Located 40 kilometres west of Rayong town, Utapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport is serviced by AirAsia with direct flights to/from Chiang Mai, Udon Thani and Hat Yai. Bangkok Air also advertises flights to Utapao but nothing turned up when we searched at research time. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is 150 kilometres northwest of Rayong.
Rayong’s centrally located Old Bus Station (Bor Kor Sor Gao) is a five-minute walk north of Sukhumvit Road, just northwest of Rayong Hospital between Sukhumvit Soi 39 and Soi 41. Fares include:
Bangkok: Minibuses depart every 20 minutes from 04:40 to 20:00 for 160 baht and stop at Ekkamai (Eastern) Terminal and Morchit (Northern) Terminal. No regular large buses run between Rayong town and Bangkok but you can head to Ban Phe’s Nuan Thip Pier to catch a regular bus to Ekkamai.
Haad Mae Ramphueng: White songthaews depart every 20 minutes from early morning to 18:00 and cost 20 baht.
Ban Phe (Ko Samet pier): Dark-blue songthaews depart every 20 minutes from 06:00 to 18:00 for 40 baht and take a half-hour.
Chonburi and Pattaya: Minibuses depart every 15 minutes from 05:30 to 20:00 for 110 baht and take around an hour.
Chanthaburi: Minibuses depart hourly from 05:00 to 20:00 for 120 baht and take two hours. Make a transfer in Chanthaburi if heading to Trat or Ko Chang.
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat): Regular buses depart roughly every hour from 04:00 to 21:00 for 220 baht. Make a transfer in Khorat if heading anywhere in Northeast Thailand that isn’t accessed by Nakhon Chai Air (see below).
In addition, minibuses to Aranyaprathet (Cambodia border) depart at least three times from 07:00 to 12:00 and again at 17:00 from in front of Thet Banthoeng Market at the corner of Sukhumvit Road and Sukhumvit Soi 51. The cost is 300 baht and the trip takes around five hours. Minibuses to Bangkok can also be caught here.
Air-con bus company Nakhon Chai Air has its own station located just west of Sukhumvit Soi 12 on the west side of town. Take a motorbike taxi or local songthaew here if heading to any of the following destinations:
Chiang Mai: Departs at 05:05 and then at least once per hour from 15:30 to 19:25, costs 735 baht and takes around 13 hours.
Chiang Rai: Departs at 13:35, 15:00, 16:15 and 17:00 for 785 baht and takes around 14 hours.
Nan: Departs at 16:45 and 18:15 for 800 baht and takes around 14 hours.
Surin: Departs at 08:00 and 19:15 for 470 baht and takes around eight hours.
Ubon Ratchathani: Departs at 06:30 and 06:45 and then eight times from 16:30 to 20:00, costs 600 baht and takes around 11 hours.
Rayong also has a large New Bus Station (Bor Kor Sao Mai) located several kilometres northwest of the Old Bus Station. We took a trip out here in March 2016 and didn’t find a single bus or ticket booth, though this could change eventually.
Ferries and speedboats to Ko Samet depart from Ban Phe, 20 kilometres east of Rayong town. See the Ban Phe travel section for details.
Rayong is a fine town for walking if you stick to the downtown area stretching from Si Mueang Park in the south up to the bus station in the north, with Sukhumvit Road and the Yomjinda old town located in between. Bicycles (100 baht) and a couple of Scoopy motorbikes (250 baht) can be rented at Caza V1 Hotel. You’ll also find plenty of orange-vested motorbike taxis at the Old Bus Station along with local songthaews cruising up and down Sukhumvit.
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