Instant Recommended
06:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
09:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant Recommended
12:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.3
16:05
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant Recommended
13:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
16:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3

From Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 to Chiang Mai by Buses

Instant Recommended
06:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
09:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
07:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
4
10:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
08:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
4.2
11:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
09:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.5
12:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
09:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
3.4
13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
10:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
4.5
13:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
11:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
5
14:25
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
11:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
3.8
15:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
12:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
3.5
15:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant Recommended
12:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.3
16:05
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
12:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
3.9
15:55
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant Recommended
13:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
16:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
14:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
17:45
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
15:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.2
18:40
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
15:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
19:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
17:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
5
20:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
17:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 35m bus ride in Express
4.1
20:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
17:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
4
21:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
17:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
5
20:55
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
18:00
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.2
21:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
18:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 10m bus ride in VIP
4.2
21:25
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
18:45
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
4
22:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
19:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
3h 30m bus ride in Express
4.5
23:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3

From Chiang Rai Town to Chiang Mai by Taxis

Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m taxi ride in Economy
5
--:--
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Chiang Rai Town
3h 10m taxi ride in Economy
5
--:--
Chiang Mai train station
eTicket Instant Refundable Fastest
--:--
Chiang Rai Town
3h taxi ride in Premium
--:--
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Chiang Rai Town
3h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
--:--
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer

From Chiang Saen to Chiang Mai by Taxis

Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h taxi ride in Economy
5
--:--
Chiang Mai train station
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai
4h taxi ride in Economy
5
--:--
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer

From Golden Triangle to Chiang Mai by Taxis

Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m taxi ride in Economy
5
--:--
Chiang Mai train station
Jed Yord
eTicket Instant Refundable
--:--
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
4h 30m taxi ride in Economy
5
--:--
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer

From Golden Triangle to Chiang Mai by Buses

Instant
08:00
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h 15m bus ride in Express
4
13:15
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
Instant
08:45
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
5h 25m bus ride in Express
14:10
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Schedule

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 - 03:10฿ 3,850
Glassflower Premium 00:00 - 03:00฿ 5,930
GreenBus Express 06:15 - 09:50฿ 220
GreenBus Express 08:15 - 11:45฿ 260
GreenBus Express 10:15 - 13:45฿ 260
GreenBus Express 12:00 - 15:30฿ 260
GreenBus Express 14:15 - 17:45฿ 260
GreenBus VIP 17:00 - 20:10฿ 360
GreenBus VIP 18:00 - 21:10฿ 360

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai destination reviews

3.9
1247 customer reviews
5
41%
4
31%
3
14%
2
7%
1
7%
YW
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
Leather seat is better and comfy
MA
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
Excellent and comfortable. We did VIP seats at around £10 each.
CS
1
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
Left before the departure time and did not contact me
CN
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
Over a hour late
BR
1
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 11, 2019
Seats very uncomfortable, road construction added about 1 additional hour to an already miserable travel condition.
PW
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 10, 2019
This bus was very luxery . Just in time and Travel oke
MM
1
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 9, 2019
The bus broke down on the road. We had more than 3 hours late without any information from the team. We had to question the team and explain ourselves the problem to the remains of passengers. Finally, we had a train at 5pm that we missed. We booked a train to Bangkok and then a bus to Koh Panghan that we could not take. We are still currently stuck in Chiang Mai, without money and without solution to return. It's just unacceptable! You have ruined our holidays
KL
3
bus VIP, GreenBus, Nov 8, 2019
We were told to arrived an hour before the bus left on a pre printed ticket. I have no idea why as it was time wasted. Personal loading bus could not assist, went to check in counter where people purchase tickets as I thought I may need to check in, no. Again why do I need to arrive 1 hr before. Dangerous to attempt to go to the toilet during 3hr bus ride due to road works most of the journey. Suggest not pick front row isle seat as staff need to come through the door for service and toilet. English signage would be helpful in tourist destinations at boarding station.
AE
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 8, 2019
Comfy bus with leg room for western legs! Best bus we have taken so far
GC
3
bus Express, GreenBus, Nov 6, 2019
AC worked fine, but the seats were really uncomfortable. Bad roads as well, due to reconstructions going on. The bus arrived at Chiang Rai 15 minutes later than scheduled and about 25 minutes after the scheduled in Chiang Mai. Also, the bus has nothing to do with the pictures presented online.
BP
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 30, 2019
The trip would be more enjoyable if the reading light over each seat was available.
MC
3
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 25, 2019
As I mentioned for the ride from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, it was the same returning except for one part that was smooth and flat, perhaps to avoid the most uncomfortable and dangerous section driving at night. Anyway, thanks to the driver and everyone for enabling us to arrive intact throughout and at both ends!
BJ
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 25, 2019
Signage and words could have been used before boarding and loading started. We also got 100bt back with each ticket with no explanation. The bus booking showed seats three across, one one side of the isle and two the other, which was not the case. A nice scenic ride tho. I’d use them again
RM
4
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 25, 2019
Quick and good service. Seats with plenty of space.
PL
2
bus VIP, GreenBus, Oct 24, 2019
The VIP bus is of low quality. The bus seems to be falling apart when cruising and it was not a smooth ride.
TK
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 16, 2019
IT was good. Only the traffic. The good thing, I left my hat and they found iT. The next day, i take iT at the Office. Thanks!
AL
5
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 13, 2019
Driver was knowledgeable and always drove at a safe speed, even through treacherous terrain, as parts of the road up through the mountains were under construction. Great experience overall.
HC
4
bus Express, GreenBus, Oct 1, 2019
Good ride on the bus, but delayed 1 hour so we arrived later than anticipated.
HS
3
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 22, 2019
Actual ticket price at bus station Thb 280. What i paid Thb 375. So bit surprising with % marks up. Also have to print out ticket even most of process is done online...bit pitty at last step of experiencing service 1st time. Bit less matk up and all on mobile will make ur service great!
BM
5
bus VIP, GreenBus, Sep 15, 2019
Timely, Comfortable with one water and snack provided. Met expectations

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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 Bus 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 5,990. 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 169 miles (271 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 5,990.

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 3,819 to THB 5,990.

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 25 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 3,819.

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:

  • 992 decided to go for a bus.
  • 8 decided to catch a taxi.