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Bus times & tickets – 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 tuk-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 RaiChiang MaiServiceCost
06.1509.45Express229 THB
09.0012.00VIP350 THB
09.0012.50Express305 THB
09.1512.45Express229 THB
09.4015.50Express305 THB
09.4513.35VIP419 THB
09.4513.35Express305 THB
10.2514.15Express312 THB
11.0014.30Express229 THB
11.1515.05VIP419 THB
11.1515.05Express305 THB
11.3014.50Express266 THB
12.0515.55VIP495 THB
12.1515.35Express266 THB
12.4515.45VIP358 THB
13.1516.45Express229 THB
13.4517.05Express266 THB
14.1517.35Express266 THB
15.0018.20Express266 THB
15.1518.15VIP358 THB
15.3019.20Express260 THB
16.0019.50VIP419 THB
16.0019.50Express305 THB
16.1519.35Express266 THB
17.0020.00VIP358 THB
17.0020.50Express305 THB
17.2520.45Express229 THB
17.3020.50Express226 THB
19.3023.20VIP419 THB
19.3023.20Express305 THB

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

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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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