How to get from CHIANG MAI to CHIANG RAI?

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How do you get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai? You can travel by bus or private taxi/car.

 Bus/Van to Chiang Rai 
 Taxi/Minivan to Chiang Rai 
Book Tickets to Chiang Rai

    • Chiang Rai is one of the northernmost large places in Thailand and also one of the ways to travel to Myanmar. It is just 60 km from the Mae Sai border with Myanmar. It is also a tourist destination of foreign visitors who are already in Chiang Mai. Chiang Rai is surrounded by beautiful nature, such as Doi Pha Hom Pok, Doi Luang and Phu Sang National Parks. There is no train or direct flight between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, so there is only one way to go – by road, bus, taxi or braver travelers can ride a motorbike. However, there is a direct flight from Chiang Rai to the capital of Thailand – Bangkok. The most cheapest way is to travel to Chiang Rai by tourist modern bus.
    • You can book bus tickets or private taxi from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai online

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From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai you can travel by bus/minivan or taxi.

    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is about 190 km, the fastest route. Modern tourist buses, minivans and private taxis and cars run from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Traveling by tourist bus takes about 3-4 hours and bus tickets cost $7-11/pp, so it is the cheapest option of transfer. Another option is to use a private taxi/car or minivan for the group of people. However, this option is a bit more expensive, but if you are traveling in a group of people, it may not be bad at all, booking an entire car or minivan costs approximately $120-190 and transfer takes 3-5 hours. It is not possible to travel by train because there is no railway line between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, and there is no flight. Book and buy bus tickets or book a private car and taxi to Chiang Rai easily online.

How do I get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?


1. BUS from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

    • comfortable, modern and air-conditioned tourist buses run from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    • this is the cheapest way how to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    • bus company to Chiang Rai: Greenbus
    • bus ticket from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai costs about $7-11/pp
    • it takes about 3-4 hours to travel by bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    • buses depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 and arrive at Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1
    • Book and buy your bus tickets from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai online

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Tourist Bus of Greenbus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (photo: 12go.asia).


2. TAXI / MINIVAN from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 

    • from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai you can also travel by private minivan/car or taxi
    • modern, comfortable, minivans, vans and private cars for more people
    • travel by minivan/taxi from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes about 3-5 hours
    • private taxi companies to Chiang Rai: Jed Yord, Smart En Plus, Glassflower
    • it is possible to travel this way also from Chiang Mai Airport or from your hotel in the town
    • private taxi or minivan to Chiang Rai costs about $122-180 (car, minivans for up to 9 people)
    • this is the most comfortable option of transfer, but the most expensive
    • Book your private taxi/car/minivan from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai online

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Minivan/taxi of Smart En Plus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (photo: 12go.asia).


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai:

How to book bus tickets or private taxi/car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    • You can search and book tickets + taxi from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai online with 12go.asia.
    • Carefully read all additional information about the transport, it is recommended to print the ticket

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    • Travel by tourist bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes about 3-4 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/minivan, car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes about 3-5 hours.

What is the travel distance from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is about 190 km by road (the fastest route).

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    • Travel by tourist bus to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai costs about $7-11/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/minivan, car to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai costs about $122-190 (vehicle).

What are the possibilities of private transfer?

    • Traveling by private car, taxi or minivan for more people is the most comfortable but the most expensive way how to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. There are various new modern minivans, minibuses or modern new cars or SUVs. You can book these cars online.

Is it possible to travel by train from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    • No, it is not possible to travel by train to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai because there is no railway between these cities.

Is there a direct flight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    • No, even if both cities have airports, there are no domestic direct flights. The only option is to travel by road.

How to travel from Chiang Rai to Bangkok?

    • The best and fastest way to travel back to Bangkok from Chiang Rai is to travel by plane – there are direct flights. Traveling by plane from Chiang Rai to Bangkok takes about 1 hour. If you would like to take the train to Bangkok – you have to go back to Chiang Mai and from Chiang Mai you can take a train to Bangkok. You can also travel by tourist buses as well as private cars and taxi.

Where to stay and how to book hotel or resort in Chiang Rai?

    • Chiang Rai is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the north and therefore offers many accommodation facilities. Cheap hotels, guest houses or hostels for travelers but also accommodation in bungalows or cottages in the countryside. Check out the best deals > The best hotels / resorts in Chiang Rai.

Bus Schedule / Timetable – Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai + Bus Tickets:

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Bus Schedule - Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Departs in Chiang Mai

Arrival in Chiang Rai

Bus Ticket - Price

Greenbus

07:15

10:50

From $7-11

Greenbus

08:00

13:30

From $7-11

Greenbus

08:15

11:25

From $7-11

Greenbus

09:15

12:55

From $7-11

Greenbus

10:30

13:40

From $7-11

Greenbus

12:00

17:25

From $7-11

Greenbus

12:30

16:10

From $7-11

Greenbus

13:00

16:10

From $7-11

Greenbus

14:15

17:50

From $7-11

Greenbus

15:00

18:35

From $7-11

Greenbus

15:45

18:55

From $7-11

Greenbus

17:30

21:10

From $7-11

Greenbus

18:00

21:10

From $7-11

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Tea Plantations in Chiang Rai in Thailand.
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White Temple – Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai.
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You can visit various temples, pagoda and buddhist statues in Chiang Rai.


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