Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Bangkok to Chiang Rai

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Bangkok to Chiang Rai Schedule

Bangkok to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 Comfort Any time$ 351.53
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD319907:05 - 08:30$ 47.33
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ13809:35 - 11:00$ 35.10
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD320910:55 - 12:15$ 47.33
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ13213:30 - 14:55$ 49.22
Nok Air Economy #DD10414:45 - 16:00$ 40.43
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL54417:15 - 18:35$ 29.62
Sombat Tour Express 40 18:50 - 05:30$ 21.39
Sombat Tour VIP 32 20:30 - 07:30$ 29.26

Transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Bangkok to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

MG
Overall - would recommend this overnight bus for people who don't want to fly Pros - comfortable temperature (I wore a hoodie and wasn't cold at all), given a bread roll at beginning of ride, left on time, bus didn't play any music (unless you count passengers who think it's okay to blast music from their personal phones, so rude!), announcements and lights went on just a few times during the ride so was able to get some sleep, no announcements/lights between 1-7am which was good for sleeping, bus stopped at 21:30 for a quick dinner of noodles in soup when you show your ticket, USB port for charging between seats Cons - smelled bad, no dividers between seats and the person next to me kept sliding onto my seat, the seats go far back which is great for comfort but makes it impossible to get up if the person in front of you put their seat back and you want to get up to use the toilet, bus clock was about 15 minutes off, arrived an hour after expected arrival time
Bus VIP 31, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), May 14, 2022
JU
The trip took off on time
Bus VIP 31, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Mar 16, 2022
LK
Complement meal was unexpected and nice. Thank you!
flight Economy, Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์), Mar 4, 2020
NB
No problems
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour (บุษราคัมทัวร์), Jan 27, 2020
CB
Climatizzatore sempre alto!!! ❄️????
Bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Jan 22, 2020
EN
Overall a fine and smooth experience, but my one complaint is the seat design - yes it does recline, but you can't stretch out your legs because there's hardly any space at the bottom of the seat in front of you. For me that made it impossible to get comfortable and sleep. So I hope that design will be improved. Otherwise, it was fine. My bus left right on time and arrived quite early in Chiang Rai, around 6:30am. Oh and be sure to have layers on the bus because the AC is quite strong.
Bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Jan 16, 2020
BW
It was quite unclear that the bus didn’t actually leave until 7pm and we had to take another mini bus to the bus station from Tara Travel and wait there for 2 hours. This should be made clear.
Bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel (ธาราทัวร์แอนด์ทราเวล), Dec 28, 2019
ZO
Very comfortable bus journey. Two comments: It would be great if the staff could communicate a bit more, especially when we stopped - we had no clue for how long we were stopping and had we not read previous feedback about a free meal, we would not have known that we could get one. The A/C on the bus is way too high, making it almost impossible to sleep in the middle of the night as it’s way too cold. But overall though I would recommend this company
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Dec 20, 2019
JT
One of the best night bus journeys since we have been travelling in Asia. Very comfortable bus journey. A couple of feedback though: 1. It would be great if the staff could communicate a bit more, especially when we stopped - we had no clue for how long we were stopping and had we not read previous feedback about a free meal, we would not have known that we could get one. 2. The A/C on the bus is way too high, making it almost impossible to sleep in the middle of the night as it’s way too cold. But overall though I would recommend this company
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Dec 17, 2019
AM
The bus was surprisingly modern and clean. Even the blankets were in a sealed package. Seats were also super comfy and the staff was nice. However, food portions at the stop were a bit small and the aircon was so cold that I could not sleep. I can really recommend this busline though, just make sure you bring a jacket
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Dec 6, 2019
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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

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

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Van
  • 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 Bus 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 MYR 1,688.38. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as MYR 79.06.

How far is Bangkok from Chiang Rai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Your trip will be a total of 541 miles (869 km). The flying distance is 457 miles (735 km).

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

The travel time from Bangkok to Chiang Rai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 15 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Bangkok to Chiang Rai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as MYR 79.06 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 MYR 1,688.38.

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

  • Bus tickets - MYR 79.33 to MYR 101.36;
  • Bus+Van price: MYR 101.36. From Bangkok to Chiang Rai starting from 16:00 Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai until 16:00 Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai
  • Plane tickets - MYR 136.62 to MYR 453.93;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from MYR 1,441.10 to MYR 1,687.90.

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

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

  • Flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai depart during the day - there are approximately 16 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 09:50 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:30. There are 5 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 Rai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. 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 MYR 136.62.

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 Rai
Nok Air (นกแอร์), Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air (ไทยไลอ้อนแอร์), Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์), Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์)

Buses

Taking a bus from Bangkok to Chiang Rai 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.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. 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 MYR 1,441.10.

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

The most popular transport from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Bangkok to Chiang Rai? 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:

  • 94% users took a plane.
  • 3% chosen Bus+Van
  • 2% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 1% Other