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
12Go Transfer VIP Van 9pax Any time$ 311.02
Nok Air Economy #DD14005:20 - 06:25$ 76.52
Thai Airways Economy #TG210207:55 - 09:15$ 117.22
Thai Railway Class II AC 08:30 - 19:30฿ 741
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10210:30 - 11:45฿ 1,497
Thai Airways Economy #TG211013:30 - 14:50฿ 3,702
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10615:15 - 16:30฿ 2,802
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10816:15 - 17:30฿ 1,347
Bangkok Busline Express 18:35 - 04:05฿ 664
Nok Air Economy #DD13821:05 - 22:25฿ 2,759
Thai Railway Class II Fan 22:30 - 12:10฿ 515

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Facts about the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Cheapest Train$8
Fastest Train10h 10m
Earliest Train9:05 AM
Latest Train10:47 PM
Daily Train Routes24
Distance692 kilometers
TrainThai Railway, Thai Railways

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

train was quite old air-conditioning was strong so at night it felt really cold situation to sleep and also we got to our destination 4 hour late ... but after all it was nice experience. and I believe that I will try it again
Train #109 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 30, 2023
The notion of contrat is really important about this trip. It was an experience, the toilets aren’t a really “comfortable” but the views you’ll get when you wake up are a lifetime sight
Train #109 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 30, 2023
Everything was great, but 1) it was much to cold and 2) the train was pretty late and 3) the lights should be dimmed it least a bit at night
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 30, 2023
It was what you could’ve expected. The train is one of the older ones and thus perhaps not as fresh and comfy as the newer trains, but you get from one place to the other quite smoothly. The seats in the 2nd class are pretty nice, they fold back a bit and are cushioned slightly better than airplane seats. Unfortunately the window by my seat didn’t close so I had to move to a 3rd class seat due to a downpour, but that was also fine. I wouldn’t book a 3rd class for the whole night though, as the seats are like stiff benches. Overall a pretty okay journey. The scenery in the morning was gorgeously green and it was nice to see the small villages passing by. The temperature in the train was good, we had a fan but no AC and the windows were open all the time, but for me (a Scandinavian) I was neigther cold not warm, except for during the stops when the heat hit a bit more. The toilets were pretty good, western style with provided toilet paper. Do bring food and drinks. Earplugs were in the entire time due to loud notice from the train itself, but otherwise no complaints
Train #51 2nd Class Fan seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 28, 2023
Loved the bed, comfort and cleanness. The gentleman who served the food was super funny and added extra laughs to the trip.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 21, 2023
was foot for the price, but would recommend to spend 100 bath more for 2cnd class
Train #13 Class 3 Fan, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 11, 2023
Staffs are really nice and warm. Sightseeing is the best part. Air conditioning is incredible and I was starting to shiver half of the trip. Getting a light long sleeve sweater will not make a mistake. Of course it’s a long way trip and take some food with you unless you wanna get what have on the train. WC is not that good. My seat is not that comfy as I expected. Better to get these things fixed. Overall, I would say 5/5. Hoping to get different experience with better facilities in the next time.
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 7, 2023
Good points : The train was on time , the staff was nice at the station and on the train , nothing to buy in (except in some villages some people enter to sell you food) but they give us some food several times (snacks, chicken and rice) and drinks (water and juice), toilets were still clean at the end of the trip with paper and soap , the staff cleaned the train 's floor several times Enjoy : compare to European standard it s an old and slow train which honks often and you can feel when it accelerates but seats are ok and landscapes are green and beautiful so take this time as a relaxing break for yourself Advice: take an extra battery ( not so many plugs) and a jumper ( it could be cold in with the AC) or a little blanket if you want to feel comfy during this 10-hour trip
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 7, 2023
Left the lights on all night on the trains which was never said before booking which made it hard to sleep on top berth
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 31, 2023
AirCon worked well, although a little too cold at night. And trying to get to sleep is hard when there are too many people snoring. Overall a nice experience for backpackers.
Train #51 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 30, 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.