4 popular ways to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok
Located in the southwest of Thailand in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, approximately 150 kilometers from Bangkok, Hua Hin is one of the favorite attractions among tourists. In this post, we will share with you 4 ways to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok for your to choose from. Depending on your travel type and budget, you can choose the most suitable way for you.
There are 4 popular ways to get to Hua Hin that are by bus/minivan, train, taxi, and rental car.
1. Get to Hua Hin by bus/minivan
Getting to Hua Hin by bus/minivan is the cheapest and easiest way. You can choose to depart either from Survanabhumi airport or from Bangkok city center.
From Suvarnabhumi airport
If you arrive at Suvarnabhumi and you want to head to Hua Hin, there is an available coach service at the airport named Roong Reuang Coach. You can find the service counter to buy tickets on the ground floor near Gate 8. There is a toilet on the coach and you will get free water.
The ticket fee for the trip to Hua Hin is 340 THB/pax. You can bargain a bit to get a better price.
The traveling time to Hua Hin is about 3.5 – 4 hours depending on the traffic.
The bus departs from Suvarnabhumi airport from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM every hour.
As the bus is equipped with an air-conditioner, bring a light blanket or a light jacket in case it is too cold for you. Do note that the luggage allowance is about 20kg per person. You may get charged a luggage fee if you have more than that. Do speak to the staff if you have more luggage than the allowance.
From Bangkok City Center
If you depart Hua Hin from Bangkok city center, the cheapest and easiest way is by minivan. You can catch a minivan with a capacity of 10-12 people from Khao San Road, Eastern Bus Terminal (near BTS Ekkamai), and Mo Chit New Van Terminal. The minivan is equipped with an air-conditioner.
The ticket fee for a minivan trip to Hua Hin ranges from 220 – 500 THB per person depending on your departure station.
The traveling time by minivan is 3.5-4 hours depending on the traffic and the station you depart.
In Ekkamai station, the minivan to Hua Hin departs from 05:00 AM to 07:00 PM every 2 hours. In Mochit, the first minivan to Hua Hin departs at 6:30 AM, and the last trip is at 06:00 PM. In case you depart from Khao San road, the earliest one to Hua Hin is at 9:30 AM, and the latest one is at 12:00 PM.
The minivan is limited in space for both passengers and luggage, if you have a lot of baggage, traveling by minivan may not be a good option to choose. It is worth noting that the driver often drives quite fast to make sure they cover enough trips per day. As such, the minivan is the least safe way to get to Hua Hin.
2. Get to Hua Hin by train
If you wanna enjoy a scenic route, traveling by train is an ideal option to get to Hua Hin. It is a slower alternative to buses or minivans which is loved by many people. You can choose to depart either from Hua Lamphong station or Bang Sue station.
There are various price options based on the seat’s class and conditions to get to Hua Hin by train. The price starts from 144 THB for the first class and around 900 THB for the air-con sleeper per person. The sleeper ticket is the best match for those who want to travel through the night.
It takes 4-5 hours to get to Hua Hin by train from Bangkok. Sometimes, it may take you longer to get to Hua Hin because the train is not always on time.
The earliest train to Hua Hin from Hua Lamphong station is at 07:50 AM, the last one departs at 10:05 PM. Meanwhile, the earliest train depart from Bang Sue station is at 08:11 AM, and the latest one is at 10:26 PM.
Normally, there is no need to book a ticket in advance as you can easily get a ticket on the departure date. However, to make sure you get your preferred seat, booking in advance is highly recommended.
3. Get to Hua Hin by taxi
Taxi is quite expensive way to get to Hua Hin. However, for those who want to have your private travel, and care about your comfort and safety over the price, get to Hua Hin by taxi is the perfect match for you.
You can book a taxi service online, or simply catch a taxi when you are at the airport or city center. Please do negotiate to get the best price. Depending on the departure station and taxi type, the price can start from 2000 THB per trip. If you depart from Donmuang Airport, the expected price is around 2,500 THB. Taxi from Survanabhumi airport may cost 3000 THB or 2000 THB from Bangkok city center.
The traveling time is from 3-3.5 hours. Normally they will provide you with some free water as well.
4. Get to Hua Hin by rental car
If you can drive, a rental car or your own car is the best way to get to Hua Hin. You can control your time and use the car to travel around Hua Hin as well. This method is our favorite way to travel to Hua Hin.
The road to Hua Hin is quite straight from Bangkok and the roadside includes both Thai and English so you can choose. Our suggestion is to turn on Google Maps and follow its instruction.
With your private car, you can stop by several spots along the way such as the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or Amphawa Floating Market, and many attractions in the nearby province of Phetchaburi.
For a non-stop trip, you can get to Hua Hin within less than 3 hours. However, we normally stop 2-3 times to go to the toilet and fill our gas tank, so it takes us around 3.5 hours.
Most car rental is near Suvarnabhumi airport. Do note that you may need to deposit in credit card or cash to rent the car. For a 4-seat car, the price starts from approximately 1,500 THB per day and 2000 THB per day for an SUV car.
My friends also share that there are several places that have a rental car for 800 THB per day. However, we never try it before so we are unsure. If you know some places with that cheap price, please do share them with us in the comment.
It is worth noting that if you are tired after a long flight, driving a rental car is not ideal as you may fall asleep along the way. Take some rest and be sure you are ready to drive a car before you start.
We also find that there is an airport in Hua Hin on our recent trip. Upon checking several local airlines, we can’t find an option to fly from any province to Hua Hin. In case you have flown to Hua Hin before, please do share with us in the comment for further updates on this option.
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