Car Hire from Pattaya Airport
Pattaya Airport offers easy access to some of the gems along Thailand’s north eastern coast. Beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and traditional temples abound. To avoid relying on Thailand’s public transport system and explore at your own pace, a hire car from the airport is a great option.
Where to hire a car at Pattaya Airport
Pattaya Airport is small and there are no car hire companies based on site. However, both Avis and Budget operate in nearby Pattaya town and provide a meet and greet service from the airport.
Petrol Stations near Pattaya Airport
There are two petrol stations located close to Pattaya Airport. Both are situated on route 3. One is a Caltex gargae 17 minutes’ drive from the airport heading in the direction of Rayong. The other is a Bangchak garage 12 minutes from the airport in the direction of Pattaya.
Driving around Pattaya Airport
Route 3 is the main road running to and from the airport. It travels north and west towards Pattaya and Bangkok and east and south towards Chanthaburi and the border with Cambodia. There are a variety of smaller roads heading inland too.
To drive in Thailand, you need an International Driving Permit. This is different to your standard International Driving License and you’ll need to apply for one in advance of your trip. The RAC, the AA and large post office branches all accept applications and issue permits valid for up to 12 months.
Driving in Thailand can be a bit of an adventure. Roads aren’t as well-maintained or signposted as in the UK and driving standard vary wildly. In contrast to the UK meaning, a driver flashing his headlights usually means they are coming through rather than leaving space for you to proceed. Cars drive on the left in Thailand and it’s sometimes possible to turn left on a red light as long as you come to complete stop first.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Pattaya Airport, there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
The seaside resort of Pattaya is renowned for its lively nightlife and beach attractions. Visitors can spend the day on Pattaya’s three kilometre beach, visit ancient temples and see elephants and crocodiles at local wildlife centres. There’s also a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs for evening entertainment.
It takes around an hour to drive from Pattaya Airport to Pattaya town centre. The quickest route takes the 332 to join route 3 heading north. Traffic around Pattaya can be congested and there are lots of one way streets so it’s a good idea to have a detailed map or a satellite navigation system to hand. There are a number of multi storey car parks around the town and street parking available too.
Chonburi is a popular seaside town on Thailand’s eastern coast. It’s located between Bangkok and Pattaya and home to beautiful beaches, a huge zoo with night time safari, lots of ancient shrines and temples and lots of delicious local cuisine. Visitors will also find the Ang Sila fishing village and the Silverlake Vineyard close by.
Chonburi is 70 minutes’ drive from Pattaya Airport. Drivers can avoid travelling through Pattaya town centre by taking route 331, route 36 and then the Pattaya-Chonburi Highway heading north. Parking is available throughout the town and at all major attractions.
Bang Saen is a university town with a pretty seafront. It attracts visitors looking for a more laid back beach option than Pattaya and can seem sleepy during weekdays. At weekends, it’s a lively place with plenty of nightlife and restaurants to choose from.
It takes around 75 minutes to drive from Pattaya Airport to Bang Saen, taking route 331, route 36 and the Pattaya-Chonburi Highway. Roads down to the beach can be a little winding and chaotic so allow plenty of time for your journey and invest in a decent map.