Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

  Oct 2, 2021, 39 trips (฿569 – ฿0)
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Buses

11h 53m Deps: 7:25

From ฿569
10

Trains

10h 17m First: 6:00 Last: 22:50

From ฿641
14

Flights

1h 10m First: 7:00 Last: 20:00

From ฿1,308
14

Taxis

8h

Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration certified
From ฿7,997

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 Comfort Any time฿ 7,997
MCC VAN Van 9pax Any time฿ 10,780
Jed Yord Van 9pax Any time฿ 18,480
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 06:00 - 19:30฿ 751
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 09:13 - 19:30฿ 891
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL51011:20 - 12:35฿ 1,417
Nok Air Economy #DD 13412:40 - 13:50฿ 1,499
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD343115:10 - 16:25฿ 4,924
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL51816:50 - 18:00฿ 1,308
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 20:23 - 08:40฿ 1,735
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 22:50 - 12:10฿ 1,091

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

GF
Bus VIP 31, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Sep 23, 2021
This was a rough ride. AC on our first bus broke so we had to pull over and wait an hour for a new bus. Surprise, the AC on that bus didn't work very well either. Seats reclined pretty well, but there's no arm rest in between the seats, no power outlets on the 2nd bus, the bathroom didn't work (no water), it was (really) dirty, and did it was hot.... real hot... The stewardess was very friendly and did the best she could to accommodate everyone though. Excellent service from her.
JT
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Aug 14, 2021
The whole trip was excellent. They were on time, straight away made me feel comfortable, telling me that we could stop any time for toilet breaks or food. They updated me on the expected time and in general were just lovely people. Safe driving and a nice ride. Would 100% recommend.
JX
Train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jun 21, 2021
The platform for tickets booking and staff from 12Go are excellent. But the location of 12Go is a bit walk in chaos from the actual train station. So our best suggestion for the travellers who have more than 2 large suitcases is to get dropped off at the actual train station and walk back to get your tickets. As crossing point has no traffic lights on the busy main road, you gonna have to walk light on luck.
LR
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), May 28, 2021
Clean, and smart young agents quick to help. Nice coffee shop as well so I was able to take a quick break before my train. Not so easy to find contact information of the office. I was not 100 percent confident where to go.
AB
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 28, 2021
Awesome �
L
Train #109 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 23, 2021
It's ok.
TB
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 13, 2021
The AC was too strong, the blanket was thin and the light was too bright to sleep during night.
CG
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 13, 2021
I am not rating the trip as the trip didn't happen, but rating 12Go. I had to cancel my trip because of the third wave of Covid19 emerging in Thailand. By the time I decided to cancel they anounced a 14 day quarantine in Chiang Mai for travellers coming from Bangkok. Obviously couldn't make the trip under such conditions. I contacted 12Go for a refund as the Transport Ministry anounced passengers can get 100% refund of their tickets. The reply was "the train is still going so you are entitled to 15% only". Which I might have accepted if they didn't continue with requesting a copy of my passport and a hand written document in which I allow them to cancel the ticket on my behalf (and hence get the refund). So they would get 1000 baht and give me 150. They also added that if I want a full refund I have to go to their office, collect the ticket and then go to the train station myself. After they had already charged me a hefty service fee of 250 baht upon purchasing the ticket initially. For what if they offer no assistance? It's obvious I bought the ticket via 12Go because I didn't have the time to personally go to the train station. Yes, I did read the terms and conditions when I booked the ticket, but we all know these times are special and each and every company out there (even banks) try and accommodate customers somehow. 12Go wouldn't do that, just charge you 250 baht service fee and then refuse to assist you when issues appear. I would say save your money. 12Go are probably very reliable when times are good, but not so much when you really need them.
AS
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 7, 2021
This was probably the worst train ride I've had in Thailand so far, and I have had many. Overnight Express Train #13 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai... exhaust fumes were blowing through the air vents, I struggled to breathe. I speak Thai. I asked the conductor to switch on the fans, and he ignored my request. The train was 2 hours late arriving in Chiang Mai.
CS
Train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 25, 2021
It is fine
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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you THB 30,090 if you go by Bus+van; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere THB 569.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 17 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. Flight does a much slower job and take about 16h 45m 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 THB 569 if you opt for a Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด) bus and as expensive as THB 30,090 if you buy a Tara Tour and Travel (ธาราทัวร์แอนด์ทราเวล) Bus+van 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 ?

  • 1 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 07:00 Chiang Mai Airport until 19:10 Chiang Mai Airport
  • 1 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 07:25 Chiang Mai Arcade 2 until 07:25 Chiang Mai Arcade 2
  • 1 by Bus+van from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 08:30 Chiang Mai Arcade 2 until 19:00 Chiang Mai Arcade 2
  • 1 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 06:00 Chiang Mai until 22:50 Chiang Mai

1 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai 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 Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

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

Flights

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 THB 1,304.

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

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

Bus

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

Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด)

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 Bangkok and Chiang Mai

12Go Transfer, BangkokTaxi24, Glassflower, Jed Yord (บริษัท เจ็ดยอดบราเตอร์ จำกัด), MCC VAN (เอ็มซีซี แวน), Thailand Limo by Datum (บริษัท เดทัมกรุ๊ป จำกัด)

Train

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

  • 73% took a train
  • 19% opted for a bus
  • 6% decided to fly
  • 1% chosen Bus+van
  • 1% bought a taxi ride