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

Really bad booking experience, it took multiple tries to complete as well as showing busses that didn't have enough seats for the number of travelers I had entered. I had to put in my personal information multiple times. I purchased seats on a bus that said took 3 hours and 20 minutes but I didn't see that the actual time difference was over five hours. All through the booking process the amount was displayed in Bht until the final checkout when the number amount was the same but currency switched to pounds. The bus ride itself was fine except someone behind me smoked several cigarettes and that annoyed several people.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 11, 2023
The AC was adjustable and the bus seats were quite comfy, it didn’t stop more than once, perfect bus ride!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 7, 2023
The bus smelled funny and the seat didnt work
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 1, 2023
Hello! I originally wanted to hire a RT driver from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, the company recommended to create a DIY tour. My driver Danny was on time, courteous, drove safely and always made sure I had cold water. He made suggestions & listened to where I wanted to go as well. He also made sure to make sure I knew where he was parked when he was done. I appreciated an amazing day in Chiang Rai.
taxi SUV 4pax, Lanna Expert Driver (หจก.ลานนา เอ็กเปอร์ท ไดร์เวอร์), Nov 27, 2023
The bus was way too old to drive through the mountains. Continues beeping sound when the bus reached certain speed, but no working km/h meter.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 21, 2023
Bus was quite hot and seat was broken. But bus was clean.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 14, 2023
The driver does makes stops on arrival in Chiang rai but doesn’t inform the passengers. Also no English when we asked where exactly we were. 12GO is the best way to get a ticket!
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 9, 2023
Travelled on the VIP bus - loads of legroom, snacks and water provided. Smooth drive over to Chiang Rai.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 30, 2023
Comfortable silent and fast
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 26, 2023
The bus was nice and comfortable. The toilet in the bus however was dirty and had no soap.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 24, 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 243.70. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 7.60.

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 7.60 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 243.70.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 7.60 to USD 12.87;
  • flight price: USD 84.13. 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 98.72 to USD 243.70.

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?


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 98.72.

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