in Pattaya are mostly Toyota and Nisan pickups that have a covered seating area in the bed of the truck. These are the best alternative for getting around Pattaya. Many tourists feel they have to stay somewhere near the walking street or some other area, because of the distance involved in getting there, but the Baht Bus makes that all unnecessary. First they are plentyful, you never have to wait for one, they cover the entire beach, second road area continuously, they are cheap and relatively safe.
Tourists at first are a little afraid to ride the Baht Bus, because they just don't know how it works. Here is how to look like an expert.
1. Walk out to Beach road if you want to go South toward Walking street, Soi numbers increasing. Walk out to Second road to go the other way toward Nakula (North Pattaya) or decreasing Soi numbers.
2. Hold up your hand like you are in NYC hailing a cab.
3. When a Baht bus stops get in the back and sit down.
4. When you want to get out, press the buzzer, or wait until you reach the end of the ride at Walking street.
5. When it stops, get out. Go to the passenger side window and give the driver 10 Baht, no more, no less.
6. Enjoy your evening!
The buses in Pattaya double up as taxis, when they see walking they will blow their horn to attract your attention, hop in if your heading that way they charge 5 to 10 bahts or even 20 bahts if there is a greater distance involved. If you do stop and ask them to take you somewhere then they will charge you more. Always try to have small change to pay them, because if you pay them with a bigger note they will tell you they do not have any change. Careful when getting on or off.
Traveling around Pattaya is quite easy or very easy, as in any other thailand province. There are 2 types here - Air-Con Taxi (Toyota) and Song Teow (open air van, Red color). Song Teow is the cheaper way to get from North, Central and the South of Pattaya. You may be paying more like 50B or 60B for a non-stop way, but if time is not a factor, Pay only like 10B to your destination. The trick is look for a Song Teow which already had some passengers...and most likely they will take you for 10B. They travel in a circular road round the North, central and U-turn and South (famous walking street)
From Bangkok, charges about 1400 to 1600 B for a salon car like a Toyota Camry, to go Pattaya. Not from Airport booking Limo. They cost ex like 2400. Go outside of the airport, with some luck, you can get a cheap one.(I paid 1200 for 3 pax :) ) Very much depending on time also. Morning should have more chances. Since, the driver might have a schedule to pick up someone from Pattaya to Bangkok in the afternoon. And Toll-Fee are all paid by driver. Ask everything before hand.
Journey about 2 hours.
Note from Pattaya to BK airport mostly like 800B for a Taxi. With a Van it will be cheaper. Or take a Bus from the terminal at the cheapest cost of 100++B.
To go around pattaya. Take the pick up taxi is just fine. 10 baht to 20 bath for a 10 to 20 mins is just nice and cheap for the prices.
Never ask the driver how much does the ride costs to travel to a particular places, just get up the taxi and off you go. drop off the taxi and pay the driver not more than 20 baht per pax.
We went to Pattaya on tourist Taxi. It took us about 4 hrs to reach there from our hotel in Bangkok and about 5 hrs from Pattaya to BIA. Now, it may take a little more time to reach the Suvarnabhumi airport as it is outside Bangkok.
The baht buses or locally known as "songthaews" are the pickup trucks (mini buses) which cruise Thanon Hat Pattaya and Th Pattaya frequently. All tourists have been fooled by paying far too much! And complained having been charged a higher charter price. Between Naklua included the Dusit area and South Pattaya you only pay 5 Baht (TBT), or 10 TBT as far as JomTien for one person.
Jump in, and pay the fare after you have stepped out! Sounds ridicalous, price lists posted in the back of the vehicles state the maximum amount drivers can charge for any given journey, though. In Thai language,... and in English! When not... bad luck, but for now you know the price!
The owners look after their tuk tuks very well, the inside at least - judging by the black smoke billowing from the exhaust of most of them, they don't do much work on the engines!
The fare needs to be negotiated in advance - there's a locals rate and a tourists rate, so negotiate hard.
The bahtbus are easy to found they go all day and night around the city, just catch it and ring for go outside.It cost about 10-20 baht the course, you can book it for a special way you have to negociate for the price