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 Companies12Go Transfer, Bangkok 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 Railways, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet, Thailand Limo by Datum, Transport Co

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

Drivers are parking on the side of the dark road and they slept when they work for 1 hour I'm the passenger I saw the ticket said we will arrive in Chiang-mai 11.30 p.m. but it's not like that in real we arrived 3.00 a.m. this is So bad experience
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Dec 2, 2023
The toilet in the car is broken, and the whole car smells very bad. When purchasing a car ticket, it shows that there is food provided on the car, but there is actually no or no WiFi. I feel cheated, the car is very old, and it is not worth the price
Bus VIP 42, Bangkok Travel Plus, Nov 29, 2023
Did what it promised, with a smile! Friendly staff, at the agency and in the bus. It was a really smooth drive with one stop. I will book this agency again in the future.
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel (ธาราทัวร์แอนด์ทราเวล), Nov 28, 2023
No screens and the seats were not as good as promised
Bus VIP 42, Bangkok Travel Plus, Nov 27, 2023
Pretty smooth, got help from 12go support right away through whatsapp when there was a problem with the email I provided. Travel agency was efficient and seemed trustworthy enough. Operator was nice. They did bring us about two hours early from the travel agency to the central bus station so we had to wait there but there's a 7-11 and some shops. The guy who took care of the passengers in ths bus was very nice and smiling, tried to help everyone and made up for his lack of english with his good willingness. Je gave us a butter sandwhich and some water. There was a stop about 5 hours in so that we could eat a highway restaurant by exchanging the bus ticket for a meal, it was very good. Stop was quite fast so be careful not to let the bus go without you. We arrived at chiang mao bus station and not the guest house that was announced by the website, however it didnt matter to us as we didnt intend on staying there. But it did seem to bother a family that had traveled with us and were quite annoyed at the mishap. Bus was ok, I managed to sleep pretty well which is unusual for me in these scenarios, the seat could recline quite a lot and the leg room was fine, I'm rather tall so I ended up having one leg out in the central alley of the bus and squeezing the other one between our bags as there weren't any storage compartiment overhead so had to put them under the seat in front of us. Do recommend packing a jacket or even light sweater for the ac that will be running all the way through if you are prone to catching colds, as well as some earplugs or noise canceling headphones as the fans and ac are really noisy. We arrived pretty refreshed at Chiang Mai and managed to have a a full day of walking around after the trip. Didnt feel the need to catch up on sleep, and didnt feel that tired during the day. So as a night bus, it serves its purpose, even though it looks like it's coming straight out of the early 2000s, and rattles quite a lot.
Bus VIP 42, Bangkok Travel Plus, Nov 27, 2023
Large seats and comfi, direct bus with one stop to eat after 4hours of drive.
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Nov 22, 2023
On time, big seats, friendly staff.
Bus First Class, Nakhonchai Air (นครชัยแอร์), Nov 21, 2023
Supposed to be VIP, but didn't feel more VIP than the Express bus I took on the way back. Even though the Express was a fair bit cheaper. Aircon's in the back seatings could not be turned off, got quite cold there at night.
Bus VIP 42, Bangkok Travel Plus, Nov 16, 2023
The seats and toilet are too small for people taller than 175 cm.
Bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Nov 15, 2023
The bus wasn’t the one in the picture and there wasn’t any TV, snacks like mentioned. I’m 5’9 so it was very uncomfortable for a tall person but i got to sit up the front and i had my legs resting on the railing in front of me (i was on the top level) as i noticed the other people did it too on the other rows and i woke up to the bus driver smacking my legs down, i understand maybe that could be rude in their culture but no need to smack me while i was asleep. On a positive note, it went a lot quicker than expected, close to 2 hours earlier than expected and i got driven to my hotel room which was great as we got to the station around 5am. The workers at 12go are super helpful and so it wasn’t confusing at all which was great for a first time experience. I would next time go for the more expensive VIP sleeper bus in future as it was very hard to sleep.
Bus VIP 42, Bangkok Travel Plus, Nov 14, 2023
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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 497.14 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere USD 7.90.

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 7.90 if you opt for a Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย) train and as expensive as USD 497.14 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 39.37.

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