Buses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Buses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Bus Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Bus 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 bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Cheapest Bus$18
Fastest Bus8h 55m
Earliest Bus6:00 午前
Latest Bus10:35 午後
Daily Bus Routes39
Distance692 kilometers
Bus CompaniesBangkok Busline, Budsarakham Tour, Nakhonchai Air, Sombat Tour, Tara Tour and Travel, 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
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
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
drive was okay! couldnt really sleep but expected it that way as there were just seats. bus was on time. AC would blow straight in your face which is really bad - take a silk towel or whatever with you to put over your head and a hoodie oc! Mid way we suddenly stopped somewhere to have a noodle soup that we would get with our bus ticket. Announcements were just in thai so I just copied everything the others were doing. The bus driver was really kind! you need to improve AC + english announcements!
Bus Standard, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Aug 28, 2023
Very friendly staff and overall comfortable bus
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Aug 23, 2023
The service left on time and arrived on time, the seats were comfortable and the bus had AC however we were sat in the emergency exit row and the door wasn’t sealed so all the hot air was coming in from outside which made it quite hot for the 10 hour journey! Also the bus has a toilet on board so they don’t make any stops so prior warning to stock up on snacks! They did provide us with regular snacks, drinks and 1 meal, however we were not asked before hand for any dietary requirements. I am vegetarian and my friend is vegan so we couldn’t eat any of the snacks or meal because it contained fish and meat which was a bit disappointing as it then all just went to waste! It would have been nice to get off and walk around when they made 1 stop to change driver but when a few people got up to get off they were told we weren’t allowed off the bus as it was just a driver change. However we were stopped for about 15/20 mins which would have been more than enough time to give people the chance to walk around, smoke or in our case purchase some food we could eat. Overall would use them again and recommend the service to others but I will make sure to take more snacks and a meal as 10 hours was a long time to go with not much food!
Bus First Class, Nakhonchai Air (นครชัยแอร์), Aug 21, 2023
Nice, comfy seats with usb for charging and little screen with some movies like on a plane. The seat reclined quite far but there was no footrest. Turned on the lights and stopped at 12.30 for food which was a bit chaotic. Arrived an hour early so only got a couple of hours sleep.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Aug 11, 2023
Great! Thank you for the smooth trip.Till next time! 😘
Bus Standard, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Jul 31, 2023
Nice and comfortable seats, blanket provided along with water, some snacks and dinner (at midnight during the break) - the voucher for the dinner is in your ticket - During the trip I wasn't able to use the entertainment on the screen of my seats because all the movies where in Thai impossible to switch to another language.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jul 30, 2023
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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 traveling this route. To popular destinations, bus companies operate multiple trips per day, often round the clock at 30-60 minute intervals. To less traveled 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 traveling 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?

Traveling 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 8h 55m. Note that traveling 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 the type of 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

Bus companies differ a lot in quality and service they provide. When choosing a bus company for you travels, do some basic research before you buy your tickets.

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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