Pattaya public transport and tuk-tuk route map
January 12, 2023
Pattaya Tuk Tuk Route Map
Pattaya-Pages.com has created a map called “Main bus / tuk-tuk / songthaew / baht bus routes in Pattaya and Jomtein”.
You can click on a route to highlight it and read the description.
- Yellow is Main circular route
- Brown is North Pattaya route
- Red is Central Pattaya route
- Black is South Pattaya route
- Blue is Na Kluea route
- Green is Soi Buakhao route
- Purple is South Pattaya To Jomtien route
- Pink is Thepprasit route
- Light Blue: Bali Hai Pier - Pattaya 3rd Road - Bang Lamung District
Main circular route
The main bus route running clockwise from the Dolphin roundabout along Beach road to the Walking street entrance turns left onto Sai Song Rd (Second Beach Rd) and back to the Dolphin roundabout. In some cases, the tuk-tuk moves along the large ring, that is, to North Pattaya.
North Pattaya route
Running up and down the North Pattaya Rd. Tuk-tuks does not go here very often. One of the stops is near the Best supermarket located on North Pattaya Rd, next to the intersection with Na Kluea Rd. The final stop is the intersection of North Pattaya Rd and Sukhumvit Rd. This is a circular route, the fare, regardless of the distance, is 10 baht. Another route departs from the North Pattaya Bus Terminal, runs along North Pattaya Rd, then along Beach Street and to the final stop at Walking Street. The fare is 20 baht.
Central Pattaya route
The stop is located at the beginning of Central Pattaya Rd, at this point it intersects with the Sukhumvit Rd. Passing the entire Central Pattaya Rd, tuk-tuk go to Beach Rd and reach Walking Street, then go to Pattaya Sai Song Rd (Second Beach Rd) and turn back to Central Pattaya Rd. The interval of movement is about 15 minutes.
South Pattaya route
The starting stop is the intersection of Sukhumvit Rd and South Street, and the final stop is at the Wat Chai Mongkhon Temple, also located on South Street. Tuk-tuk pass through the entire South Street, then go along the Sai Song Rd (Second Beach Rd), at the Dolphinarium they turn to Beach Street, go through it all and return again to South Street.
There is also a route that runs around the ring, exclusively along South street, without turning anywhere.
Na Kluea route
Here, the movement of passengers is provided by two routes. Both of them start from the southern end of Na Kluea Rd and move north. At the end of Na Kluea Rd turn around and drive south, turning onto North Pattaya Rd.
After driving 200 m, they turn around and drive towards the Dolphinarium.
Then one of the routes returns to the starting stop on North Pattaya Rd. And the second route runs through the entire Pattaya Beach road, turns onto the Pattaya Sai Song Rd (Second Beach Rd) and returns to the final stop.
South Pattaya to Jomtien route
Drives up and down from South Pattaya Road on Thappraya Road to Jomtien Beach and Beach Road and turns around to return, or going up to Jomtien 2nd Road and returning to South Pattaya. Currently, Jomtien 2nd Road is not normally driven.
Movement is carried out along the ring, from the side of Jomtien, the parking lot is located in the southernmost part of the Jomtien district. From Jomtien, songthaews move along the sea coast, passing the entire beach. Then they turn onto Thappraya Rd, drive through it all and arrive at the final stop in the Walking Street area. Some buses do not stop after arriving at Walking Street, but continue moving and turn onto Sai Song Rd (Second Beach Rd). Then, near the Dolphinarium, they turn onto Pattaya Beach Rd and move in the opposite direction to Walking Street. Then again turn onto Sai Song Rd (Second Beach Rd), stop near the school. Here they have planned a short stop, designed to fill the cabin with passengers on their way to Jomtien. If you move within one area, the fare is 10 baht, if you need to get to another – 20 baht.
Up and down Thepprasit Road. The Thepprasit route is designed for passengers going to the night market. Therefore, tuk-tuk runs here only from Friday to Sunday. The rest of the time, if necessary, you will have to take a taxi.
Soi Buakhao route
Up and down Soi Buakhao. When reaching Central Pattaya Rd (Pattaya Klang), the tuk-tuk turns right and goes to the Sukhumvit Rd. Then it turns around and drives along Central Pattaya Rd to Soi Buakhao and turns onto it.
Another option is the Soi Buakhao - Beach Road loop route.
3rd road - Bali Hai Pier route
Note: There is a lot of ambiguity with this route, it is in a sense a ghost route, as it is mentioned in many sources, but in 5+ years of living in Pattaya, and in 1+ daily trips on 3rd Road, I have not seen tuk-tuks on this route. Until March 2023. Since March 2023, I regularly (I drive along 3rd Road several times every day) began to come across tuk-tuks parked in the same places on 3rd Road, and moving up and down the street with passengers. If you want to clarify something about this route, then write in the comments!
This route starts from Bali Hai Pier. Previously, white tuk-tuks were used, but, apparently, starting in 2023, a transition is being made to classic dark blue tuk-tuks. Officially, the route from the pier on 3rd Road is called "สาย 4” (that is, the “fourth line”) and it should go all the way to Bang Lamung District (behind North Pattaya and even behind the Seafood Market). That is, from Bali Hai Pier along the 3rd Road, the route reaches North Pattaya Rd and crosses it. Then move along Pattaya Sai 3 Alley up to Photisan Alley and turn left. Then move to Pattaya-Na Kluea Rd and turn right. Passes Naklua old market and moves to Bang Lamung District office at some point exits Sukhumvit road and moves in the opposite direction.
Tuk-tuks on Sukhumvit. White tuk-tuk in Pattaya
White tuk-tuk runs on the Sukhumvit Rd. They don't go deep into Pattaya. In them the fare is 20 baht. This route is not indicated on the map in this article.
There are several tuk-tuk stops on each route. These are some kind of end stations, but there can be more than two of them. The main goal, apparently, is to recruit enough passengers to recoup the cost of the ride. When the tuk-tuk fills up, the car starts.
For example, the Central Pattaya Route stops:
- Close to the intersection of Central Pattaya Rd and Sukhumvit Rd. This is the beginning of the route. In fact, drivers are not very willing to stand here, as there are quite a few people.
- Next to ProLanguage School, opposite Big C Extra. There are always several cars, there is good pedestrian traffic. Cars fill up quickly. Sit in the one in which people have already begun to gather or in the one to which you will be shown.
- Already returning from the beach, tuk-tuk are standing near the intersection of 2nd Beach road and Central Pattaya Rd – near the fruit sellers.
How to get to Jomtien by Tuk Tuk
Jomtien can be reached via the South Pattaya to Jomtien route. To catch this tuk-tuk, get to the intersection of 2nd Beach road and South Pattaya. Then walk a bit along the 2nd Beach road towards South Pattaya and you will take the tuk-tuk parking lot, heading to Jomtien. In principle, this parking lot can be seen directly from the intersection.
Location on the map.
To get to this place, you can use the routes:
- Main circular route
- Central Pattaya Route
How to get to the city from Jomtien on Tuk Tuk
There are buses to the city that you can meet on Thappraya Road, Soi Jomtien 1 and Jomtiensaineung Road.
How to get to the roundabout with Dolphin on Tuk-Tuk
You need the Main Circle Route. Board the tuk-tuk moving along the 2nd Beach road. If it turned out to be a route along Central Pattaya Rd, then you will have to change cars.
How to get to North Pattaya by Tuk Tuk
You need one of the following routes:
- North Pattaya route
- Na Kluea Road route
To board any of them, you need to get to the roundabout with the dolphin. To get here, use the Main Circle route.
How to get to Sukhumvit Rd on Tuk Tuk
There are four routes to Sukhumvit at once, you can choose any of them depending on where in Sukhumvit you need:
- North Pattaya route
- Central Pattaya route
- South Pattaya route
- Thepprasit Road route
For the first three routes, you can change from the Main Circle route. And the Thepprasit Road can be accessed from the South Pattaya Route to Jomtien.
What is tuk-tuk in Thailand
Public transport is well developed in Pattaya – many cars are constantly running around the city, acting as shuttle buses. They are called tuk-tuk or songthaew. Tuk-tuk are Japanese pick-up trucks converted for passenger transportation. In front is a cabin, like a car. A conductor may sit next to the driver. Behind – a body with a roof and handrails, side walls without glass. Along the two sides, there are two parallel benches for passengers, which can accommodate 10-12 people.
There is a platform step at the back, through which it is convenient to climb into a tuk-tuk. It can also accommodate several passengers if there are no empty seats on the benches.
In Pattaya, they are dark blue.
The fare is 10 baht.
The word songthaew (by the way, in Thai it means “two benches”) is more difficult to understand and pronounce, so in everyday life they often say tuk-tuk.
Moreover, some Thais even explain that the word songthaew is a wrong name for minibuses in Pattaya, since it refers to smaller cars, for example, such a three-wheeled one (you can see them in the Thai province).
In old sources, you can see such a name as “baht bus”, but in recent years no one has used this name and it is not understood or known even by Thais.
That is, the most correct name is “songthaew”, you will definitely be understood if you pronounce this Thai word correctly. The word “tuk-tuk” will also be understood correctly, and in communicating with foreigners, Thais use the word “tuk-tuk”. The expression “baht bus” will not be understood by anyone – do not use it.
Almost all routes have points of contact, so by public transport, having made 1-2 changes, you can get to all the main areas of Pattaya.
Business hours of tuk-tuk
Tuk-tuks don't work around the clock. The active flow of shuttle buses starts at about 7-8 in the morning and ends at 7-8 in the evening.
But not all tuk-tuk go home – they continue to work, but already as ordinary taxis. The fare increases from 10 baht to hundreds of baht.
How to determine the tuk-tuk route. How to distinguish a tuk-tuk from a taxi
The answer to both of these questions is no way. Tuk-tuk have unique numbers, but they refer to the car park, not the routes. In addition, the same car at different times of the day can be both a shuttle bus and a taxi.
The most obvious sign that a tuk-tuk is driving along the road is a short beep that the driver gives to everyone who walks along the road.
Another sure sign is tuk-tuk in the parking lot for tuk-tuk, in which people began to gather, these are also route cars.
The tuk-tuk route can be guessed based on where you met it. Exceptions are roads where several routes intersect. For example, on Beach road and 2nd Beach road, tuk-tuk of the following routes pass:
- Main circular route
- Central Pattaya Route
If on the 2nd Beach road you got on a tuk-tuk hoping to come to Central Pattaya, and the car crossed Central Pattaya Rd and went to the North, then just press the bell button, get out, pay and go to Central Pattaya Rd in search of a new tuk-tuk…
How to get on a tuk-tuk. How to get off a tuk-tuk
If you see a tuk-tuk, or it beeps at you, then raise your hand so that the driver understands that you want to go.
There is no limit on the number of passengers. There are about 8 seats, you can stand, but the car has a low roof. You can hang on the footrests.
When you have arrived at your destination, press the bell button. The driver will hear it in any case, but he can stop either immediately or, based on the traffic situation, with some delay.
Walk up to the cab and pay 10 baht for the ride.
Don't worry if the bus turns off the desired route, just press the bell button, pay fare to a driver or a conductor, and after walking a few meters catch another one coming your way.
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