How to Easily Travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin

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Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular and laid back beach resorts. Approximately 3.8 million tourists visit Hua Hin every year. Luckily, if you want to visit Hua Hin, it’s very easy to travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin.

There are 5 ways you can travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin. You can take the bus, a train, a private transfer, a guided tour, or drive yourself. I think the bus is the best option. It’s quicker than the train and easier to purchase tickets online in advance.

Even though I think the bus is the best way to travel to Hua Hin from Bangkok, that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you.

This post will cover all the different ways you can travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin, so you can choose the best option for you. Your budget, travel needs, and time constraints will all play a part in you deciding what transportation option is best for you.

All five ways to travel to Hua Hin from Bangkok have their pros and cons. You need to weigh the pros and cons and decide what the best option is for you. I’m here to help guide you in making the best decision for you and your travel needs.

Looking to explore Northern Thailand? Check out my transportation guides on how to travel from Chiang Mai to Pai and to Chiang Rai. Also check out this post on the Blue Temple in Chiang Rai.

Royal Palace Bangkok

Taking the Bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin

I think the bus is the best way to travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin. It’s reliable, comfortable, and there are 27 different departures from Bangkok each day. You can find a departure time that works perfectly with your travel plans.

When I talk about taking the bus to Hua Hin, I’m referring to both limousine buses and smaller vans. Whether you take a bus or a van depends on where you choose to depart from in Bangkok. We’ll talk about your options later on in this section.

Both the buses and the vans are comfortable. The buses are more comfortable. They have wider seats, and you’ll never be in squished in a middle seat.

The vans are slightly less comfortable. They have three seats in a row, so there will be one person per row who has to sit in the middle.

In the whole big scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter whether you take a bus or a van. You’ll get to Hua Hin safely and in relative comfort no matter what you ride in.

The only times where it really matters whether you take a bus vs a van is if you suffer from motion sickness or have a body shape or impairment that would make it more comfortable to sit in a larger seat on a bus rather than in a van.

How Long Does the Bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin Take?

The bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin takes between 3.5 hours and 4 hours.

The difference in driving time depends on the traffic and number of stops you make along the way. Half hour isn’t a huge time difference, so it shouldn’t be the deciding factor on what bus/van you choose to take.

Choose a departure/arrival time that suits your needs the most.

How Much Does the Bus Cost?

The price of the bus to Hua Hin depends on a few factors. What time of day you’re leaving, whether you’re taking a bus or a van, and where in the bus you sit. Tickets in the first two rows of the bus are more expensive than seats in the back of the bus.

You can expect to pay between 200 Baht and 400 Baht for your bus ticket from Bangkok to Hua Hin. That’s between $6 USD and $11 USD.

That’s a little bit more expensive than the bus prices in Northern Thailand, but everything near Bangkok tends to cost a little bit more than the rest of the country.

Overall, that’s a pretty fair price to pay for a 3.5 to 4 hour bus ride.

Do You Need to Purchase Bus Tickets in Advance?

Yes! I highly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. When I was preparing for my first trip to Thailand, all the blogs I read said you didn’t need to purchase tickets in advance. You could just show up at the station and get a seat on the next bus out.

That may have worked in the past, but that doesn’t work anymore.

Hua Hin is quickly becoming more and more popular with tourists. Both domestic and foreign.

The buses are selling out quickly, and if you show up at the station the day you want to travel, there’s a very good chance you won’t be able to get on the bus you wanted to.

Especially if you’re taking a van that has significantly fewer seats than the bus.

Learning Buddha Bangkok

Where to Purchase Bus Tickets in Advance

There are two places you can purchase bus tickets in advance. You can purchase them online or you can go to the bus station and purchase them.

Both options have their pros and cons.

You waste a lot of your precious time in Bangkok physically going to the bus station before your departure date and buying a ticket in advance. This costs not only extra money (you need to get there somehow- most likely by Grab) but also time.

The pro of purchasing your ticket in advance at the station is that it is slightly cheaper to purchase your ticket directly at the station with the bus operator.

I think purchasing your ticket online in advance is the best option.

You have to use a third-party website, and it costs a little bit more than purchasing your ticket at the station.

But the convenience outweighs the small fee for purchasing your ticket online. Plus when you consider the time and cost of going to the bus station to buy your ticket in person, it probably ends up being less expensive to purchase your ticket online.

12Go is the most reputable and reliable website to purchase bus and train tickets in Southeast Asia. If you’re purchasing tickets online, you should always use them.

They’re safe to use, sell legitimate tickets, and can help you if you run into any issues. I’ve used them lots of times during my time in Southeast Asia and have never had an issue with them.

If another website offers tickets at a much lower rate, there is a good chance they’re not selling legitimate tickets. It’s better to pay a small amount more and use a legitimate website than try to save a buck and likely get scammed.

Where Does the Bus Depart from in Bangkok?

Bangkok is a huge city, and there are multiple locations where the bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin departs from. They are:

  • Ekkamai (van)
  • Khao San Mama (van)
  • Mochit New Van Terminal (van)
  • Southern Terminal (bus)
  • Khao San Tara (bus)
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (bus)

Be sure to look at where the bus/van is departing from before you purchase your ticket. Make sure you’re choosing a departure location that is convenient and easy for you to get to.

You don’t want to buy a ticket and then discover that it’s going to take you an hour on public transportation just to get to where your bus/van is departing from.

Where Does the Bus Arrive at in Hua Hin?

Just like where it departs from, there are a few different places that the bus/van arrives at in Hua Hin. They are:

  • Hua Hin Minivan Station (van)
  • Hua Hin Market Village (van)
  • Hua Hin Alley 51 (van)
  • New Hua Hin Bus Station (bus)
  • Hua Hin Bus Station (bus)

Be sure to check where your bus/van is arriving at in Hua Hin, so you have an idea on where you’ll arrive in Hua Hin and plan how you’ll get to your hotel.

It’s more important to choose a convenient departure location in Bangkok than arrival location in Hua Hin in my opinion. Hua Hin is much smaller than Bangkok. No matter where you’re dropped off, it won’t be too difficult to get to wherever you’re staying.

Temple in Bangkok

Taking the Train from Bangkok to Hua Hin

The next best option is to take the train from Bangkok to Hua Hin. Trains in Thailand are comfortable, but they’re slow. They’re not the high-speed trains you’re used to in Europe or East Asia.

But they’re comfortable and reliable.

The train is a good option if you’re a train lover or staying super close to the train station in Bangkok.

How Long Does the Train from Bangkok to Hua Hin Take?

The train from Bangkok to Hua Hin takes 4.5 hours on average.

It may take longer if there is traffic on the railway line, but it shouldn’t take more than 5 hours.

The train is slightly slower than the bus, which is one of the reasons I prefer taking the bus over the train.

How Much Does the Train Cost?

The price of your train ticket depends on what seat you purchase. You can purchase a first-class sleeper seat or a second-class seat. The first-class seat is much larger, and you get a bed to sit or lie down on. The second-class seat is a normal train seat.

I find it a bit awkward to use a first-class sleeper seat when taking a daytime journey. I opt for a second-class seat if I’m travelling during daylight and don’t want to try to get some rest on the train.

If you’re travelling at night, it’s 100% in your best interest to purchase a first-class sleeper seat.

You can expect to pay 300 Baht for a first-class sleeper seat and 150 Baht for a second-class seat. That’s approximately $8 USD for first-class and $4 USD for second-class.

As you can see, the train prices are pretty similar to the bus prices. You’re not saving money by taking the train, but it takes longer.

The price of your ticket may not be exactly as listed above. Prices tend to change depending on the time of departure, time of year, and whenever the company decides to raise prices.

But it gives you a pretty good idea on how much you should budget for your train ticket from Bangkok to Hua Hin.

Khao Takiab Temple in Hua Hin Thailand.

Do You Need to Purchase Train Tickets in Advance?

It’s a little bit more difficult to know whether or not you need to purchase your train ticket in advance.

Trains seat more people than the bus, and it’s less likely to sell out, but that doesn’t mean it won’t.

There have been multiple times when I’ve gone to purchase a same-day train ticket and not had any luck because it was already sold out.

That’s not necessarily the norm, but it happens more than you think. Especially on weekends and holidays.

I think it’s in your best interest to purchase your train ticket in advance, but it’s not always 100% necessary.

Where to Purchase Train Tickets in Advance

The best place to purchase your train tickets in advance is at the train station.

You used to be able to purchase train tickets to Hua Hin from Bangkok on 12Go, but it currently isn’t offered.

They may start offering train tickets again the future so be sure to check 12Go for tickets before you go all the way to the train station to purchase your ticket in advance.

Another thing to note about purchasing train tickets in advance with 12Go is that they apply a higher fee for train tickets than they do for bus tickets.

Bus tickets with 12Go are very similar to buying a ticket at the station. A train ticket on 12Go can have a fee that’s between 1/3 and 1/2 of the ticket price. I’m not sure why there is the difference in fees associated with the bus vs train tickets, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Where Does the Train Depart from in Bangkok?

All the trains from Bangkok to Hua Hin depart from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station.

That makes it easy to make sure you know where you’re going and not accidentally go to the wrong departure station.

Where Does the Train Arrive at in Hua Hin?

All trains arrive in Hua Hin at the Hua Hin Railway Station.

The railway station is conveniently located less than 1km from the beach, so you’ll likely be able to walk to your hotel from the train station.

Taking a Private Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin

Your next option is to take a private transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin.

This is definitely the most expensive option on this list, but it is also the most flexible. A private transfer picks you up directly at your hotel in Bangkok and drops you off at your hotel in Hua Hin.

You also have the ability to customize your trip. You can choose to stop along the way to Hua Hin and see things you’d never be able to see if you used public transportation.

If you have a larger group of people you’re travelling with, it might be the right decision to take a private transfer rather than the bus or train.

It can also be a great option for people with mobility issues or who tend to get motion sick. You can ask your driver to pull over and stop anytime you need. If you’re uncomfortable and need to stretch your feet or need some fresh air, your driver will happily pull over for you.

That’s a luxury you don’t get with public transportation.

While taking a private transfer isn’t for everybody, it’s definitely a great option for some people.

When I travelled through Vietnam for a month with my parents, they insisted on the convenience of having a private transfer between every city. It’s a luxury I wouldn’t indulge in as a solo traveller, but I’ll admit it was a very nice luxury when I was with them.

Royal Palace Bangkok

Taking a Guided Tour from Bangkok to Hua Hin

If you’re on a tight itinerary and don’t have multiple days to spend in Hua Hin, taking a guided tour is your best option.

It’s a one day tour from Bangkok. It picks you up at/near your hotel, shows you the highlight tourist attractions in Hua Hin, and drops you back in Bangkok in the evening.

It’s a very long day, but it’s the best way to see Hua Hin if you only have one day to explore the area.

You get a taste of Hua Hin, and you can decide if you want to spend more time in the area if you ever come back to Thailand.

The thing I love about the Hua Hin guided tour is that you have the option to join a guided tour or go on a private guided tour. You can save some money by spending the day exploring Hua Hin with strangers or you can spend a little bit more money and explore Hua Hin with just your group and a guide.

I love the flexibility. One of my least favourite things about guided tours is having to make small talk with strangers, and I love that you can opt out of that by taking a private guided tour to Hua Hin.

Even though it’s a long day, it’s worthwhile taking a day trip to Hua Hin. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand for a reason and worth seeing even if it’s just for one day.

Driving from Bangkok to Hua Hin

Your last option is to drive from Bangkok to Hua Hin.

I don’t recommend this option.

Most people who visit Southeast Asia say something along the lines that there are no rules of the road in the region. That’s false. There are definitely rules of the road. You just don’t know them as a tourist visiting the region.

And because you don’t know the unspoken rules of the road, you put yourself and everybody else on the road with you in danger when you drive as a foreigner.

Unless you’ve driven in Southeast Asia a lot and are very confident, I don’t think you should drive from Bangkok to Hua Hin.

Take public transportation or pay for a private transfer.

It’ll be safer and less stressful.

The Importance of Internet Safety

One of the most overlooked travel safety tips is to be internet safe. You rely on public wifi when you travel, and that puts you at a higher risk of having your personal and private online information stolen.

Even if you install an esim on your phone, you still rely on public wifi some of the time (like in your hotel). Even if the wifi network has a password associated with it, you’re still not safe. Anybody who has access to that password (e.g. everybody staying in the hotel) is able to access your private online information if they choose to. Including your banking information.

Trust me when I say that it’s no fun having to deal with your bank and cancel your bank cards while on holiday because you weren’t being internet safe.

The only way to stay safe when using public wifi is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN essentially puts an invisible forcefield around your devices that keeps prying eyes out. It makes using public wifi just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

It’s one of the easiest ways to stay safe while travelling. I always say that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to install a VPN on your devices.

Nord VPN

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my many years of travel. I honestly hated most of them.

VPNs are notorious for slowing down your internet speed, and you can really feel it with most VPNs. I used to turn off my VPN and put myself at risk just because I was annoyed at how slow my internet was with my VPN on.

All that changed when I started using NordVPN.

It’s the fastest VPN on the market, and you can really feel the difference compared to other VPNs. I’ve been using NordVPN since 2018 and have never once felt a slow down of my internet speed.

I love NordVPN and have no plans of ever switching to another VPN provider.

You can protect up to six devices with a single NordVPN subscription, so you can keep all your devices safe with one account. It’s super easy and convenient.

The best part is that NordVPN is super affordable. A two-year subscription costs less per month than a single Starbuck’s latte.

It’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind you get knowing your personal online information is safe and secure from prying eyes when using a public wifi network.

Conclusion

As you can see, it’s super easy to travel from Bangkok to Hua Hin. You have lots of different transportation options, so you can choose the best one for you and your travel needs.

I personally prefer the bus, but you may prefer the train or a private transfer. If you’re short on time, a guided tour is probably the best option for you.

I love that there is a transportation method that suits everybody’s needs. No matter how you prefer to travel or what your budget it, you’ll have no trouble getting from Bangkok to Hua Hin.

And no matter how you choose to get there, you won’t regret going to Hua Hin. It’s one of the most beautiful and laid back areas of Thailand. Everybody who goes loves it, and it’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

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