Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

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Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Schedule

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax Any time฿ 5,950
GreenBus Express 07:30 - 11:15฿ 271
Thai Lion Air Economy 09:15 - 16:20฿ 3,600
Thai Airways Economy 10:20 - 20:25฿ 6,597
Thai AirAsia Economy 12:45 - 16:50฿ 4,527
GreenBus Express 15:00 - 18:45฿ 271
GreenBus VIP 17:30 - 20:50฿ 380
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD320818:20 - 19:40$ 95.53
Thai Smile Economy 20:45 - 20:35฿ 6,686

Transportation from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

RT
Departure on time and arrival 10 minutes before schedule
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 25, 2023
JS
Overall good experience. The ticket office was not open when we got to the bus station at 7 am so it was a bit confusing to us if we were in the right location.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 23, 2023
MJ
Easy and helpful people
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 21, 2023
MB
Very good experience. Our Green bus arrived on time, and left on time. It was the VIP type. Just a few euro's extra. Aircondition, not cold. (We were warned for it). More then enough space for your legs. Even a small snack and water was provided. Also a toilet on board, okay no clean toilet seat.... Men in a shaky bus...... We arrived just 10 minutes after pronounced arrival time
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 20, 2023
IR
Booked a round trip ticket on the VIP Green Line from Chiangmai to Chiangrai. Very easy & comfortable. However, on the way back, the VIP line wasn't available, so the downgraded bus took an hour longer and seats weren't as comfortable. We did get reimbursed, so that was a plus.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 19, 2023
AF
You get a bottle of water. Also there is a one stop during the ride.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 18, 2023
PS
Impressive! Couldn’t have been better. Very efficient starting with the online booking, great service at the terminals, and an extremely comfortable ride. WELL DONE!!
Bus VIP combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 17, 2023
GM
I think 2 hours is a maximum time.
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 13, 2023
LM
Confortable and safe!
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Jan 6, 2023
KF
For first time traveler who took a bus ride with suitcase, experience was not bad.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Dec 29, 2022
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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:

  • 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 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 USD 180.63. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 8.23.

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 94 miles (150 km). The flying distance is 94 miles (150 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 9 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 USD 8.23 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 USD 180.63.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 8.23 to USD 13.93;
  • flight price: USD 91.07 - USD 107.07. From Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai starting from 09:00 Chiang Rai Airport until 16:45 Chiang Rai Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 116.54 to USD 180.63.

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 07:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:45. There are 20 available bus trips every day.
  • 16 by flight from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai starting from 09:00 Chiang Rai Airport until 16:45 Chiang Rai Airport
  • 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 USD 116.54.

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:

  • 90% decided to go for a bus.
  • 9% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 1% Other