Getting to Hua Hin from Bangkok and Back
Hoping this is built to last: Finally (again) scheduled flights by a major carrier, i.e. Thai Airways affiliate Nok Air, from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hua Hin and back. And for a reasonable price of 1,299 Baht.
Update: Nok Air have since cancelled this connection.
A ferry will run once a day at 3.30 pm from Pattaya to Hua Hin in just two hours from January 1st, 2017. This may be another option to travel to Hua Hin, even from Suvannabhumi Airport. We'll have to see how this pans out, if the service is viable and for the long term.
Daily several trains go from Bangkok to Hua Hin, all stopping on their way south. Ask the information counter in Hua Lamphong Station (see some pictures at the bottom of this page) in Bangkok or the extremely helpful assistance staff in the newly renovated Hualamphong Station (main train station of Bangkok). Please note that the adventurous rides in 3rd class can be booked only on the day of departure. An experience not to be missed. Enjoy it while it lasts, before Thailand gets its own sterile and soulless high-speed rail system.
A 2nd class seat on an air-conditioned Express train costs about a fifth of rich-world rates and punctuality used to be quite impressive. It has desclined though in recent years as the rail network has deteriorated and is largely neglected by recent successive governments. The real experience though is third-class travel that is cheap and you have unique opportunities to meet and converse with Thai citizens over a longer time period.
Tickets of all classes except 3rd may be purchased 90 days in advance at principal stations at advertised times at each station and at the Advance Booking Office (Bangkok Station) where tickets to and from any station on all trains are available between 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on weekdays and 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and official holidays.
Children under 4 years travel free unless they require their own seat. Children between 4 and 12 whose height does not exceed 150 cm (~5 feet) pay half adult fares.
Refunds are available only up to 3 hours before the original departure time.
For further information, please contact the Station Office, Damnoenkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel. (032) 511-073. It's really just a ten minute walk from the beach.
Air-conditioned buses of local operator Pran Tour leave the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok every 30 minutes between 0500 and 2200 for Hua Hin. The journey takes about 3 hours and costs a few hundred Baht. The air-conditioned bus terminal in Hua Hin is at the Siri Petchkasem Hotel on Srasong Rd, near Dechanuchit Rd, and buses leave for Bangkok every 30-40 minutes daily between 0300 and 2100. Tel: (032) 511-654, 512-543.
Please note: Always allow for a buffer of an hour or so when going to Bangkok for a fixed appointment, like your flight home. There can always be traffic jams due to flooding, accidents etc. which can delay the bus by hours.
There are also non air-conditioned buses which travel between the market on Srasong Road in Hua Hin and the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok around the clock. These take 3 to 4 hours and are somewhat cheaper than the PranTour buses.
To Southern Thailand and the Islands
There are nightly air buses to other cities in southern Thailand. Most depart Hua Hin around 22:00.
For the daring tourist it should be a challenge to drive by car from Bangkok to Hua Hin. Take the Thonburi-Paktho Road, pass Samut Songkhram, turn left onto Petchkasem Highway and go in the direction of Prachuab Khirikhan.
Or take the Phuttamonthon route from Bangkok and head to Prachuab Khirikhan via Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi and Petchaburi. This somewhat longer route is about 281 km and takes approximately 4 hours.
Connections from Hua Hin with Booking:
|Hua Hin - Ayutthaya3h 25m|
|Hua Hin - Bangkok2h 20m – 3h 30m|
|Hua Hin - Bangkok4h – 4h 50m|
|Hua Hin - Bangkok3h – 4h|
|Hua Hin - Chumphon4h 5m|
|Hua Hin - Chumphon4h 30m – 8h|
|Hua Hin - Don Mueang Airport2h 40m – 3h 20m|
|Hua Hin - Kanchanaburi3h|
|Hua Hin - Kanchanaburi4h|
|Hua Hin - Koh Chang8h|
|Hua Hin - Koh Phangan7h 50m – 11h 30m|
|Hua Hin - Koh Samui8h 10m – 11h 50m|
|Hua Hin - Koh Tao6h 30m – 10h|
|Hua Hin - Mukdahan15h 20m – 15h 50m|
|Hua Hin - Nakhon Pathom2h 10m|
|Hua Hin - Nakhon Pathom3h 5m – 3h 45m|
|Hua Hin - Nakhon Ratchasima7h|
|Hua Hin - Pak Chong5h 45m|
|Hua Hin - Pattaya5h 30m|
|Hua Hin - Pattaya4h 20m – 5h|
|Hua Hin - Pattaya2h|
|Hua Hin - Phetchaburi45m – 55m|
|Hua Hin - Phetchaburi40m – 1h|
|Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan1h 30m|
|Hua Hin - Pranburi31m|
|Hua Hin - Ranong5h 25m|
|Hua Hin - Ratchaburi1h 30m|
|Hua Hin - Ratchaburi1h 30m – 2h 40m|
|Hua Hin - Saraburi5h|
|Hua Hin - Suvarnabhumi Airport4h|
|Hua Hin - Suvarnabhumi Airport2h 25m – 12h|
Hua Lampong Train Station in Bangkok
Tokyu DMU run to platform for Hua HinFlickr Source/Author Page
Tokyu DMU run to plaform for Hua HinFlickr Source/Author Page
Busy platformFlickr Source/Author Page
Tokyu DMU made from JapanFlickr Source/Author Page
3rd class, Passenger carFlickr Source/Author Page
Many action on platformFlickr Source/Author Page
Train engineerFlickr Source/Author Page
Tokyu DMUFlickr Source/Author Page
Green passenger car from AustraliaFlickr Source/Author Page