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
Jed Yord Van 9pax Any time฿ 7,755
Thai AirAsia Economy 07:15 - 13:30฿ 6,752
Thai Airways Economy 08:30 - 20:40฿ 4,517
GreenBus Express 10:30 - 14:25฿ 271
Thai Lion Air Economy 13:35 - 19:55฿ 3,400
GreenBus VIP Combo 15:30 - 18:50฿ 380
GreenBus VIP Combo 17:00 - 20:20฿ 380
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:20฿ 380
Thai Airways Economy 21:15 - 20:15฿ 5,701

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

Reliable service, got us where we needed to be without any issues. The bus was about 10 mins late leaving, which really doesn’t matter to us - just something to note. We got a free bottle of water on a comfortable bus that transported us safely from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 29, 2023
Una app bastante confiable y segura, no duden en hacer sus reservas para conseguir los mejores precios
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 29, 2023
On time, good seats, good driver, friendly staff
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 26, 2023
Completely uneventful, in a good way. Bus arrived on time. We had assigned seats which were comfortable. Not too cold. Overall trip took 30 mins faster than listed. Had a 10 minute break at halfway. All good.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 16, 2023
Great support for traveling
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 9, 2023
Quick journey, very well organized. From chiang mai to chiang rai. I got a water bottle.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 6, 2023
Much easier and more responsive than the Green BusApp.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 4, 2023
Comfortable seats, AC, toilet. Look for the operator to understand where the bus will arrive.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 2, 2023
I caught the VIP service from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. The seats were very comfortable- they reclined and had a foot stool. A bottle of water and a small snack was provided. As most buses in Thailand, the AC was blasting, but I came prepared with a jumper and a coat over my legs, and I was fine. The bus arrived 10 minutes early.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Mar 1, 2023
It was too crowded but that's traveling. The ride back was more emptier in a larger sized bus. Also, for less money. Same company. But I am thankful for the experience that I had using
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 27, 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 227.48. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 7.95.

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 11 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 7.95 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 227.48.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 7.95 to USD 13.46;
  • flight price: USD 90.93. From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 23:40 Chiang Mai Airport until 23:40 Chiang Mai Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 103.26 to USD 227.48.

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 18:00. There are 21 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?


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 USD 103.26.

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