Pai to Chiang Rai

Pai to Chiang Rai

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Pai to Chiang Rai Schedule

Pai to Chiang Rai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower Luxury SUV Any time฿ 8,688
Prem Pracha Minivan 09:00 - 17:55฿ 511

Transportation from Pai to Chiang Rai

Facts about the transport from Pai to Chiang Rai

Cheapest Transport$7
Fastest Transport6h
Earliest Departure7:00 AM
Latest Departure9:00 AM
Departures per day3
Distance300 kilometers
Transport CompaniesGlassflower, GreenBus, Prem Pracha

Pai to Chiang Rai Destination Reviews

A pleasant trip. The van was very new, well maintained and comfortable. The driver was very pleasant and an excellent driver. The multiple stops along the really helped break up the nearly 7-hour trip. The one thing that could have improved the experience would have been if we were informed of the stops and when to expect them and also the fact that we would have to change buses half way through the trip. That came as a total surprise.
Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Jan 13, 2020
Friendly driver, good number of rest stops
Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Jan 6, 2020
Se suponía que era un viaje directo a Chiang Rai, pero tuvimos que cambiar dos veces de van. Una de ellas en Chiang Mai. Y para colmo, cuando estabamos por llegar paró en el Templo Blanco por 20 minutos, ninguno supo por que. Todos nos quedamos esperando los 20 minutos para volver a subirnos. Me arrepiento de haber ido en Van, era más barato ir en bus, aunque tuvieras que cambiar al llegar a Chiang Mai, al final pagando más tuve que cambiar dos veces.
Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Dec 30, 2019
Could have booked the exact same trip from Pai for cheaper but we had prebooked with 12Go. It wasn't a major difference and as we were travelling on a timeline it suited us to have this already organised. So to the trip....Everyone was on time to leave Pai bar one person who clearly slept in and confusingly we turned around and went back to collect after the driver got a phone call. Could have been why our driver then drove like a speed demon maniac down the hill making my eldest child car sick despite the double car sick tablets she'd taken. Had to change buses in Chiang Mai and our family of four were wedged into the last 4 seats of another minibus. The road between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai was unsealed in many parts due to major road works but our new driver had little regard for that and we took all bumps at speed leading to more car sickness. Stop for lunch was awful and unnecessarily long, stop at White Temple outside Chiang Rai was ok as it meant we didn't need to go there again! The "bus stop" in Chiang Rai was out the front of a shopping plaza and the taxi drivers refused to take us on the meter. Finally negotiated a ride to our hostel for 80 baht. A very long and uncomfortable day but it did get us where we needed to be!
Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Dec 20, 2019
Good :)
Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Dec 17, 2019
Arrived a good hour early. Frequent short stops (including a 15mins stop at the white temple). Seats not very comfortable.
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Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Nov 30, 2019
arrived 2 minutes late to the terminal and the driver went back to pick me up
Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Nov 25, 2019
Ride in and of itself quite pleasant, but very fast driving. Change in Chiang Mai
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Van Regional 14pax, Terminal Green (Terminal Green), Nov 12, 2019
23 customer reviews

How to get from Pai to Chiang Rai

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

  • Bus
  • Van
  • 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 212.41. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a taxi as a taxi ticket costs as low as USD 161.00.

How far is Pai from Chiang Rai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Pai to Chiang Rai. Your trip will be a total of 187 miles (300 km). The flying distance is 187 miles (300 km).

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

The travel time from Pai to Chiang Rai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 6 to 9 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Pai to Chiang Rai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Glassflower: travelling by taxi expect to pay as low as USD 161.00 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 212.41.

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

  • Bus price: USD 6.49. From Pai to Chiang Rai starting from 09:00 Pai until 09:00 Pai
  • Van price : USD 16.24;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 161.00 to USD 212.41.

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

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

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

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Pai to Chiang Rai. 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 161.00.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Pai to Chiang Rai. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Pai to Chiang Rai.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around..

The most popular transport from Pai to Chiang Rai

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

  • 96% opted for a van.
  • 4% decided to catch a taxi.