How To Get To Hua Hin – Planes, Trains & Automobiles (+ Ferry)
If you have your own road transport vehicle then follow the routes from Bangkok to Hua Hin indicated on the map below.
The distance between Bangkok and Hua Hin is about 200 km. To get there (from Bangkok), consider taking a bus, minivan, taxi or a train. If traveling by road, travel time is from 2.5 to 5 hours depending on traffic which can be quite busy when arriving or departing Bangkok during the “rush hours” in the morning (6 to 9 am) and evening (2:30 to 8 pm). I find the best time to travel to and from Bangkok is to depart in the morning hours between 9:30 and 11 am. Buses depart mainly from the Southern Bus Terminal and Ekkamai, with bus fare around THB200-THB300, there is also a direct bus transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport to Hua Hin (THB340). Minivans cost almost the same as big buses but can be slightly cheaper and faster. Taxi rates start at THB2,000 and worth considering if you prefer traveling alone or with a few friends or family. Consider taking a train to Hua Hin if you stay close to the city center. The train leaves from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok and takes about 4 hours to reach Hua Hin with 2 class seats costing from THB200 – expect to pay more for a sleeper and much less for a 3rd class hard seat.
By Train from Bangkok
Hua Hin is on the main (and only) north-south train line, so it is easy to travel up to Bangkok or down to the deep south. Train routes are normally more picturesque than bus routes and whilst this method of travel is generally slightly slower than the buses, it is infinitely more comfortable, particularly on long and overnight journeys.
Go to this Website: Tourism Hua Hin to read more.
By Bus From Bangkok
Go here for information about bus transport from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Hua Hin and vice-versa.
By Minivan from Bangkok
Minivans depart from the Ekamai Bus station, near Ekamai BTS (Sukhumvit Soi 63) in Bangkok and arrive at the Hua Hin (Soi 51 Depot). This is a fairly cheap method of transport costing from 180 THB per seat.
By Easy Taxi
EASY TAXI 24/24
Link: easy taxi
Prices all included: Highways, Gasoline, Airport taxes, Baggages…
Bangkok > Hua Hin = 1500 Thb
Bangkok Airport > Hua Hin = 1500 Thb
Hua Hin > Bangkok = 1500 Thb
Hua Hin > Bangkok Airport = 1500 Thb
By Ferry (Pattaya to Hua Hin and Return)
Please Note – the ferry service is subject to closure during the “low season” due to small numbers of customers 🙂
The Pattaya to Hua Hin ferry service officially launched in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength.
The ferry operates from the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya and the Khao Takiab pier in Hua Hin.
The Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service is part of the Thai government’s East-West Ferry Project, which aims to boost tourism between Chonburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
For those who’ve been to Hua Hin in recent times, you’ll know that the pier has recently undergone renovation and is in a much better state than it was a couple of years back. Decrepit is one word I would have used.
This service is being launched following a crackdown on business owners who had set up illegally on the beach at Saphan Pla. On the other side of the water, officials in Pattaya removed speedboats that had operated in Bali Hai Pier for more than a decade.
Q & A
1. Who Will Be Operating the Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry?
The service will be operated by the Royal Passenger Liner Co.
2. How Long Will the Journey Take?
The journey will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. The ferry service is expected to slash journey times between the two popular resorts by almost two thirds.
However, this is known to be a choppy crossing, so expect it to be longer at times and potential delays to occur during the rainy season. A recent test run took near on 3 hours because of choppy seas.
3. How Much Will the Ferry Cost?
The fee will be *1,250 Baht each way. Clearly, the pricing is targeted at tourists, and as yet there is no concession for locals or OAPs. *Fees are subject to change over time.
4. What Times Will the Ferry Leave?
The service will run two trips per day, the first departing Pattaya at 10.00 AM (arrives in Hua Hin at 12.00 PM), and the second departing Hua Hin at 13:00 (arrives in Pattaya at 3.00 PM).
5. How Many Passengers Does the Ferry Hold?
The ferry currently has the following capacity:
Economy Class: 1st floor – 286 seats.
Business Class: 2nd floor – 44 seats.
VIP: First Class 2nd floor – 16 seats.
Private room with a capacity of 1 to 8 passengers.
Business class and VIP have more legroom, with larger chairs and hostess service.
6. Can I Take a Motorbike or Bike on the Ferry?
Only fold-up bikes are allowed. An extra charge of 214 Baht per bike will apply. Motorbikes are not allowed.
7. Can I Take My Pet on Board?
No pets are allowed. No dogs, cats, snakes or any other animals.
8. How Fast Will the Ferry Go?
The ferry will cruise at a speed of around 27 knots during the 113km journey.
9. What Does the Ferry Look Like?
10. Where Can I Buy Tickets Online?
The cheapest ticket prices are available here and will save queuing up, or worse getting turned away from a full ship!
Use the box below to compare the price of tickets for an economy and business class, and against other travel options.
11. Does the Ferry Company Have a Website
They do have a website but updates in English are best found on their Facebook page.
You can also contact the company by phone if you have a problem. I have two numbers for them.
Phone 1: 038-488-999
Phone 2: 098-625-9949
==> Book your ticket here.https://12go.asia/en/travel/pattaya/hua-hin?date=2019-03-10&people=2
By Plane From KL, Malaysia
Air Asia offers international flight service from KL Malaysia to Hua Hin Airpot and return. Therefore, if you prefer to fly to Hua Hin, go via KL Malaysia. Flights are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
A development plan to modify the Hua Hin Airport was announced in early 2018. The 2,100m long runway is planned to be widened from 35 to 45m to accommodate larger planes such as the Boeing 737, opening the way for more international flights. Construction work is expected to start in mid-2019.
Currently, there is no domestic service to and from Hua Hin. This is somewhat a hit and miss service. Someone starts a service and it is canceled within a month because of a lack of customers.
One-Stop Website for Booking (Transport) Tickets To/From Hua Hin
If you want to travel by Ferry, Train, Bus, Minivan or private Vehicle, here is the one-stop website to use. 12go Asia
Happy travels from the Home2go Team 🙂
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