Ekkamai Bus Station

If you are backpacking or wanting to travel on the cheap in Thailand then the Ekkamai Bus Station is one location you will see during your tour of Thailand. Bus fares in Thailand is very cheap. For around than 190THB you can still get from Bangkok to Pattaya.

Ekkamai Bus Station

A Hub for Eastern Travel: Known interchangeably as the Ekkamai Bus Station and the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Eastern), this transport hub serves as a gateway to Thailand’s eastern regions. Facilitating journeys to the East, this terminal links travelers to the diverse destinations in that part of the country.

Strategic Location with Seamless Connectivity: Situated in close proximity to the BTS Ekkamai Station, the bus terminal boasts a strategic placement that ensures easy mobility. Complemented by its proximity to the BTS Station, navigating to and from this hub becomes a convenient endeavor.

Designated Routes and Destinations: It’s essential to recognize that the bus routes from Bangkok to the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand and the Cambodian border are pre-established. These fixed routes provide a clear path to specific destinations on the eastern side of the nation.

Comfort and Quality Travel: Experience a new standard of travel comfort as the buses are air-conditioned, surpassing the quality of most vehicles found across Southeast Asia. With superior quality, these buses guarantee a more enjoyable journey.

Booking Ease and Options: Planning your trip is a breeze as you have the choice of securing your tickets through online platforms or in a traditional manner right within the bus terminal. Embracing modern convenience, online booking aligns seamlessly with the conventional approach of purchasing tickets on-site.

Familiarizing with Local Conditions: It’s worth noting that the bus terminal’s environment might feel humid to newcomers to Thailand. Adapting to local climate conditions, this insight prepares travelers for the subtleties of the terminal’s atmosphere.


Bus Routes

Note also that there are two options with the buses. You get a Category 1 and a Category 2 bus route. The Category 1 is normally more expensive than the other. If you are out to see Thailand then the cheaper Category 2 tickets are more fun as they stop all over the place. They also stop to allow people to eat on the longer over trips and to use the toilets at the gas stations. See also the Sukhumvit Line as well as the area around the MRT Chatuchak Station far away.

A good example of cost is the trip to Pattaya on the coast. The direct bus takes 2.5 Hours for 120THB while the Category 2 takes 3.5 hours and costs 100THB. The same with the longer trips down South. The direct bus to Rayong would take about 3.5 hours and costs 150THB while the slower Category 2 option takes about 4.5 hours and costs about 130THB. There are about 10 different bus companies operating from the Eastern Bus Terminal (29 ticket selling counters).

Note that there are two main bus terminals in Thailand. Ekkamai (Eastern Thailand) and Morchit bus Station (North and North Eastern Thailand) and the new Sai Tai Bus Station (Southern Thailand). The are also other private operators such as Roong Reuang Coach Co which runs from all terminals to Pattaya. Note that the terminal is close to the BTS Ekkamai Station as well as the Major Sukhumvit and the Gateway Ekkamai.


Ekkamai Bus Station Map

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Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) To Pattaya Bus Terminal

Ekamai — Bangna-Trad Rd. (Toll way) –Pattaya

Departure Times Bus Fare (Thai Baht) Contact No.
  • Buses leave every 30 to 40 minutes from Ekamai
  • The first bus leaves at 05:00
  • The last bus leaves at 23:00

Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit 2) To Pattaya Bus Terminal

1. Morchit 2* — Motorway –- Pattaya
2. Morchit 2 — Bangna-Trad Rd. (Toll way) –Pattaya

Departure Times Bus Fare (Thai Baht) Contact No.
  • Buses leave every 30 to 40 minutes from Morchit-2
  • The first bus leaves at 04:30
  • The last bus leaves at 22:00

New Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai) To Pattaya Bus Terminal

New Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai) — Bangna-Trad Rd. (Toll way) – Pattaya

Departure Times Bus Fare (Thai Baht) Contact No.
  • 05:30
  • 07:30
  • 09:30
  • 11:30
  • 13:30
  • 15:30
  • 17:30
  • 19:30

Lastly also see the Cost of Living in Pattaya as well as the UCC Oriental and Terminal 21.



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