New twice daily bus links Pattaya and Hua Hin

PHOTO: A new twice daily bus will link Pattaya with Hua Hin, pictured. (via Unsplash)

Hua Hin and Pattaya have long been two popular destinations in Thailand for tourists and expats. Now a new service schedule will link the two cities with buses running twice a day between Pattaya and Hua Hin, beginning February 19.

The two cities sit about 325 kilometres apart by road. Both cities are known for their stunning beaches, exciting nightlife, and cultural attractions.

Starting from February 19, travellers will be able to take advantage of new bus services that will run twice a day between Hua Hin and Pattaya. The schedule for these buses will have morning and afternoon departures from each city.

The early bus will depart from Hua Hin at 9am, with an afternoon option heading out at 3pm. Coming in the opposite direction, buses will depart from Pattaya at 8am first and again at 4pm.

The journey between Hua Hin and Pattaya typically takes between four and six hours, depending mostly on Bangkok traffic. This makes it a convenient and affordable option for travellers exploring both destinations.

The tickets for the bus service will cost 473 baht and can be purchased in advance on the bus company’s website.

There had been a ferry service running between Hua Hin and Pattaya, but it hasn’t been operating since 2020 due to Covid-19.

The troubled route launched in 2017 but struggled the entirety of its 4-year run. The ferry ridership was less than expected and the route between Pattaya and Hua Hin proved to just not be that popular.

The ferry had various other troubles and setbacks along the way, but when Covid started shutting down services and regions, it was the beginning of the end for the ferry route.

Hua Hin is a historic seaside resort town that was once a favourite getaway for the Thai royal family while Pattaya is a bustling city that offers a wide range of entertainment options, from shopping and dining to water sports and nightlife.

With the new bus services connecting the two popular tourist and expat cities, travellers will be able to explore both easily and affordably.

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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