Chiang Rai to Bangkok by bus, flight, taxi

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From Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai to Bangkok by bus

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From Chiang Rai Airport to Bangkok by flight

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From Chiang Rai Airport to Don Mueang Airport by flight

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From Chiang Saen to Bangkok by bus

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From Mae Chan Truck Stop to Bangkok by bus

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From Chiang Rai Town to Suvarnabhumi Airport by taxi

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From Chiang Rai Town to Don Mueang Airport by taxi

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From Chiang Rai Town to Bangkok by taxi

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Chiang Rai to Bangkok Schedule

Chiang Rai to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ913500:35 – 02:00฿ 1,717
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL54906:00 – 07:25฿ 1,193
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ13108:25 – 09:50฿ 1,513
Bangkok Air Economy #PG123210:25 – 11:45฿ 2,160
Thai Airways Economy #TG213312:55 – 14:15฿ 4,514
Thai Smile Economy #WE13314:20 – 15:40฿ 1,620
Sombat Tour VIP 20 16:00 – 05:00฿ 1,159
Budsarakham Tour VIP 18:50 – 07:45฿ 738
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD321018:25 – 19:45฿ 2,053
Thai Airways Economy #TG596519:15 – 20:35฿ 4,514
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL54519:25 – 20:50฿ 1,410
Thai Airways Economy #TG213720:40 – 22:00฿ 4,514

How to get to Bangkok from Chiang Rai

What about

Bangkok is almost inevitable stop on your way south from any northern destination within the country and further afield. The Thai capital has great overland transport connections with all the provincial centres in Thailand and many minor cities and towns countrywide. Two most useful bus terminals in Bangkok are the Northern and Northeastern bus terminal, aka Morchit, located in the northern outskirts of the city, and Sai Tai Mai, or the Southern bus terminal in Thonburi, on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River. Buses from all northern destinations, Chiang Rai included, arrive to Morchit, from where other northern and northeastern routes originate, but not only: some companies provide direct service from Morchit to Phuket, as well as to some other southern cities. But for a better choice of destinations in the South, go to Sai Tai Mai. Ekkamai bus terminal is useful for all destinations on the Eastern Seaboard, including Pattaya, Koh Samet, Chanthaburi and Koh Chang.

How to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok

Overland travel from Chiang Rai to Bangkok takes around 13 hours by bus and more if you opt for a combined bus+train journey. Though at first sight there is not much sense in taking a train, in fact sleeping cars remain the most comfortable way to survive a long night journey. If you are planning to get to Don Mueang Airport immediately after your arrival to Bangkok, go by bus: buses from Chiang Rai arrive to Morchit Bus Terminal close to Morchit BTS station from where you can take an airport shuttle bus to Don Mueang Airport.

From Chiang Rai to Bangkok by bus

There is direct bus service from Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2 in Thanon Phahonyothit to Bangkok provided by several operators. Terminal 2, aka ‘the new bus station’, is located 7 km south of the city centre. The easiest way to get to the new bus station is to take a public songthaew from the old bus station, which sits right in the centre of the city by the night bazaar. A ride costs THB15 and takes 15 minutes. Note that songthaews between the bus terminals ride till 5pm only; in the evening hours you need to negotiate a tuk-tuk or a motorbike taxi ride.

Bangkok Busline offers both VIPs (THB700) and more economical Express buses (THB600) from Chiang Rai to Bangkok. A VIP bus leaves at 6pm and their Express bus goes south half an hour later at 6.30pm, arriving to the destination early the next morning (7am–7.30am). All the buses are air-conditioned, serve snacks and water on board and offer some kind of the entertainment program in the form of movies shown on TV on board. On their way to Bangkok buses make one or more stops at large gas stations complete with toilets, convenience stores and more. It can get freezing cold in long hail buses in Thailand, so have some warm clothes at hand.

Both VIP and Express buses drop passengers off at Morchit Bus Terminal in Bangkok or at the office of Sombat Tour in Soi 13 Vibhavadi Rangsit, about 1200m from Morchit further northeast from the northern side of Chatuchak park.

Tip Though there is a BTS station of the same name (Morchit), it is not located immediately by or inside the bus terminal. You can take a taxi or a motorbike taxi not to walk 1.5km with your luggage, though.

Note Morchit BTS is connected to the second Bangkok Airport, Don Mueang. There A1 and A2 lines of the airport shuttle bus which pick up passengers at Morchit BTS station. The ride costs THB30 and lasts about an hour. There are also free of charge bus shuttles between Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports (one hour) provided you could show the air ticket from Suvarnabhumi.

From Chiang Rai to Bangkok by train

There is no railway station in Chiang Rai, with the closest one located in Chiang Mai. The only reasonable excuse for taking a train from Chiang Mai is if you are absotively-posilutely against long night bus trips. If this is your case, than there are a lot of buses and vans from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai any time of the day from both the old and new bus stations. Travel time is from three to four hours. The most convenient train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to take is train #2 at 6pm (arrives at 6.50am) or train #14 at 5pm (arrives at 6.15am). Both have second and first class sleeping cars.

From Chiang Rai to Bangkok by plane

A quick return trip from Chiang Rai to Bangkok is best done by plane. Air tickets of budget carriers cost a little more than bus tickets but a one-and-a-half-hour flight is anyway a good investment which saves you a lot of time and energy.

Chiang Rai Airport serves almost exclusively flights between Chiang Rai and Bangkok. One of the carriers offering very reasonably prices tickets to Bangkok is Thai Lion Air, an associate of the largest privately run airline in Indonesia. With a very balanced schedule – there are flights at 7am, 10.20am, 2.50pm and 7.20pm – and tickets priced between THB1000 and THB2000, including 15 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of cabin luggage, pricewise they make a decent alternative to the overland travel.

Note that the last flight arrives to Bangkok at 8.45pm. Add at least one hour to get from Don Mueang Airport to the centre of the city: expect to be there not before 11pm.

To get to Chiang Rai International Airport take a taxi or a tuk-tuk from the city. A ride should cost you anywhere from THB100 to THB150. Some hotels offer airport transfer at a flat rate of THB200, too. The airport is about 8km to the northeast of the city, and it takes 20 minutes to get there from Chiang Rai.

In Bangkok Lion Air is based in Don Mueang International Airport to the north of the capital. It is connected to the city by airport shuttle buses (routes A1 and A2). A1 terminates at Morchit bus terminal calling en route to Morchit BTS. A2 heads to Morchit BTS first and then proceeds to Saphan Kwai BTS, Ari BTS, Sanam Pao BTS and finally reaches the Victory Monument (THB30). Travel time depends on traffic and is from 60 to 80 minutes. There are commuter trains between Don Mueang airport and Hua Lamphong train station, too. Trains take about 50 minutes to get from the railway station to the airport and are always a secure bet. Operating time is from 3.10am till 10.15pm.

Chiang Rai to Bangkok destination reviews

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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Oct 27, 2019
Really comfy and spacious seats that reclined right back. The journey was good and we arrived before we should have. The only thing that let it down was the lady who worked with the driver (the hostess) she was very rude, no customer service and couldn’t speak any English. There was quite a few English on the bus but everything was told to us in Thai so we had no clue what was going on.
CG
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Oct 15, 2019
Uncomfortably, would have preferred a vip24bus but couldn't get. A kid was throwing up all the way! Female attendant unfriendly!
NK
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Sep 21, 2019
The bus was one hour late, no one knew about the company. It should be vip class, but with low quality. Also the drivers didnt make stop for break and option to go out for a while. They made a safety stop, but the passangers (must) stay in the bus
MF
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Bus VIP 32, Sombat Tour, Aug 11, 2019
The conversion of voucher to ticket and the boarding was complicated. We have tongontonone place, change voucher to ticket and then go to bus station 2. The first half of the trip was horrible: due to bad road sleeping was impossible. We are arrived in time.
FR
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Aug 7, 2019
The bus was very comfortable, with large seats. We were given pillow, a blanket, snack and a bottle of water. We arrive earlier, maybe TOO MUCH earlier: we were suppose to arrive in Bangkok at 8.30am while we arrive completely in the middle of the night at 5.30am!
ES
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Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Jul 14, 2019
Well organised and exceeded my expectations with how comfortable the journey was. Arrived 2hrs early in Bangkok in the morning though which shortened the amount of sleep I could get!
FO
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Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, May 14, 2019
Our bus was excelent. The a/c was at an adequate temperature, each seat had a personal tv so you could turn it off or on whenever you wanted. We got snacks and water and had one stop for dinner during the trip because we had a bathroom inside the bus. Really happy with taking this bus! (VIP Bangkok Busline) I slept really well throught the journey except in the morning when they kept turning on the lights for each stop in Bangkok. We arrived at the estimated time or a little bit earlier. Very spacious and comfortable. They give you blanket and pillow.
FA
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flight Economy, Thai Smile, Apr 27, 2019
Everything was easy and the staff were super helpful. We enjoyed the snacks on the plane!
NE
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Apr 21, 2019
Far and away the most comfortable long haul bus ride I've taken in Thailand. We rode Green Bus. Each seat had it's own screen with games and videos. Blankets and neck pillows were provided to each person as well, and our seat reclined super far back. I slept close to 8 hours on this bus.
AY
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Apr 20, 2019
We had been waiting for an hour and the bus didnt come. After we asked many time, we moved to the other bus to Bangkok. The bus was oke. We didnt know that we had dinner or not because there was limit information in the ticket
FN
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Apr 19, 2019
Great bus, comfy seats, good meal and snack, comfy blanket. The best !
RV
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Bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour, Apr 9, 2019
Seat very comfortable but there is no WiFi on the bus.
GS
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Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Apr 3, 2019
Great, but the seats were a little uncomfortable and the meal was very rushed and in the middle of the night instead of at an appropriate meal time as expected.
LP
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Apr 1, 2019
Its not your fault,but all bus was still coughing and doing some other disgusting noises. To be part of it and imagine like the strong arcondition circulate all those bacteries and microbs around me...terrible. But the bus was o.k.
NR
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Mar 25, 2019
Bus was not the way I thought. Seats were tight, the Bangkok terminal was not satisfactory. It was supposed to be a VIP bus, but well , far from it.
SF
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Bus VIP 33, Sombat Tour, Feb 4, 2019
Nice evrything but poor content on the tablet, space a bit too few and dinner not so great, but overall awesome experience
BG
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Feb 1, 2019
Super clean and polite staff. Good blanket and comfy chair.
ME
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Jan 21, 2019
Atención, Limpieza y Comodidad. Nos encantó!!!
PM
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Bus VIP 31, Sombat Tour, Dec 16, 2018
We did not stop to eat until midnight. It would be good to stop for food earlier into the journey (e.g. 8pm).
TN
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Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 27, 2018
Good service. However, the bus stopped many times to get customers and goods.

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