If you want to take a day trip to visit the temples, royal palaces and famous Tham Khao Luang Cave in Phetchaburi, you can take a local bus, minivan or you can travel on the more interesting Hua Hin to Phetchaburi train.
The train station in Phetchaburi is located in the centre of town, where you can visit many nearby temples, and walk up to the Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace (also known as Khao Wang).
If you want to use the cable car up to the palace - this is located on the other side of the hill, just off the main highway, so you will have to take a minivan to get there (then you can take a train back to Hua Hin).
Tham Khao Luang Cave entrance is located a few km to the north of town, so you will need to take a taxi / motorbike taxi to get there.
The distance from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi (also called Phet Buri for short) is 63 km.
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Ord = Ordinary Train
Rap = Rapid
Ex. = Express
Sp. Ex. = Special Express
Sp. Ex. DRC = Special Express Diesel Railcar - (Sprinter Train)
As this is a relatively short trip, it is best to use the cheap Ordinary or Rapid trains, as the faster trains are quite expensive if you use them to travel short distances.
The train fare from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi for the different types of services are as follows:
Ordinary Trains cost:
3rd Class seat (fan) - Adult 14 THB - Child 7 THB
2nd Class seat (fan) - (train 254 only) - Adult 31 THB - Child 16 THB
3rd Class seat (fan) - Adult 44 THB - Child 37 THB
2nd Class seat (fan) - Adult 62 THB - Child 46 THB
2nd class Day & Night coach (fan) - Adult from 191 THB - Child from 176 THB
2nd class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 321 THB - Child from 306 THB
3rd Class seat (fan) - Adult 164 THB - Child 157 THB
2nd Class seat (fan) - Adult 181 THB - Child 166 THB
2nd class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 411 THB - Child from 396 THB
1st class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 639 THB - Child from 610 THB
3rd Class seat (fan) - Adult 204 THB - Child 197 THB
2nd Class seat (fan) - Adult 221 THB - Child 206 THB
2nd class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 481 THB - Child from 466 THB
1st class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 679 THB - Child from 650 THB
Train number 32 is equipped with the new Chinese made CNR coaches and costs more:
2nd class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 631 THB - Child from 616 THB
1st class Day & Night coach (a/c) - Adult from 859 THB - Child from 830 THB
Special Express DRC:
2nd class seat (a/c) - Adult 341 THB - Child 326 THB
For the cheap 2nd and 3rd class fan carriages, you get get your tickets on the day of travel.
For all other services it is best to book ahead.
You can make advance booking from any station ticket office / counter.