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
Firstplan Transport Services Economy 3pax Any time฿ 3,630
GreenBus Express 07:30 - 11:15฿ 271
GreenBus Express 08:30 - 12:15฿ 271
GreenBus Express Combo 10:00 - 13:20฿ 271
Thai AirAsia Economy 12:45 - 18:35฿ 3,845
Thai Vietjet Economy 15:55 - 07:25฿ 3,534
GreenBus VIP Combo 17:30 - 20:50฿ 380
GreenBus Express 18:30 - 22:15฿ 271
Thai Airways Economy 20:50 - 14:50฿ 6,170

Transportation from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Facts about the transport from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Cheapest Transport$8
Fastest Transport3h
Earliest Departure7:30 AM
Latest Departure6:00 PM
Departures per day61
Distance150 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services, Glassflower, GreenBus, Smart En Plus, Thai Lion Air

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Destination Reviews

Easy but said express and we made aeveral stops….interesting.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Nov 7, 2023
Everything was perfect, except for a constant smell of old pee. There were even USB plugs, which I only discovered 10 minutes before arrival, as they turned on the lights.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 28, 2023
We are tall people and we had to sit in the back of the mini van. My husband was completely stuck with his legs against the seat in front of him. Why is length not taken into account when classifying the bus? Now there were short people in the places with a lot of leg room and tall people in the places with little leg room.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 25, 2023
The bus left on time. The driver drove safely. Temp was fine. Toilet was grim but that's to be expected.
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 5, 2023
We took the express combo bus. It’s basically half VIP and half express. It was way better than travelling with an express bus. The customer service was the same for both trips- amazing. But the combo bus was lower to the ground so it didn’t sway as much in the mountains and the express seats felt slightly more comfortable. If you need to save money and the timing works for you, go with the express seats on an express combo bus with Greenbus.
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Oct 1, 2023
A tiny toilet, they give you water, nothing very fancy, no tv or conection for plug in, bring a book
Bus Express Combo, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Sep 9, 2023
AC was too cold
Bus Express, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Sep 4, 2023
Nice cool AC, a driver who cared about being safe on the roads, and schedule that was very closely maintained. Good value for the price.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Aug 31, 2023
The bus was 30 minutes late. It is a little bit old.
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Aug 27, 2023
Bad experience and difficult ride of 3:30 hrs..head rest did not reach my head but my upper back instead so I was in my after. Paying vip was a rip off
Bus VIP, GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Aug 24, 2023
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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 174.63. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 7.68.

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 7.68 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 174.63.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 7.68 to USD 13.01;
  • flight price: USD 64.64. From Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai starting from 13:20 Chiang Rai Airport until 13:20 Chiang Rai Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 102.91 to USD 174.63.

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 18:00. There are 18 available bus trips every day.
  • 2 by flight from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai starting from 13:20 Chiang Rai Airport until 13:20 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?


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.


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 102.91.

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% Other