Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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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
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14:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
17:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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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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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
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17:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 40m
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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 Airport to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
5h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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Any
Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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From Chiang Mai City Transfer to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Mai City Transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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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
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
5h
Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h
Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
6h
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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Van 9pax 00:00 – 06:00฿ 5,170
Smart En Plus Van 9pax 00:00 – 05:00฿ 4,620
Glassflower Premium 00:00 – 03:00฿ 5,930
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 17:00 – 20:35฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 18:00 – 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

4.1
2336 customer reviews
5
45%
4
32%
3
13%
2
5%
1
5%
MM
4
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 8, 2019
Easy to book online. Spacious comfortable seats. Easy to get to the bus station to board the bus. However the journey was not so pleasant due to old bus. Felt the whole suspension of bus is gone.
CC
3
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 8, 2019
The cleanings of the washroom have to be improved
DF
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 8, 2019
Good transport but the bus is a bit old and seats are thus leaning back
NS
2
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 7, 2019
The sheet was broken
AH
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 7, 2019
Super organisatie voor allerlei bus-,trein- en vliegtickets
CJ
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 4, 2019
Easy to book and pay for the transport. Would have been cheaper if I'd gone myself but then you have to hang around the bus station if the bus is full.
LM
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 3, 2019
Best stuard ever! He is the best men for this Job. Verry Kind and verry freandly. Please let him know.
MM
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 2, 2019
It was very cold in the bus but this was told before and the tickets are very cheap. So overall a good busride.
NA
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 2, 2019
Excellent service. Left on time. eide spacious seats, very clean cabin. Courteous attendant.
BT
4
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 27, 2019
This was really good value. The bus is old, but you have a very large comfy seat with lots of leg room. The water/snack included was a bonus too. It was very easy to board, they take your bag and give a ticket which matches one attached to the bag. The staff were friendly and efficient- no complaints, very good for the (VIP) price.
LP
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 25, 2019
Excellent service, on time and comfortable at a good price.
MM
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 24, 2019
Great service. Very well organised and helpful staff. Bus ran pretty much on time
CF
2
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 23, 2019
Seat number sorting was miserable, at least 3 couples had separate seats when there was others available in the bus (might be fine for short distance but not cool in that case); equipment wasn’t working : no individual light, seats hard to set,... no wifi or functioning plugs And finally a supposedly 3:30hrs journey in which we had nothing else to do but sleep arrived later than expected
SB
3
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 23, 2019
We booked a VIP express trip. There were 2 buses departing for Chiang Rai, the standard bus was much newer & cleaner with leather seats. Our 'VIP' bus was disgraceful. The onyl good thing was the size of the seat. The bus was falling apart. The door was cracked & there was cardboard taped in areas to hide/repair damage. The seats were dirty and broken. We felt like we needed a shower when we got off! Very uncomfortable journey. This was the same case on the return journey. It is disgraceful that people pay extra for VIP express & end up in a run down & dirty bus. The regular buses were much more up to standard which does not make sense. Very disappointing and would not use Green Bus again.
EM
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 18, 2019
Left and arrived on time, no delays, clean, the driver was very professional, at half way we made a stop. Totally recommend it.
SP
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 18, 2019
pleasent temperature, not to cold not to hot. The Seat was a little tilted maybe worn-out. So Seating comfort could have been better. Timing of start and arrival was good.
LR
5
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 17, 2019
Bus left on time, arrived on time. It was a comfortable ride. Only issue was my seat was broken and wouldn’t stay straight up (it would go into the recline). Not a problem for me, but a huge inconvenience for the person behind me!
SC
4
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 17, 2019
Straight forward experience on VIP bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Easy booking, easily located at bus station, left a little late but nothing major, clean and comfortable bus. The definition of VIP I think is open to interpretation and even with Green Bus there are newer and older buses used in this class that offer a different experience. For the small amount extra Baht, the larger seats, extra leg room and guaranteed toilet was well worth it.
BR
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 16, 2019
Good, comfortable trip. Left the rating at 4 only because their was no toilet on the bus.
RM
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 16, 2019
Do yourself a big favour and take the VIP bus. It was comfy and modern.

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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 Taxi 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 6,050. 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 187 miles (300 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 6,050.

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 3,839 to THB 6,050.

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 3,839.

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:

  • 1000 decided to go for a bus.