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From Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 to Chiang Mai by bus

06:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
09:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m
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08:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
11:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
Instant 
09:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
12:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
Instant 
09:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
Instant 
10:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
13:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
Instant 
11:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
14:25
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
Instant 
11:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
15:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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12:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
15:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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12:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
16:05
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m
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12:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
15:55
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
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13:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
16:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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13:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
17:20
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m
Instant 
15:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
18:40
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
Instant 
17:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
20:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
Instant 
17:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
20:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m
Instant 
17:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
20:55
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
Instant 
18:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
21:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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18:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
21:25
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 10m
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18:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
22:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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19:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
22:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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19:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
23:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
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From Chiang Rai Town to Chiang Mai by taxi

Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 40m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Rai Town
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

From Chiang Saen to Chiang Mai by taxi

Any
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
4h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

From Golden Triangle to Chiang Mai by taxi

Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
6h
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

From Golden Triangle to Chiang Mai by bus

08:00
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
5h 15m
Instant 
08:45
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
14:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
5h 25m
Instant 

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Schedule

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Smart En Plus Economy Any time฿ 3,300
Jed Yord Economy Any time฿ 3,839
Glassflower Comfort Any time฿ 4,247
GreenBus Express 06:15 – 09:50฿ 220
GreenBus Express 08:15 – 11:45฿ 260
GreenBus Express 10:15 – 13:45฿ 260
GreenBus Express 12:15 – 15:45฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 15:30 – 18:40฿ 360
GreenBus VIP 17:00 – 20:10฿ 360
GreenBus Express 18:00 – 21:30฿ 260

Popular Routes in Thailand

How to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

When you want to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, 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 THB 5,930. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 220.

How far is Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. Your trip will be a total of 187 miles (300 km). The flying distance is 101 miles (162 km).

How long does it take to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai?

The travel time from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 6 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai?

The cost of the trip from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as THB 220 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 THB 5,930.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 220 to THB 395;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 3,300 to THB 5,930.

How many trips per day are there between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 06:15 - you can also take a bus as late as 19:30. There are 23 available bus trips every day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai 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.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. 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 THB 3,300.

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 Rai to Chiang Mai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai? 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% decided to catch a taxi.