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
BangkokTaxi24 VIP Van 8pax Any time$ 371.18
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD341605:25 - 06:45฿ 3,480
Thai Smile Economy #WE10207:20 - 08:35$ 49.10
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD343509:15 - 10:30$ 61.46
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD344711:35 - 12:55฿ 5,521
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL51013:30 - 14:40฿ 1,570
Nok Air Economy #DD13414:40 - 15:50฿ 1,859
Bangkok Air Economy #PG21917:40 - 19:00฿ 4,560
Nok Air Economy #DD14219:30 - 20:35$ 39.55
Transport Co VIP 31 20:00 - 07:53฿ 651
Thai Railway Class III Fan 22:24 - 12:10$ 9.13

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

KH
Night trains probably won't be the best if you want to renjoy the scenary. I think I missed the must see spots during the night. The Class 2 seats are more comfy than the normal Bus seats, the ride is smoother than the bus. But much longer than the bus. The ticket says you need a print out of the ticket. But I along with many other tourists just showed the train guard the soft copy in our phones. Some did have papers , which the guard looked too happy to punch holes in. He couldnt poke a hole in our phone, so act of checking was just nodding at our e tickets. That wasn't as fun for him I guess. During the journey, only at the beginning one small boy went round the cars selling water bottles, and around 6 am a few ladies came and sold some local food, BBQ meat on sticks, 3in1 coffee sachets with papercups and hot water. And no other street, nah, train hawkers during other times. Peeing on a moving train was bit tricky. I wonder doing no 2 would be harder. Toilet only as clean as it could be for a public overnight train. Not too bad though. Hand sanitizers and wet wipes are advised.
Train #51 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 29, 2022
I
There was no food on the train which, when looking into the 109 train, it said there would be a canteen cart. Bring lots of food with you and try to avoid the toilets if you can
Train #109 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 24, 2022
AB
The toilet smell on the train spoilt the whole experience. Re-design the toilets please.
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 24, 2022
JG
No food was available, coffee should have been included, and only one plug for two people.
Train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 10, 2022
L
The coach had a broken door and many broken windows.too
Train #109 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 10, 2022
LF
Lovely experience Helpful staff
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 5, 2022
MV
Reliable, detail-oriented. Thank you very much. But one thing to critique, perhaps beyond your control. Why do you put all farang into the same train carriage? There were almost no Thais in the same carriage! Does Thailand's national railway network not believe in farang and Thais being allowed to mix?
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 4, 2022
YC
The collection is easy and fast
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 4, 2022
CS
All went well and it’s a great experience, only the service staff of the train was pretty rude and didn’t speak English. But that was a minor minus.
Train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 4, 2022
AE
It is basically what you would expect. Keep in mind, that the lights are on the whole time and the windows are down, so it will be loud.
Train #51 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 2, 2022
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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 17m. 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.