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Bus times & tickets – Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

There is currently no train link between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The cheapest and easiest way to travel from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is to travel by bus. Tickets price ranges from 229 THB per person to 419 THB per person for a VIP bus leaving in the morning or afternoon.


Bus Times to Chiang Rai


The Green Bus Company has regular departures from Chiang Mai bus Terminal 2 (also known as Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station) from 06.00 to 18.00. The journey takes between 3 hours and 3 hours 40 minutes depending on which bus you take.

Chiang MaiChiang RaiServiceCost
06.0009.40Express260 THB
07.0010.20Express266 THB
08.0011.40VIP495 THB
08.0011.40Express305 THB
08.1511.15VIP358 THB
08.3012.00Express229 THB
09.0012.20Express266 THB
09.3013.10Express305 THB
09.3013.10VIP419 THB
09.3013.00Express229 THB
10.0016.20Express358 THB
10.1513.15VIP358 THB
10.3013.50Express266 THB
11.0014.20Express266 THB
11.3015.00Express229 THB
12.0015.40Express312 THB
12.3016.10VIP419 THB
12.3016.10Express305 THB
13.1516.35Express266 THB
14.0017.40VIP419 THB
14.0017.40Express305 THB
14.1517.45Express229 THB
14.4517.45VIP358 THB
15.0018.20Express266 THB
15.3019.10VIP419 THB
15.3019.10Express305 THB
16.1519.55Express260 THB
17.0020.20Express266 THB
17.3021.00Express229 THB
18.0021.00VIP358 THB

  • Express Bus: 48 seats, toilet, snack
  • VIP Bus: 24 seats, toilet, snack, meal

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Journey Information


  • Final Stop: The arrival point for this service is Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 in the centre of Chiang Rai City near the famous Night Bazaar.
  • Route: The 182 km bus journey between Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station and Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 passes between two mountainous national parks: Khun Chee National Park and Doi Luang National Park.
  • Scenery: The journey to the North east of Chiang Mai provides passengers with stunning mountain and forest views and is a pleasure in itself.
  • Rest Break: All bus services stop on route to allow passengers to use the toilet and eat. The stop is roughly halfway and is for around 30 minutes.
  • Onward Travel: Adventurous travellers might consider venturing further north after visiting Chiang Rai and continue towards the border with Myanmar for a further 78.9 km to reach Mae Sai, which is the most northerly town in Thailand.
White Temple

The White Temple in Chiang Rai


Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station


  • Address: 165, Soi 5, Kaeonawarat Road, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, 50000, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand


Chiang Rai Bus Station 1


  • Address: Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

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