Utapao Airport in Pattaya - how to get from Utapao to Pattaya and back

Before writing this post, I gathered ina draft of the top popular queries in Yandex, your personal knowledge and leafed through the sites of colleagues in the shop. Just looked at what they usually write on requests. It seemed interesting that most of the articles about the airport in U-Tapao begin with a historical remark, although in the top of the queries never even slipped through a hint of the history of the airport in Pattaya. In short, we go from the reverse and on my blog you will first receive answers to your questions and only at the end of the post I will write a little about the airport itself.

The content of the article

Where is Utapao Airport

I usually place an object map in the tail of an articleas an addition to the basic information, taking into account the fact that not every reader SO will go into details, that he is ready to master all these buttons for scaling and switching layers of the map. But in the case of the U-Tapao airport, the card must be presented to you first, and for what reason.

Between the resort town of Pattaya and the airportU-Tapao is almost forty kilometers away. For most novice tourists, this turns out to be a discovery of the century, but these are the realities: Utapao Airport in Pattaya is not. And 40 km is the distance that you can’t get over on foot, by subway or by tuk-tuk, so you have to choose between the four main options for transfer to Utapao-Pattaya.

Map of the area where Utapao is located

Map of the area where Utapao is located:

How to get from Utapao to Pattaya and back

Getting from Utapao to Pattaya and vice versaDirection is possible in four main ways: taxi, scheduled transport, minibus shuttle or train. All items, regardless of their headings, imply that the means of transportation and the price of the transfer “there” are exactly the same as “back”. I just don’t want to rewrite Utapao-Pattaya Airport and Pattaya-Utapao Airport a hundred times. About the rare differences, I will definitely tell you.

A train

Six kilometers from the terminal thereBan Phlu Ta Luang railway station, from which the No. 284 train leaves at 13:35 daily, to Bangkok. In Pattaya, he stops at 14:20, but just in case, always check the relevance of the schedule on the website of the Royal Railways of Thailand.

The method is very much for the amateur and can be usedonly once a day, plus some six kilometers from the airport will still need to be driven, but this is around 100-150 baht. Just do not be alarmed by the increased cost of the transfer, because train tickets cost 27, 14 and 6 baht for classes 1.2 and 3 of the car, respectively. Six baht, Karl! The return train No. 283 from Pattaya to Ban Phlu Ta Luang station also leaves daily at 10:35 and arrives at 11:20.

Regular Thai transport

On Sukhumvit Road regularly ply largemulti-colored buses and white micro-buses with Thai destination inscriptions: Chonburi-Pattaya-Utapao-Rayong. Used to transport the local population, with the appropriate prices. And in order not to compete with tourist shuttles, the inscriptions in English on such buses do not. Is that on the front windows of large buses, but the little white mikriki you have to identify with your eyes.

They go often, every 5-15 minutes. They stop at the wave of their hands or at public transport stops. The price of the trip is 50-60 baht, go long because they stop at each stop.

You will have to leave for 3.5 km from the terminal,the rest of the way is covered by a tuk-tuk or moto-taxi, which are on duty in the area of ​​turning to the airport, the price of the trip is about 100 baht. In sum, it turns out cheaper than any minibass of 250 each.

Minibuses for local

Minibuses for local

Private Minibus Shuttle

There are several private companies thatthey transport passengers from U-Tapao to Pattaya by minibus, including the popular Air Asia low-cost airline, which sells two variants of air tickets to Pattaya: Pattaya and Pattaya-Downtown destinations, which you can choose at the time of booking a ticket on the carrier’s website. The transfer fee (210 baht) is automatically included in the ticket price. But, if your company has two or more passengers, then it will be more profitable to take a taxi. Moreover, Air Asia does not transfer all over Pattaya, but only to the Central Festival shopping center, which is located in the city center.

transfer from Air Asia

Here is a button to order a transfer from Air Asia

Upon arrival at U-Tapao Airport, at the exit from the zoneUpon arrival, you will see an Airyzhi counter whose employee needs to present your ticket. After that, you will be taken to the mini-bus and in 40 minutes you will find yourself near the Central Festival in Pattaya. You cannot buy a transfer separately - everything is tied to Air Asia tickets and flights. If you arrived without booking a transfer, then you can choose from any of the racks that offer minibus transfers from 250 baht per person. Basically, a shuttle is an option for singles. If you are traveling with a company of 3 people, and even with children, then it is already more profitable to take a taxi.

Taxi Utapao-Pattaya

Taxi from Utopao Airport to Pattaya and vice versadirection costs from 800-1000 baht. You can take the car upon arrival at the racks in the arrival hall. The Internet is asking for up to 3,000 baht for a private transfer from all kinds of incomprehensible services that come up with an active search on the network. Therefore, if the task is to order a car in advance, it is better to take it in a proven Kiwitaxi (here my personal experience).

KiwiTaxi price tag is so-so, to be honest. Look at the cost of Utapao-Pattaya, it starts somewhere from 1,400 baht per car, a regular sedan. There are a number of private drivers, who can be found in the communities of any social network on the topic "Pattaya", from 800 baht per sedan for 4 passengers to 1,800 baht for a nine-seater minibus. But if you want with online payment and a large service, so that with a guarantee of meeting with a sign at the airport, then this is Qiwi. So let's say, for those who are not worried about the price.

Car rental

40 km - this is not the distance for which it costsrent a car, but still add this method. Because if you want to actively ride around the neighborhood, then it is better to take the car immediately at the airport and then give it away there. I spoke and once again, for a short time it is better to rent a car through large network distributors, which are only present at airports and major cities. Very detailed about all the nuances of renting a car in Thailand in my post.

In order not to go through the rental sites one by one, it is best to use the Economybookings service, which will give you all the offers from everyone at once. Order and upon arrival you are waiting for the car.

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U-Tapao airport map and its infrastructure

Due to the fact that the airport was originally builtfor the needs of the military, U-Tapao looks more like a village, shtetl airport than a major communication center with the reception of international flights and high capacity. Very roughly speaking, two-thirds of the room is occupied by the check-in and waiting area, and one-third is the arrival zone.

Airport infrastructure includes a zoneDuty Free, shops, food court, exchanger, racks of SIM cards and rented cars and parking. Taxis are handy near the exit from the arrivals area. Everything is very compact, you do not need to receive any special instructions for survival at U-Tapao airport.

Plan Utapao Airport, Pattaya

Plan Utapao Airport, Pattaya

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