Chiang Rai to Bangkok

Chiang Rai to Bangkok

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From Chiang Saen to Bangkok by Buses

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From Chiang Rai Airport to Bangkok by Flights

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CEI Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m flight #VZ9135 with Thai Vietjet in Economy
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
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DMK Don Mueang Airport
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1h 25m flight #SL547 with Thai Lion Air in Economy
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08:45
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
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1h 20m flight #FD3200 with Thai AirAsia in Economy
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DMK Don Mueang Airport
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CEI Chiang Rai Airport
1h 15m flight #DD8715 with Nok Air in Economy
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
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CEI Chiang Rai Airport
1h 30m flight #WE131 with Thai Smile in Economy
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
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1h 25m flight #SL533 with Thai Lion Air in Economy
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1h 20m flight #TG2131 with Thai Airways in Economy
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
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Chiang Rai to Bangkok Schedule

Chiang Rai to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ913500:35 - 02:00$ 24.68
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD920607:10 - 08:30$ 37.25
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ13108:25 - 09:50$ 24.68
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL53310:50 - 12:15$ 38.53
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD321012:15 - 13:35$ 46.26
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL53914:50 - 16:15$ 38.53
Bangkok Air Economy #PG23416:20 - 17:50$ 186.88
Bangkok Air Economy #PG990218:00 - 19:20$ 44.09
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL54519:40 - 21:00$ 38.53
Budsarakham Tour VIP 18:50 - 07:45$ 23.40
Thai Airways Economy #TG596520:45 - 22:15$ 138.41
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD320622:35 - 23:55$ 37.25

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

LJ
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet, Feb 2, 2020
Flight was ok. It was on time.
EW
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Jan 24, 2020
I believe some money was taken from my bum bag as I was sleeping and I have tried to contact 12goasia and the bus company about it as there were cameras on the bus but have not had any response as of yet and it’s been a few days now
AT
flight Economy, Bangkok Air, Jan 24, 2020
Parfait Excellent rapport qualité/Prix Personnel sympathique et agréable.
ST
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Jan 17, 2020
Loud beeping noise the whole way, 3 and a half hours of torture
AP
Bus VIP 32, Sombat Tour, Jan 8, 2020
Better seats, comfy bus.on time.
DR
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Dec 30, 2019
Good bus service. Everything went smooth. Nice service
MA
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Dec 26, 2019
Bus came 2 hrs early Snacks provided lots of sweets One stop over for dinner in 20 mins
KG
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Dec 21, 2019
Great. Lie back seats and a good night's sleep
RX
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Dec 17, 2019
Within expectations for the price paid.
MM
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Dec 6, 2019
Great service
AP
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Dec 2, 2019
The bus was very well equipped, however, I couldn't use the food voucher as there weren't vegetarian options.
MS
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 25, 2019
It was a comfortable and nice trip
TT
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Nov 19, 2019
Nice bus.
CK
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Nov 19, 2019
Small video,the bus was faster than announced an nobody next to me so i could sleep.
IM
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 18, 2019
Most of USB chargers did not work.
MB
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Oct 29, 2019
Very friendly and hassle free
MR
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
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
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
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.
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