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08:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
12:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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12:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by Buses

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06:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
5
09:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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07:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.3
10:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
5h 30m bus ride in Express
4
13:30
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
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08:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
11:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
12:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
12:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
13:40
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.3
14:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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11:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.1
15:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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12:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
5h 25m bus ride in Express
17:25
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
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12:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
15:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant Recommended
12:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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13:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.8
16:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.2
17:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride
4.5+
17:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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15:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
18:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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17:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride
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20:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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17:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
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20:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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17:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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18:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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18:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.7
22:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
5
22:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

Transport types between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 - 03:00฿ 3,839
Smart En Plus Van 9pax 00:00 - 03:30฿ 4,070
Glassflower Premium 00:00 - 03:00฿ 5,930
GreenBus Express 06:00 - 09:35฿ 260
GreenBus Express 08:00 - 13:30฿ 395
GreenBus VIP 10:30 - 13:40฿ 360
GreenBus Express 12:00 - 17:25฿ 310
GreenBus Express 14:15 - 17:50฿ 260
GreenBus Express 17:00 - 20:35฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

4.1
2319 customer reviews
5
45%
4
32%
3
13%
2
5%
1
5%
CJ
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 4, 2019
Easy to book and pay for the transport. Would have been cheaper if I'd gone myself but then you have to hang around the bus station if the bus is full.
LM
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 3, 2019
Best stuard ever! He is the best men for this Job. Verry Kind and verry freandly. Please let him know.
MM
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 2, 2019
It was very cold in the bus but this was told before and the tickets are very cheap. So overall a good busride.
NA
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 2, 2019
Excellent service. Left on time. eide spacious seats, very clean cabin. Courteous attendant.
BT
4
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 27, 2019
This was really good value. The bus is old, but you have a very large comfy seat with lots of leg room. The water/snack included was a bonus too. It was very easy to board, they take your bag and give a ticket which matches one attached to the bag. The staff were friendly and efficient- no complaints, very good for the (VIP) price.
LP
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 25, 2019
Excellent service, on time and comfortable at a good price.
MM
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 24, 2019
Great service. Very well organised and helpful staff. Bus ran pretty much on time
CF
2
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 23, 2019
Seat number sorting was miserable, at least 3 couples had separate seats when there was others available in the bus (might be fine for short distance but not cool in that case); equipment wasn’t working : no individual light, seats hard to set,... no wifi or functioning plugs And finally a supposedly 3:30hrs journey in which we had nothing else to do but sleep arrived later than expected
SB
3
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 23, 2019
We booked a VIP express trip. There were 2 buses departing for Chiang Rai, the standard bus was much newer & cleaner with leather seats. Our 'VIP' bus was disgraceful. The onyl good thing was the size of the seat. The bus was falling apart. The door was cracked & there was cardboard taped in areas to hide/repair damage. The seats were dirty and broken. We felt like we needed a shower when we got off! Very uncomfortable journey. This was the same case on the return journey. It is disgraceful that people pay extra for VIP express & end up in a run down & dirty bus. The regular buses were much more up to standard which does not make sense. Very disappointing and would not use Green Bus again.
EM
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 18, 2019
Left and arrived on time, no delays, clean, the driver was very professional, at half way we made a stop. Totally recommend it.
SP
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 18, 2019
pleasent temperature, not to cold not to hot. The Seat was a little tilted maybe worn-out. So Seating comfort could have been better. Timing of start and arrival was good.
LR
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 17, 2019
Bus left on time, arrived on time. It was a comfortable ride. Only issue was my seat was broken and wouldn’t stay straight up (it would go into the recline). Not a problem for me, but a huge inconvenience for the person behind me!
SC
4
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 17, 2019
Straight forward experience on VIP bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Easy booking, easily located at bus station, left a little late but nothing major, clean and comfortable bus. The definition of VIP I think is open to interpretation and even with Green Bus there are newer and older buses used in this class that offer a different experience. For the small amount extra Baht, the larger seats, extra leg room and guaranteed toilet was well worth it.
BR
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 16, 2019
Good, comfortable trip. Left the rating at 4 only because their was no toilet on the bus.
RM
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 16, 2019
Do yourself a big favour and take the VIP bus. It was comfy and modern.
JD
3
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 15, 2019
It doesn't have toilets and it's a long trip. It stopped at one station half way thou
TG
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 15, 2019
The bus was a little bit late but it was very comfortable. Good trip.
LK
3
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 15, 2019
Spóźnił się, bez żadnego powodu, w środku nieświeżo pachniało, co chwila klimatyzacja była wyłączana, wodę dostali wszyscy poza mną
LL
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 14, 2019
Bus left ~15 minutes later than scheduled, but the ride was comfortable for 4 hours.
GD
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 13, 2019
The service was excellent although the bus was a little old. Even though I will come back again because the service is safe. Recommended!

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How to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by Bus

Taking a bus to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 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 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 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 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

Travelling by bus, the distance from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 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 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by Bus?

The estimate travel time from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is about 3h 10m. Note that travelling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai 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 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by Bus?

The ticket price from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 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.

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai timetable

To help you plan your trip, here is the Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 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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