Trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thailand Limo by Datum SUV 4pax Any time$ 392.16
Nok Air Economy #DD14005:20 - 06:25$ 76.52
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD410006:45 - 07:55$ 51.36
Thai Railways Class II AC 08:50 - 19:30$ 26.33
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD344711:25 - 12:40$ 54.20
Thai Smile Economy #WE11013:35 - 14:50฿ 4,295
Thai Airways Economy #TG216415:05 - 16:20$ 63.49
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10816:20 - 17:40$ 69.48
Thai Smile Economy #WE12018:40 - 20:00$ 128.51
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ11820:40 - 21:55$ 59.14
Thai Railway Class II Sleeper AC 22:24 - 12:10$ 25.14

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

  • Trains
    $ 8
  • Buses are not avaliable
  • Ferries are not avaliable
  • Flights are not avaliable
  • Taxis are not avaliable

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

NM
Why do the very bright, near-your-head flouescent lights stay on all night. Less than 4 hours sleep because of this. Otherwise woukd have been a great journey. Bring an eyemask!!!! I've filmed it on @mylowseasonadventure on insta if you want to see for yourself.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 15, 2022
GL
Little bit shakey and not much to see because it is dark. 2nd class beds were ok. Toilets were horrible!
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 15, 2022
IE
Everything was súper clean, efficient and confortable. I recommend they turn the lighting down in carriage at night. It is too bright. Otherwise a great experience.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 15, 2022
CA
Train was delayed by over 1 hour. Very uncomfortable being in a seat for over 12 hours
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 14, 2022
VL
Off course it was a bit rough, which is part of the experience, but shame they leave the lights on full blast all night and the fans make it very cold. The toilet and washing facilities are medieval. I don't expect luxury but this is the other end of the spectrum. A trainemployee removed our suitcase from the isle without bothering to mention it and so we initially got a good scare as we thought it was stolen. Also, I made a later separate booking for someone in our party, he had the exact same ticket, but got a much smaller bed and harder cushion. That seems rather odd. Finally, the train arrived 90 minutes late at Don Muang. They made up 30 of that during the trip. Unfortunately updates about the train at Don Muang station were in Thai only so we could not tell how long the wait would be or what was going on. English is pretty commonly understood also by non-native speakers, so an English translation would be nice, I mean the variation in messages to be done cannot be that great. Still, I like sleeping on a train so if they can just update the facilities a bit, that would be great
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 14, 2022
NM
It was a Little cool in the train
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 14, 2022
SJ
That kind of trip always depends on the people you travel with. It was ok. The toilet could have been better and neater. And the lack of food and drinks as it used to be was a real negative point.
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 11, 2022
GL
Everything was fine but the ticket it should be send by email
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 11, 2022
TJ
Filthy and old, no food or drinks on the train unfortunately. They told us een hour before and no place around the station to buy something because everything was closed. When you are over 190cm you’re too long to for the beds….
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 11, 2022
CA
Such fun and in first class you can turn the air vents down
Train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 11, 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.