GreenBus Thailand is a bus company that services a range of routes around Thailand. These include northern, southern, northeastern, and central Thailand, with the central hub located in Chiang Mai.
Buses are large and spacious but some models may be older and the condition of the bus varies according to the individual route. Drop off and pick up points are usually at the main bus stations of towns and cities around Thailand.
Routes served by GreenBus
GreenBus travels across much of Thailand with routes to the north, south, and north-east as well as around the centre of the country. Some of the most popular routes are listed below.
Chiang Mai–Chiang Rai
Tickets for travelling between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai route start at THB200 and can go up to THB350 depending on the time of day and type of the bus.
There are buses all throughout the day at 7 am, 7.45 am, 8.15 am, 8.30 am, 9.30 am, 10.15 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm, 2.30 pm, 2.45 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 5.30 pm, 6 pm and the journey takes around 3 and a half hours.
Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Bangkok – Chiang Mai is easily the most popular bus route in the whole country and as such, tickets tend to sell out quickly regardless the month of the year; and if travelling during high season (between November and February) be sure to book at least 3 days in advance.
GreenBus tickets cost from THB500 and buses leave daily at 7 am arriving in Chiang Mai at 6.30 pm. The journey takes between 11 and 12 hours depending on traffic conditions.
Chiang Mai–Golden Triangle
Tickets for this service also cost THB300 and leave at 8 am arriving at 4.00 pm. The journey takes around 8 hours.
Buses operated by GreenBus service much of the north, south, north-eastern, and central parts of Thailand which means that there are a number of routes to choose from including less well known stops.
Buses are air conditioned and spacious with ample legroom.
This company has a refund policy if you wish to cancel or change your tickets which are subject to terms and conditions.
Bookings can be made online.
Bus tickets with GreenBus are cheaper than other forms of travel such as flying.
Food, drinks, snacks, and cold towels are provided on buses.
Some buses are not equipped with toilets which may be challenging on long journeys.
Many buses do not travel directly from one destination to another but instead have a number of stops along the way which can make the journey longer.
Buses vary in terms of condition and some are newer models than others depending on the schedule. As such some may also be cleaner and more roadworthy than others.
Drop off points are usually at the main bus stations in each town and you will need to plan your own onward transportation to your hotel accordingly.
Keep in mind
Buses are not equipped with Wi-Fi or other entertainment options so you may wish to bring your own for long journeys.
Passengers have reported that in addition to lack of Wi-Fi there are also no USB ports or other ways to charge a laptop or phone on buses. As such make sure to have all your devices fully charged before boarding.
Some reports of journeys mention that there are no toilets on board and limited stops for breaks which also often take place in rural areas. Make sure to plan accordingly for this.
There are reports of tea, juice, and cake being offered to passengers but if you wish to have a proper meal you may want to purchase this or some snacks beforehand as it may be difficult to stop along the way and buy any items you need. This applies particularly to passengers with special diets.