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
Thailand Limo by Datum SUV 4pax Any time$ 392.16
Nok Air Economy #DD14005:20 - 06:25$ 76.52
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD410006:45 - 07:55$ 51.36
Thai Railways Class II AC 08:50 - 19:30$ 26.33
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD344711:25 - 12:40$ 54.20
Thai Smile Economy #WE11013:35 - 14:50฿ 4,295
Thai Airways Economy #TG216415:05 - 16:20$ 63.49
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10816:20 - 17:40$ 69.48
Thai Smile Economy #WE12018:40 - 20:00$ 128.51
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ11820:40 - 21:55$ 59.14
Thai Railway Class II Sleeper AC 22:24 - 12:10$ 25.14

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

NJ
Very confusing and once again not enough information on the pdf. I booked a lower berth and I as put on the top. No one ever came around to put the seats back so I had to stay lying down the entire 13 hour journey up top. The most uncomfortable experience. The whole reason I took a train instead of plane was so I could see the view but there is no window up top!
Train #51 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 17, 2022
CU
It was a bit difficult to find the correct train station. The best way was to take the bridge/crossing to the airport (or from the airport) next to the Amari Hotel and then go down in the middle to the station ignoring the platform bound to signs. You can cross the railways without a problem and take the right platform (one leads to Bangkok, the other one out of it) once you reached the station.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 16, 2022
SD
Safe to travel by night bus from bangkok to Chiang Mai solo. not very comfortable but ok.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Aug 16, 2022
NM
Why do the very bright, near-your-head flouescent lights stay on all night. Less than 4 hours sleep because of this. Otherwise woukd have been a great journey. Bring an eyemask!!!! I've filmed it on @mylowseasonadventure on insta if you want to see for yourself.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 15, 2022
GL
Little bit shakey and not much to see because it is dark. 2nd class beds were ok. Toilets were horrible!
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 15, 2022
IE
Everything was súper clean, efficient and confortable. I recommend they turn the lighting down in carriage at night. It is too bright. Otherwise a great experience.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 15, 2022
CA
Train was delayed by over 1 hour. Very uncomfortable being in a seat for over 12 hours
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 14, 2022
VL
Off course it was a bit rough, which is part of the experience, but shame they leave the lights on full blast all night and the fans make it very cold. The toilet and washing facilities are medieval. I don't expect luxury but this is the other end of the spectrum. A trainemployee removed our suitcase from the isle without bothering to mention it and so we initially got a good scare as we thought it was stolen. Also, I made a later separate booking for someone in our party, he had the exact same ticket, but got a much smaller bed and harder cushion. That seems rather odd. Finally, the train arrived 90 minutes late at Don Muang. They made up 30 of that during the trip. Unfortunately updates about the train at Don Muang station were in Thai only so we could not tell how long the wait would be or what was going on. English is pretty commonly understood also by non-native speakers, so an English translation would be nice, I mean the variation in messages to be done cannot be that great. Still, I like sleeping on a train so if they can just update the facilities a bit, that would be great
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 14, 2022
NM
It was a Little cool in the train
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 14, 2022
RW
Uncomplicated and easy. Unfortunately there where way too many stops in between Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Bus VIP 31, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Aug 13, 2022
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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 523.00 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere USD 8.00.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 15 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 5m. Train does a much slower job and take about 14h 20m 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 8.00 if you opt for a Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย) train and as expensive as USD 523.00 if you buy a BangkokTaxi24, Glassflower, Jed Yord (บริษัท เจ็ดยอดบราเตอร์ จำกัด), MCC VAN (เอ็มซีซี แวน), Thailand Limo by Datum (บริษัท เดทัมกรุ๊ป จำกัด) 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 ?

  • 33 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 06:15 Suvarnabhumi Airport until 20:45 Don Mueang Airport
  • 22 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 08:30 Hua Lamphong until 22:24 Bang Sue Junction
  • 18 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 06:00 Mochit until 21:59 Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13
  • 31 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?

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 USD 47.00.

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 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

Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Budsarakham Tour (บุษราคัมทัวร์), Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), 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

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 Bus+Van remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

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