Getting to Hua Hin from Bangkok and Back

Air

There will be scheduled flights between Subang (former main airport of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Hua Hin, thrice weekly starting Nov. 18, 2012. However, still no flights to and from Bangkok.

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.

More info: http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2013/10/nok-serves-hua-hin/

Update: Nok Air have since cancelled this connection.

Hua Hin Aiport
Since August of 2014 Kan Airlines has a service between Chiang Mai and Hua Hin (!) using a 9-seater Hawker Beechcraft business jet. The rates are really cheap and one can skip Bangkok altogether. This combination is quite interesting as it links the two best destinations in Thailand in a convenient way. Culture in Chiang Mai and the cool North, then a few days at a variety of beaches. More info on the Kanair web site that is not so easy to use, but search results are displayed in the different tabs, stating the price or 0 when no flights are available.

Ferry

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.

Rail

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.

Hua Hin Railway Station

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.

Here are direct links to the connections from Bangkok to Hua Hin and connections from Hua Hin to Bangkok.

Bus

To Bangkok

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.

Car

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 - Bangkok฿1,900 – ฿38,5003h
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Economy 3
  •  Charter Limousine 12pax 12
  •  Charter Limousine 8pax 8
  •  Charter Minivan 7pax 4
  •  Charter Premium Van 5
  •  Charter SUV 4pax 4
  •  Charter VIP Van 8pax 8
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Limousine 12pax 12
  •  Charter Limousine 8pax 8
  •  Charter Minivan 7pax 4
  •  Charter Premium 3
  •  Charter Premium Van 5
  •  Charter SUV 4pax 4
  •  Charter VIP Van 8pax 8
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
Hua Hin - Bangkok4h – 4h 50m
  •  Train Class III Fan 14:10
  •  Train Class II AC 08:00, 08:05, 22:50
  •  Train Class II Fan 07:30, 13:00, 17:05, 17:35, 18:30, 19:30
  •  Train Class II Ladies Only 15:10
  •  Train Class II Sleeper AC 13:00, 14:45, 15:10, 15:35, 17:05, 17:35, 18:30, 19:29, 19:30
  •  Train Class II Sleeper Fan 13:00, 15:35, 17:35, 18:30, 19:30
  •  Train Class III Fan 09:20, 13:05
  •  Train VIP Sleeper 14:45, 15:10, 17:05, 19:30
Hua Hin - Bangkok฿1803h
  •  Van Regional 12 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00
  •  Van Regio 15:00
  •  Van Regional 12 05:00, 05:00, 05:30, 06:00, 06:00, 06:30, 06:30, 07:00, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:00, 08:30, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 12:30, 13:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:00, 14:30, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:00, 16:30, 16:30, 17:00, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00
Hua Hin - Buriram8h 50m – 11h
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
Hua Hin - Chonburi฿3,3004h 30m
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Comfort 3
Hua Hin - Chumphon4h 30m – 8h
  •  High Speed Ferry 08:30, 23:30
Hua Hin - Don Mueang Airport฿2,200 – ฿5,0003h 20m
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Minivan 7pax 4
  •  Charter Premium Van 5
  •  Charter SUV 4pax 4
  •  Charter VIP Van 8pax 8
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Minivan 7pax 4
  •  Charter Premium Van 5
  •  Charter SUV 4pax 4
  •  Charter VIP Van 8pax 8
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
Hua Hin - Kalasin14h 30m
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
Hua Hin - Kanchanaburi฿2694h
  •  Van Regional 12 05:00, 06:15, 07:15, 08:15, 09:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15
  •  Van Regional 12 05:00, 06:15, 07:15, 08:15, 09:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15
Hua Hin - Koh Chang฿8,4508h
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
Hua Hin - Koh Phangan฿1,2607h 50m – 11h 30m
  •  High Speed Ferry 08:30, 23:30
Hua Hin - Koh Samui฿1,3208h 10m – 11h 50m
  •  High Speed Ferry 08:30, 23:30
  •  High Speed Ferry 08:00, 12:30
Hua Hin - Koh Tao฿1,0806h 30m – 10h
  •  High Speed Ferry 08:30, 23:30
Hua Hin - Mahasarakham฿70911h 30m
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
Hua Hin - Mukdahan15h 20m – 15h 50m
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
  •  Bus Express XL 15:10, 16:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 15:09, 16:09
Hua Hin - Nakhon Pathom3h 5m – 3h 45m
  •  Train Class III Fan 14:10
Hua Hin - Pattaya฿4655h 30m
  •  Bus VIP24 24 11:00
  •  Bus VIP24 24 11:00
Hua Hin - Pattaya฿4,6504h 20m
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
Hua Hin - Pattaya฿1,100 – ฿1,3002h
  •  Ferry Business Class 10:30, 12:30
  •  High Speed Ferry 10:30, 12:30
  •  Ferry Business Class 10:00, 15:30
  •  High Speed Ferry 10:00, 15:30
Hua Hin - Phetchaburi55m
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
Hua Hin - Phetchaburi40m – 1h
  •  Train Class III Fan 14:10
Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan฿1001h 30m
  •  Van Regional 12 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00
  •  Van Regional 12 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30
Hua Hin - Pranburi฿10031m
  •  Van Regional 12 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00
  •  Van Regional 12 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00
Hua Hin - Ratchaburi1h 30m – 2h 40m
  •  Train Class III Fan 14:10
Hua Hin - Roi Et฿675 – ฿78013h
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10, 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09, 17:09
Hua Hin - Samut Sakhon2h 20m
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
Hua Hin - Samut Songkhram1h 50m
  •  Bus Express XL 17:10
  •  Bus VIP 32 17:09
Hua Hin - Suvarnabhumi Airport฿3214h
  •  Bus VIP24 24 06:00, 07:30, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 18:00
  •  Bus VIP24 24 07:30, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00, 19:30
Hua Hin - Suvarnabhumi Airport฿1,900 – ฿38,5003h 30m
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Economy 3
  •  Charter Limousine 12pax 12
  •  Charter Limousine 8pax 8
  •  Charter Minivan 7pax 4
  •  Charter Premium Van 5
  •  Charter SUV 4pax 4
  •  Charter VIP Van 8pax 8
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9
  •  Charter Comfort 3
  •  Charter Limousine 12pax 12
  •  Charter Limousine 8pax 8
  •  Charter Minivan 7pax 4
  •  Charter Premium Van 5
  •  Charter SUV 4pax 4
  •  Charter VIP Van 8pax 8
  •  Charter Van 9pax 9

Hua Lampong Train Station in Bangkok

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lunch time (phone pic)

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One of my plein-air painting inside Hua Lampong train station. It was a enjoyable Bangkok plein-air trip with Scenic Rangers group   Hua Lamphong Station (Thai: สถานีหัวลำโพง) is a rapid transit station on the Blue Line of the Bangkok MRT. It located unde

One of my plein-air painting inside Hua Lampong train station. It was a enjoyable Bangkok plein-air trip with Scenic Rangers group Hua Lamphong Station (Thai: สถานีหัวลำโพง) is a rapid transit station on the Blue Line of the Bangkok MRT. It located undeFlickr Source/Author Page

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