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From Chiang Mai Arcade to Pai by bus

06:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
09:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
07:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
10:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
08:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
11:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
09:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
12:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
10:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
13:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
11:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
14:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
12:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
15:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
13:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
16:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
14:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
17:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
15:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
18:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
16:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
19:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400
17:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
20:30
Pai
3h
eTicket  Instant 
฿ 200
2 Adults: ฿ 400

From Chiang Mai Airport to Pai by taxi

Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 3,839
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,202
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,565
  vehicle, all incl

From Chiang Mai City Transfer to Pai by taxi

Any
Chiang Mai City Transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 3,839
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai City Transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,202
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai City Transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,565
  vehicle, all incl

From Chiang Mai town hotel transfer to Pai by taxi

Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
4h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 3,812
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 3,839
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,202
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,565
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Time
Pai Hotel Transfer
4h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
฿ 4,841
  vehicle, all incl

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 – 03:50฿ 3,839
Glassflower Comfort 00:00 – 04:30฿ 3,812
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
1079 customer reviews
5
50%
4
30%
3
10%
2
4%
1
6%
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.
FK
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 22, 2019
Great all around
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.
AW
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 26, 2019
The driver was freindly and the bus was comfortable and air conditioned... 3 hours of winding roads and mountains. Worth everyminnute
SD
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 20, 2019
Very old minivan. Driver doesn't speak any English.
AK
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 20, 2019
Took about 40 minutes longer than the journey stated, the coach had aircon but was tiny and very claustrophobic. Not enough space but an ok budget option
BH
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 19, 2019
Great service and departed and arrived in good time. Would definitely use again.
EZ
3
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 19, 2019
Not enough aircondition in the car and not enough space
RN
5
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Oct 14, 2019
Driver drove very safely! We really appreciated that since the road was very curvy and steep.
MW
4
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Sep 21, 2019
A very good service, but I wish they would allocate the seats starting from the front. We booked a long time in advance of the trip and so ended up with the worst seats, right at the very back of the bus where you feel every bump and turn.

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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 11 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:

  • 990 decided to go for a bus.
  • 10 decided to catch a taxi.