Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

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Instant Cheapest
15:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 50m bus ride in Express
3.9
18:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
฿220 per adult
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16:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 20m bus ride in VIP
4.4
19:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
฿360 per adult
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Chiang Rai Town
3h taxi ride
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
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From Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 to Chiang Mai by Bus

Instant Cheapest
15:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 50m bus ride in Express
3.9
18:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
฿220 per adult
Instant
16:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 20m bus ride in VIP
4.4
19:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
฿360 per adult

From Chiang Rai Town to Chiang Mai by Taxi

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Chiang Rai Town
3h taxi ride
4.9+
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Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
From ฿3,839 vehicle, all incl

Transportation from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

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:

  • Flight
  • 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 Flight ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about THB 6,544. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 140.

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 118 miles (189 km). The flying distance is 91 miles (145 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 25 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 140 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as THB 6,544.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 148 to THB 296;
  • Plane tickets - THB 2,736 to THB 6,544;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 2,994 to THB 5,397.

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.

  • Flights from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:30. There are 1 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?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is THB 2,736.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Thai Airways, Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์)

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 2,994.

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:

  • 98% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% users took a plane.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.