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From Chiang Rai Airport to Luang Prabang by flight

#FD9206 #FD1030
06:30
CEI Chiang Rai Airport
Stop 6h 45m
Don Mueang Airport
16:00
LPQ Luang Prabang Airport
9h 30m
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09:10
CEI Chiang Rai Airport
14:55
LPQ Luang Prabang Airport
5h 45m
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10:55
CEI Chiang Rai Airport
Stop 2h 15m
Don Mueang Airport
16:00
LPQ Luang Prabang Airport
5h 5m
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From Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 to Luang Prabang by bus+bus joint ticket

Chiang Rai Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang
13:15
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
16:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 35m
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (Next departure after 16 hours 10 minutes)
09:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
05:00
Luang Prabang Naga Travel
20h
 Instant  Refund
Total duration
1d 15h 45m
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 to Luang Prabang
17:30
Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
21:00
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
3h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (Next departure after 12 hours)
09:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
05:00
Luang Prabang Naga Travel
20h
 Instant  Refund
Total duration
1d 11h 30m

Passenger reviews out of total 15,645 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 24, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
It was delayed one hour, very uncomfortable seats with strong air conditioning
May 21, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
This VIP bus was far lower quality than the previous one I had taken. It was unclean, the air conditioning didn’t work properly, and the bus experienced mechanical problems. My trip was not comfortable. I would like a refund.
May 20, 2019
charter Economy, Jed Yord
★★★★★
Great!
May 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
I’m not going to cause a fuss but my seat was broken and couldn’t sit upright ???? lucky I like to sleep! For an elderly person that might not Have been ideal but for 220 baht I was happy with the price
May 18, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus was easy to locate. The road was bumpy but they were fixing the route. Overall the bus was very comfortable.
May 18, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus was a lot older than expected and did not have a few of the amenities listed, like TV. However, all-in-all, it was a good trip. Made in almost the amount of time posted, despite road work. Comfy seats. Plenty of storage, etc...
May 14, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
The bus was delayed for almost an hour without explanation. Otherwise fine.
May 14, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Bus was delayed by 45 minutes and we couldn't find that information anywhere, had to ask 5 different staff before we were told.
May 12, 2019
charter Economy, Phuket Transfer Travel Andaman
★★★★★
We had a very pleasant journey. The motor vehicle was the spacious and comfortable and the driver was courteous and very accomplished behind the wheel. All in all, excellent value for money
May 12, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Nice bus! Leather seats and really comfy, also a bottle of water complimentary. Well organised with suitcases in & out. On time at the destination
May 11, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus not the latest model but sufficient. Service on time.
May 6, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Oldgreen buses should be replaced with new green bus atleast for V.IP class...The ones we travelled were very old......
May 2, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Clean, cool, friendly, on time!
May 2, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
fab service, no prblems, very easy
May 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Good quality service and bus
Apr 21, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
El camión es algo viejo para ser VIP
Apr 21, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Bagger carelessly putting the bags on and off from the bus and there are mosquitos inside the bus. We travel smoothly and reach the destination earlier.
Apr 20, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
The bus was in pretty bad shape. We used this company before and the first bus was impressive. This one was VIP 20years ago but now it’s old, ragged, torn and dirty. Luckily we didn’t have mosquitoes as others have complained. The seats did recline very well so overall it wasn’t a bad ride. I guess it’s hit and miss getting an older or a newer bus
Apr 19, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Excellent service, on time and very comfortable seats
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
great ride
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
The bus was way too warm for comfort. Late by 15mins but unf were understandable due to the Songkran traffic. Once again, there is no need to print out the tickets. They are happy to accept the e tickets.
Apr 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Ride left bus station 15-20 mins late then stopped on the side of road or highway for about 30 or more minutes shortly after with no explanation and no AC. Arrived to Chiang Rai over 1.5 hours late. We almost lost our accommodation. Driving was fine, seats were a bit uncomfortable.
Apr 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Bus was very clean and luxurious. Seats reclined very well
Apr 9, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
We booked the VIP GREEN bus and began our journey to Chiang Mai on time. It was a great ride until the bus broke down 30 minutes into our trip. We waited on the side of the highway until another bus, although not VIP, could accept both me and my husband on board. Several other passengers were left waiting for another ride. Although not what we booked and paid for, we made it to Chiang Mai and had an OK trip.
Apr 9, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Timely and comfortable driving.
Apr 8, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Certainly not vip travel. Good timing though and nice staff.
Apr 8, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
H
Apr 7, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bus was a bit dirty but other than that, all was good. Arriving 1 hour early was too long. Lucky there was an air conditioned coffee shop at Chiang Rai terminus. Maybe drop that down to 30 mins beforehand to make sure people with pre-paid tickets and 1 hour for those buying tickets at the counter.
Apr 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
A very uncomfortable bus journey,, the bus did not look very new and seemed to bounce off the uneven road service and you did not feel secure in the seat when the bus was turning. We could not find the bus for the 12:45 pm departure, when asking a few attendants where the bus was, we were told that it was concealed ant they were using the Phuket to Chiangmai bus to take us Chiangmai. I am sure that this was not a VIP bus tickets that we purchased. Very disappointed.
Mar 31, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Bus is quite old
Mar 30, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
They were working on the road so arrived 45 minutes late. But for the rest it was pretty comfortabel.
Mar 28, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Mosquitoes invaded the cabin!
Mar 27, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Everything went smoothly, bus was on time to depart and arrive.
Mar 26, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Nice busride , good seats andere enough legroom.
Mar 26, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
A very good travel and confortable
Mar 24, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Highly recommend the Green Bus, VIP class out of terminal 1. We expected it to be cold, as many of the reviews reported, but with a sweater on, it was very comfortable. The vents are above your head and easily able to be closed. The seats were very comfortable and the bus clean. No aggressive driving was done by the driver, making it a pleasant ride. We left exactly on time and arrived 10 minutes late due to road construction. A bottle of water and snack was provided too. Overall, it was great!
Mar 23, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
The bus was very comfortable. Roomy reclining seats with friendly service. Arriving an hour early for passengers with pre purchased tickets is too long as the bus terminals themselves aren’t comfortable or interesting places to spend that much time waiting. No complaints at all with the vip green bus service. Very economical and relaxing transport with scenery along the way.
Mar 23, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Perfect and good service
Mar 22, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Perfect trip.
Mar 22, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Poor seat condition, broken down.
Mar 20, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Great trip! Lots of leg room and driver was superb!
Mar 20, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Seats very uncomfortable
Mar 18, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
The driver respect the schedule. Tanks
Mar 17, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
good services
Mar 16, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Not helpful for foreigners
Mar 16, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Bom ônibus, viagem tranquila e confortável. Apenas podiam apagar as luzes durante a viagem, para os passageiros dormirem
Mar 15, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
A seat was broken and rattled the whole trip
Mar 14, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Excelente
Mar 13, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Good n comfy bus, but the lunch box was not up to VIP level.
Mar 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Not sure why all the paperwork insisted we be there an hour early, as the bus only arrived 10 minutes prior to departure. We purchased VIP tickets based on stellar reviews, but were disappointed in the conditions of the bus; seats were in bad shape (torn and dirty seat covers, recline function was broken on 2 of 4 seats we occupied and would not stay in upright position). There was a massive mosquito "infestation" on our bus. The first 30 minutes of the trip was a cacophony of passengers clapping their hands to kill as many as they could...before finally giving up. Other than that it was fine.
Mar 9, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Well the VIP bus and seats and the second class seats are one the same bus. Kind of like a plane with business class and economy. Only thing is except for bigger seats we got no service . We 200 VB each extra for privilege of sitting on a bigger seat. Our snack was a small bottle of water and a smaller Twinkie cake roll.. We had no internet, USB connection, music, food, tv...nada. No stop to grab something to eat. The ticket said we needed to be at the station one hour before. We arrived dutifully at 8:45. Seems we were the only ones to witty about missing our VIP bus.Most arrived closer to departure.. Second tier seats were being bought close to departure. Do yourself a favour...buy you own water and Twinkie roll and save 200 VB
Mar 9, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
No complanes????
Mar 7, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Clean and comfortable bus, on time
Mar 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Good.
Mar 4, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Excellent clean bus, well driven and on time. We had the regular bus one way and the VIP bus back from Chiang Rai. I prefer the non-VIP, because the A/C is too cold on the VIP bus.
Feb 28, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Two many stop and live 30 minutes later
Feb 26, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very nice service. We were on time.
Feb 24, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
I have travelled VIP bus on this route many times and this was NOT VIP. I booked and paid for VIP bus but this was not nice.
Feb 24, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
easy bus ride. unfortunately, VIP BUS not available, but difference easily refunded to us at terminal.
Feb 21, 2019
charter VIP Van 9pax, Glassflower
★★★☆☆
The problem was, like in the other days, that drivers didn’t understand English. And it’s very difficult try to communicate anything.... For the rest, All was good.
Feb 20, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
The door from the drivers room was brocken and hit against the frame 4 hours long. You have to repair brocken things.
Feb 20, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
The bus left 7 mins late and although it was a much nicer bus than our previous trip there was not a lot of leg room, especially when the passenger in front has the chair reclined all the way. The bus was cold but we knew it would be as this is mentioned in the booking confirmation email. Overall a good journey.
Feb 18, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Nice bus ride!!!
Feb 17, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time, fine bus everything Oke!
Feb 16, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Very comfortable spacious bus, much better than most
Feb 15, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Roomy, clean, comfortable, safe. And still inexpensive. Why would you travel any other way?
Feb 15, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Comfortable ride but ver bumpy
Feb 13, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Dirty, dirty, dirty
Feb 12, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
The bus broke down on the way so a 3 and a half hour journey took nearly 6 and the aircon wasn’t working on the second bus was unpleasent
Feb 10, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus is excellent. The seats are very comfortable, i even fell asleep. They give you bottled water. Now, in february 2019, the route is under repairs so the bus had to move slower in some segments. We arrived a little later than expected (about 30min) but i think we would have arrived on time if the route had been OK.
Feb 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Pleasant comfortable trip.
Feb 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus has large and comfortable seats. Great price and great service.
Feb 1, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Decent bus experience for Thailand. Bus station easy to get to in Chiang Rai, ticket window easy. Did not even realize there were seat numbers on the ticket. Take a look for that! Seat itself was fine but the recline button is broken on almost all. Mine would just go up and down and up and down, depending on if I moved. The reclined position is too much of you aren’t actually tryin to recline. Stopped halfway for bathroom. Full bus. Drive was beautiful, through the mountains. Slow in parts for construction but not stopped. Made it on or around time. Would take it again.
Feb 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Departure late so arrived later
Jan 31, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
First make sure you are at the right terminal. Finding the right VIP bus can be a problem. There's no special lane for the so-called VIP buses. You have to walk around to search for the correct VIP bus, the bus will normally arrive 5-10 minutes before the departure time, the ID code will then be display at the wind screen. You have to keep walking around to search for the right bus. Most buses are quite old and the engine noise can be rather annoying, the best part is the wide seat and ample leg rooms. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive early just in case. The employees are not particularly helpful either.
Jan 30, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Everything ok! It's cold in the bus because of the aircondition. So better take something to cover.
Jan 29, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Nice ride but slightly fast towatds Chiang Mai
Jan 28, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
could not control about too much loudness of a few customers.
Jan 26, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Correct price .quality
Jan 25, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
3rd time of using, the VIP service is excellent. Would use again. Staff very helpful and one of the best bus companies in Thailand.
Jan 24, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
Recommended
Jan 24, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Seating was perfect, was given a snack and drink, and arrived before estimated arrival time. Amazing service. Thanks!
Jan 22, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Of all the buses I took within ASEAN, this so far on top of the list. You’ll definitelty feel VIP due to its seat, the design and comfortabilty was superb. After a long day of walk and you’ll go back to Chiang Mai, this is the bus to be. Thanks.
Jan 22, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
It was good but cold and they throw our luggage on the pavement on the bus station. We came first but we couldn't choose a sit...
Jan 20, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Bus seats were in a reclined position permanently, very uncomfortable in the middle of the day when you don’t want to sleep. Also not the luxury trip described. Bus broke down on hills twice, got going again eventually but was 20/30 mins late.
Jan 19, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★☆
I was the first person waiting way ahead of the 6.15 departure this morning and when the bus arrived they allowed everyone else on before me.... ???? then once on the bus I got moved seats, the person in front of me had her seat right back basically touching me the whole way. Bus was freezing (as expected) bus stops half way at service station for toilet/snacks which is the only good thing. BOOK IN ADVANCE
Jan 19, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very convenient trip. Comfortable and in time.
Jan 18, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
It should be made clear that there are 2 bus stations in Chaing Rai We went to #2 and had to run with our luggage to terminal 1 . No taxis there. We almost missed the bus. Also it is not clear which are VIP buses- chaos at the loading Area. The hosts are not helpful at all
Jan 15, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
On time and comfortable.
Jan 12, 2019
bus Express, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus was bang on time, very comfortable and it was all around a great trip from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. Thank you, Green Bus!
Jan 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Perfect bus, great trip with nice views. Perfectly on time!
Jan 10, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
The boys made an unexpected stop at the second Chaig Rai Bus Station. We left three minutes late and arrived ten minutes late. Otherwise a good ride.
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very comfortable and easy trip
Jan 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★☆☆☆
Temperature on bus 16 deg. That is much too cold.
Jan 5, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
The bus was severely delayed for nearly two hours due to traffic jam in the middle of nowhere between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Not the fault of the bus company, but it highlighted inadequate infrastructure between the two cities.
Jan 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
Very confortable, clean and on time.
Jan 1, 2019
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Comfy journey
Dec 29, 2018
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★☆
Departed on time- arrived 10 minutes late due to road works. Good driver, bit confusing finding which bus to catch but worked out out ok.
Dec 27, 2018
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★★★
No issues. Nice bus. Lots of room and comfortable. The highway is under construction for a few miles but it was still a decent ride.
Dec 24, 2018
bus VIP, GreenBus
★★★☆☆
Ride was bumpy due to the Road works at the National Park stretch. Toilet stop would have been great.

Popular Routes in Thailand

How to get from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

When you want to get from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. 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 flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about THB 4,975. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 1,719.

How far is Chiang Rai from Luang Prabang?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang. Your trip will be a total of 733 miles (1179 km). The flying distance is 170 miles (273 km).

How long does it take to get from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang?

The travel time from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 6 to 24 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang?

The cost of the trip from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is GreenBus (กรีนบัส (รถเขียว)), Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as THB 1,719 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 4,975.

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

  • bus price: THB 1,719 - THB 1,759. From Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang starting from 13:15 Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 until 17:30 Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
  • Plane tickets - THB 4,975 to THB 4,975;

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

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

  • 4 by bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang starting from 13:15 Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 until 17:30 Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
  • Flights from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang depart during the day - there are approximately 3 departures a 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 Luang Prabang. 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 4,975.

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 Luang Prabang
Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย)

The most popular transport from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang? 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:

  • 1000 chosen bus