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08:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
12:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant Recommended
12:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant Recommended
17:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by Buses

GreenBus
Instant
06:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
5
09:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
07:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.3
10:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
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08:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
5h 30m bus ride in Express
4
13:30
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
GreenBus
Instant
08:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
11:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant Recommended
08:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
12:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
09:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
12:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
13:40
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
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10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.3
14:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
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11:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.1
15:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
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12:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
5h 25m bus ride in Express
17:25
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
GreenBus
Instant
12:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
15:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant Recommended
12:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
13:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
16:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.8
16:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
14:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.2
17:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
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14:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
17:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
15:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
18:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
16:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.4
19:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
17:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
3.5
20:25
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant Recommended
17:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 40m bus ride in Express
4
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
18:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
Instant
18:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4
22:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
GreenBus
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19:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m bus ride in Express
5
22:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

From Chiang Mai town hotel transfer to Chiang Rai by Taxis

Jed Yord Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable Fastest
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h taxi ride in Economy
5
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Chiang Rai Town
Glassflower
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h taxi ride in Premium
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Chiang Rai Town
Glassflower
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
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Chiang Rai Town
Jed Yord Jed Yord
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h taxi ride in SUV 4pax
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Chiang Rai Town
Jed Yord Jed Yord
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Chiang Rai Town
Jed Yord Jed Yord
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h taxi ride in Economy
5
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
Smart En Plus Smart En Plus
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
5h taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

Transport types between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy Any time฿ 3,839
Smart En Plus Van 9pax Any time฿ 4,070
Glassflower Premium Any time฿ 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 16:00 - 19:35฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

4.1
2356 customer reviews
5
44%
4
32%
3
13%
2
5%
1
5%
MD
2
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 14, 2019
It is really, really cold inside. The temperature of air conditioner is inhuman. We travelled at 15 °C, that is insane for the body. The bus was ok, but the cold is a problem there.
SK
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 14, 2019
My chair was spoiled, can't adjust.
GM
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 13, 2019
Punctual, comfortable, AC working. No complaint.
J
4
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 11, 2019
Overall the Green VIP bus was a good bus trip : lots of leg room, leg & foot rest, reclining, complimentary water & snack, very comfortable..... until we went to use the washroom which was awful - there was pee everywhere - we thought the onboard attendant should have cleaned it regularly. We would have rated it five stars except for the toilet.
KC
2
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 10, 2019
We expect the VIP green bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to be in better condition. The bus looks run down, the seats were not clean and the floor filthy. Certainly not worth the value we paid for.
SJ
5
Bus VIP, GreenBus, Dec 10, 2019
Bus was very comfortable, lots of l leg room. Good value also.
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.
DF
4
Bus Express, GreenBus, Dec 8, 2019
Good transport but the bus is a bit old and seats are thus leaning back
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.

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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 23 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.