Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower Comfort Any time฿ 3,812
Prem Pracha Minivan 06:30 - 10:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 08:30 - 12:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 10:30 - 14:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 13:30 - 17:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 15:30 - 19:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 17:30 - 21:50฿ 240

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai Destination Reviews

Got there ok. Aircon not working, was hot 🥵 n back seats even on an overcast day
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Aug 12, 2022
Hugely uncomfortable seats, we were unlucky enough to get the back row seats on both journeys. The back seats don’t recline, the seats were hard, we were cramped in with the luggage stacked next to us and under our seats, reducing our leg room even more. Tossing and turning round all of the many corners through the journey. The only positive is that the mini bus arrived much ahead of schedule on both trips.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Aug 7, 2022
A verry rude driver
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Aug 6, 2022
The van is not comfortable for anyone who is tall and has bigger legs. The journey lasts about 3.30 hours with one stop on the way. The road has many many curves ( I am used to it back home, but even for me it was challenging. The best part is putting luggage on the roof of the van. You have to bring it up to give it to the drivers so if you have a heavy luggage this is not the easiest thing 😂. The price of the journey is good !
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Aug 5, 2022
I felt myself really unsafe with the driver. He was driving really fast and all the time tailgating. That close that other cars needed to go off the road. The only positive thing what I can say, we where 2 hours earlier in Pai compare to the time schedule.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jul 31, 2022
The driver drives so fast.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jul 14, 2022
Very bad experience. During the stop, suddenly other travellers started to take off the luggage and we didn’t know why. We asked one of them and they told us that they heard that we had to change vehicle. And that the other vehicle was on his way. But it ook more than 2 hours waiting for the other vehicle to arrive!!! And we didn’t hear anything from you or the operator. And passengers called your office en the other offices. Really really bad service
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jul 13, 2022
e-ticket from 12go shows the minivan number (number printed on the minivan, not the license plate number) and your assigned seat number in the van (e.g. 2E). There are 5 rows of seats in the van (1 being the driver/front passenger row). 2E being the rightmost seat in the row directly behind the driver seat.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jul 10, 2022
Air-conditioning could be better and little more leg space would be appreciated, but all in all it was a good ride
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jun 29, 2022
Comfort is out of the topic. Super packed and drive force three big guys at the back with huge luggages. I was one of the big guys. Very pack and three hours of uncomfortable sitting. If money is an issue then just ride this and don't complain, if money is no issue then get a cab. This is bad experience for me..
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jun 28, 2022
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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 Taxi. 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 USD 137.05. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 6.79.

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 88 miles (140 km). The flying distance is 59 miles (94 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 4 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 USD 6.79 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 137.05.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 6.79 to USD 6.79;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 107.92 to USD 137.05.

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 11:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 11:30. There are 1 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?


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.


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 USD 107.92.

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:

  • 99% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% Other