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From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by Buses

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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 - 03:10฿ 3,850
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 - 03:00฿ 5,990
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 16:00 - 19:35฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

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2059 customer reviews
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44%
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33%
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91% of 2059 travelers were happy with this destination
NS
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 15, 2019
Seats were comfy and lovely and cool. Only complaint is it was raining and the bus driver/helpers left our bags in the rain even though the bus was waiting so they could have been put on. When we got to Chiang Rai, again our bags were thrown into a puddle of water. As backpackers all our stuff was soaked in our bags.
HL
3
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 14, 2019
Air conditioning is so cold
TK
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 13, 2019
I thought iT was n express bus straight to Chiang Rai, but the bus stopped several time. Gr.
AN
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 12, 2019
Bus was late arriving and therefore late leaving. While only 12 minutes, the problem was more in the communication to those of us waiting. There was a white board that could have been used to let everyone know the bus would be late and the ability to include time info, but it was not used. Once arrived, loading was quick and bus attendants were kind and helpful. Bus driver did great driving through the areas under construction to minimize discomfort for passengers.
CC
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 10, 2019
Nice journey with stops on the way. Seats could be more comfortable
PB
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 10, 2019
Bargain, Easy way to travel, air con ok, stopped for short break on route, left 10/15 mins late unsure why as bus arrived in plenty of time to board/load. Never use toilet on board.
GL
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 4, 2019
Super confort, but A little bit older the bus.. so not so nice
WP
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bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 2, 2019
We left on time and got safely to chiang Rai. Stop half way there for toilet and snack. Everything was alright.
LR
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bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 15, 2019
AC broke down half way through the journey, had to wait one hour for the next bus to take us to Chiang Rai. Besides that, the journey was all right.
TP
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 11, 2019
Difficult to use the toilet when bus making sharp turns on the mountain road
LS
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 11, 2019
Excellent, huge seats, very comfortable, great driver.
GP
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 10, 2019
Excellent and safe driver and great customer service from the assistant personnel on the bus . I give perfect score of 5 stars
DH
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 9, 2019
The trip itself was very comfortable, and I would take it again. My gripe is with 12go.asia for telling us that we needed to show up an hour early and have our vouchers printed. Neither of those things are true, and so we got up early just to wander around a pretty small bus station when it was hot as heck outside. There was absolutely no reason for this.
AG
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 8, 2019
Nice trop. Ackward nails coming out of the toilet wall. Hard to avoid when tall.
WC
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bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 7, 2019
The bus has very weak aircon and we sweats all the way for 3hrs ride. So disappointed, the weather is so hot and we almost fainted. We choose green bus because of the review of strong aircon but was very upset.
ML
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bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 7, 2019
Bus was comfortable with a reasonable amount of space, driver was good considering the amount of road repairs on the route, great value for money. overall happy with greenbus
PB
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 27, 2019
Bus was on time. Drive safe and VIP bus very comfortable. Green bus well organized. Would use again
LM
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 26, 2019
Toilet room so small, but chairs big and comfortably recline
PH
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 26, 2019
Extremely cold. Only 17 degrees although we requested to low the AC.
PB
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bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 25, 2019
You must indicate that front row seats are behind a bulkhead that blocks any forward view. This is not the norm in other buses around the world - you must advertise this when people are booking. The bus service was comfortable, water and snack appreciated - thank you

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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.

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.