Chiang Mai to Mae Sai

Chiang Mai to Mae Sai

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Chiang Mai to Mae Sai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Mae Sai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord SUV 4pax Any time฿ 4,565
GreenBus Express 08:00 - 16:05฿ 421
GreenBus Express Combo 12:30 - 17:40฿ 298

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai

Chiang Mai to Mae Sai Destination Reviews

Pleased with the experience.
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jun 10, 2022
Very welcoming and smiling companionship.
Bus VIP combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 23, 2021
Ordered my ticket online and printed it. Showed up to the bus station and got on the bus. No hassles.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 7, 2020
Small seats were very small, I wish I'd purchased the larger seats.. Bus was refrigerated, as forewarned. Bus left on time, got there on time. No problems.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Feb 2, 2020
Everything went perfectly. The bus departured and arrived according to the schedule. Every passenger was given a bottle of water.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 20, 2020
Wish they would take into account the slow times driving over the roadworks and adjust timetable
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 16, 2020
Trip was fast and successful. Bus was freezing cold in beginning and bumpy mountain pass. 7:15 am bus was as fast as 6:45 am bus. We passed at Chiang Rai station. I had no trouble renewing 30 day tourist visa on USA passport but at border it said...No more visa was uncertain for a while but was stamped through no problems. Two Thai immigration officials were chuckling when I asked them if I’d have a problem coming back same day...
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 2, 2020
Road out of Chaing Mai currently dug up so a pretty rough ride. Booked to seats together, 1A & 1B but they weren't together!!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 23, 2019
Bus is noisy. Seats are hard and some not adjustable. Toilet needs to be fixed and improved. Urine doesn’t drain and sloshes all over. Need a better system to announce arrival and departures. Drivers are very good.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 16, 2019
Not the most comfortable seats, but on time for once!
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Sep 20, 2019
92 customer reviews

How to get from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai

When you want to get from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai, 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 flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 238.95. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 8.58.

How far is Chiang Mai from Mae Sai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai. Your trip will be a total of 147 miles (235 km). The flying distance is 121 miles (194 km).

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai?

The travel time from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 5 to 22 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai?

The cost of the trip from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai 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 8.58 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 238.95.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 8.58 to USD 12.24;
  • Plane tickets - USD 238.95 to USD 238.95;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 115.25 to USD 137.83.

How many trips per day are there between Chiang Mai and Mae Sai?

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 08:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 12:30. There are 5 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 Mae Sai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai. 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 238.95.

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 Mae Sai
Myanmar National Airlines


Taking a bus from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai 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 Mae Sai. 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 115.25.

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 Mae Sai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai? 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