As with most cities around the world, one of the easiest forms of transportation throughout Pattaya is via taxi. Whether you are looking to get from the airport to your Pattaya hotel or from the beach to whichever of the various Pattaya hotels you are booked in, or if you are simply going from one place to another and would prefer to ride instead of walk, taxis are definitely the way to go. In Pattaya you actually have a choice between two different kinds of taxis: automobiles, and motorcycles. All travellers from Western cities are already used to the car type of taxi, and many will expect them to be readily available outside of their Pattaya hotels, but the reality is that the motorcycle taxi is actually more popular in Pattaya then the automobile, mostly because of the traffic and the fact that the motorcycles can go places where the cars cannot, such as side alleys behind your Pattaya hotel.
It is important to remember that there are also safety factors to take into consideration, however. If you choose to take a motorcycle taxi you will definitely pay less money than if you hired a songthaew charter or took an automobile taxi, but the motorcycle taxis are definitely less safe than a car. The drivers are easily identified via their coloured vests, but you can definitely tell that safety isn't high on the list of priorities considering some will carry two or more passengers, even though it is illegal for them to do so. Rates for foreigners will range between 30 and 50 baht depending on which parts of the city you choose to explore, and you can either flag down a passing driver or head to one of the roadside motorcycle taxi stands that exist throughout the city.
The safer form of transportation is the metered taxis that exist all over the city which can take you to and from your Pattaya hotel whenever you need them to. Taxis can be called in advance to Pattaya hotels, or they can be flagged from the side of the road. All of the metered taxis are actually from Bangkok, with drivers bringing passengers down from the capital, and they operate within Pattaya until a return fare shows up. While there are some car services and non-metered taxis that operate in the city, as well as chartered minibuses, these services are usually reserved for longer trips outside of the main city sections or to other cities on the outskirts, and can either be arranged through travel agencies or the hotels themselves. However, these privately-charted taxis will cost considerably more than the metered taxis. If you are heading up to Bangkok the easiest way is to flag down a metered taxi since they are already looking to return to Bangkok with a return fare, and considering the drivers are fairly unlikely to find a passenger outside of Pattaya, you can generally find rates to Bangkok fairly reasonable in comparison to hiring a private chartered taxi.