Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
12Go Transfer VIP Van 9pax Any time$ 311.02
Nok Air Economy #DD14005:20 - 06:25$ 76.52
Thai Airways Economy #TG210207:55 - 09:15$ 117.22
Thai Railway Class II AC 08:30 - 19:30฿ 741
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10210:30 - 11:45฿ 1,497
Thai Airways Economy #TG211013:30 - 14:50฿ 3,702
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10615:15 - 16:30฿ 2,802
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10816:15 - 17:30฿ 1,347
Bangkok Busline Express 18:35 - 04:05฿ 664
Nok Air Economy #DD13821:05 - 22:25฿ 2,759
Thai Railway Class II Fan 22:30 - 12:10฿ 515

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Facts about the transport from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Cheapest Transport$8
Fastest Transport1h 10m
Earliest Departure5:10 AM
Latest Departure10:47 PM
Departures per day132
Distance692 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkok Busline, BangkokTaxi24, Budsarakham Tour, Firstplan Transport Services, Glassflower, MCC VAN, Nakhonchai Air, Nok Air, Sombat Tour, Tara Tour and Travel, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Railway, Thai Railways, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet, Thailand Limo by Datum, Transport Co

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

AC was not working well and it was very hot and uncomfortable on the 11 hour journey, the bus stopped over 10 times along the way so we had toilet breaks and food stops. The journey seemed to take forever. Driver was very good and it was a fairly comfortable ride, only downfalls was the AC was blowing warm air and the bus was very old and in bad shape.
Bus Express, Sritawong Tour (Sritawong Tour), Feb 26, 2024
Comfortable seats. Left on time and the journey went quickly.
Bus First Class, Nakhonchai Air (นครชัยแอร์), Feb 22, 2024
There was no food, even if it was a VIP trip, just a bottle of water and biscuits. The bus arrived more than 2 hours earlier, in the middle of the night, and make us going down really quickly. When I went out from the bus my luggage was already thrown in the middle of the street.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 22, 2024
The people from the Bangkok travel office took us to the bus terminal and just left us there with zero instructions whatsoever. We were wondering around not sure where to go and tried to get help but no one knew our company. Eventually someone found us and took us to a bus which was meant to be vip but really wasn’t very comfortable at all and the toilet was awful. Not nice to be on for 12 hours
Bus VIP 32, Bangkok Travel Plus, Feb 18, 2024
Bus, Seat, driving good. Toilet was so bad, toilet seat cover was afraid to seat on it.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 16, 2024
Windows we’re open so it was freezing the entire journey
Train #13 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 15, 2024
Payed for foos
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 1, 2024
The train was rundown and old and my seat was broken so would not recline properly.
Train #51 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 31, 2024
Didn’t have working charger ports so make sure you have portables. Did stop at service to go to toilet at 12:30 so good for that and you could get food if you wanted
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 30, 2024
In the first row there was no space for legs. In morning hours it was very cold in the bus. But we got one bottle of water and a Cheesburger.
Bus Express, Cherdchai Tour, Jan 30, 2024
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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Travelling between Bangkok and Chiang Mai is possible by Flight, bus, train and taxi. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you USD 485.56 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere USD 7.72.

How long does it take to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 14 hours to travel between Bangkok and Chiang Mai depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Flight will bring you to your destination in 1h 10m. Train does a much slower job and take about 13h 50m to reach Chiang Mai.

How much does it cost to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

Travelling between Bangkok and Chiang Mai can be as cheap as USD 7.72 if you opt for a Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย) train and as expensive as USD 485.56 if you buy a Firstplan Transport Services (เฟิร์สแพลน ทรานสปอร์ตเซอร์วิส) taxi ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Bangkok and Chiang Mai ?

  • 39 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 05:10 Don Mueang Airport until 21:50 Don Mueang Airport
  • 39 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 06:00 Mochit until 22:35 Mochit
  • 24 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 09:05 Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station until 22:47 Don Mueang
  • 30 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 00:00 Bangkok Transfer until 00:00 Bangkok Transfer

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as USD 38.45.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Nok Air (นกแอร์), Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air (ไทยไลอ้อนแอร์), Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์), Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์)


Travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Budsarakham Tour (บุษราคัมทัวร์), Nakhonchai Air (นครชัยแอร์), Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Tara Tour and Travel (ธาราทัวร์แอนด์ทราเวล), Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด)


Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

12Go Transfer, BangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services (เฟิร์สแพลน ทรานสปอร์ตเซอร์วิส), Glassflower, MCC VAN (เอ็มซีซี แวน), Thailand Limo by Datum (บริษัท เดทัมกรุ๊ป จำกัด)


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 62% took a train
  • 26% opted for a bus
  • 10% decided to fly
  • 1% Other