Buses from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Buses from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai
Mon, Jul 29
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Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Bus Schedule

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Bus Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord SUV 4pax Any time฿ 5,935
GreenBus Express 07:00 - 10:45฿ 271
Thai AirAsia Economy 08:50 - 15:00฿ 5,670
GreenBus Express 10:25 - 13:55฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 13:15 - 16:35฿ 380
GreenBus VIP 15:30 - 18:50฿ 380
Thai AirAsia Economy 16:00 - 20:50฿ 8,990
Thai AirAsia Economy 18:15 - 22:30฿ 6,170

Transportation from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Facts about the bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Cheapest Bus$8
Fastest Bus3h 20m
Earliest Bus7:30 AM
Latest Bus6:30 PM
Daily Bus Routes21
Distance150 kilometers
Bus CompaniesGreenBus

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

Everything on time the bus was super clean and well organized
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jul 17, 2024
The way to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai was not as comfortable, the busses were older and more inconvenient. The Greenbus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai were great! Lots of space, very comfortable
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jun 26, 2024
The bus is very comfy, the driver is very experienced, and the steward boy is simply great. All perfect. I traveled very comfortably.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jun 25, 2024
Great, and we had a bottle of water.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jun 9, 2024
Seat was broken so I was in an uncomfortable position for 3 hrs, as well as bus was hot
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), May 9, 2024
Good travel, good accomodation
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Apr 11, 2024
very nice bus ride, comfortable, punctual and not too cold!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 23, 2024
The toilet light and flushing did not work.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 20, 2024
Was very good bus
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 27, 2024
Too much commotion with delay of foreign family removal from bus
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 19, 2024
2190 customer reviews

How to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai by Bus

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

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

The estimate travel time from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai is about 3h 20m. Note that traveling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Chiang Rai 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 Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai by Bus?

The ticket price from Chiang Rai 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.

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai timetable

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

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.