July 17, 2019.
Tags: Hua hin, Tips, Transportation
With the popularity of Hua Hin continuing to grow as a tourist destination, there are many public transportation options available to get you there from Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Pattaya.
We’ll outline five of the popular forms of public transport and tell you what you can expect to pay for each of them. By road from Bangkok, reaching Hua Hin will take you about two and a half to three hours. It’s well worth the trip for the beaches, clean air and amazing seafood on offer. It’s a relatively quiet and quaint town, but there is still plenty of nightlife for those so inclined.
There is any number of private, airport and national bus lines serving Hua Hin. Most of the national and private bus lines leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal. But, the national bus lines run all over the country so that you can reach the town from Chiang Mai, Phuket, and other tourist destinations.
From Bangkok, the fare on a national bus is 160 Baht, and the buses depart every half-hour. When you get to the bus station, these buses are easily identified by their white and blue colour scheme, and they have their destination posted in Thai and English on their sides.
There is also a direct bus service from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The ticket counter is located on level 1. You can buy tickets when you arrive or book them online. The fare is 269 Baht.
There are three minivan companies that depart from the same Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok and provide an alternative for travellers who want to reach Hua Hin slightly faster than the buses. These forms of transportation are also an alternative for groups of travellers that want to travel together in privacy.
But the min-vans can get cramped at times, especially if your fellow passengers have a lot of luggage. The per-person fare for a minivan from Bangkok is 220 Baht.
At only 44 Baht, the ordinary service train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station is the least expensive way to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin. But be prepared for a leisurely journey of approximately four and a half hours, and no air-conditioning.
They also have express trains that depart a few times a day with air-conditioned cars, available snacks, and more comfortable seats. Tickets for these trains cost 412 Baht, and the journey takes about three and a half hours.
You can book train tickets online (but expect to pay a hefty surcharge) or you can buy them at the station.
The train lets you off in Hua Hin at the city's picturesque train station located in the middle of town, and from there you can jump on one of the city's 'Song Theaws’ or pickup trucks that serve as the city’s buses.
There are numerous taxis in Bangkok that are willing to make the journey down to Hua Hin. Expect to pay between 1,800 and 2,000 Baht for a taxi that holds up to four passengers.
This is a comfortable and quick way to reach your destination as you can simply tell the driver where in Hua Hin you want to be let off. Taxis afford you more freedom on the road as well. Just ask the driver to stop when you need to use the restroom.
Taking a taxi is considerably more than the most expensive alternative, but you won’t have to worry about finding other transport to your accommodations once you reach Hau Hin.
If you’re coming from Pattaya, you might want to consider skipping road travel altogether and take the direct ferry across the Gulf of Thailand. It will cut your travel time by more than two hours.
The new, modern ferry accommodates 150 passengers and provides an air-conditioned ride across the waters of the gulf. It offers three types of fares, economy at 1,250 Baht, business at 1,550 Baht and private VIP rooms at 1,750 Baht per person.
Rentals For The Holidays has plenty of clean and comfortable accommodations to choose from, located all over Hua Hin. It’s always good to know that whatever form of transportation you choose to reach this beautiful town by the seashore, you’ll find the perfect accommodations waiting for you once you arrive.