There are 2 operators that run from Pattaya to Koh Chang. If you decide to take a car, you can take the Economy, Standard, and SUV options.
There is 1 operator that run from Pattaya to Koh Chang. If you decide to take a minivan, you can take the VIP option.
There are 3 operators that run from Pattaya to Koh Chang, with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a bus-ferry, you can take the Standard option.
Popular Pattaya, one of Thailand’s most sought after tourist destinations, has something for every kind of traveler. Those seeking some sand and surf will be spoilt for choice - head to lively Pattaya Beach or find a spot at Jomtien Beach if you prefer a quieter environment. Of course, you could also hire a boat and ride out to Coral Island, located a short distance from the Pattaya Pier and known for its white-sand beaches and water activities, including snorkeling, parasailing, and windsurfing.
If you are looking to delve into the country’s rich culture, then a walk up the steps of the Big Buddha Hill and a visit to the Sanctuary of Truth is a must. The Pattaya Floating Market is a treat for your senses with boats filled with local fruits, authentic Thai foods, and colorful souvenirs. Reserve your evenings for strolls down Walking Street that is the party hub of Pattaya and known for its eclectic restaurants and lively street performances.
Koh Chang’s allure is multifaceted - beautiful beaches to laze upon, lush forests to explore, and an exciting night scene that emerges after the sun goes down. Part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park, the island is replete with natural wonders. Hike to one of seven spectacular waterfalls on the island and dive in for a refreshing swim.
Adventure seekers will love the opportunities to go hiking on Salak Phet, the island’s tallest mountain, and head off on snorkeling trips nearby. The fun doesn’t stop there and as dawn turns to dusk, the island shows off its wild side at the party hub of Koh Chang, Lonely Beach. And the perfect way to recover from all that late-night partying is by lazing around White Sands Beach and indulging in a relaxing seaside massage!
The distance from Pattaya to Koh Chang is around 167 miles (269 km) and can be covered by taking a bus and ferry combination or by hiring a private minivan or taxi. Buses are a popular option, primarily due to how budget-friendly they are. Private minivans and taxis are a good choice if you are traveling along with your family or friends and need a little more flexibility and convenience than what a bus offers.
Taking a bus/ferry
The bus and ferry combo service is a popular choice for those looking to travel from Pattaya to Koh Chang. Ticket prices for this service start at $21 per passenger, making it the cheapest option available and an excellent choice for budget travelers. There are around seven departures every day with the earliest bus leaving at 06.00am and the latest at 10.00am. The total travel time is between 5 and 6 hours and involves a ferry transfer.
Taking a minivan
Private minivans are another option available to travelers looking to get to Koh Chang from Pattaya. It’s perfect for small groups or families. While not as economical as the bus and ferry combination, the minivans are a reasonably cost-effective option if booked at full capacity (9 passengers). Please note that the price does not include ferry tickets, which have to be purchased separately. One of the most significant advantages of renting a private minivan is that it offers flexibility in departure time and the convenience of hotel pick up and drop off.
Hiring a private car/taxi
If you are looking for the fastest way to get to Koh Chang, then hiring a private taxi is your best choice. These air-conditioned cars take around five hours and offer hotel pick up and drop off. With multiple departure times, private cars allow for flexibility in planning your travel. Perfect for 3 to 4 passengers, this is particularly useful for families traveling with young children or older travelers who prefer to plan their itinerary according to their preferences. Please note that the price does not include the ferry tickets which need to be purchased separately.
The five-hour bus ride takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya and into the charming countryside as you wind your way through small towns and villages. Sit back and enjoy the laid back beauty of Thailand’s small towns and villages. Your boat ride offers you the first glimpse of the natural beauty surrounding Koh Chang. Feel the breeze caress you and revel at the sight of its sparkling, cerulean waters - you are about to experience beachside bliss!