How to get to Hua hin from Pattaya
The distance between the cities is only 320 kilometers, but the road goes through Bangkok, so the route takes at least 4 hours, even by taxi. The cost of the trip will be at least 3000 baht (see currency exchange rate Thailand). Transfer by car from Pattaya to Hua hin or Vice versa is possible using the search (price per car up to 4 passengers).
With a stopover in Bangkok
Some experienced travelers prefer to overcome this route using local public transport with transfers via Bangkok. To be done this way you can average 300 baht, but you'll have to endure some inconvenience and spend a full day on the move.
This is the cheapest but the longest way. You will have to drive from Pattaya to the railway station Hua Lamhong in Bangkok by train No. 284 (departs at 14:21, arrives at 18:15, the cost is 31 baht, you can check the timetable here http://www.railway.co.th/checktime). From Bangkok to Hua hin then you need to change on one of the four evening trains departing in 18:30, 19:30, 22:50 and another at 22:50 (4 hours, cost 44 baht, timetable here http://www.railway.co.th/checktime). On the train at 18:30 chances to get virtually no because of frequent tardiness.
Thus on this route you will take 10-12 hours and 75 baht, in Hua hin you arrive late at night.
The cheapest way of moving is to travel by minivans (minibuses) with a transfer at the station to Victory Monument. From Pattaya minivans are in the occupancy approximately every half-hour, the cost of 92 baht, one hour. About the places they are sent from Pattaya can be found here - http://www.pattayavan.com/v2/en/van-routes/ (note the site sometimes offer very bad in Russia, in such case, you can try to open it through Tor browser). From Victory Monument to Hua hin, the minivans depart every 30 minutes, costs 180 baht, three hours.
Thus on the route the vans will take 5-6 hours and 272 baht, but what is bad, carry big Luggage in a small bus is nearly impossible, and safe ride with crazy drivers not name.
Regular buses through Bangkok you should go with a transfer to the southern bus station Sai Tai Mai, because only from there, buses to Hua hin. But the problem is that from Pattaya to the South terminal direct buses no (but to our knowledge), so this variant we do not consider.
Direct bus service between Hua hin and Pattaya
Fortunately for tourists who do not seek difficult paths, there is a direct Shuttle bus service between Hua hin and Pattaya Bell Travel. In path 5 and a half hours, at a cost of 400 baht. Moreover, this large comfortable buses, not vans. From Pattaya they depart/arrive from the North bus station Pattaya (North Pattaya station on the map), which can be reached from any location of the resort on the Songthaew taxis. Hua hin buses arrive/depart at the city bus station (bus station Hua hin on the map), which to any place in the city can also be reached by taxi.
Tickets for these buses can be bought at the bus station to Pattaya/Hua hin or via the Internet (search form is below).
- Pattaya – Hua hin: departure time - 11:00, arrival 16:30
- Hua hin – Pattaya: departure time - 11:00, arrival 16:30
Check the schedule and purchase of tickets can be via the search form:
Direct ferry service between Hua hin and Pattaya
From 1 January 2017 there is a new way to get from Pattaya to Hua hin and back: resumed ferry service between the two popular resorts, interrupted for many years. The fast ferry is an hour and a half, the cost is 1,200 baht one way. Tickets can only be purchased while on the piers, but in the future promise to sell them online. From Pattaya ferries depart from Bali Hai pier, which is located almost in the center of town and walkable from most tourist areas (the pier Pattaya on the map). In Hua hin ferry departs from the pier adjacent to Saphan Pla, which is on the outskirts of the city, behind the hill of Khao Takiab (Hua hin pier on the map). To get from here to the center by taxi. If you want to get budget, you need to go around the mountain Khao Takiab (about 1 km), and on the main road Takiap Road to Catch a taxi from the 15 baht (see taxi in Hua hin)
- Departure from Pattaya – 10:30
- Departure from Hua hin 13:30
Unfortunately, the company does not guarantee adherence to schedules, and there have been delays in sending up to 8 hours.