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Jed Yord
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in Economy
5
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Pai Hotel Transfer
eTicket Instant Recommended Fastest
11:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
14:30
Pai
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09:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
12:30
Pai

From Chiang Mai Arcade to Pai by Buses

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06:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
09:30
Pai
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07:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
10:30
Pai
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08:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
11:30
Pai
eTicket Instant Recommended Fastest
09:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
12:30
Pai
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10:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
13:30
Pai
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11:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
14:30
Pai
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12:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
15:30
Pai
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13:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
16:30
Pai
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14:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
17:30
Pai
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15:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
18:30
Pai
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16:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
19:30
Pai
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17:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h bus ride in Minivan
4.3
20:30
Pai

From Chiang Mai town hotel transfer to Pai by Taxis

Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable Recommended
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in Economy
5
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Pai Hotel Transfer
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h 30m taxi ride in Premium
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Pai Hotel Transfer
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
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Pai Hotel Transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
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Pai Hotel Transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Pai Hotel Transfer

From Chiang Mai Airport to Pai by Taxis

Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai Airport
3h 50m taxi ride in Economy
5
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Pai Hotel Transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai Airport
3h 50m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
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Pai Hotel Transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai Airport
3h 50m taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Pai Hotel Transfer

From Chiang Mai City Transfer to Pai by Taxis

Jed Yord
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in Economy
5
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Pai Hotel Transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in SUV 4pax
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Pai Hotel Transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
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Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h 50m taxi ride in Van 9pax
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Pai Hotel Transfer

Transport types between Chiang Mai and Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 - 03:50฿ 3,839
Glassflower Premium 00:00 - 04:30฿ 4,841
Prem Pracha Minivan 06:30 - 09:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 08:30 - 11:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 10:30 - 13:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 12:30 - 15:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 14:30 - 17:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 16:30 - 19:30฿ 200

Chiang Mai to Pai destination reviews

4.1
1108 customer reviews
5
50%
4
30%
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10%
2
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RS
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 5, 2019
The van is decent but far from spacious. It is a quite crowded trip (people and some bags in a limited space) but quite good value for money. Do not expect any luxuries.
SA
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 3, 2019
Good ride
MP
2
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 2, 2019
Not happy lost my reservation after showing my my receipt said I didn’t pay so I had to pay again. The ride up to Pai was ok nothing unusual.
WP
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 1, 2019
Zeer goede prijs/ kwaliteit verhouding. Probeer wel een stoel vooraan te reserveren. Wij zaten op de achterbank maar daar heb je weinig beenruimte.
JA
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 28, 2019
Coach was prompt and smooth journey. We had to turn bk as someone had jumped in mistakenly. But this didn't add too much to our journey
MI
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 25, 2019
Make sure you get there half an hour before departure to find the minivan stop.Worth a better explanation where the station is, end of Terminal 2 instead of the big Terminal 1 where the taxi usually drops you. Book earlyish hour tickets as there are not as many people in the bus. BE AWARE, the ride is pretty damn curvy and our driver was driving quite fast even in dangerous turns, which made me pray quite a lot. Very easy to get motion sick on this road, so be prepared however you can.
MP
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 25, 2019
The location of the bus was hard to find. Thai people know the location at Bus terminal 2 it seems. So please specify more clearly. My driver was very stern and impatient. I would appreciate a little more customer service orientation. Thank you
AK
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 22, 2019
Easy booking and just a 2,5 to 3 hours drive to Pai from Chiang Mai. We tried to change seats, because we were at the back of the bus, but the bus was full. Anyway the roads were nice and it was a good driver, so no problem at all.
MF
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 22, 2019
The ride was very swift, which meant my partner was sick and vomiting when we stopped for a break.
BT
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 21, 2019
Was worried as had heard horror stories but was absolutely fine. Motion sickness tablets taken before worked a treat. Do take them as some people got sick because of all the bends. You stop half way for food and toilet break. Got there on time. Good experience.
CE
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 17, 2019
Left on time, arrived 5 minutes earlier. Short stop for toilet. Extremely polite
MH
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 16, 2019
The diver knows the curvy road to Pai well and got us there quickly!
JM
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 14, 2019
We had purchased tickets online and had them but we were directed to the ticket counter anyways. Which made us almost miss our bus. The driver was excellent however and our trip to Pai was very safe and quick!
PH
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 10, 2019
It felt like the driver was in a race. Tired squealing around every corner.
JV
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 9, 2019
Netjes op tijd en goede chauffeur. Halverwege kleine pauze. Goede ervaring.
NL
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 9, 2019
Good driver and save, but bad seats in the back and couldn’t choose.
AE
2
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 8, 2019
Small cramped bus with luggage taking up room inside rather than on roof which would have made it more plesant. Driver very scary when overtaking on mountain roads
TN
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 1, 2019
Booking via online does not provide option to choose seat no. which is not an advantage. Changing seat at d counter requires new booking. Pls improve.
EM
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 31, 2019
No trouble and comfortable transportation. The driving is safety.
SF
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 31, 2019
It was spacious, we were with locals so no big bags in the way. They also had the AC blasting which is better than being hot because you can always throw a sweater on or close your vent. And we just took Dramamine and no car sickness like everyone warned. Way better than what you read online.

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How to get from Chiang Mai to Pai

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

  • Bus
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Bus. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi 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 THB 4,841. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 200.

How far is Chiang Mai from Pai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Mai to Pai. Your trip will be a total of 140 miles (225 km). The flying distance is 58 miles (92 km).

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Pai?

The travel time from Chiang Mai to Pai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 5 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Pai?

The cost of the trip from Chiang Mai to Pai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as THB 200 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 THB 4,841.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 200 to THB 200;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 3,812 to THB 4,841.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 06:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:30. There are 12 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 Pai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Chiang Mai to Pai 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 Pai. 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 THB 3,812.

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 Pai

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

  • 992 decided to go for a bus.
  • 8 decided to catch a taxi.