Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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16:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 50m bus ride in Express
4.2
19:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
08:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.0
11:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h taxi ride
5.0+
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Chiang Rai Town

From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Rai by bus

08:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 55m bus ride in Express
4.0
11:55
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
16:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 50m bus ride in Express
4.2
19:50
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1

From Chiang Mai City Transfer to Chiang Rai by taxi

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Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h taxi ride
5.0+
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Chiang Rai Town

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
Smart En Plus Van 9pax Any time฿ 4,620
GreenBus Express Combo 12:30 - 17:40฿ 253
GreenBus VIP 16:00 - 19:20฿ 310
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:20฿ 310

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

  • Trains are not avaliable
  • Buses are not avaliable
  • Ferries are not avaliable
  • Flights are not avaliable
  • Taxis are not avaliable

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai destination reviews

RD
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.
RD
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.
FS
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.
SF
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 18, 2020
Horaires respectées, bus climatisé, petite collation prévue, chauffeur professionnel.
BD
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
LW
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 16, 2020
The hostesses need to smile!
GW
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!
SO
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 11, 2020
depart on time. good driver. comfertable seats.
SP
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 8, 2020
Very happy with the whole experience. It wasn't immediately clear what i should do at the station but this was very quickly resolved.
EJ
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 3, 2020
They were not going to let me on even though I already paid. She wanted me to pay again. Hard to communicate.
JV
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 27, 2020
De VIP greenline bus heeft ons van Chiang Mai naar Chiang Rai gebracht in 3hr 30min. De weg was hobbelig gezien men bezig is met de aanleg van de autosnelweg.
H
taxi Premium, Glassflower (Glassflower), Feb 25, 2020
Booked and pay the VIP Bus But the VIP was not coming. Was a normal Bus. For the prize of the VIP Bus. Bus and Driver was on Time and he know what he do.
FW
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 23, 2020
Nice trip and perfect driver. Thank you for the prestation
AL
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 22, 2020
Comfy, Punctual and Reliable. Toilet’s smell kinda bad on the downside
SE
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 21, 2020
Definitely worth extra for more comfortable seats in VIP bus.
HF
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 21, 2020
Everything was well organized. Comfortable Seats. All good!
JW
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 20, 2020
The bus was very clean; seating was very comfortable with lots of legroom; and on-time. Great way to see the countryside too. Great value for money
HK
taxi Comfort, Glassflower (Glassflower), Feb 19, 2020
It was a comfortable drive. We felt pity for the driver, because you send him a wrong departuretime. So he had to wait for 2 hours for us.
SM
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 19, 2020
Comfortable seat&a/c.. Safe driver, bus was easy to find and on time, luggage was ragged and receipt given.. Would recommend and would use again
JK
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 18, 2020
Quick 3 hour ride from CM to CR. Comfortable ride and temperature setting. Speed was according to the traffic flow. Driver had to drop off a tour group in advance at terminal 2, and did not understand what he meant , next stop, next stop until later. Like booking through 12Go with assigned seat.
KS
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 18, 2020
Comfortable, clean bus with lots of leg room, clean toilets, on time and with good service.
AL
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 18, 2020
Nice station. Easy to find bus, terminals clearly marked. Great service on the VIP Greenbus and a very comfortable ride.
WD
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 13, 2020
Zeer comfortabel, fijne ruime stoelen en goede service.
JS
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 12, 2020
Very good
GH
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 12, 2020
Fairly comfortable bus,only a little late--- all good
JO
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 12, 2020
Good and easy to use website for booking the trip. I'd give it a 5 star but there was a bit of an inconvenience of finding where to print the ticket voucher. Apart from that everything was great!
LB
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 12, 2020
It was to cold in the bus
LM
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 10, 2020
Accidentally booked the express bus instead of the vip one but honestly it wasn't an issue. It was a nice comfortable trip and a good value for the price.
WM
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 10, 2020
Pro: On time. Con: bus was old and dirty. My armrest was broken. I don’t expect too much but this was disappointing considering we paid extra for a VIP bus.
MB
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 6, 2020
Terible real terible chairs
KS
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 6, 2020
Seat was broken.
DY
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 6, 2020
Seats kind of broken, and small Good driver though, drive well on roads under construction We stopped once for a break and snack which was helpful
AC
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 6, 2020
Old bus but very nice and comfortable, with reclining seats and very spacious. Been offered bottle of water and a little roll cake. Only giving 4 stars because toilet facilities were very bad. A very small toilet and very bumpy roads, imagine what that means...that was an experience :( Unfortunately crew dont speak English, so all announcements made in Thai.
SS
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 5, 2020
Old bus and narrow seats. Driver was not able to put in the gear!
MG
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 5, 2020
Convenient way to travel on a nice bus with comfortable seats. Bonus was a bottle of water and a vanilla cake roll ????
CS
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 4, 2020
SERAFINI
FM
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 4, 2020
Nice experience. They stopped about halfway through so we could use the toilet and buy snacks
CN
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 1, 2020
Anche se non capisco la necessità di avere 14 gradi quando fuori ce ne sono 31
SG
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 30, 2020
The VIP bus is a must! the people who work at the company were very kind. Clean, spacious and very comfortable bus
MS
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 30, 2020
The only complaint we had was that we had to print our tickets. As backpackers this was very difficult for us.
TM
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 29, 2020
Good
FH
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 27, 2020
Excellent journey, well worth the money and easy to book with igoasia
MS
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 27, 2020
All was perfect
IP
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2020
It wasn't VIP. But, anyway, it was comfortable!
JB
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2020
Everything was OK, except the fact that it was a bit too cold.
DM
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2020
Air condition 10 degrees !!! As a fridge !!!
MV
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2020
Good trip the bus was not new but arrived on hours
BS
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2020
Great bus but would have been nice to have power at seat working. And really cold. Bring long sleeves!
ND
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 26, 2020
Lái xe thân thiện , xe thoải mái tuy nhiên chuyến xe chúng tôi đi gặp sự cố nên phải đợi gần 2g mới đươc chuyển sang xe khác. Chuyến xe về đến Chiang Rai muộn nên hơi mệt.
CD
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 25, 2020
It was a good & pleasantly surprised trip. Nice touch with a bottle of water on each seat. Didn’t expect that. Forget the 20kg hold limit per case. They don’t check. Overall very good. Was punctual & very economic mode of transportation. Thank you. Brit Guyz
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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 5,500. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 174.

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 28 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 174 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 5,500.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 174 to THB 347;
  • Plane tickets - THB 845 to THB 3,266;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 300 to THB 5,500.

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 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 18:00. 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?

Flights

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 845.

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 AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์), Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์)

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 300.

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.