Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 VIP Van 9pax Any time฿ 5,060
Thai AirAsia Economy 07:15 - 12:50฿ 3,927
Thai Lion Air Economy 08:00 - 14:00฿ 3,680
GreenBus Express 11:00 - 14:55฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 12:45 - 16:05฿ 380
GreenBus Express 14:00 - 17:55฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 16:00 - 19:20$ 10.05
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:20฿ 380
Thai Airways Economy 21:10 - 20:15฿ 5,701
Thai Vietjet Economy 22:25 - 13:10฿ 3,090

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Facts about the transport from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Cheapest Transport$8
Fastest Transport3h
Earliest Departure7:00 AM
Latest Departure11:40 PM
Departures per day71
Distance150 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services, GB Limousine, Glassflower, GreenBus, Smart En Plus, Thai Lion Air

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

MC
Really swanky VIP bus. Loads of leg room, banging AC, free bottle of water and snack, clean toilet on board and we arrived nearly an hour before expected. Brilliant
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 23, 2024
A
Our experience with green-bus was great. But with 12go asia not so much. We were charged more than what green bus charges for and also charged for an insurance we didn’t even accept to buy.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 22, 2024
HW
The bus was 35 mins late, however we quickly boarded and headed off! The bus was so spacious and had comfy reclinable seats! We got given a bottle of water, snack and sick bag. I would recommend!! :)
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 13, 2024
JP
Driver accepted to pick us up earlier than booked, fast and comfortable trip
taxi Economy 3pax, Firstplan Transport Services (เฟิร์สแพลน ทรานสปอร์ตเซอร์วิส), Feb 3, 2024
MH
Seat was uncomfortable for a long journey. Bus station takes a bit to figure out. But overall a great experience
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 22, 2024
BM
Nice seats, good driver but a bit cold AC, everyone was freezing
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 21, 2024
ИМ
The Bus Terminal in Chiang Mai is of medium comfort, but everything else was really good.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 1, 2024
ES
Was more than OK. Comfortable. Clean bathroom. Went very smoothly.
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 29, 2023
CR
Fastest and best way to go from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 26, 2023
SW
We had a good journey, lots of backpackers in a bus. Bus was pretty basic but comfortable.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 23, 2023
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How to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you USD 241.25 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere USD 7.52.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 11 hours to travel between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 3h. Flight does a much slower job and take about 10h 5m to reach Chiang Rai.

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

Travelling between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai can be as cheap as USD 7.52 if you opt for a GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)) bus and as expensive as USD 241.25 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 Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai ?

  • 18 from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:00 Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 until 18:00 Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
  • 4 by flight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:50 Chiang Mai Airport until 23:40 Chiang Mai Airport
  • 49 from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 00:00 Chiang Mai Town Hotel Transfer until 00:00 Chiang Mai Town Hotel Transfer

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

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

Bus

Travelling from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 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 Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว))

Taxi

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 Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

BangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services (เฟิร์สแพลน ทรานสปอร์ตเซอร์วิส), GB Limousine, Glassflower, Smart En Plus (สมาร์ท เอ็น พลัส)

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

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

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 98% opted for a bus
  • 1% Other