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Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
18:00
Chiang Mai
12h 50m ride in train #10
4.2+
06:50
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by Trains

Thai Railways
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06:30
Chiang Mai
14h 40m ride in train #102, 2nd Class Fan seats only
5
21:10
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
Thai Railways
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06:30
Chiang Mai
13h 42m ride in train #102, 2nd Class Fan seats only
5
20:12
Don Mueang, Bangkok
Thai Railways
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08:50
Chiang Mai
10h 35m ride in train #8, 2nd Class AC seats only
4.1
19:25
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
Thai Railways
Refundable
08:50
Chiang Mai
9h 48m ride in train #8, 2nd Class AC seats only
4.1
18:38
Don Mueang, Bangkok
Thai Railways
Refundable
15:30
Chiang Mai
13h 55m ride in train #52
3.6+
05:25
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
Thai Railways
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15:30
Chiang Mai
12h 59m ride in train #52
3.6+
04:29
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Don Mueang, Bangkok
Thai Railways
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17:00
Chiang Mai
13h 15m ride in train #14
3.6+
06:15
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
Thai Railways
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17:00
Chiang Mai
12h 18m ride in train #14
3.6+
05:18
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Don Mueang, Bangkok
Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
18:00
Chiang Mai
12h 50m ride in train #10
4.2+
06:50
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
Thai Railways
Refundable
18:00
Chiang Mai
11h 56m ride in train #10
4.2+
05:56
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Don Mueang, Bangkok

Chiang Mai to Bangkok Schedule

Chiang Mai to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 - 09:00฿ 11,750
Thai Railways 2nd Class Fan seats only 06:30 - 21:10฿ 521
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 08:50 - 19:25฿ 771
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL152310:00 - 11:15฿ 2,142
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL50513:55 - 15:05฿ 2,165
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 15:30 - 05:25฿ 951
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 17:00 - 06:15฿ 1,011
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 18:00 - 06:50฿ 1,862
Thai Airways Economy #TG11719:20 - 20:30฿ 3,103
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD343019:55 - 21:05฿ 3,285
Thai Airways Economy #TG22220:35 - 22:00฿ 3,620
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL52122:00 - 23:15฿ 2,142

How to get from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok overland is easy and straightforward. There are direct trains linking the terminus of the northern line of the state railway of Thailand with Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. Numerous buses connecting the northern capital with major provincial centers around the country depart throughout the day from the Arcade Bus Station. If you travel by car, exit Chiang Mai via Route 11 and switch to Route 1 at Lampang. Depending on the means of transport you choose, the whole journey lasts anywhere between 9 and 14 hours.

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by bus

Buses between Chiang Mai and Bangkok are frequent. The route is served by a number of companies, so you have a wide choice of the operators and type of buses. Buses take about 10 hours to reach the capital making several stops en route at large gas stations with a number of forecourt operators including 7/Eleven or Jiffy convenience stores, Amazon coffee shops and the like. There are toilets on board and at the gas stations, too.

Buses from Chiang Mai to Bangkok depart form the Arcade Bus Station which is located east from the Old City, some three km away. You can get there by tuk-tuk or songthaew. There is a in-city bus station in Chiang Mai, too, which is connected with the larger Arcade Bus Station by songthaews.

In Bangkok, buses arrive to the Northern Bus Terminal, Morchit. Note that it is located at the outskirts of the city, and if you arrive late in the evening – e.g. with New Viriyayanyon Tour 7am–5pm bus at THB643 or Bangkok Busline 10.30am–8.30pm bus at THB551 – make sure you have your accommodation booked as it is not a good idea to cruise around in the dark in a hope to find a good place to sleep.

There are a lot of night buses departing from Chiang Mai between 6pm and 8pm, all arriving to Bangkok between 4.30am and 6am. These include Bangkok Busline at 6.35pm (arrives at 4.35am), 7.15pm (5.40am), 8pm (6.25am) and 8pm (6.00am) at THB551, THB643, THB857 and THB551 correspondingly and a 7.30pm (5.55am) Lignite Tour bus which cost THB643. The most expensive are VIP24 buses which have 3 seats in a row instead of usual four and thus provide you with more space. The cheapest ones are standard express buses which are also ok, but may feel a bit too cramped for a Western traveller. VIP buses offer a good balance between the price you pay and the level of comfort you get.

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by train

The northern railway line, which connects Chiang Mai to Bangkok, is the busiest one of the whole Thai railway network. Trains leave throughout the day providing you with a wide choice of options to get from the northern capital of Chiang Mai to Bangkok. The railway journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes from eleven to 14 hours and may be as smooth as silk or a real nightmare – depending on which ticket you book. So before booking a particular train double-check which kind of seats you are about to buy.

Note: Please note that even with the first class sleeper you will not get a brand-new coach, but it will nonetheless be clean and quite comfortable, and the service is normally very good, even though the staff do not speak English at all or speak minimal English.

The best way to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is with a night first or second class sleeper. Berths in Thai trains are wide and each of them in equipped with curtains which pull together and provide you with enough privacy for you long journey. The two most convenient departures are train #14 at 5pm and train #2 at 6pm. #14 arrives to the Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 6.15am and has a second class AC sleeper at THB1081 and a first class single sleeper which is the most luxurious way of a railway travel in Thailand. Tickets cost THB2253 and which is a great investment taking into consideration the duration of the trip.

Train #2 is the most popular choice to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. It has normal second class AC sleepers and women-only second class AC sleepers at the same price of THB1081 and a first class AC sleeper double occupancy at THB1073. It reaches Hua Lamphong by 6.50am.

There is one more sleeper, #52, which leaves Chiang Mai at 3.30pm and arrives to the capital at 5.25am. The schedule is a bit inconvenient, but a lower price for a second class AC sleeper somehow compensates (THB1021).

Tip: If you wish to have more space, book a lower berth in a sleeper as it is nearly half wider than the upper one. If you are travelling with a baby, the lower berth is your best choice.

Two morning trains, #102 at 6.30am and #8 at 8.50am, offer seats only. #102 is the slowest (the trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok lasts nearly 15 hours!) and the cheapest one (THB591) from the bunch, but it has only fan coaches and we do not recommend taking it if you have other options available.

Train #8 is the fastest train between Chiang Mai and Bangkok and covers the whole distance in 10½ hours. It has second class AC seats only and can be considered, too, especially because it gives you a great chance to admire the country-side scenery by daylight – well, and do some people-watching of your fellow passengers.

Tip: As a rule, there is a dining carriage in the train, but to make thing ever easier for passengers – oh yes, you are in Thailand! – food vendors patrol the carriages, so snacks and refreshments are never in short supply. Note though, that it is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on the train.

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by plane

Astonishingly low airfare from Chiang Mai to Bangkok offered by several budget airlines has already made many of the most ardent buffs of buses and trains to set eyes on air travel. Cutting travel time from Chiang Mai to Bangkok from 12 hours to 1½ hour, low cost carriers do a really great job.

One of the latest additions to the low cost carries scene in Thailand, an associate of the Indonesia-based Lion Air company, Thai Lion Air makes 10 daily flights between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Tickets cost from THB1000 to THB2000 per person and include 15 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of cabin luggage. You can depart from Chiang Mai as early as 6.50am to reach Bangkok by 8.20am. The last flight from Chiang Mai is scheduled at 10pm sharp.

Chiang Mai International Airport is located only a couple of kilometers southwest of the old city and is easily reachable by tuk-tuks, songthaews and taxis. The fare from many locations in the city to the airport is even lower than the fare from the airport to the city and is usually about THB100. One of the four busiest airports of the country, Chiang Mai Airport has ATMs, post office, medical service, restaurants and all other services a traveler may fancy.

In Bangkok Lion Air is based in Don Mueang International Airport to the north of the capital. It is connected with the city by airport shuttle buses (routes A1 and A2). A1 terminates at Morchit bus terminal calling en route to Morchit BTS. A2 heads to Morchit BTS first and then proceeds to Saphan Kwai BTS, Ari BTS, Sanam Pao BTS and finally reaches the Victory Monument (THB30). Travel time depends on traffic and is from 60 to 80 minutes. There are commuter trains between Don Mueang airport and Hua Lamphong train station, too. Trains take about 50 minutes to get from the railway station to the airport and are always a secure bet. Operating time is from 3.10am till 10.15pm.

Are you sure you have seen enough of the North?

A three-hour drive from Chiang Mai to Pai is not for faint-hearted – or those with a weak stomach. But if you survive 762 turns from Chiang Mai to Pai (yes, you have read it right – seven hundred sixty two), you will be rewarded with an incomparable quiet beauty of the Pai Valley and a laid-back vibe of once lost-in-the-middle-of-nowhere village which even today, with hundreds of tourists cruising its streets daily, still preserves that old-school, comfy air of a small secret paradise. Book your journey from Chiang Mai to Pai with Prem Pracha VIP24 bus for THB195. They have buses every hour from 6.30am till 5.30pm. There are minibuses plying the same route, but in a big bus you are less likely to suffer from nausea.

Prem Pracha also operates one bus a day from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, which is further northwest from Pai. Mae Hong Son is a chilled-out destination and a great place to admire less visited waterfalls, pumper yourself in local mineral mud spas or get acquainted with tribal culture. Prem Pracha bus departs from Chiang Mai at 9pm and reaches Mae Hong Son at 2.15am; tickets cost THB378.

Chiang Mai to Bangkok destination reviews

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5212 customer reviews
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42%
4
32%
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88% of 5212 travelers were happy with this destination
WJ
4
avia Economy, Thai Smile, Sep 22, 2019
We took three different Thailand airlines while here and this one was the middle of the three. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing. It was good.
JA
3
train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 22, 2019
It’s new train but still has issues. WiFi internet sucks. The tv system they hv is only good for the map and stations. Doesn’t work a lot. Bumpy bumpy ride. Very cold cabins so pack warm. the food selection is ok. Bring your own though. It’s clean, cleaner than the old train. FYI ( they only hv 30 mins-1 hr to, Clean the whole train.). So I always bring Lysol and pre-clean. The bottom bed is more comphy though.
CR
5
train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 20, 2019
What a great a train experience. So pleased that we decided to book the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Let’s not forget that we couldn’t have done it without the help of 12go Asia. The booking and collection was very straight forward and the seats they purchased for us were perfect. Would definitely use them again and will recommend them to friends who travel to Thailand.
NC
4
train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 20, 2019
Very good train. Modern and comfortable. Crew make up beds for you. Food nothing special. Got some sleep but bit hard with train movement but that is part of the trip. Compartment gets very cold so pack a warm top. Toilets clean.
DJ
3
train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 17, 2019
There was no wifi and the touch screen monitor was not working properly. We couldn't order food directly to the cabin.
RS
4
bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Sep 16, 2019
(+) Modern bus, great staff (-) Too many stops and little space for me (1.82 m) Me and other passengers felt cold because the AC was running in total cold mode
ES
2
train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways, Sep 16, 2019
The seats were old, the window didn't close anymore and the protection screen for musquitos was broken almost everywhere.
FJ
5
bus VIP 27, Sombat Tour, Sep 14, 2019
What a great way too travel! Ok it is a bit expensive but we thought good value for money. There was even a massage option in the chair. After a few hours there was a nice meal served, the hostess was very attentive and friendly. We would really recommend this trip.
MK
5
train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 13, 2019
The ticket pick up place was right across from the train station. Awesome staffs!
RS
4
train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 13, 2019
Es war eine sehr angenehme Fahrt, nur die Klima war viel zu kalt und das Licht in der Nacht ist ein bisschen doof :(
JE
5
avia Economy, Thai Vietjet, Sep 12, 2019
An excellent experience without any problem whatsoever
RR
5
train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 11, 2019
We got our train tickets .Staff is helpful.I like the free bottled water . :)
ML
5
train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 10, 2019
Fantastic and a great experience rail staff were outstanding
JJ
4
train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 9, 2019
Great experience :-) nice clean rooms, friendly and accomodating staff, unbelievably comfortable... the 1 star loss is because of the poor internet and channel do not function in the monitor... but other than that really great
JK
4
train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 7, 2019
We opted for a class 2 sleeper option on Train no. 10. It was a good option if you can sleep admist the noise from fellow travellers and the light that they don’t dimmed through the night. The train was relatively clean and pleasant overall, although the urinal was overflowing when flushed. The staff were hard working and attentive. If you can buy it the tickets directly from the station do it. 12 go Asia online booking was easy to use but they markup the price quite a bit for the service.
RG
3
train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Sep 7, 2019
Staff we’re really nice, but found it strange how for a night train the main light stayed on all night meaning I had a severe lack of sleep
MN
3
train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways, Sep 7, 2019
Train provided great views of Thailand fromChiang Mai all the way to Bangkok. It’s a pity that the many staff could not maintain clean carriage and washroom .
SL
5
train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 6, 2019
Great trip, air conditioner a little cold. You can get off at Don Muang Airport from Chang Mai, which saved us 2 hours travel .
TE
4
train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 4, 2019
Treinstel is nieuw mooie inrichting sanitair gedeelte modern en schoon. Wel een hard bed, airo staat hoog en verlichting blijft de hele nacht aan wat vooral vervelend is als je boven slaapt, maar verder een fantastiche ervaring Tom
KS
5
bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Sep 1, 2019
Water and snacks are provided. Easy to book bus tickets and exchange tickets in the counter.

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