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I live in Jomtien. I take Baht buses from home to pattaya. When getting off in North Pattaya, I have had several drivers recently try to get me to pay 20 baht, saying that I came from Jomtien.

It is my understanding that when getting on a baht bus that is on a route, as opposed to one you hire, that it is a 10 baht ride.

Am I right?

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From what I have read, on here 20 Baht appears to be the going rate

 

I think 10 Baht premium is well worth it, rather than walking all that way in the heat

 

ps. I am no lover of baht bus drivers although  "baht buses" are a brilliant concept....,...in moderation ?

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Just ask some other travelers what they are paying. It may be that 20 baht is the norm now ... so u have to pay it ,  but check it out.

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To the O.P.

Ignore the voices of "first world guilt" that you should pay more than the actual fare.

 

The fare from Jomtien to Pattaya as far as Pattaya Klang is 10 baht. 

Pay exact change and over 99 percent of drivers will accept it. That is the fare.

 

If you get one of those scamming drivers charging 20 before Klang, it's your choice whether to pay it or not.  I think the odds of them pushing back it if you don't very low and getting violent even lower. 

 

Things get more grey after you pass Pattaya Klang, for example to Marina Mall. 

 

Then the fare changes to 20 baht, but many drivers will still accept 10 baht. So if you like a bit of sport you can pay 10 baht past Pattaya Klang and then see their reaction. In that case, I suggest if they don't accept 10, just always pay the 20. If you don't, past Klang you are risking a violent response. Definitely not worth it. A much higher percentage of drivers will not accept 10 after Klang. Because of that, personally I just pay 20 after Klang. 

 

However, I'm sure that some still accept the 10 for that. The other night I was in the middle of helping some very lost Russian tourists that got off the bus after going the wrong direction, and I paid 10 all the way to Marina Mall, and it was accepted.

 

So if someone wants to make a study of trying 100 rides from Jomtien well past Klang, and say what percentage won't accept 10 baht, please do. In the meantime, I'm suggesting just paying 20 past Klang.

 

My very rough guess is that at least 50 percent of drivers will demand 20 past Klang (such as to Marina) if they know you boarded in Jomtien, and they probably do. 

 

Now when I say "past" Klang please don't take that fully literally. If you ring the buzzer just past Klang and get off there, it's DEFINITELY still TEN BAHT. 

 

Cheers.

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5 minutes ago, petermik said:

From Jomtien to central Pattaya 10 baht.....to north Pattaya 20 baht......been like that for a long time :thumbsup:

Yes, but the cutoff is generally Pattaya Klang.

Many people incorrectly think the cutoff is Pattaya Tai. It is not. 

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7 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Yes, but the cutoff is generally Pattaya Klang.

Many people incorrectly think the cutoff is Pattaya Tai. It is not. 

Central Festival was my impression......but as its only 150 metres from klang,who is to argue :whistling:

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2 minutes ago, petermik said:

Central Festival was my impression......but as its only 150 metres from klang,who is to argue :whistling:

Many people think that. That is incorrect. It is definitely Pattaya Klang, and like I said you can ring the buzzer just as the truck passes Pattaya Klang and still be within the 10 baht zone. 

 

During high season, more drivers will play games assuming everyone is a dumb tourist. I think that's where these myths start. Somebody has a bad experience with an outlying rogue driver and think it's a general rule. For example occasionally you'll get a driver that passes Pattaya Tai and stops the bus and kicks off everyone that doesn't agree to pay 20 after. These drivers are just scammers. They know the fare is 10 baht. 

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7 hours ago, janclaes47 said:

From Jomtien to North Pattaya must be at least 20 km.

 

Anyone arguing about a 20 baht fare for that distance is the biggest cheapskate on the planet, and there seem to be plenty of those active in this thread.

I don,t see anyone arguing about the cost....just enquiring.........and regarding your "estimated" distance of 20 kms,its actually less than 10 kms...:cheesy:

Ignore the topic if you find it beneath your dignity :thumbsup:

 

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I am completely bereft of "first world guilt". I look at value for money. If I can get a 4-8 km ride for 20 baht, while avoiding car and moto taxi mafia, that's cheap, and more so, a steal in Thai terms. That 4-8 km range in BKK taxi is 50 to 70 baht. A 2 km ride on a soi moto is 20 baht. 

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26 minutes ago, barmatt said:

After Klang its more and I dont mind paying the extra.

I totally agree. I suggest paying 20 baht after Klang. I was just saying for those that like a little sport, they can try paying 10 baht and see the reaction. The reality is under the current law (announced by the military) there is no fare allowed over 10 baht. But the long standing custom known by most locals, is 20 baht after Klang coming from Jomtien. 

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