Pattaya to Hua Hin

Last updated on November 19, 2023

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While Thailand is renowned for its islands, the mainland also offers numerous coastal cities with sun-drenched hotels and resorts, restaurants offering local flavors, and bars brimming with lively music. Pattaya is one such city; set on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand it began to grow in the 1980s and has never looked back. For a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of attractions, Pattaya is a top destination. But, if you’ve experienced the bustling nightlife and seek a change of scenery, head almost directly across the Gulf of Thailand to the coastal town of Hua Hin.

🔔 Traveler’s Note: The direct ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin has been suspended since the COVID-19 pandemic and has yet to return. Explore alternative transportation methods in this guide.

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The Bus from Pattaya to Hua Hin
From Pattaya to Hua Hin by Taxi
Train from Pattaya to Hua Hin
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The Bus from Pattaya to Hua Hin

Phuket to Bangkok by VIP Bus
A VIP Bus with the standard 2+1 seating.

The most budget-friendly nonstop travel from Pattaya to Hua Hin is by bus. The bus ticket is a lot cheaper than a taxi. The drawback is the long total travel time including getting to the bus station. The plus side is that VIP buses are more comfortable and well-equipped for these long Hua Hin journeys.

The sole operator, Roong Reuang Coach, departs once daily, making planning essential. Dive deeper into what bus travel offers, from booking tips to detailed schedules, in our Pattaya to Hua Hin bus travel guide.

Pattaya to Hua Hin by Taxi

A taxi from BangkokTaxi24
BangkokTaxi24 car

I would recommend a taxi for those prioritizing convenience and speed. A taxi service provides a swift and flexible journey to Hua Hin. Companies like Bangkoktaxi24 and Glassflower offer several options depending on your budget and how many people are in your travel group. While costs are higher, the door-to-door service and the ability to schedule pick-ups at your convenience is far above that of the buses and train. Explore the various taxi options, pricing, and booking methods in our taxi from Pattaya to Hua Hin guide.

Train from Pattaya to Hua Hin

Train at Pattaya Railway Station
Train at Pattaya Railway Station © LisaSaeng /

Train at Pattaya Railway Station © LisaSaeng /
One final option is a train, but this is a lengthy journey that we wouldn’t recommend when you have some other great options to choose from. Trains depart from Pattaya to Bangkok once a day, and in Bangkok, you will need to change onto the Hua Hin train. The actual time on the trains is about 8 hours, plus there will be time spent in Bangkok waiting for the Hua Hin train, so, unless you’re desperate to travel by train in Thailand, you’d be better going by bus or taxi!

Exploring Routes: Pattaya to Hua Hin

North Pattaya Bus Station
Roong Reuang Coach bus in front of North Pattaya Bus Station or Pattaya Bus Terminal © Nelson Antoine /

Deciding how to go on the journey from Pattaya to Hua Hin involves comparing various factors, including comfort, cost, and travel duration. Below, I have laid out a list to guide you to your best travel option.

Bus from Pattaya to Hua Hin4 hoursTHB 590
Taxi to Hua Hin4 hoursTHB 3700
Train via Bangkok1.5 dayTHB 250
Train to Bangkok + Bus to Hua Hin8 hoursTHB 350
  • Bus: The most economical option, taking approximately 4 hours. Though it’s a longer journey, VIP buses offer comfort and amenities, making the trip pleasant. The key is to book in advance due to the limited daily departures.
  • Taxi: Ideal for travelers who prioritize convenience and speed. While more expensive, taxis offer a direct, flexible route to Hua Hin, accommodating your schedule and providing door-to-door service.
  • Train: An adventurous option for those not in a hurry. The journey is significantly longer, requiring a change in Bangkok, but it’s an authentic way to experience the Thai landscape. However, it’s less recommended due to the lengthy travel time.
  • Train and Bus Combo: A compromise between cost and time, this option involves both train and bus travel, offering a chance to experience diverse landscapes. However, it requires good timing and coordination due to the change in transport modes.

In conclusion, traveling from Pattaya to Hua Hin presents diverse options, each with its unique perks. Whether prioritizing budget, comfort, or speed, your journey can be tailored to your preferences. Consider the scenic tranquility of train travel, the efficiency of a taxi, or the affordability of the bus. Each mode offers distinct experiences, potentially making your journey as memorable as the destination itself.

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Kamolchat Thanaditsayakun
About Kamolchat Thanaditsayakun

My name is Kamolchat - a writer with a passion for travel who loves sharing stories of new destinations and unforgettable adventures. I was born and raised in Thailand and I have always been captivated by the beauty and diversity of my homeland which inspired me to venture out and discover the world.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of contributing to various travel publications and websites, such as Lonely Planet and Viator. I strive to provide an authentic representation of the places I visit, get into the heart of local cultures and finding authentic experiences that nourishes the soul.

As I continue to journey across the globe, I want you to join me in experiencing the wonders of our world through my stories. Together, we can learn, grow, and be inspired by the incredible people, places, and cultures that make our planet such an extraordinary place to explore.