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
BangkokTaxi24 VIP Van 9pax Any time฿ 5,060
Thai AirAsia Economy 07:15 - 12:50฿ 3,927
Thai Lion Air Economy 08:00 - 14:00฿ 3,680
GreenBus Express 11:00 - 14:55฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 12:45 - 16:05฿ 380
GreenBus Express 14:00 - 17:55฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 16:00 - 19:20$ 10.05
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:20฿ 380
Thai Airways Economy 21:10 - 20:15฿ 5,701
Thai Vietjet Economy 22:25 - 13:10฿ 3,090

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Facts about the transport from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Cheapest Transport$8
Fastest Transport3h
Earliest Departure7:00 AM
Latest Departure11:40 PM
Departures per day71
Distance150 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services, GB Limousine, Glassflower, GreenBus, Smart En Plus, Thai Lion Air

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

MC
Really swanky VIP bus. Loads of leg room, banging AC, free bottle of water and snack, clean toilet on board and we arrived nearly an hour before expected. Brilliant
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 23, 2024
A
Our experience with green-bus was great. But with 12go asia not so much. We were charged more than what green bus charges for and also charged for an insurance we didn’t even accept to buy.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 22, 2024
HW
The bus was 35 mins late, however we quickly boarded and headed off! The bus was so spacious and had comfy reclinable seats! We got given a bottle of water, snack and sick bag. I would recommend!! :)
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 13, 2024
JP
Driver accepted to pick us up earlier than booked, fast and comfortable trip
taxi Economy 3pax, Firstplan Transport Services (เฟิร์สแพลน ทรานสปอร์ตเซอร์วิส), Feb 3, 2024
MH
Seat was uncomfortable for a long journey. Bus station takes a bit to figure out. But overall a great experience
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 22, 2024
BM
Nice seats, good driver but a bit cold AC, everyone was freezing
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 21, 2024
ИМ
The Bus Terminal in Chiang Mai is of medium comfort, but everything else was really good.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 1, 2024
ES
Was more than OK. Comfortable. Clean bathroom. Went very smoothly.
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 29, 2023
CR
Fastest and best way to go from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 26, 2023
SW
We had a good journey, lots of backpackers in a bus. Bus was pretty basic but comfortable.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 23, 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 241.25. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 7.52.

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 7.52 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 241.25.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 7.52 to USD 12.74;
  • flight price: USD 83.29. From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:50 Chiang Mai Airport until 23:40 Chiang Mai Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 97.72 to USD 241.25.

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 18 available bus trips every day.
  • 4 by flight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai starting from 07:50 Chiang Mai Airport until 23:40 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 97.72.

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:

  • 98% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% Other