Chiang Mai is well served when it comes to transport links. Buses, trains and planes run daily so you really have no excuse to visit this fasinating city and region.
Express and rapid trains leave for Chiang Mai from Hualamphong Station several times daily and the 750km trip takes about 11-12 hours for the express trains. Try to get the overnight sleeper train. We also highly recommend reserving seats well in advance, especially for sleepers. During long holidays like Songkran and New Year, it is not uncommon to find that all the sleepers of all trains are already filled up two months beforehand.
For details, call
the State Railway of Thailand, 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2220 4444 (RSVN),
0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701
or Chiang Mai Railway Station, 0 5324 2094, 0 5324 5363 to 4.
Domestic airlines (Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Air Asia, Orient Thai Airlines and Nok Air ) operate several daily flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. A one-way flight takes about one hour, and cost around 2000 baht one way. There are also regular domestic flights between Chiang Mai and many of the other major cities in Thailand. In addition international flights to and from some major Asian destinations, e.g. Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, run by Thai Airways International and other foreign airlines.
Thai Airways (Tel:1566 or 0-2280-0060) operated daily flights from Bangkokto Chiang Mai and flights from Chiang Mai to other northern Thai cities.
Bangkok Airways has 2 daily flights connecting Chiang Mai with Bangkok. In addition, they have daily flights servicing the Chiang Mai-Sukhothai route. For more information, contact their Bangkok office on tel. 02 265 5555, 265 5678
Overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Airport
VIP Bus to Chiang Mai
Several ordinary and air-conditioned buses leaving daily from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (also known as Mo Chit) on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. Most air-con buses leave between 20.00 and 22.00 hrs. and it takes about 10-11 hours to reach Chiang Mai. There are also private buses which can be conveniently booked in other tourist-oriented places in Bangkok. But the public buses from the Northern Bus Terminal are generally more reliable.
For further details,
call the Northern Bus Terminal, 0 2936 2852 to 66, 0 2936 3666