Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok → Chiang Mai

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord SUV 4pax Any time฿ 17,270
Nok Air Economy #DD14005:20 - 06:25฿ 1,049
Thai Airways Economy #TG210207:20 - 08:35฿ 1,572
Thai Airways Economy #TG210409:35 - 10:55฿ 1,451
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL51011:30 - 12:45$ 46.85
Thai Smile Economy #WE11013:35 - 14:50฿ 1,855
Thai Smile Economy #WE16415:05 - 16:25฿ 2,712
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ10816:20 - 17:40฿ 1,144
Thai Railways VIP Sleeper 19:57 - 08:40฿ 1,711
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD341920:25 - 21:30฿ 1,559
Thai Railway Class III Fan 22:24 - 12:10฿ 325

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

Very nice trip. Extremely comfy seats even for a 1.92 m tall like me
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jun 25, 2022
Nice staff, train too cold, we could hardly sleep because of tge noise
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jun 22, 2022
great ride to Chiang Mai... Good service especially at Don Meuong, an officer noticed I was looking like I'd lost my dog, approached me and had me follow him to the parcel office to give me my tickets, this was afterhours so I was particularly grateful, as the phone in that office had never had anyone pick up though I'd called several times to try and arrange a late pick up. Not just that, but when I noticed this issue about the parcel office being closed I was about to board the plane for bangkok, I opened up a service request on the 12go site, and had an answer with a phone number and twoo solution possibilities within minutes, it cannot have even been ten minutes. Thank you 12go!
Train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jun 20, 2022
The bus was very clean, and although it came 10 minutes later, it was still on time. We were provided with a snack, a water and a voucher for food at one bus stop. It was a nice ride - only the seats couldn't be adjusted completely 180 degree, and there was no toilet on boar
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jun 20, 2022
Better to board the train at an origin station not trackside at bang su.
Train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jun 18, 2022
I had a great experience. The only downside was the stop at 1am for food (which was free).
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jun 17, 2022
The entire train ride from booking of the ticket to arriving at the destination was relatively seamless and went as planned.
Train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jun 17, 2022
Very efficient. The flight attendants were pleasant and helpful. When unloading in Chaing Mai it was the most orderly I have ever seen. I fly Southwest Arline’s in the United States and I feel that your team out performed them
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์), Jun 16, 2022
I loved it and I would certainly recommend it because it gave me the possibility to fully relax and even sleep before arrival. Great job 12go.Asia and an excellent job for the driver (Her name was One)
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Jun 15, 2022
Journey was great, however no food available on the train.
Train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jun 11, 2022
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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

When you want to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about THB 18,461. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as THB 280.

How far is Bangkok from Chiang Mai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Your trip will be a total of 431 miles (692 km). The flying distance is 364 miles (585 km).

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

The travel time from Bangkok to Chiang Mai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 15 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Thai Railway (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย): travelling by train expect to pay as low as THB 280 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as THB 18,461.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Bangkok to Chiang Mai:

  • Train tickets - THB 283 to THB 1,913;
  • Bus tickets - THB 567 to THB 886;
  • Bus+Van price: THB 744 - THB 921. From Bangkok to Chiang Mai starting from 08:30 Chiang Mai Arcade 2 until 19:00 Chiang Mai Arcade 2
  • Plane tickets - THB 1,027 to THB 3,720;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 7,971 to THB 18,458.

How many trips per day are there between Bangkok and Chiang Mai?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai depart during the day - there are approximately 28 departures a day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 20 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 06:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 21:19. There are 12 available bus trips every day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Bangkok to Chiang Mai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is THB 1,027.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Bangkok Air (บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส), Nok Air (นกแอร์), Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air (ไทยไลอ้อนแอร์), Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์), Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์)


Taking a bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as THB 7,971.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 49% users took a plane.
  • 28% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 17% chosen Bus+Van
  • 5% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% Other