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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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15:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
18:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m
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16:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
19:35
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
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
5h
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Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h
Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m
Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Chiang Rai Town
2h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Chiang Rai Town
2h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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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
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
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Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
5h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h
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
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Smart En Plus Van 9pax 00:00 – 05:00฿ 4,620
Jed Yord SUV 4pax 00:00 – 04:00฿ 6,050
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 16:00 – 19:35฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 18:00 – 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

4.1
2146 customer reviews
5
44%
4
33%
3
13%
2
5%
1
5%
OE
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
สวัสดี​การดีมากค่ะ
BR
2
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
Bus represented as a vip bus in the advert was not what appeared at the terminal. Snack was a twinkie. Road construction added an additional 1 hour to the trip.
MT
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 10, 2019
Clean, comfortable and punctual.
GB
2
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 9, 2019
Please don't waste 50 Baht on some thing called preferential help or something like that!!! It doesn't exist. you are just a number in line like everyone else. So my grab driver was more help than anyone at the greenbus terminal. Hope some one had a cold beer and good laugh with my 50 baht for their help.lol. the bus VIP express was nice, but as any where in Thailand the term express ,with no stops will be changed if someone pays the drive to make a unscheduled stop. we made 2.. They made no mention that the hilly drive just outside of Chaing Mai was almost totally under reconsruction so for most of that part we were on adirt and rock roads, going 5 to 10 mph. All in all it was a better choice that paying more and having to fly CM to bkk to CR, a sidenote. don't eat at the AYE cafe in cr, i ordered a hamburger and fries (so what could go wrong?), i think it was pork , but they said no, but it didn't taste like any hamburger i have ever eaten, plus it had some sort of filler in it like a breading. and to to top it off they tried to over charge me by $2 for the pork filled hamburger, plus the fries were cold
GO
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 9, 2019
Safe and cheap, but the bus was too old and 30 min late, we did about 20 min more, so we really were like 50 min total delayed which I did not like.. it is the cheapest though
FM
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 8, 2019
El aire muy frío y necesitaba algo más de limpieza pero en general estuvo bien.
CS
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 6, 2019
everything ok, but there was a half-hour delay. Cleaning was a little poor.
CH
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 30, 2019
Bus terminals are well located, bus departed and arrived on time. Bus was comfortable and well air conditioned, but no toilet on board. Stop is made halfway through. Overall an efficient operation and easy way to travel between CM and CR.
IP
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 28, 2019
VIP bus was an excellent, punctual service. Drinks and refreshments provided. Toilet on board. Spacious reclining seats. We would definitely use again and consider same service for longer journeys.
JC
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 25, 2019
There was some confuaion that there is one stop before thw final the stop. It would be better if the bus attendant make an announcement.
MC
2
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 24, 2019
Unfortunately the road construction project on this route seems to be extremely disorganized over a long stretch of the mountainous area leading to a slower, bumpier and more dangerous ride. We are returning on the same route in mostly the dark hours tonight and honestly-speaking are a little concerned!
LB
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 20, 2019
Chairs in the bus could be improved. Airco was fine.
ND
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 20, 2019
Everything from check in to the travel was good. They also gave water bottle and a snack for the trip. One minor issue was that the bathroom door was not easy to lock, I had to try it bunch of times before getting it locked.
JC
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 19, 2019
Got there ahead of schedule. Free water when you get on & aircon - lots of leg room too
RS
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 19, 2019
Ok bus, drove mad on unmade roads making the journey more uncomfortable. Worth the price I suppose!
SV
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 19, 2019
I'm glad found this website, makes my travel plan so easy.. just book and pay...and all my journey begin...????
SD
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 17, 2019
On time, nice staff, snacks and water. big seats but the bus was a little old. Other then this, great!
BV
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 17, 2019
IT was a comfortable trip. Good driving, Seats are oké. Printing your ticket is no Good in this modern time. IT was not neccesary also. Be clear About iT please.
CK
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 17, 2019
Great driver and conductor. On time and comfortable.
SM
5
charter Economy, Jed Yord, Oct 17, 2019
Very smooth comfortable drive, driver was very nice and helpful. Offered to make scenic stops if we liked.

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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 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 3,819 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 3,819.

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:

  • 993 decided to go for a bus.
  • 7 decided to catch a taxi.