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From Pai to Chiang Mai by bus

07:00
Pai
10:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
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08:00
Pai
11:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
09:00
Pai
12:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
10:00
Pai
13:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
11:00
Pai
14:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
12:00
Pai
15:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
13:00
Pai
16:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
14:00
Pai
17:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
15:00
Pai
18:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
16:00
Pai
19:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
16:30
Pai
19:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant
17:00
Pai
20:00
Chiang Mai Arcade
3h
 Instant

From Pai to Chiang Mai by taxi

Any
Pai
Time
Chiang Mai train station
3h
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
3h
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h 30m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Pai
Time
Chiang Mai town hotel transfer
4h 30m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl

Pai to Chiang Mai Schedule

Pai to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 – 03:00฿ 3,850
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 – 04:30฿ 4,890
Prem Pracha Minivan 07:00 – 10:00฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 08:00 – 11:00฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 10:00 – 13:00฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 12:00 – 15:00฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 14:00 – 17:00฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 16:00 – 19:00฿ 200

Pai to Chiang Mai destination reviews

4.1
660 customer reviews
5
51%
4
29%
3
10%
2
5%
1
5%
90% of 660 travelers were happy with this destination
HJ
3
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Sep 17, 2019
No plastic bag provided for this trip. My companion was nausea due to the curves and luckily I brought along a plastic, for just in case.
JW
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 22, 2019
Left on time, arrived early. Driver drove well considering very windy roads on cliff edges at times.
RD
3
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 22, 2019
The driver just turned it into a rollercoaster. I can handle, but a bit slower driving through the hills would be nice.
SG
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 7, 2019
Bus driver was very friendly. It’s an awful road to drive and bus driver was prepared for passengers
GC
2
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 5, 2019
Van with little conditiones and the driver has driven too fast for the road
HJ
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 5, 2019
Driver was quite aggressive initially with another passenger but was well within his rights as the passenger was a tool! He was great with us and took care on the roads!
DB
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 4, 2019
Very bumpy ride, take motion sickness pills, you'll thank me later
WH
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 28, 2019
Airco was a bit cold. Bur we could change it. Chauffeur is a great and helpfull guy
FB
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 24, 2019
Good driver with proper handling of wet (sometimes slippery) roads
DL
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 12, 2019
Going to and from Pai we had the same operator. Prepare yourself and you Will be allright. The drivers are OK.
LM
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 8, 2019
My ride home from Pai was a lot better (i.e. SLOWER and SAFER) than the ride going to Pai the previous day during with I thought I was going to puke and/or die from going over a hill or crashing into oncoming traffic since we were often driving in the wrong lane around corners. Feels like a complete crapshoot whether you get a decent or terrible driver, so I'd honestly recommend skipping Pai all together until they figure out how to make sure their drivers do this ride safely and comfortably.
JL
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jun 23, 2019
The bus was very full with luggage but the driver was efficient and safe.
IV
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jun 13, 2019
The driver was nice. He drove normally/safely and we arrived on time.
GD
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 31, 2019
Pretty good driver. Much better than the dangerous and unsafe driver on the way to Pai.
SM
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 25, 2019
The driver was very safe & drove at a sensible speed ????
EL
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 21, 2019
Great location, I block from walking street. Family room was a bit crowded with the 2 beds in it but ok for our short 3 day stay. Staff is great and a good restaurant/bar right next door with good live music and open mike.
MG
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 20, 2019
The service was good! My only complaint was that my seat had dried food on it, that I had to wipe away before being able to sit. The road is has many turns in it beware if you get motion sickness.
MV
2
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 13, 2019
We had a great seat this time (4E and 4D), but the bus driver was a maniac on the road. We're used to the Thai driving behaviour now, but this was a whole other level. One girl had to puke the whole ride (she was with us from Chiang Mai to Pai as well, but didn't get sick). After a while her boyfriend asked the driver to make a brief stop as soon as possible, so that she could get a fresh air and they could dump the puke, but the driver didn't care. He continued driving as a maniac, so the girl was getting sicker and sicker. Her boyfriend asked again after quiet some time and the driver responded the same. The service of 12go.asia was really good, as usual. We know that they can't help the drivers behaviour, but it really made this trip a hell.
BT
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 8, 2019
The driver was experienced and did an excellent job driving around all those curves.
NN
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, May 6, 2019
The driver drive carefully and safely. But the road is dangerous, so a big bus will be more comfortable.

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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 4,890. 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 58 miles (92 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 3 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 4,890.

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 3,850 to THB 4,890.

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 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:00. There are 12 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 3,850.

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:

  • 999 decided to go for a bus.
  • 1 decided to catch a taxi.