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Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1, also known as Chang Phueak Bus Terminal, is Chiang Mai’s bus station for services to destinations within Chiang Mai Province and to the neighbouring provinces of Lampang and Lamphun.  

Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Long distance services to Chiang Rai, Pai, Bangkok and Nan depart from, arrive into, either Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 or Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3.


About Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1


Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 used to be Chiang Mai’s main bus terminal but now it only it is only the terminal for local services and a small number of destinations in provinces bordering Chaing Mai. Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 is located just to the north of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai is walking distance from many of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and many of the most popular small hotels and guesthouses.

Local bus, minivan and shared taxi services at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Local bus, minivan and shared taxi services at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

There are three types of schedule service which depart from and terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1:

  • Shared taxis: Converted pick up trucks in which passengers sit under a cover on two rows of seats in the back of the truck.
  • Minivans: 12 seat vehicles operating on journeys of up to 90 minutes.
  • Local buses: Non air-conditioned bus services which drop off and pick up passengers on route.

Location of Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1


Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 is located 1 km walking distance from Wat Lok Moli.


Facilities at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1


Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 is an old fashioned and chaotic bus station which is slightly run down and in need of modernisation. The station is somewhere that people tend to pass through quickly to board frequent low cost transport on relatively short journeys and the facilities at the Chaing Bus Terminal 1 reflect this.

Small shops at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Small shops at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 has old fashioned squat toilets which are difficult to keep clean because the facilities are very old. The station also has several shop units within the terminal itself selling drinks and snacks. Because of the city centre location it is, however, only a short walk back towards the old town to find restaurants and larger shops with better facilities. There is a 7-11 convenience store (open 24 hours a day) and an ATM machine right next door to the bus station as well.


Buy Tickets at the Bus Station


For the majority of the services departing from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 you pay the driver when you board the vehicle or a conductor who will ask you pay during the journey. For shared taxi services the normal practice is to pay the driver when you leave the vehicle at your final destination according to the length of your journey.

Information counter at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

Information counter at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1

For passengers unfamiliar with the services operating out of Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 we recommend that they ask at the ticket marked ‘INFORMATION’. The staff working at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 tend to have good English language skills because Chiang Mai is a very popular tourist town.


Buy Tickets online


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For long distance journeys the bus service you need is likely to arrive at, or depart from, either Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 or Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3. Check for the correct bus terminal when you are booking.


Services from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1


There are regular services from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 1 to the following destinations:

  • Baan Tawan
  • Sarapee
  • Chiang Dao
  • Fang
  • Doi Tao
  • Hang Dong
  • Lamphun
  • Phrao
  • Thaton
  • Hod
  • Doitow
  • San Kamphaeng
  • Doi Suthep Temple

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