Bangkok to Chiang Mai Thailand: Transport Guide

With splendid architecture and rich culture, Chiang Mai is a lovely destination after your trip to Bangkok.

In this travel guide, you’ll find useful information about traveling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight, train, and bus, including timetable, ticket prices, and tips.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai: Overview

The distance between Bangkok and Chiang Mai is about 750 km (466 miles) on land and 597 km (370 miles) by flight. You can easily travel between the two cities by flight, train, bus, and car.

Flying is the fastest way to get to Chiang Mai.

If you travel on a budget, it’s better to take a train to Chiang Mai as the ticket costs about $7 (€7). A taxi ride is more expensive – expect to pay about $218 (€213) for your trip.

TypeTimeCostTickets
Flight1 hour 5 mins$37 (€36)Check tickets
Train10 hours 15 mins$7 (€7)Check tickets
Bus9.5 hours$15 (€15)Check tickets
Taxi8 hours$218 (€213)Check taxi
Travel options from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Bangkok to Chiang Mai Thailand.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai flight

Flying is the fastest way to travel to Chiang Mai from the capital. 

Vietjet, Bangkok Air, Nok Air, Thai Smile, Lion Air, and AirAsia offer direct flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and the journey takes about 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

Planes frequently depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang International Airport and arrive at Chiang Mai airport.

I always use Skyscanner and 12go to find cheap flights and get the best deals.

Flight info
Journey time1 hour and 5 mins
PriceFrom $37 (€36)
Distance597 km (370 miles)
Frequency36 flights per day
First flight6:15 am
Last flight8:40 pm
DepartureSuvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport
ArrivalChiang Mai Airport
ChangesDirect flights available
OperatorsVietjet, Bangkok Air, Nok Air, Thai Smile, Lion Air, AirAsia
Flight information from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
ProviderDepartureArrivalTickets
Vietjet06:1507:30Check tickets
Nok Air07:0508:10Check tickets
Thai Smile07:2008:35Check tickets
Bangkok Air08:0009:20Check tickets
Nok Air09:0010:05Check tickets
Bangkok Air10:1511:35Check tickets
Flight schedule from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can check more flight schedules here

How long is the flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

The flight to Chiang Mai takes about 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes. Airlines’ flight time also differs from 5 to 10 minutes. Please note that the flight time depends on many factors such as weather conditions and the airline you choose.

How much is the flight ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

The flight tickets start at $37 (€36). If you book flight tickets in advance, you can get better deals.

Where are the departure and arrival airports?

Planes frequently depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport (999 หมู่ 1 Nong Prue, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand) or Don Mueang International Airport (222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Sanambin, Don Mueang, Bangkok 10210, Thailand) and arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (60 Mahidol Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand).

When is the first and last flight depart from Bangkok?

The first flight departs at 6:15 am, and the last flight leaves the airport at 8:40 pm. However, the schedule may change depending on the day and weather. You can check the latest schedules here.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai train

Traveling by train is another great option to get to Chiang Mai.

Thai Railways offers daily trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, which takes 10 hours and 15 minutes to 14 hours.

For this route, you can book 3rd-class fan seats, 2nd-class AC seats, and 2nd-class AC sleepers.

Train info
Journey time10 hours and 15 mins
Price$7 (€7)
Distance750 km (466 miles)
Frequency7 trains per day
First train8:30 am
Last train10:24 pm
Departure stationHua Lamphong
Arrival stationChiang Mai
ChangesDirect trains available
OperatorsThai Railways
Train information from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
ProviderDepartureArrivalTickets
Thai Railways08:3019:30Check tickets
Thai Railways13:4504:05Check tickets
Thai Railways19:7508:40Check tickets
Thai Railways22:2412:10Check tickets
Train schedule from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can check more train schedules here

How long is the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

The train to Chiang Mai takes 10 hours and 15 mins to 14 hours and 20 minutes, depending on the train. Please note that the schedule may change due to weather or unforeseen situations. You should be at the train station at least 30 minutes before departure.

How much is the train ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

The train ticket to Chiang Mai costs about $15 (€15). You should book your tickets in advance to secure the best seat and prices.

Where are the departure and arrival stations?

All trains depart from Hua Lamphong station (Rong Mueang Rd, Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand) and also stop at Bang Sue Junction station. The trains arrive at Chiang Mai station (Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand).

When is the first and last train depart from Bangkok?

The last train leaves the station at 8:30 am, and the last one departs at 10:24 pm. For the latest schedule, please check here.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus

Traveling by bus is another option to get to Chiang Mai.

Bangkok Busline, Budsarakham, and Sombat Tour offer frequent services from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

The journey takes from 9.5 hours to 10.5 hours, and the ticket price starts at $15 (€15). Please come at least 30 minutes before departure for check-in procedures.

Bus info
Journey time9.5 hours
Price$15 (€15)
Distance750 km (466 miles)
Frequency19 buses per day
First bus6 am
Last bus10 pm
Departure stationMochit
Arrival stationChiang Mai Arcade 2, Chiang Mai bus terminal 3
OperatorsBangkok Busline, Sombat Tour, Budsarakham
Bus information from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
ProviderDepartureArrivalTickets
Bangkok Busline06:0016:30Check tickets
Sombat Tour07:2017:00Check tickets
Sombat Tour13:0023:00Check tickets
Bangkok Busline16:0001:30Check tickets
Budsarakham18:3004:45Check tickets
Budsarakham19:2005:00Check tickets
Bus schedule from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can check more bus schedules here

How long is the bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

The bus to Chiang Mai takes from 9.5 hours to 10.5 hours. There are maybe bus stops and food stops along the way.

How much is the bus ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

The bus ticket to Chiang Mai costs about $15 (€15). Please note that prices may change on weekends and national holidays.

Where are the departure and arrival stations?

Buses leave from Mochit bus station and arrive at Chiang Mai Arcade 2 or Chiang Mai bus terminal 3.

When is the first and last bus depart from Bangkok?

The first bus departs at 6 am, while the last leaves at 10 pm. For the latest schedule, please check here.

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