Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

  Sep 29, 2021, 17 trips (฿210 – ฿0)
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3h 20m Deps: 8:00, 12:30, 16:00

From ฿210


1d 15m Deps: 17:00

From ฿3,496



From ฿3,839

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Van 9pax Any time฿ 4,565
Glassflower Comfort Any time฿ 4,247
GreenBus Express 08:00 - 11:55฿ 210
GreenBus VIP 12:30 - 17:40฿ 382
GreenBus VIP 16:00 - 19:20฿ 310

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

taxi SUV 4pax, Jed Yord (บริษัท เจ็ดยอดบราเตอร์ จำกัด), Jul 4, 2021
The driver was respectful, patient, and was an excellent navigator. I was worried that my driver would be sleepy or distracted so early in the morning, but he was fantastic. Most importantly, he made me feel safe.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jun 17, 2021
Beautiful. Comfy seats, cheap, Covid safe!
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 8, 2021
It worked perfectly,all of the Green Bus staff are comfortable with the eticket and so am I.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 18, 2020
It worked as advertised,it's a very convenient way to get a ticket and Green Bus,at least in Chiang Mai,no longer requires a printout, just present your eticket on your phone.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 23, 2020
Challenging road conditions but driver handled it well. Felt safe and assured. Quite nice scenery once into rural parts and we got chance to see traditional rice paddies. They still exist! Booking process was simple. Bus was comfortable and overall great value.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 18, 2020
Horaires respectées, bus climatisé, petite collation prévue, chauffeur professionnel.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 17, 2020
We had a broken seat and told about this to administrator of the bus. Ask him to check and fix it. He told “wait” and thats it. Hasn’t come back
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 16, 2020
The hostesses need to smile!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 15, 2020
Booking internet was perfect. Persenal was helpfull. Bus on time. For a little be more budget you gett a VIP bus. Realia Big Chairs. Perfect!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 11, 2020
depart on time. good driver. comfertable seats.
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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:

  • Flight
  • 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 Flight 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 6,058. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 210.

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 132 miles (212 km). The flying distance is 102 miles (164 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 26 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 210 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 6,058.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 200 to THB 367;
  • Plane tickets - THB 2,105 to THB 4,376;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 3,842 to THB 6,046.

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.

  • Flights from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 08:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 16:00. There are 1 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?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Chiang Mai 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 THB 2,105.

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 Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
Nok Air (นกแอร์), Thai Airways, Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์)


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.


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 3,842.

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:

  • 99% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.