Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax Any time฿ 5,950
GreenBus VIP 07:45 - 11:05฿ 380
Thai Lion Air Economy 08:10 - 14:00฿ 3,600
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD343611:00 - 12:15$ 96.49
Thai Lion Air Economy 12:45 - 18:35฿ 4,300
GreenBus Express Combo 15:30 - 18:50฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 16:00 - 19:20$ 9.98
Thai Airways Economy 21:15 - 20:15฿ 5,701

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

YC
We took the Express Bus (not VIP). And I must say Express is good enough! the seats are comfortable, bus leaves on time, arrives at the destination on time too! the ride was smooth, the bus was clean, we received a bottled water and wet wipe. I would highly recommend this!
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 27, 2022
JS
Very pleasant ride , comfortable and excelent driver
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 20, 2022
PF
Clean bus on time travel
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 18, 2022
LJ
Perfect well organized and everything worked out
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 15, 2022
JB
My ride was easy to book and had a pleasant trip
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 14, 2022
KB
It was good for the price. The seats were comfortable and the bus had a little toilet on board. After half of the way we stopped to take a little break where one could go to the toilet or buy snacks. Everything went as supposed to
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 13, 2022
AP
Everything was great, but after few people went to the toilet on the bus, the inside of the Bus smelt quite bad.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 12, 2022
F
Good trip, we started and arrived in time, free water and a little snack
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 11, 2022
DT
bus was on time and comfortable! bonus was there was a snack and water :) not as cold as they mentioned, and adjustable ac in your seat.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 7, 2022
IR
Great travel, but too many mosquitos.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 4, 2022
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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 flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 218.86. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 7.58.

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 94 miles (150 km). The flying distance is 94 miles (150 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 8 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 USD 7.58 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as USD 218.86.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 7.58 to USD 12.84;
  • flight price: USD 122.74 - USD 218.88. From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:15 Chiang Mai Airport until 14:55 Chiang Mai Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 98.43 to USD 215.32.

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 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:45. There are 19 available bus trips every day.
  • 10 by flight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:15 Chiang Mai Airport until 14:55 Chiang Mai Airport
  • 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 USD 98.43.

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% Other