Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai

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Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Firstplan Transport Services Economy 3pax Any time฿ 3,244
Prem Pracha Minivan 07:30 - 11:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 08:30 - 12:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 11:30 - 15:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 13:30 - 17:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 14:30 - 18:50฿ 240
Prem Pracha Minivan 16:30 - 20:50฿ 240

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Pai

Facts about the transport from Chiang Mai to Pai

Cheapest Transport$7
Fastest Transport3h
Earliest Departure6:30 AM
Latest Departure5:30 PM
Departures per day59
Distance140 kilometers
Transport CompaniesAya Service, BangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services, Glassflower, Jed Yord, Kim Transfers Thailand, Lanna Expert Driver, Prem Pracha, Smart En Plus

Chiang Mai to Pai Destination Reviews

Comfortable bus, airco too much so really cold in the night. Bring large towel or have long sleeves. We arrived almost an hour late due to the heavy traffic in the beginning so keep in mind that this can happen
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Mar 1, 2024
Decent. Not super comfortable or uncomfortable. The driver went pretty fast at some points which scared people in the bus bc we had heard of an accident that had happened just a few days before. Would recommend a private transfer if carsick.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Feb 25, 2024
Comfy enough. Left and arrived on time.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Feb 15, 2024
For as windy the road is the driver did a good job managing the curves.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Feb 1, 2024
On time and efficiant. Good driver.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 27, 2024
The train in ok, simple, average maintenance. I don't have high demands, so for me it was enough and I slept ok. The only thing is the operator's service, the communication was very bad, from on boarding impatient, picking on thinkgs, loud voice from 6am, always with angry face... I felt very inconvenient to ask, move or do something not to get their bad reaction, avoid even I looking... As I'm not a costumer, just a bother to him. That was very bad.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 2, 2024
We left slightly after the giving time (+10mn). Van was full with passengers and many bags. Got to sit at the back with all luggage on the left hand side which could feel a bit overwhelming. Driver was good though and for the first time in Thailand, A/C was not full on. We got there 50mn ahead of given time. Road with lots of curves (+700) so I took tablets to avoid being sick and it worked wonders. I highly recommend if you are subject to sickness as others in the van were feeling nauseous.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 29, 2023
The bus left one out too late. My child Forgot a bag on his seat and it was not left at the desk for Lost and found.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 27, 2023
The driver was good and quiet on time
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 14, 2023
The bus was very small and uncomfortable. But that was not even the issue. We where scared to dead by the drivers drivingstyle. He took over busses and cars in a turn and drove way too hard.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 10, 2023
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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
  • Van
  • 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 340.19. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 6.72.

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 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 USD 6.72 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 340.19.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 6.72 to USD 6.72;
  • Van price : USD 7.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 90.79 to USD 340.19.

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 23 available bus trips every day.
  • Vans from Chiang Mai to Pai depart during the day - there are approximately 5 departures a 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 90.79.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Chiang Mai to Pai. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Chiang Mai to Pai.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around..

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:

  • 90% decided to go for a bus.
  • 9% opted for a van.
  • 1% Other