Trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower Luxury SUV Any time฿ 10,313
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD341605:10 - 06:20฿ 1,696
Bangkok Air Economy 06:00 - 12:10฿ 8,510
Thai Railway Class II AC 08:30 - 19:30$ 20.48
Nok Air Economy #DD12611:10 - 12:20฿ 1,859
Thai Smile Economy #WE11013:30 - 14:50฿ 4,356
Nok Air Economy #DD13215:35 - 16:45฿ 1,859
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD342517:25 - 18:35฿ 1,940
Budsarakham Tour VIP 19:30 - 05:45฿ 783
Budsarakham Tour VIP 20:15 - 06:30฿ 947
Nakhonchai Air Gold Class 22:15 - 07:31฿ 743

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

Train was very comfortable although was very noisy throughout the night so a bit hard to sleep
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 25, 2023
The lights were never turned of during the night and they were super bright. The Air Condidioner was set so low it was really cold inside. If you travel here make sure to bring enough water and snacks with ypu they don't sell any. Depending on the time of your train at around 20 p.m. in one ocassion a guy offered us some snacks, but the selection was really poor. In one ocassion no one came by and there is no board bistro or anything similar. We were pretty happy we had enough water
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 18, 2023
The bed is good, make sure to bring soap and toilet paper
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 12, 2023
Sleeper train, was on time, kind employees, comfortable bed, possible to buy drinks and food. Everything else was a poor quality. My bed had no ladder and luggage rack, I needed to climb and jump up and down like a monkey. The ride was very shaky, lights were on all night long and it was very loud. Old toilet and everything.
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 5, 2023
Travelling in 3. class is an experience! Easy check in at the railwaystation.
Train #13 Class 3 Fan, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 4, 2023
This was a good way to travel from BKK to Chian mai, was very comfortable basically sleeping the whole way. I was on the upper bunk so no views and it does get really cold with the AC. Would be better if they dimmed the lights. Only thing i would say is need more info on when you arrive at the station at BKK on where to go. The PDF ticket is also fine i dont know why they keep pushing for it to be printed.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 3, 2023
Cozy sleeper seat. No food. Takes a lot of time. Dirty washroom. But it's on time. Not every seat has charging point. In fact, they are rare.
Train #109 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 17, 2023
Really beautiful views in the morning - but door wide open the whole time so very noisy and cold in the night - bring earplugs and warm clothes! Possible to sleep but difficult :)
Train #51 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 10, 2023
We got 3rd class as that was the only one available. Crammed on seats, unless people leave then you can start spreading out. We travelled about 14hrs. Attendants did try find empty seats for us to sleep on. Book in advance so you can get sleepers
Train #13 Class 3 Fan, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 6, 2023
We very much enjoyed the overnight train. Unfortunately, our berths were not together (actually, they were at opposite ends of the same car) but thankfully, a friendly man traded with one of us so my wife and I could travel together.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 31, 2023
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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

Taking a train to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a safe, fast, and scenic option to travel the country. On certain routes, there are multiple train departures per day every 10 to 15 minutes. This is typical for intercity travel, while for long distance train routes there are fewer scheduled departures – plan ahead to choose the one that fits your itinerary best.

For long distance train journeys, we recommend reserving your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Buying train tickets via our online booking system will allow you to choose and reserve the best Bangkok to Chiang Mai tickets.

Buying your tickets online will help you secure the trip on the selected date and avoid queuing at the station.. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to a much higher demand. During high season, train tickets sell out quickly – do book as early as you can.

How far is it from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

Travelling by train, the distance from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is 431 miles. Before setting
on for a train journey, have a look at the map to find out what tourist spots or landmarks you will pass by – maybe they are worth a quick stop?

How long does it take to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train?

Travel time from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is estimated to be about 10h 10m. Trains ensure the fastest time to travel by land. As normally there is no congestion, the speed of travel is more or less constant and stops at train stations are rather short, train is almost always one of the quickest and safest ways to get from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The most important thing that may affect train travel time is the type of train. Ordinary trains travel at a speed of about 40 mph or 65 km/h to 65 mph or 105 km/h. Some intercity trains with shorter distances between stations run slower than 40 mph. Even with these low speeds, it can still be faster than commuting by car, bus or taxi.

The speed of express trains can reach up to 100 mph or 160 km/h. Modern high-speed trains can run at speeds exceeding 250 mph or 400 km/h.

These speeds of travel together with relatively short stops between stations can greatly shorten the duration of your trip.

How much does it cost to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train?

The train ticket price from Bangkok to Chiang Mai varies depending on the types of trains or carriages available.

Some trains feature different types of carriages, seats and berths offering various amenities and level of comfort.

Basic passenger trains which are often non-air-conditioned and have wooden, hard or old seats are normally cheap. Premium or luxury trains and coaches have a higher ticket price but are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and large soft seats with sufficient legroom to make train rides comfortable.

Considering the distance travelled, train is the most affordable means of transport. Also, ticket prices include 2 or 3 bags – sometimes even more – per passenger.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai timetable

Trains are great for long-distance travel. Double-check your travel itinerary and use the Bangkok to Chiang Mai timetable above with train departure times and arrival times to find the best train for your route.

Best-Rated Companies for this Route

Unlike buses or taxis which have numerous companies offering their services, train service is usually offered by just one major company in each country. As railway service requires a large amount of infrastructure, most railway companies are government-owned and are a part of the national transport system.

One of the best advantages of travelling by train is that railway stations are often conveniently located within or very near major cities and urban areas. Immediately on arrival to their destination, travellers find themselves in close proximity to important facilities like hotels, supermarkets, and hospitals.

If you travel with a lot of bags and luggage, trains are your best option. Luggage weight limits on trains are rather flexible and allow you to carry multiple bags with you.

Special or luxury trains feature sufficient legroom which allows you to stretch your legs and relax. In comfort and space these train seats can be compared to business class airplane seats.

Similar to buses, trains can provide a variety of amenities to make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Modern trains have WIFI service, a snack counter and a drinking bar. Onboard toilets can be a life saver for travellers with queasy stomachs.

Lastly, unlike buses and other overland means of transport, trains are very rarely involved in accidents.