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From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by bus

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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
09:35
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
13:30
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h 30m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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3h 10m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
12:10
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
17:25
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h 25m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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3h 35m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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3h 10m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
18:35
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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3h 10m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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3h 35m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
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Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 40m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
21:10
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
22:05
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m
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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
22:35
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3h 35m
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From Chiang Mai Airport to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Town
2h 30m
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Chiang Rai Town
2h 30m
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Airport
3h 30m
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Chiang Mai Airport
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Chiang Rai Airport
3h 30m
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Chiang Rai Airport
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From Chiang Mai town to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Mai town
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Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m
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Chiang Mai town
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Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m
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Chiang Mai town
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Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m
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Chiang Mai town
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Chiang Rai Town
3h
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Chiang Mai town
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Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m
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Chiang Mai town
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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Chiang Mai town
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m
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From Chiang Mai train station to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m
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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
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Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m
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Passenger reviews out of total 24,838 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 21, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Departed a bit late but arrived a few minutes early. I was in the front row and the only let down was that the driver took his shoes off while driving and his feet stunk
May 21, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Great trip, thank you
May 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Super easy trip. Printed ticket which was emailed, showed it to the bus driver, got on, and arrived easily. The bus was 30 minutes late but if you can't handle that delay you should book a taxi :) would recommend and book earlier if possible!
May 18, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Good and friendly service
May 17, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very comfortable! Water and a snack provided. Tv with movies available for every seat. Would recommend
May 17, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
The seats are horrible
May 16, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
It was just okay. Don't have to print the hardcopy ticket actually, they accept the PDF version on your phone. There's no English poster/banner for you to identify the greenbus counter, you have to ask around (it's a green counter). You don't have to "check in" per say, but just go to the counter to double confirm the lane to wait for the bus pickup (mine was lane 21 for Chiang Mai --> Chiang rai). For the express bus, I feel the bus is slightly run down - ie recliner chair not working properly, aircon vein spoiled...
May 15, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time and cheap!!
May 13, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Bus on time, spacious leg room, very strong AC (a little cold so maybe bring a cover/ long sleeve)
May 12, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Good bus on time, I slept the whole way haha but all was well! Good organisation and nice staff
May 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Happy with this trip and happy to do this again
May 10, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Long ride to not have aircon
May 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Perfect. L' orario è stato rispettato ed è stata fatta una piccola sosta di 10 minuti a metà viaggio. Good trip
May 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
seat need to be more maintain good trip
May 7, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
More comfortable and punctual than Greyhound. AC was okay. Staff spoke enough English that you knew what to do.
May 5, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Was ok.
May 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very comfortable. A lot of room and affordable to travel this way
Apr 30, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Good deal for the price
Apr 30, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Quite confortable and que quick. The only minus was the bus is a bit old.
Apr 29, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
I was very pleased to be taken very close to the Laos border. Staff were friendly and efficient and the journey very comfortable
Apr 25, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus left late so make sure you have enough time between connections but it was safe and comfortable and we were given water and a little bun to eat. I would book again with them!
Apr 25, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very good service. Lovely spacious seats and aircon
Apr 20, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
5 stars service, very comfortable. Seats are very wide and long, and clean. The price is very good and they offer you some free water and something to eat indeed. Great stuff!!
Apr 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time, great service and comfortable seats.
Apr 16, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Air con on bus very very poor I thought it was Express bus. Why so many stops along the way No English translations by Coach staff on board. There are people who dont speak Thai...Very poor service for Tourists
Apr 15, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Only problem bus station in chang mai is far from. ity center
Apr 15, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Very good
Apr 15, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus left 10 min late because of so many people with luggage, it is very nice how they not just throw your back under the bus but hand out a label for your luggage wich is sticked to your voucher. The bus driver drove normal, sometimes hard but not wrecked. It was a nice drive although they don't speak any English. The space for your legs is small for someone with tall legs, the chair in front of us was broken and in the sleeping stand the whole trip which was annoying and took in even more leg space.
Apr 11, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Old and dirty bus. They ask passengers to be at the station 1h before the departure time, but the buses come after the departure time. My bus left the station 25min late! While I was there no one bus left on time!
Apr 11, 2019
charter Van 9pax, Phuket Transfer Travel Andaman
★★☆☆☆
Pros: driver was punctual and pleasant and van was clean. Cons: I feel lucky to have arrived alive. He drove very fast and drove like he was in a rally car. I felt unsafe as he drove dangerously.
Apr 11, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
The trip was smooth and driver was safe. Turns out there is no need to print the tickets. You can just show them the e-copy and it will be accepted too.
Apr 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
There were 3 or 4 guys at the terminal helping to load the luggage and trying to answer the silly questions from the first time farang visitors. They were very helpful even though their English was quite beginner. The bus, the driver, and the assistant were all excellent. 5 stars.
Apr 9, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time.. Safety driving...
Apr 9, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Air con on the bus didn’t work at all in the back and was very hot!
Apr 9, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
The bus arrived late more than 1 hour in Chiang Rai Bus Terminal. I got the broken seat that I could not reclined.
Apr 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Fairly comfortable seats. Some parts of ride a bit bumpy but so are the roads where I come from In California. All in all a good experience.
Apr 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
no ac back of bus
Apr 7, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very professional service
Apr 7, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Autobus abbastanza scomodo
Apr 4, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus was comfortable and clean, while the driver was crazy
Apr 3, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very helpful as they stop to White Temple as I requested.
Apr 2, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
The bus was filled with mosquitos, comfortable enough to nap on but not enough leg room. Journey didn’t take long but the amount of mosquitos was ridiculous.
Apr 2, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Excellent...on time!
Apr 2, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Departure was delayed 30 min, and we arrived an hour late. The instruction of needing to arrive 60 min early is way too excessive as the terminal is small and there is no prep or procedure required. A lot of time wasted. Also, we almost had an accident along the way, although that wasn't really the fault of the driver so not reducing score for that. But it did reduce the quality of the journey.
Apr 1, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Newer bus. Comfortable seats that recliner as well as slid into the aisle for more elbow room. Good AC.
Apr 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
On time, clean, efficient. The VIP bus was replaced with a lower category one and we were refunded the price difference without asking for it. Would recommend.
Apr 1, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Staff before boarding at the terminal in Chiang Mai was very unfriendly to foreigners. I did not understand where I needed to go nor which bus was mine but they just laughed in my face and shouted at me to go away. Bus itself was good, clean and no reckless driving.
Mar 31, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Everything was ok, The bus was really clean and they complied with the schedules shown on the ticket
Mar 31, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Great ride, but the seats were a little uncomfortable. Also the driver spoke no English when we made stops, so you kind of have to know what is going on with no instructions.
Mar 29, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
I got there, but to be there 60 minutes in advance and then one hour delay extra afterthat...simply too much.
Mar 28, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time, relaxed, all good
Mar 27, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
The only reason I gave 4 stars were the mosquitos flying around in the bus. For the rest it was good, not to cold but definately wear something long. We wanted to see the white temple and the bus driver dropped us of there.
Mar 27, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time and great value service. Bus stopped a few times and one stop was in front of the white temple! Very convenient
Mar 26, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Paid for bus with toilet and drinks but the bus had neither toilet nor did they offer beverages
Mar 25, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Great trip
Mar 25, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
司机没有专心驾车
Mar 24, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Excellent service & an easy to use website when others were very confusing! Tickets were ready at their Bangkok office & the assistant was really pleasant & helpful answering our questions. Highly recommend. Shannon (Australia)
Mar 22, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Everything OK. Good seats. Good driver, slowing down where needed due to the many roadworks. So we have a smooth trip.
Mar 22, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Basic coach, but comfortable enough. Left on time and was only held up for roadworks on the way. Took a break about two hours in, and staff made sure that we got off at the correct terminal when we stopped at Terminal 2.
Mar 21, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
The girl operating on the bus was very rude and unpolite!
Mar 21, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
IRRETATING that we were required to meet at the Bustherminal one hour before departing time(0800). The bus did not.arrive at the therminal before 0805 and left about 0815.(We waited 75 minutes) Advisable to mention minimum 20 minutes before departing time in your brochure(?). The trip vas othervise good. Regarde Bjarne Stange (from Norway)
Mar 17, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Too cold on the bus
Mar 17, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
30 mn delay,note a big deal.
Mar 16, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Bus was clean, comfy and water was provided. Driver drove a little too fast and was bumper to bumper most of the way with smaller vehicles.
Mar 16, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus trip fine, left on time, but we had booked VIP but found ourselves on the next class down bus. Got a refund when we picked up the tickets. Driver very good over some difficult roads.
Mar 15, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Good journey, free water provided on clean, air conditioned bus. Was 30 mins late to destination due to road conditions.
Mar 11, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
fine, not great. leather seats in 100 degree weather are no fun - i’d look for a bus with cloth seats next trip.
Mar 10, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus was newish an comfortable enough. Not much of a delay to speak of. Road between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is very bumpy and windy. In part due to building works. At least at the moment. 03/2019. Many Mosquitoes on the bus so we had to put on some mosquito repellent for the journey. We managed to swat about 20 during the ride. Positives: the bus had a toilet, which we did not use and can't report on. Once the bus leaves the station you get a free bottle of water. The AC was not too cold either. The temperature inside the bus was fine. No complaints. The staff on the bus was also very helpful. All in all an alright experience. Have had much worse in Thailand.
Mar 9, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Smooth trip.
Mar 9, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Everything perfect
Mar 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
not good seats + delay
Mar 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Very Good service, on time! And comfort.
Mar 6, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
They could have charging devices in board
Mar 6, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Very good and comfortable seats, good and friendly service. Just the bus started in an unexpected platform. The worker at the information said 20 or 21. But the bus started from 19. Everything else’s perfect :)
Mar 6, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Driver is very helpful when some passengers not very sure where to get off. The only problem is no toilet break in 3 hours :(
Mar 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Very comfortable seats. You get water and a snack.
Mar 4, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Please let your excellent staff to know a little more English Please make the lavatory on bus a little more specious
Mar 2, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Bumpy, service good!
Mar 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Was een prima busrit. Lekker kunnen slapen en lekkere stoelen (vip). Geen gebruik gemaakt van de wc.
Mar 1, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
My chair recliner was broken so couldn’t sit upright so was very uncomfortable
Feb 28, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Bus arrived at estimated time. Very confortable bus
Feb 28, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
No information in english during the ride and stops.
Feb 28, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Departure a few minutes late. Arrival perfectly in time.
Feb 28, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Faltou apenas avisarem na chegada em Chiang Rai, que haveriam duas paradas, primeiro no terminal 2 é após no terminal 1, do restante foi tudo perfeito.
Feb 27, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus lleft and arrived on time . The driver was very careful and we felt very safe at all times. A little more leg room would be appreciated but I am 1.94 metres so a .little taller than your average Thai.
Feb 26, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Lovely service, but had paid for a higher class than what was provided. We got a refund but we may have picked another time when our class was available. That’s the o my reason it’s not 5/5
Feb 25, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
I had a good rest because the driver drove the bus smoothly. It was a good ride.
Feb 25, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Uncomfortable seating and bus conditions.
Feb 25, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus trip was ok, but we had purchased VIP seat tickets, and these were refunded to us and we were given regular seats. Many others had the same issue. Not sure how it's determined who gets the VIP seats.
Feb 24, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
I would have given 10 Stars, if I could! Greenbus was an awesome trip, so comfortable, quiet, super comfy seats, really a very pleasant experience. However, where the Greenbus company really excelled was after I disembarked from their bus. I had walked up to a coffee shop and was having lunch when I realized I had left my Tablet computer in the pouch on the back of the seat in front of me! I rushed back to the terminal and the agent immediately phoned the bus, they said "sit down, wait 10 minutes, it will be here". I was absolutely amazed! The bus had already left, yet they got it back. I don't know how they did that, but they were as happy as I was when it appeared a few minutes later! THANK YOU to the ladies who helped me at the counter of Greenbus, you made my trip, I am so grateful to you! And a special thank you to the lady who was the attendant on my bus, who delivered my computer to me. This review will not let me post the picture we took together, but I will not forget! Colleen
Feb 22, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Comfortable and stress free ride for only a few USD. Driver drove safely, stopped for snacks, arrived on time. Seats recline really far back, which is nice if you want to take a nap. But I can imagine it would make a tall person behind you a bit uncomfortable. Bus was reasonable clean (no trash on the floor or seats).
Feb 22, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Quick and on time but my seat was broken my back has suffered !
Feb 21, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Amazing trip VIP seats VIP service Will book again and can recommend
Feb 21, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Pretty good, just a little rough around the edges - I noticed some people's reclining seats were broken, my plastic AC vent above me was damaged, guys really sling out your bags at the other end. But no complaints :-) friendly staff, comfy seats, nice journey, good value for money. Would definitely use them again.
Feb 21, 2019
charter Economy, Jed Yord
★★★★★
The driver was very good.
Feb 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
The seats on the bus could use a little love
Feb 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
The ride was comfortable and on schedule.
Feb 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
The bus was older and had some problems with the air conditioning. Driver had to stop and restart the engine a few times to try and restart the air conditioning. The bus also had poor suspension. Every bump on the road would vibrate through your body. We arrived an hour late. There were numerous stops along the way to drop passengers and parcels. I would say overall that the bus was uncomfortable.
Feb 18, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
The airco should be a bit slower.
Feb 18, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus journey comfortable with good air con, but a lot of flies!

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 7,700. 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 304 miles (488 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 10 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 7,700.

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 3,740 to THB 7,700.

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 24 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 3,740.

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:

  • 988 decided to go for a bus.
  • 12 decided to catch a taxi.