Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

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Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen Schedule

Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Lion Air Economy 07:50 - 15:00฿ 3,730
Thai Lion Air Economy 08:10 - 12:05฿ 2,800
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD550011:30 - 12:35฿ 5,295
Thai Smile Economy 12:20 - 08:15฿ 5,147
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD550014:45 - 15:50฿ 4,971
Thai Smile Economy 17:05 - 19:55฿ 5,147
Esan Tour Express 19:00 - 07:00฿ 714
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD550220:20 - 21:15฿ 2,339
Thai Vietjet Economy 22:25 - 08:15฿ 2,847

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

Facts about the transport from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

Cheapest Transport$20
Fastest Transport1h 5m
Earliest Departure6:00 AM
Latest Departure7:30 PM
Departures per day10
Distance600 kilometers
Transport CompaniesAirMuang Loei Tour, Esan Tour, Phet Prasert, Sombat Tour, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air

Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen Destination Reviews

There were no informations about obligatory masks (due to covid that has ended a year ago...). When I entered the bus the bus attendant made me buy a mask. It was just 10 bahts but if they require masks it should have been stated earlier. For some reason the bas was extremally humid making even the blankets a little bit wet
Bus Express, Phet Prasert (เพชรประเสริฐ), Aug 17, 2023
Comfortable, fast, lots of space. Only negative is no stop for proper food, only 7-Eleven
Bus Express, Phet Prasert (เพชรประเสริฐ), Apr 28, 2023
Lights off while moving, comfortable seat, pilloe for the head, support for the feet, blanket and water. It was better than I expected :)
Bus Express, Esan Tour (อีสานทัวร์), Nov 3, 2022
The bus arrived at our destination a little late, which honestly wasn't a problem considering the number of stops made on the way. The seats though were extremely uncomfortable and it was clear no considerations were made for taller people, as my legs barely fit and if I made them fit, I was sitting up straight with the headrest almost under my shoulders. Basically I didn't any sleep due to discomfort and the only good things were the blanket, the water and the bus completing the trip.
Bus Express, Esan Tour (อีสานทัวร์), Mar 1, 2020
Air Asia crews are very nice and kindly teams work.
This review was autotranslated
flight Economy, Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Nov 9, 2019
47 customer reviews

How to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

When you want to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 33.82. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 19.90.

How far is Chiang Mai from Khon Kaen?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen. Your trip will be a total of 373 miles (600 km). The flying distance is 573 miles (921 km).

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen?

The travel time from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen?

The cost of the trip from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Esan Tour (อีสานทัวร์): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 19.90 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as USD 33.82.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 19.91 to USD 27.50;
  • Plane tickets - USD 27.72 to USD 33.83;
  • flight+Bus price: USD 86.84. From Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen starting from 13:15 Don Mueang Airport until 13:15 Don Mueang Airport

How many trips per day are there between Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 09:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 19:30. There are 8 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen depart during the day - there are approximately 2 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen. 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 USD 27.72.

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 Khon Kaen

Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย)


Taking a bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen 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.

The most popular transport from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen? 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:

  • 94% decided to go for a bus.
  • 6% users took a plane.