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Guide to Train Travel from Hua Hin to Surat Thani (for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan)

The train is a great way to travel from Hua Hin to Surat Thani and onto the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Passengers have the option of travelling either on the fast day time train or booking a sleeper berth on one of the overnight trains in time for the direct bus and boat connections to the islands of the Samui Archipelago.

Train times from Hua Hin to Surat Thani

There 10 daily direct train services from Hua Hin to Surat Thani (Train #41 and Train #39 never run on the same day).

Train Hua Hin Surat Thani Service
41 02:24 08:05 Special Express
39 02:24 08:05 Special Express
43 11:29 16:45 Special Express
171 17:17 00:22 Rapid
31 18:45 01:23 Special Express
37 19:13 02:00 Special Express
169 20:10 03:45 Rapid
83 21:10 04:24 Express
173 21:54 05:48 Rapid
167 22:34 06:23 Rapid
85 23:36 07:06 Express
  • The fastest train service from Hua Hin to Surat Thani  is Train #43 departing from Hua Hin at 11:29 and scheduled to arrive in Surat Thani 5 hours 26 minutes later.
  • The slowest service is Train #173 departing at 21:54 scheduled to complete the journey between Hua Hin and Surat Thani in 7 hours 54 minutes.

Buy Tickets to Surat Thani

Use the Search Box below to buy your train tickets from Hua Hin to Surat Thani. Sleeper seats are available to book online as well as the cheaper seat only options. After booking either collect your train tickets at the Parcels Office at Hua Hin Train Station or request that they are sent by post to your home address.

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This is a relatively short journey which can be travelled during daylight hours with no early starts or late night arrivals if you book a ticket in advance on Train #43 departing from Hua Hin at 11.29 and arriving in Surat Thani at 16:45. You can buy tickets at Hua Hin Train Station, however, to secure your seats consider booking online.

Ticket Prices from Hua Hin to Surat Thani

 Seat Type  Online Price  Station Price
 2nd Class A/C Sleeper  920 THB  670 THB
 2nd Class A/C Seat  740 THB  490 THB

Booking online costs 250 THB more than buying a ticket at the station. However, during busy periods you may find that 1st and 2nd Class seats are not available to purchase on the day of travel.

About Train Travel to Surat Thani

Train Hua Hin to Surat Thani

Tapee River in Surat Thani

Surat Thani is near to the ferry ports for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. For travel from Hua Hin to Surat Thani a popular option is to take the train, and catch a direct service from Surat Thani town to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan the following day. This is a popular choice because travelling by train means you avoid having to do early morning starts and long uncomfortable bus journeys. From Surat Thani it is also a relatively short bus journey onward to Phuket and Krabi on the Andaman Coast.

Transporting Bicycles by Train

If there is room in the freight car, you can carry your bicycle with you on all trains from Hua Hin to Surat Thani except for Train #43 (departing at 11:29 from Hua Hin),  Train #31 (departing from Hua Hin at 18:45) and Trains 39 & 41 (both departing from Hua Hin at 02:24).

Trains depart from Hua Hin railway station

Hua Hin’s very attractive small train station is pleasantly situated next to the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course. It is about a 1 km walk away from the beach and the Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa at the top of Soi Hua Hin 76. Hua Hin is spread out some distance along the main highway running through the town and the running parallel to the long sandy beach. Some of the hotels and resorts are some way from the railway station and you may need to make use of a taxi or tuk-tuk to get to the train station.

Location of Hua Hin Railway Station

Travel from Surat Thani

Surat Thani train station is not in Surat Thani town, but 16 km away in the neighbouring town of Phunphin. Surat Thani is a new City and at the time the railway line was built Phunphin was the more important town.  You can travel from the station into Surat Thani town either by taxi (around 140 THB) or by public bus (18 THB). The buses and taxis leave from in front of the railway station.

For onward travel see our Guides to travel from:

Surat Thani City

Surat Thani city is not a popular destination for foreign visitors except as a transport hub particular for the three main island of the Samui Archipelago. Surat Thani is modern city with few major attraction, it is though one of the best place to eat authentic Southern Thai cuisine, of which you will find plenty at Surat Thani Night Market

Hotels in Surat Thani

There are some really good hotels in Surat Thani and some basic hotels which are cheap. We recommend:

  • Luxury Hotel: The best hotel in Surat Thani is the Diamond Plaza Hotel which costs from 900 THB per night.
  • Budget Hotel: Thairungruang Backpackers Suratthani is a popular budget hotel very close to the downtown bus stations and the departure point for services to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. For an air-conditioned room with satellite TV expect to pay 450 THB per night.

Location of Surat Thani Railway Station

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