A beautiful view from within central Pattaya

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Hua Hin to Pattaya

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2 way to get from Hua Hin to Pattaya

Taking a Bus from Hua Hin to Pattaya
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If you don’t mind taking the long way when travelling, mostly in order to avoid ferry travel, you should consider bus transport. This vehicle departs once a day from a central Hua Hin bus station and arrives in Pattaya in six hours. The cabins are well air conditioned and come with bathrooms on board.

  • Pros
    • Accessibly priced and inexpensive
    • Makes stops for food & bathroom
    • Oftentimes empty cabins
    • Avoid sea travel
  • Cons
    • Non refundable
    • Possibly outdated cabin
    • No food or drink provided
    • Limited departure times per day
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Taking a Car from Hua Hin to Pattaya
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Booking a private car from Hua Hin to Pattaya ensures travellers with great levels of flexibility. Departure times span through out the day, which you can get picked up at in a sedan. If you have any special requests for your journey, like car seats or excessive baggage, all you need is to inform the supplier.

  • Pros
    • Baby seat for small fee
    • Free cancellations
    • Private transfer (personal pick up and drop off)
    • Departure times throughout the day
  • Cons
    • Not very luxurious vehicle cabin
    • Pricey
    • Not so suitable for solo travelers (price wise)
    • Must inform driver of stops in advance
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About the ride from Hua Hin to Pattaya

The ride from Hua Hin to Pattaya is a very popular one. Every day, beach-keen tourists take the trip to Pattaya from Hua Hin, which are two of Thailand’s most popular mainland beach destinations.

Thailand is famous as an anything-goes hub of indulgence- but Pattaya is absolutely Thailand at its most indulgent. While the area boasts great beaches, fantastic seafood and a fascinating old town, the big draws here are non-stop nightlife, mass-market sun soaking and cheap alcohol. If you want to kick back and enjoy good food, drinks and nightlife without any pretension, Pattaya is perfect.

Accessible, popular and full of tourists, it’s Thailand’s easiest solution for those seeking a simple exotic break.

Depending on how you travel from Hua Hin to Pattaya, your journey distance will vary. If you travel by road, it’s around 342 km (212 miles), but if you tackle the journey by the shorter - and faster - ferry option, it’s 108 km (67 miles).


For the trip to Pattaya from Hua Hin, you have three options:

  • Bus from Hua Hin to Pattaya - typically around 6 hours
  • Car from Hua Hin to Pattaya - typically around 4.5 hours
  • Ferry from Hua Hin to Pattaya - typically around 2 hours


What to see when traveling from Hua Hin to Pattaya

The views on your trip to Pattaya from Hua Hin will depend upon whether you travel by road or sea.

If you travel by road, the trip isn’t particularly noteworthy, but it’s very comfortable. While some Southeast Asian road journeys are a veritable adventure of steep drops, potholed roads and beautiful views, that’s not the case here. This part of Thailand is very well-developed, so you’ll spend the vast majority of your journey gliding along vast highways.

While this isn’t the most exciting adventure that Thailand has to offer, it makes for a very comfortable journey, which can’t be said for lots of this region’s jaunts.

If you travel by ferry from Hua Hin to Pattaya, the journey is much more scenic. You’ll enjoy crashing waves, beautiful panoramas and the passage beyond the small islands which lie close to Pattaya’s shore.


How to get from Hua Hin to Pattaya

Taking a bus

If you take a bus from Hua Hin to Pattaya, you have only one option - a daytime journey which takes 6 hours. The bus has AC, an onboard toilet and comfortable seats.

Though this is a basic option, it’s very comfortable and simple, perfect if you’re traveling on a budget. If you want to travel to Pattaya from Hua Hin without spending too much money, this is absolutely your best option.

Taking a car 

Taking a private car from Hua Hin to Pattaya is a fantastic idea if you value spontaneity and flexibility. Yes, this is a more expensive option, but it offers ultimate luxury. The car is very comfortable and spacious, and you can choose your own pick up point, arrival point and stops along the way.

With a private car to Pattaya from Hua Hin, you don’t pay for a seat. Instead, you pay for the entire vehicle, and split the cost between the people you’re traveling with. The car holds a maximum of three passengers.

The car has AC, comfortable seats and an English-speaking driver.

Taking a ferry 

Taking a ferry from Hua Hin to Pattaya is the quickest option, as it saves the time and fuss of having to drive around the northern section of the Gulf of Thailand.

If you travel by ferry from Hua Hin to Pattaya, you have two options - Economy Ferry and Business Ferry. While the Economy Ferry is cheaper, the Business Ferry is more spacious and offers better views. The Business Ferry also comes with the guarantee of a few small snacks.

While the Business Ferry journey is more luxurious, both options are cool and comfortable.

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Reviews of the ride from Hua Hin to Pattaya


Based on 9 review from Bookaway users who traveled from Hua Hin to Pattaya

  • P
    Deutschland ist zu gefährlich - da schau ich mir lieber Thailand an - BKK - Pattaya - Hua Hin - BKK - mal sehen ob das in 2 Wochen zuhause besser wird
  • D
    The ferry was clean, the personnel friendly (though not much English), the seats comfortable but a strange NO ALCOHOL Policy . . . which nobody could explain… (maybe seasickness?) . . .
  • N
    everything as expected
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