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How to Get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

The train network only goes as far north of Chiang Mai. If you want to travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai you either need to fly or travel by road. The journey by bus:

  • Takes 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Costs between 229 THB and 495 THB (booked online) depending on which service you use.

Bus Times to Chiang Mai


The Green Bus Company provides a frequent and inexpensive bus service between the centre of Chiang Rai city to the bus station on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. There are also plenty of tuks tuks and shared songthaew taxis waiting at the bus station in Chiang Mai for onward travel within the city. The main bus station in Chaing Mai is 2.6 km from Chiang Mai train station and 4.8 km from the Thae Pae Gate in Chiang Mai’s Old City, which is near to many of the cheaper guest houses.

Chiang Rai Chiang Mai Service Cost
06.15 09.45 Express 229 THB
09.00 12.00 VIP 350 THB
09.00 12.50 Express 305 THB
09.15 12.45 Express 229 THB
09.40 15.50 Express 305 THB
09.45 13.35 VIP 419 THB
09.45 13.35 Express 305 THB
10.25 14.15 Express 312 THB
11.00 14.30 Express 229 THB
11.15 15.05 VIP 419 THB
11.15 15.05 Express 305 THB
11.30 14.50 Express 266 THB
12.05 15.55 VIP 495 THB
12.15 15.35 Express 266 THB
12.45 15.45 VIP 358 THB
13.15 16.45 Express 229 THB
13.45 17.05 Express 266 THB
14.15 17.35 Express 266 THB
15.00 18.20 Express 266 THB
15.15 18.15 VIP 358 THB
15.30 19.20 Express 260 THB
16.00 19.50 VIP 419 THB
16.00 19.50 Express 305 THB
16.15 19.35 Express 266 THB
17.00 20.00 VIP 358 THB
17.00 20.50 Express 305 THB
17.25 20.45 Express 229 THB
17.30 20.50 Express 226 THB
19.30 23.20 VIP 419 THB
19.30 23.20 Express 305 THB

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

Buy Tickets to Chiang Mai


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About Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai is an exciting, lively, diverse and historical town with something for just about everyone. There are three areas which are popular with foreign visitors:

Wat Phra Singh temple

Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai Old Town

  • Firstly, the old city contained with a four wall and a surrounding moat. This area is popular with younger visitors as a place stay and go out in the evening. The old city is where the cheaper guesthouses are located and the busier bars and nightclubs, such as the ever popular Spicy Nightclub on the Moonmuang Road and the fantastic and super cheap Jok Sompet Restaurant.
  • The riverside area near the night bazaar is very popular with older visitors and families. There are plenty of good restaurants here and the best hotels in Chaing Mai, such as the excellent and mid price range Porn Ping Tower.
  • A third up and coming area, to the north of the city, is the area around around the Nimmanahaeminda Road. The Nimmanahaeminda Road is the centre of modern ‘cool’ in Chiang Mai and is most popular with well to do, young and hip Thai visitors to the city.

Wherever you stay, be sure to visit Wat Doi Suthep and catch the live music in the evening at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant.


Chiang Rai Bus Station 1


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


Video of Chiang Rai Bus Station 1



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

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