Buses from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Buses from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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

From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by Bus

Instant
07:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.0
10:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
07:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.0
11:40
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
08:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 20m bus ride in VIP
4.6
11:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
09:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.4
12:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
10:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 50m bus ride in Express
4.2
13:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
11:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 20m bus ride in VIP
4.4
14:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
12:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.1
15:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
12:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.1
16:40
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.4
17:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Instant
15:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 20m bus ride in VIP
4.4
18:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
Loading

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.
4.1
2739 customer reviews
5
44%
4
32%
3
14%
2
5%
1
5%

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 20m. 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.

Our service only partners with reliable and trustworthy bus companies. We do our best to provide your a choice of the best operators available on each route.