Where to Go
As a province located along the route to southern Thailand, Petchaburi can best reached via car, bus, or train, either as a destination in and of itself, or as a stopover on the way further south. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaews and tuk tuks.
Trains leave Bangkok's Hua Lumphong Station at 12.20 p.m. (rapid train); 2.15 p.m. and 2.35 p.m. (special express); 3.50 p.m., 5.35 p.m. and 6.20 p.m. (rapid trains); 7.15 p.m. (express); 10.30 and 10.50 p.m. (express diesel railcar), all of which offer 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class seating except for the 2.35 p.m. special express (1st and 2nd class only) and the 10.30 and 10.50 p.m. express diesel railcar (2nd class only) and take about three hours to reach Petchaburi. Fares are 34 baht, 78 baht and 153 baht, not including rapid or express surcharges. Call 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th for more details.
There is no ordinary train service between Hua Lumphong and Petchaburi, but there are three ordinary 3rd class trains daily from Thonburi (Bangkok Noi) Station at 7.45 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. (34 baht, no surcharges).
Drive along Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) passing Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram Provinces and then take Highway No. 4 to Petchaburi Province. The total distance is 123 kilometers. Alternatively, it is possible to travel via Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi Provinces.
By Bus from Bangkok:
There are buses leaving regularly from the Southern Bus Terminal in Thonburi for 50 baht (ordinary) on the new road, 46 baht on the old road (via Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom), 60 baht for 2nd Class air-conditioned and 75 baht for 1st Class air-conditioned. The bus takes about 2 ½ hours to between the two cities. Contact 0 2435 1199-200 or Phetchaburi Tour, Tel: 0 2435 7408 for more details.
By Bus to Cha-am and Hua Hin:
There are several buses depart from Petchaburi city, fares ranging from 18 baht (25 air-conditioned) to 22 baht (31 air-conditioned). It takes 60 and 90 minutes to reach the destinations respectively.
Samlors and taxis (motorcycles) can go anywhere in the center of town for 20 baht. It is possible to charter one for the whole day for 150 baht. Shared songtaews cost 6 baht around town including to and from the railway station.