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 Railway, Thai Railways, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet, Thailand Limo by Datum, Transport Co

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

On a hard day I was so greatful for this company. I was stuck in Bangkok Skyrail and was definitely missing the bus. So I phoned the company and asked will they leave late or on time. They said keep them informed. Time passed but by the time I got to the bus it was 18 minutes after departure time. They were so friendly about it and even waved us at the front of the bus station to make it easier. A group of people led us to the bus. When we got on they drove the bus to MacDonald's and got everyone a burger. Like when does that happen in my country. Gave me blankets.
Bus Express, Cherdchai Tour, Sep 23, 2023
Loved the bed, comfort and cleanness. The gentleman who served the food was super funny and added extra laughs to the trip.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 21, 2023
The first class bus was nothing less! Slept most of the way . Totally awesome
Bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Sep 12, 2023
was foot for the price, but would recommend to spend 100 bath more for 2cnd class
Train #13 Class 3 Fan, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 11, 2023
Perfektly organized trip and service on board! 100% recommended.
flight Economy, Bangkok Air (บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส), Sep 10, 2023
Staffs are really nice and warm. Sightseeing is the best part. Air conditioning is incredible and I was starting to shiver half of the trip. Getting a light long sleeve sweater will not make a mistake. Of course it’s a long way trip and take some food with you unless you wanna get what have on the train. WC is not that good. My seat is not that comfy as I expected. Better to get these things fixed. Overall, I would say 5/5. Hoping to get different experience with better facilities in the next time.
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 7, 2023
Good points : The train was on time , the staff was nice at the station and on the train , nothing to buy in (except in some villages some people enter to sell you food) but they give us some food several times (snacks, chicken and rice) and drinks (water and juice), toilets were still clean at the end of the trip with paper and soap , the staff cleaned the train 's floor several times Enjoy : compare to European standard it s an old and slow train which honks often and you can feel when it accelerates but seats are ok and landscapes are green and beautiful so take this time as a relaxing break for yourself Advice: take an extra battery ( not so many plugs) and a jumper ( it could be cold in with the AC) or a little blanket if you want to feel comfy during this 10-hour trip
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 7, 2023
Great service with comfortable seats, got a snack and water when we set off. 20 minute break around midnight and then arrived an hour early into Chiang Mai.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Sep 7, 2023
I could sleep a lot of time….
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Sep 5, 2023
Left the lights on all night on the trains which was never said before booking which made it hard to sleep on top berth
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 31, 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 479.68 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere USD 7.62.

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 7.62 if you opt for a Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย) train and as expensive as USD 479.68 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 37.99.

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