Buses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Buses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Morchit, Bangkok
9h 30m bus ride in Express
4.5
06:05
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2

From Morchit to Chiang Mai by Bus

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Morchit, Bangkok
10h bus ride in Regular 55
15:40
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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06:00
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 30m bus ride in Express
4.5
16:30
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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07:30
Morchit, Bangkok
9h bus ride in Express
16:30
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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16:00
Morchit, Bangkok
9h 30m bus ride in VIP
4.3
01:30
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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16:50
Morchit, Bangkok
10h bus ride in Regular 55
02:50
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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17:30
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 15m bus ride in VIP
3.8
03:45
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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18:30
Morchit, Bangkok
13h bus ride in Express
07:30
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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18:50
Morchit, Bangkok
9h 30m bus ride in Express
4.5
04:20
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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19:15
Morchit, Bangkok
9h 30m bus ride in VIP
4.3
04:45
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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19:50
Morchit, Bangkok
9h bus ride in Express
04:50
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Chiang Mai Arcade 2
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Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai destination reviews

LC
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 20, 2020
Great price and service
GA
train 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 20, 2020
The trip was great; linen and surrounds generally quite clean. Train staff did not seem happy on the job; and there was no food/drinks sold on the train. Lights on the upper bunk were blinding though so not as easy to rest.
JT
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 7, 2020
All good apart from no buffet car and very limited food and drinks on offer. For me the bed is a bit short. Also, I found the train a bit noisier than normal and had a few problems getting to sleep. Apart from that, everything was good : )
MA
Bus VIP 31, Sombat Tour, Sep 7, 2020
The bus is ok though a bit old Aircon is good Seat is comfortable Toilet smells
MC
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 5, 2020
Very comfortable, arrived on time, excellent staff. Very pleased
WH
train #9 Special Promotion Seats, Thai Railways, Sep 3, 2020
We were told 15 minutes before departure that there would be no food or drink served on board. I feel this is unacceptable for a 13 hour journey - with very limited options for food and drink in the station.
JH
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 2, 2020
Very clean, very friendly and nice staff. Comfortable beds.
LD
train #9 2nd Class Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Sep 2, 2020
It is extremely cold in the train, and the full lights on all night make it difficult to have a good sleep. But the train is more comfortable than train leaving that 19:10 ;)
N
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 27, 2020
It was all good.
TM
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 27, 2020
It is a good way to come from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The service from the staff at the train is fine, but the first part of the trip from Bangkok is a bit bumpy, so difficult to sleep .. but the last part was fine.
RS
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Mar 26, 2020
Service was good. Train was delayed a couple of hours while traveling. The bed was not very comfortable. Experience was average.
HK
train #9 2nd Class Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Mar 26, 2020
We upgraded our seats to first class, it was a great experience.
KP
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Mar 26, 2020
Booked 1st class sleeper. Rolling stock was old and dirty. Air conditioning very cold and impossible to adjust. Food from the dining car expense.
FH
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Mar 25, 2020
1st class sleeper very old, catering lady expensive and food was not the best.
SL
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 25, 2020
cleanliness of the mattress can be improved; air conditioner can be cooler
KL
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways, Mar 23, 2020
Ticket delivered to Hotel in plenty of time. Train journey very comfortable.
GH
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways, Mar 23, 2020
Train is ok, and the free meals, snacks , coffee/tea were a surprise. Air conditioning is so cold that you have to pile on everything you have to survive. No blankets provided ( day train). Difficult to move around the train becaise the ride is not very smooth. Would definitely advise taking the night train and getting a bed as the scenery is a bit disappointing except for a few stretches.
CF
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways, Mar 22, 2020
Great way to see the country. The service is good, the trains are pretty clean, and the seats are good.
GC
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 22, 2020
We was 5 Italian guy. The trip was very funny and the organization was perfect
AM
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Mar 22, 2020
Went great, the only thing was the music in the bus, and that I didn't know the time of the toilet breaks
DW
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Great trip! No first class left so went second class but it was actually better, met some great people, had a good sleep and the staff were awesome
PV
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Good trip in a luxery express train. Good service. Easy check in.
PE
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Mar 20, 2020
They woke us up take out blankets and after they put the músic súper loud for 5-10 minutes and it was 6 am so pretty shit
AM
train #51 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 19, 2020
Ticketing was easy and the staff at 12go were great! The train is an experience I’ll never forget. I HIGHLY recommend ear plugs. The train is pretty loud and creaky. We had been up for over 24 hours before we got on the night train and I still had a bit of trouble falling asleep going through Bangkok. Once we were out of the city the tracks smoothed out and I passed out. If I would have had ear plugs I would have probably been fine. There are a few outlets around the train. None in the bunks but they are there. My phone was almost dead and I luckily was able to secure power before Chiang Mai otherwise we would have not had GPS. Also when you get to Chiang Mai don’t get a taxi at the station. They were all trying to charge 50$ USD to take you to the city. Walk through the people and get a taxi a little ways away from the train on the Main Street to the city.
HM
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 19, 2020
The 12go agency was very helpfull, very responsive to my emails. Everything went smooth, the building to pickup the tickets is very close to the railway station and easy to find. Everything was ok and the train journey was pleasnt.
MR
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 17, 2020
I had a lower berth. A train worker made my bed. The bed was fine. The train shakes tangibly back and forth and it was quite cold due to the air conditioning. You will get a blanket (slightly thicker than a towel) but make sure you are wearing something warm. I thought it was a great experience and great that you don't waste a day traveling.
AW
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 13, 2020
Comfy, clean and on time.
DS
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 11, 2020
We froze in the overly air conditioned refrigerator car. Not very pleased.
EJ
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 11, 2020
The train attendant who was a woman named Lee, sold my friends 4 tins as “beer” but then we realised they were alcohol free. I think that was very misleading. Over all the train journey was fine, a bit hard to sleep because the lights were left on all night and the train was loud, but that can’t be helped. I would use Go Asia again to book travel as it was easy and helpful, but not sure if I would travel on the train again.
CF
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 10, 2020
I would surely recommand going by train. Tips: 1. The airco is quit cold. Bring enough warm clothes with you. 2. Bring an eye cover and earplugs. 3. The lowest bed has got a window so you see the sunset.
TB
train #51 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 10, 2020
Good
TM
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 9, 2020
Train was well on time but the vehicle was old and dirty as were the toilet and the sinks.
UC
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 9, 2020
Exelent service Tanks
SB
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 9, 2020
It was a wonderful experience.
RW
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways, Mar 8, 2020
Long train ride but we made it OK. A little late but we understood that could happen so no problems. 12Go was a big help getting us 2nd class tickets on short notice.
JC
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet, Mar 8, 2020
The flight was smooth and quick, great internal service..
TA
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Mar 8, 2020
Comfortable and a novel trip.
MP
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 7, 2020
It was a good experience, but could be better if the train had cellphone chargers and wi-fi signal
WB
train #9 2nd Class Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Mar 6, 2020
12Go makes it so easy to book an overnight train from the U.S. so you feel secure about your plans. They walk over to the train station and purchase the tickets on your behalf plus when we picked up our tickets they gave me 100 baht refund because we reserved an upper and lower seat/bed. Kop khun ka We had train #9. The seats have no lumbar support, but other than that it was fine.
MS
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet, Mar 6, 2020
Lujo todo, cumplieron los horarios, avión en buen estado, para vuelos cortos lo recomiendo.
PA
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet, Mar 5, 2020
Everything went well
JT
Bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour, Mar 5, 2020
Luxury bus - screen for films, very comfy seats, food provided throughout. IMPORTANT: wrap up warm as air con on and bring own soap to use in toilet.
MS
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Mar 5, 2020
Cool service
MK
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 4, 2020
There were minor problems such as car 2 did not exist so tens of travellers were standing confused until someone removed the car 4 sign and directed everyone there. The journey was OK but we were late around 2 hours. No real reason why.
CG
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 4, 2020
12go very easy to use and responded quickly to my questions. Very easy and straightforward process
DL
Bus VIP, Lignite Tour PK, Mar 2, 2020
They did not say the information in English such as when we were having a break and for how long. That we get a meal with our ticket. We arrived one hour earlier than stated. There was no wifi and the tvs did not work. They provided snack and water. The woman who brought the snacks was really nice.
KM
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 2, 2020
Booking with 12go was easy and straight forward and the overnight train was comfortable and service was great. Would definitely use the agent and overnight train service for my next booking.
MJ
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Mar 2, 2020
Very nice, thank you! ????
AS
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 2, 2020
Always a pleasant trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train. Booking through 12GoAsia is a breeze... easy, safe and reliable. Thank you.
TG
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Mar 1, 2020
All good - thanks 123Go!
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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Bus

Taking a bus to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a safe, comfortable and less-expensive alternative for travelling this route. To popular destinations, bus companies operate multiple trips per day, often round the clock at 30-60 minute intervals. Toless travelled destinations, there may be only 1 scheduled trip a day. The most common bus types are non-air-conditioned, air-conditioned, and premium buses.

It is best to reserve your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Check our list of bus companies available for online booking offering Bangkok to Chiang Mai tickets. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to higher numbers of travelers, both vacation-makers and urban workers returning home to their provincial home.

How far is it from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

Travelling by bus, the distance from Bangkok to Chiang Mai depends on the route taken. Most bus companies travel via expressways or tollways. This may not necessarily be the shortest route but it is the fastest one as normally there is less traffic and no traffic lights.

To get to certain island destinations which are not connected to the mainland by a bridge, buses board large car ferries. Passengers are usually asked to get off the bus, but there is no need to take your luggage from the bus. The travel distance from port to port is added to the total distance.

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

The estimate travel time from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is about 9h. Note that travelling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Bangkok and Chiang Mai may differ greatly There is usually more traffic between morning until afternoon during weekdays than during weekends.

Another important factor that may affect travel time is a type of a bus. Premium or VIP buses are usually faster as they use motorways and call to fewer bus stations (if any) en route. Buses normally make short 10-30-minute breaks after a few hours of continuous travel to allow passengers use bathrooms, stock up on munchies and let bus attendants and the driver have rest.

Some premium buses have onboard toilets and the second driver. Nevertheless, usually they still make en route stops for a quick lunch or fuel refill.

How much does it cost to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Bus?

The ticket price from Bangkok to Chiang Mai can vary depending on the type of buses you choose. For a less expensive ticket consider non-air-conditioned or ordinary buses. Premium or luxury buses are more expensive but you can expect more comfort and some additional services like phone charging ports, personal entertainment system screens and toilets.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai timetable

To help you plan your trip, here is the Bangkok to Chiang Mai timetable of bus departure and arrival times.

Best Rated Companies for this Route

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Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider. We also recommend you checking reviews on overall service quality of the bus companies serving this route.

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