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From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by bus

06:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
09:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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07:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
10:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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08:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
13:30
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h 30m
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08:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
11:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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08:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
12:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 40m
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09:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
12:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 40m
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10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
13:40
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
14:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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11:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
15:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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12:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
17:25
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h 25m
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12:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
15:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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12:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 40m
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13:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
16:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
 Instant
14:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
17:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
 Instant
14:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
17:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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15:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
18:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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15:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
18:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
 Instant
16:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
19:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
 Instant
17:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
20:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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17:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
20:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
 Instant
17:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 40m
 Instant
18:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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18:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
22:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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19:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
22:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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From Chiang Mai town hotel transfer to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl

From Chiang Mai train station to Chiang Rai by taxi

Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 – 03:10฿ 3,850
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 – 03:00฿ 5,990
GreenBus Express 06:00 – 09:35฿ 260
GreenBus Express 08:00 – 13:30฿ 395
GreenBus VIP 10:30 – 13:40฿ 360
GreenBus Express 12:00 – 17:25฿ 310
GreenBus Express 14:15 – 17:50฿ 260
GreenBus Express 16:00 – 19:35฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 18:00 – 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

4.1
2006 customer reviews
5
44%
4
33%
3
13%
2
5%
1
5%
90% of 2006 travelers were happy with this destination
PS
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 17, 2019
Fast, safe service. Thank you.
LR
2
bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 15, 2019
AC broke down half way through the journey, had to wait one hour for the next bus to take us to Chiang Rai. Besides that, the journey was all right.
TP
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 11, 2019
Difficult to use the toilet when bus making sharp turns on the mountain road
LS
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 11, 2019
Excellent, huge seats, very comfortable, great driver.
GP
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 10, 2019
Excellent and safe driver and great customer service from the assistant personnel on the bus . I give perfect score of 5 stars
DH
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 9, 2019
The trip itself was very comfortable, and I would take it again. My gripe is with 12go.asia for telling us that we needed to show up an hour early and have our vouchers printed. Neither of those things are true, and so we got up early just to wander around a pretty small bus station when it was hot as heck outside. There was absolutely no reason for this.
AG
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 8, 2019
Nice trop. Ackward nails coming out of the toilet wall. Hard to avoid when tall.
WC
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 7, 2019
The bus has very weak aircon and we sweats all the way for 3hrs ride. So disappointed, the weather is so hot and we almost fainted. We choose green bus because of the review of strong aircon but was very upset.
ML
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Sep 7, 2019
Bus was comfortable with a reasonable amount of space, driver was good considering the amount of road repairs on the route, great value for money. overall happy with greenbus
PB
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 27, 2019
Bus was on time. Drive safe and VIP bus very comfortable. Green bus well organized. Would use again
LM
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 26, 2019
Toilet room so small, but chairs big and comfortably recline
PH
2
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 26, 2019
Extremely cold. Only 17 degrees although we requested to low the AC.
PB
3
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 25, 2019
You must indicate that front row seats are behind a bulkhead that blocks any forward view. This is not the norm in other buses around the world - you must advertise this when people are booking. The bus service was comfortable, water and snack appreciated - thank you
AM
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Aug 25, 2019
Nel complesso un buon servizio ad un ottimo prezzo
MG
2
bus Express, GreenBus, Aug 20, 2019
El autobús estaba SÚPER antiguo, asientos rotos y 0 agua/snacks como se indica, el peor bus que he cogido y vivo aquí.
ES
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 20, 2019
Comfortable bus and beautiful scenery on way. Safe driver.
GB
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 20, 2019
Very good service. Comfortable and large seats. They offer passengers water and a sweet during the trip. Recommend
JL
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 19, 2019
The bus is great and the staff too. Arrive late 25 minutes because the road was having work
AI
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 19, 2019
El autobús era espacioso con los asientos amplios. Ofrecen pasta y una botella de agua para el trayecto
AP
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Aug 19, 2019
Viaggio comodissimo e confortevole. Nonostante il traffico le 3 ore e 40 minuti di viaggio sono passate piacevolmente,il bus era molto comodo e pulito

Popular Routes in Thailand

How to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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

  • Bus
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. 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 THB 5,990. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 220.

How far is Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Your trip will be a total of 171 miles (275 km). The flying distance is 101 miles (162 km).

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

The travel time from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 6 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as THB 220 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 5,990.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 220 to THB 395;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 3,850 to THB 5,990.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 06:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 19:00. There are 25 available bus trips every day.

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

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Chiang Mai 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 Chiang Mai 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 THB 3,850.

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 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chiang Mai 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:

  • 999 decided to go for a bus.
  • 1 decided to catch a taxi.