Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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10:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 50m bus ride in Express
4.2
13:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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07:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.0
10:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h taxi ride
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Chiang Rai Town

From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by Bus

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07:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.0
10:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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10:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 50m bus ride in Express
4.2
13:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

From Chiang Mai town hotel transfer to Chiang Rai by Taxi

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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h taxi ride
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Chiang Rai Town

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

FS
Bus Express, GreenBus, Mar 23, 2020
Challenging road conditions but driver handled it well. Felt safe and assured. Quite nice scenery once into rural parts and we got chance to see traditional rice paddies. They still exist! Booking process was simple. Bus was comfortable and overall great value.
SF
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Mar 18, 2020
Horaires respectées, bus climatisé, petite collation prévue, chauffeur professionnel.
BD
Bus Express, GreenBus, Mar 17, 2020
We had a broken seat and told about this to administrator of the bus. Ask him to check and fix it. He told “wait” and thats it. Hasn’t come back
LW
Bus Express, GreenBus, Mar 16, 2020
The hostesses need to smile!
GW
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Mar 15, 2020
Booking internet was perfect. Persenal was helpfull. Bus on time. For a little be more budget you gett a VIP bus. Realia Big Chairs. Perfect!
SO
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Mar 11, 2020
depart on time. good driver. comfertable seats.
SP
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Mar 8, 2020
Very happy with the whole experience. It wasn't immediately clear what i should do at the station but this was very quickly resolved.
EJ
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Mar 3, 2020
They were not going to let me on even though I already paid. She wanted me to pay again. Hard to communicate.
JV
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 27, 2020
De VIP greenline bus heeft ons van Chiang Mai naar Chiang Rai gebracht in 3hr 30min. De weg was hobbelig gezien men bezig is met de aanleg van de autosnelweg.
H
taxi Premium, Glassflower, Feb 25, 2020
Booked and pay the VIP Bus But the VIP was not coming. Was a normal Bus. For the prize of the VIP Bus. Bus and Driver was on Time and he know what he do.
FW
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 23, 2020
Nice trip and perfect driver. Thank you for the prestation
AL
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 22, 2020
Comfy, Punctual and Reliable. Toilet’s smell kinda bad on the downside
SE
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 21, 2020
Definitely worth extra for more comfortable seats in VIP bus.
HF
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 21, 2020
Everything was well organized. Comfortable Seats. All good!
JW
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 20, 2020
The bus was very clean; seating was very comfortable with lots of legroom; and on-time. Great way to see the countryside too. Great value for money
HK
taxi Comfort, Glassflower, Feb 19, 2020
It was a comfortable drive. We felt pity for the driver, because you send him a wrong departuretime. So he had to wait for 2 hours for us.
SM
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 19, 2020
Comfortable seat&a/c.. Safe driver, bus was easy to find and on time, luggage was ragged and receipt given.. Would recommend and would use again
JK
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 18, 2020
Quick 3 hour ride from CM to CR. Comfortable ride and temperature setting. Speed was according to the traffic flow. Driver had to drop off a tour group in advance at terminal 2, and did not understand what he meant , next stop, next stop until later. Like booking through 12Go with assigned seat.
KS
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 18, 2020
Comfortable, clean bus with lots of leg room, clean toilets, on time and with good service.
AL
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 18, 2020
Nice station. Easy to find bus, terminals clearly marked. Great service on the VIP Greenbus and a very comfortable ride.
WD
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 13, 2020
Zeer comfortabel, fijne ruime stoelen en goede service.
JS
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 12, 2020
Very good
GH
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 12, 2020
Fairly comfortable bus,only a little late--- all good
JO
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 12, 2020
Good and easy to use website for booking the trip. I'd give it a 5 star but there was a bit of an inconvenience of finding where to print the ticket voucher. Apart from that everything was great!
LB
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 12, 2020
It was to cold in the bus
LM
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 10, 2020
Accidentally booked the express bus instead of the vip one but honestly it wasn't an issue. It was a nice comfortable trip and a good value for the price.
WM
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 10, 2020
Pro: On time. Con: bus was old and dirty. My armrest was broken. I don’t expect too much but this was disappointing considering we paid extra for a VIP bus.
MB
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 6, 2020
Terible real terible chairs
KS
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 6, 2020
Seat was broken.
DY
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 6, 2020
Seats kind of broken, and small Good driver though, drive well on roads under construction We stopped once for a break and snack which was helpful
AC
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 6, 2020
Old bus but very nice and comfortable, with reclining seats and very spacious. Been offered bottle of water and a little roll cake. Only giving 4 stars because toilet facilities were very bad. A very small toilet and very bumpy roads, imagine what that means...that was an experience :( Unfortunately crew dont speak English, so all announcements made in Thai.
SS
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 5, 2020
Old bus and narrow seats. Driver was not able to put in the gear!
MG
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 5, 2020
Convenient way to travel on a nice bus with comfortable seats. Bonus was a bottle of water and a vanilla cake roll ????
CS
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Feb 4, 2020
SERAFINI
FM
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 4, 2020
Nice experience. They stopped about halfway through so we could use the toilet and buy snacks
CN
Bus Express, GreenBus, Feb 1, 2020
Anche se non capisco la necessità di avere 14 gradi quando fuori ce ne sono 31
SG
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Jan 30, 2020
The VIP bus is a must! the people who work at the company were very kind. Clean, spacious and very comfortable bus
MS
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 30, 2020
The only complaint we had was that we had to print our tickets. As backpackers this was very difficult for us.
TM
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 29, 2020
Good
FH
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Jan 27, 2020
Excellent journey, well worth the money and easy to book with igoasia
MS
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 27, 2020
All was perfect
IP
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 26, 2020
It wasn't VIP. But, anyway, it was comfortable!
JB
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 26, 2020
Everything was OK, except the fact that it was a bit too cold.
DM
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 26, 2020
Air condition 10 degrees !!! As a fridge !!!
MV
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Jan 26, 2020
Good trip the bus was not new but arrived on hours
BS
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Jan 26, 2020
Great bus but would have been nice to have power at seat working. And really cold. Bring long sleeves!
ND
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 26, 2020
Lái xe thân thiện , xe thoải mái tuy nhiên chuyến xe chúng tôi đi gặp sự cố nên phải đợi gần 2g mới đươc chuyển sang xe khác. Chuyến xe về đến Chiang Rai muộn nên hơi mệt.
CD
Bus Express, GreenBus, Jan 25, 2020
It was a good & pleasantly surprised trip. Nice touch with a bottle of water on each seat. Didn’t expect that. Forget the 20kg hold limit per case. They don’t check. Overall very good. Was punctual & very economic mode of transportation. Thank you. Brit Guyz
MM
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Jan 24, 2020
Bus was ok. It wasn't as luxuorious as one on the photos but it was ok. Seats are good, enough legroom and I'm 2 meters tall so, believe me, it's ok. Driver was a bit unsure but ok, doesn't matter that much. Overall good.
RV
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Jan 24, 2020
Great service. You even get a water and a snack.
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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 THB 8,361 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere THB 140.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 27 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 1d 2h 30m 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 THB 140 if you opt for a GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)) bus and as expensive as THB 8,361 if you buy a Thai Airways flight 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 ?

  • 1 from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 09:45 Chiang Rai Airport until 22:30 Chiang Rai Airport
  • 1 from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:00 Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 until 18:00 Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

1 from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 00:00 Chiang Rai Town until 00:00 Chiang Rai Town

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?

Flights

Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as THB 2,664.

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 Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Thai Airways, Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์)

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

Glassflower, Jed Yord (บริษัท เจ็ดยอดบราเตอร์ จำกัด), 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

  • 96% opted for a bus
  • 3% decided to fly
  • 1% bought a taxi ride