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From Pai to Chiang Mai by bus

08:00
Pai
11:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
09:00
Pai
12:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
10:00
Pai
13:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
11:00
Pai
14:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
12:00
Pai
15:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
13:00
Pai
16:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
14:00
Pai
17:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
15:00
Pai
18:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 
16:00
Pai
19:55
Chiang Mai Arcade 2
3h 55m
Instant 

From Pai Hotel Transfer to Chiang Mai by taxi

Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai City Transfer
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai Hotel Transfer
Time
Chiang Mai Airport
3h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Pai to Chiang Mai Schedule

Pai to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy Any time฿ 3,839
Glassflower Comfort Any time฿ 3,812

Pai to Chiang Mai destination reviews

LA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Mar 1, 2020
Arrived on time but no air circulation and a guy bring sick the whole way made for a pretty bad drive!
JS
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 29, 2020
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MS
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 28, 2020
Novel way to travel. Worth doing at least once, but at 179cm tall I'm am just slightly too long for the cabin beds.
KH
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 18, 2020
If you book online they automatically put you in the very back of the bus. Go to the bus operator themselves to book. It is cheaper and you get a better seat.
SE
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 16, 2020
The driver was driving way too fast... Not just we could not sit comfortably, but more importantly, it felt not safe! But the booking went smoothly with 12goasia.
AC
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 13, 2020
The mini bus was ok but I felt really crammed in and it wasn’t the cleanest either.
DA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 10, 2020
12go.asia came through again! The van service was great as well!!
RV
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 5, 2020
We left and arrived on time. Very convenient.
PL
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 4, 2020
Nice ride over the 762 turns.
GB
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 3, 2020
Difficult drive coming down the mountain from Pai. Lot’s of curves. Not too comfortable if your seated in the back of the van.
JM
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 3, 2020
worked like a charm
DE
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Feb 1, 2020
Good timing, and not too crazy of a driver so no one got sick!
AB
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 30, 2020
The driver was actually pretty calm and the drive went smooth.
JA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 29, 2020
Skilled driver
JA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 29, 2020
Somebody barfed in the van and it was horrible, but theres nothing the operator could do about that!
LO
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 26, 2020
To be honest having read reviews about the journey from Chiang Mai to Pai I was not looking forward to it! Actually it was perfectly OK the drivers both ways were good and I felt safe and the bends were fine. Good journey beautiful views.
SW
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 25, 2020
Excellent service :-)
IG
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 23, 2020
Basic facilities, everything dirty. Only good thing is the view
IT
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 22, 2020
Depends on the driver. This way was good, previous one (from chiang mai to pai) it was horrible
CK
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 20, 2020
Good driver..packed van
MC
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 19, 2020
Cheap and ran to schedule
JB
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 16, 2020
Good service, easy ride although the streets between Pai and Chiang Mai are very curvy (don’t eat too much before the ride) , perfect in time with a short stop in between.
WP
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 12, 2020
Quick and easy. But we were put at the back of the bus which had minimal room and only seats which didn't recline.
MT
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 11, 2020
Nice bus but the stewardess spoke no English and didn't inform us when we stopped for food so we missed it. Rolled her eyes at us when we asked her and was not very nice.
LC
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 10, 2020
All good. Good driver although the road is hell!
ES
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 9, 2020
got us back quickly. i did almost throw up, though. rough ride, lotta turns.
GG
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 7, 2020
The drivers make some crazy manuvers on the road.
JO
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 7, 2020
Felt like very unsafe driving. Three mini van drivers were clearly racing
JS
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 6, 2020
Some people complained, but really it's just a tough drive lots of corners and driver was a good driver. Cramped ride, but what can you expect for a small bus.
SP
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 5, 2020
Mini bus was on time and everything was OK
BZ
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jan 1, 2020
Was fine, except that the driver drove like a formula 1 driver and made people puke in the 700 bends. This is driver dependent, for the rest the trip was good! :)
OR
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 31, 2019
Good!
ME
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 29, 2019
The service was reliable and comfortable. Good value for money.
MT
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 24, 2019
Great driver who drove smoothly and safely.
JK
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 22, 2019
All good except dangerous driving.
JA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 20, 2019
Organized, efficient (on line anyway!) Ride was not as bad as some make it out to be.
BW
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 18, 2019
What a ride! So many curves will make you feel sick :) Driver was going a bit to crazy on such a demanding road.
CR
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 18, 2019
Got there fast. Was a little carsick
SC
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 18, 2019
Great and seamless
FH
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 16, 2019
Arrived to Chiang Mai before expected so had plenty of time to catch our flight. Great driving very happy customers.
JL
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 16, 2019
We zijn veilig overgekomen, ruim binnen de 3 uur. De chauffeur kan goed rijden, maar het zou iets minder hard en dus veiliger kunnen.
EH
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 14, 2019
The driver picked us up at our agreed location in a timely manner however apparently refused to load luggage on the roof so we were all uncomfortably stuffed with all the other passengers as well as everyones’ luggage at our feet. Usually having a high tolerance for motion sickness I was sick due to the driving speeding past trucks and breaking immediately after for the next bend or turn in the road. By the first hour I had already thrown up in my mouth because there was nowhere to vomit. It felt unnecessary to drive so aggressively to arrive a few minutes earlier, plus it was dangerous.
ET
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 11, 2019
Everything good except that the driver is a but rough in his driving
JP
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 7, 2019
We took some anti sickness tablets 30mins before we left (due to all the bends and not the driving) and all was well :)
RS
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 6, 2019
Good value for money but a little cramped. Expect to go in a simple small van filled with people and some luggage. The driver I got was a bit impatient but, at least, flew and made a 3h trip in 2.5h.
SA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 4, 2019
Driver was very experience and helpful towards people.
ZE
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Dec 2, 2019
This driver was really good! The best one in all of my trips to and from Pai! Very smooth ride, no delays. Thank you!!
JA
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 30, 2019
A little bumpy but got there in good time
DB
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 28, 2019
Excellent driver. Left and arrived on time despite traffic. Excellent set up. Will travel with this company again.
JY
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Nov 28, 2019
Driver was going way too fast. Made me sick. Wouldn’t mind to arrive half an hour later with a relaxed tour.
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Popular Routes in Thailand

How to get from Pai to Chiang Mai

When you want to get from Pai 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 Taxi 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 4,841. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 200.

How far is Pai from Chiang Mai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Pai to Chiang Mai. Your trip will be a total of 140 miles (225 km). The flying distance is 56 miles (90 km).

How long does it take to get from Pai to Chiang Mai?

The travel time from Pai to Chiang Mai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 5 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Pai to Chiang Mai?

The cost of the trip from Pai to Chiang Mai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as THB 200 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 4,841.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 200 to THB 200;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 3,812 to THB 4,841.

How many trips per day are there between Pai and Chiang Mai?

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 08:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 16:00. There are 9 available bus trips every day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Pai to Chiang Mai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Pai 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 Pai 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 3,812.

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 Pai to Chiang Mai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Pai 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% decided to catch a taxi.