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From Sombat Tour Chiang Rai to Bangkok by bus

07:30
Sombat Tour Chiang Rai
20:10
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
12h 40m
16:00
Sombat Tour Chiang Rai
05:00
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
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Sombat Tour Chiang Rai
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Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
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From Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai to Bangkok by bus

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Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai
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Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai
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From Chiang Rai Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport by flight

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From Chiang Saen to Bangkok by bus

16:30
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
04:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
12h
17:00
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
05:00
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
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From Mae Chan to Bangkok by bus

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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.

Passenger reviews out of total 4,146 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Dec 4, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Will be better if add wifi
Dec 3, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Vietjet
★★★★★
Plane was clean and well cared for and the staff was courteous.
Nov 29, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
better than we exepected
Nov 27, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Good service. However, the bus stopped many times to get customers and goods.
Nov 17, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Vietjet
★★★★☆
Perfect flight. Boarding quit fluently and arriving 20 minutes earlier. ????
Nov 8, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Vietjet
★★★★★
Fast & Easy travel way
Nov 2, 2018
bus VIP 33, Sombat Tour
★★★★☆
Translation in english is needed to Foreigners
Oct 28, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Staff was nice, and the bus was very comfy. Although we coudn’g sleep much as it was sooooo freezing cold! Also it would be great if the staff could say it in English too - how long the stop is supposed to be.
Sep 30, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
No problems, clean bus, friendly staff and good air conditioning.
Sep 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
+ The bus station was easy to find and the bus departed and arrived on time. The film's on the bus were nice. - It wasn't a sleeping bus, so sleeping was rather uncomfortable. I didn't have dinner because the online ticket and the lady in the ticket office told me that there was a meal included. I didn't have a meal so I was hungry on the bus.
Sep 15, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Great bus and excellent hostess. Comfy seats with in-built massager which was a pleasant suprise. My only negative is we had a very rude couple of girls infront of us, who decided to put their seats back so they were literally lying on top of us and one of them really injured my leg doing so as it got crushed between seats. I think there should be a limit as to how far back the chairs can go to avoid this. Hostess was excellent though and allowed us to change seats as she recognised that the girls were causing us discomfort.
Aug 30, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Bus seats were comfortable. We were sitting in the front seats and had two seats for one person. Clima was not too cold. One film was running, in Thai with no undetitles. But I knew the film, so it was ok! One thing I didn’t like much: the people from Bus didn’t speak English. When there were information about stops we didn’t recognized how long we would stop and so on. But for comfort it was good. At the beginnung you get a bottle of water and some cookies.
Aug 12, 2018
bus VIP 20, Sombat Tour
★★★★★
Excellent service, very comfortable and arrived before time!
Aug 1, 2018
avia Economy, Thai AirAsia
★★★☆☆
Airport way lovely and clean, only negative was I purchased a vegetarian meal in the food court and it was full of crab shells and shrimp even though the description was noodles and vegetables? It couldn’t be changed as the girl who made it didn’t speak English- if I had eaten sea food it would have been great as this dish cost more.
Jul 22, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Good flight left and arrived on time
Jun 27, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
The roof of the bus was broken. I took this bus in a rainy weather. Water was leaked and fell down in my seat, and spead out the floor.
Jun 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Easy and fast
May 8, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Really nice airplane, I liked the jetways for the planes instead of buses. Felt like a luxury plane experience instead of a budget one. Nice job!
May 5, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
no wifi
Apr 18, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
The whole trip was just ok. Especially the seats are not confortable at all. My neck is still hurt for 3 days.
Mar 9, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
El autobús es espacioso, estaba limpio y el personal me pareció amable. Por otro lado, el aire acondicionado es excesivo (llegó a marcar 12°) y ni la manta que te dan, ni el jersey, ni el pañuelo para el cuello-cabeza terminaban de abrigar. Además llegó a Mo Chit una hora y media antes de lo previsto (05:20am aprox.) con lo que te encuentras en Bangkok aún sin amanecer a media noche). Hay que calcular que entre la parada para cenar (00:30am aprox.) y la llegada a Bangkok no queda realmente tiempo para descansar de seguido, así que más vale tener una reserva para esa noche.
Feb 26, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Pretty awesome night bus !
Feb 17, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Reasonable transportation at budget prices. They don't allow you to carry drinks onboard so I had to dump my full coffee before boarding. Then they charge for all drinks onboard.
Feb 12, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Absoutely first class service for Thai public transport. Things are very different in Asia so read all the advice that comes with your booking. We travel alot here and know some of the funny quirks with bus/train/minivan journeys like print 12Go's voucher! You will need to find the ticket office and exchange it... Listen to the locals as thet'll know where specific journeys begin from. You need to ask and trust them even if you don't like the way they look or speak to you. Have fun and ALWAYS smile and laugh at the situation that you find yourselves in....
Feb 11, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Really good bus, comfy with lots of space charging ports etc only downfall is they kept the tv on all night and it was so loud when we were trying to sleep and they turned the lights on really early too so didn’t get much sleep but still a good journey as far as night buses go
Feb 6, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
Very friendly staff with good quality bus
Jan 27, 2018
bus VIP 27, Sombat Tour
★★★★☆
Ali fine ☺
Jan 27, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Excellent service, comfortable bus, free water, snacks, meal.
Jan 26, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
The bus was ok, but it was difficult to get the information about what was going to happend. Maybe it could be told in english on the television
Jan 20, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
My best bus trip on Thailand by far! We were given food, drink, and every seat had a tablet wich you can play with, watch movies (there were English ones), etc. Everything included in the price!
Jan 18, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
rapide es bien
Jan 15, 2018
bus VIP 27, Sombat Tour
★★★★★
They were so polite, the bus was very clean and comfortable
Jan 12, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
This was the most comfortable and pleasant sleeping bus we ever took, by far.
Jan 7, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
We weren’t allowed to bring our coffees on the airplane. Otherwise everything was up to standards and easy to move through.
Dec 29, 2017
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
excellent service. but dinner food is not common for non Thai people
Dec 27, 2017
avia Economy, Nok Air
★★☆☆☆
delayed

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