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
Smart En Plus Van 9pax Any time$ 116.14
GreenBus Express 07:15 - 11:10฿ 271
Thai Airways Economy 08:30 - 13:55฿ 4,505
GreenBus Express 10:30 - 14:25฿ 271
Thai AirAsia Economy 12:15 - 17:55฿ 4,327
GreenBus Express 14:15 - 18:10฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 17:45 - 21:05฿ 380
Thai Airways Economy 21:15 - 20:15฿ 5,701

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

MM
okay but bus was not clean (floor, windows, seats). Info about journey, stops, etc. only in Thai language. Greenbus office at Busterminal was not to find
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 1, 2023
MB
Depart on time, efficient staff, comfortable bus. Good driver. Booking on line was perfect. I recommend this company.
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 1, 2023
LB
On Time,
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 29, 2023
AL
Roads were crazy and the drive was fast so arrived early and overall was a great experience. Easy ticket purchasing, boarding and a 10min break in the middle of the drive. Worked fine. Just crazy roads and uncomfortable seats.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 29, 2023
SC
Very clean bus, on time. Seats were comfy.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 28, 2023
PS
The only thing I would add is a USB to charge a phone. Older bus, I understand. Very good experience!
Bus VIP combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 27, 2023
DE
Clean bus. Aircon was not too cold. Drink and snack given. Toilet ok but rather small
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 27, 2023
SS
A great experience. Everything was super organized and also on time! The check in and the arrived. I took vip bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai :)
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 27, 2023
FC
Ride and seat is good but toilet is terrible, its smell and very discomfort not clean
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2023
YY
Booked VIP seats. Great price. Very speacious
Bus VIP combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2023
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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 USD 230.53. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 8.11.

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 7 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 8.11 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 USD 230.53.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 8.11 to USD 13.74;
  • flight price: USD 95.72 - USD 105.60. From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:15 Chiang Mai Airport until 16:45 Chiang Mai Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 105.39 to USD 230.53.

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.
  • 16 by flight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:15 Chiang Mai Airport until 16:45 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 105.39.

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