U-Tapao International Airport is now connected by public bus to its neighbor provinces.
Connectivity improves for U-Tapao International Airport, which serves Pattaya and Rayong in Eastern Thailand, with new public bus services now available for travellers. Since early May, three new bus routes connect the airport to the provinces of Chonburi, Chanthaburi, and Trat, the two latter being located along the Gulf of Siam.
The newspaper Bangkok Post reported that the service to Chanthaburi is extended further to Trat, while the Chonburi route stops in Pattaya and Sri Racha district. The routes are operated by private transport firms using brand-new air-conditioned buses. They are equipped with Wi-Fi and provide a tracking system through an app.
A maximum of four buses will be used on each route per day, each offering 19 seats per trip. The travel time is approximately three hours and a half up to Trat and the trip will cost up to THB 130 with the cheapest fare starting at THB 27. The Rayong route will take approximately one hour with prices between THB 11 and 27. The Chonburi bus route will be covered in one hour and a half with prices between THB 14 and 64.
If the pilot program proves successful, the government plans to increase the frequency, especially as more flights are now linking Pattaya airport to the rest of the world. The bus service would benefit passengers and promote the airport as a new commercial aviation hub for the eastern provinces.
Furthermore, the Land Transport Department plans to introduce further bus routes to serve all 34 airports across the country. Currently, only 22 airports in Thailand offer public bus service. The next on the line are Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, and Trat.