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Train and Bus Schedules from and to Chiang Mai, Thailand
Train Schedule and Information
Bus remains the most popular and widespread means of transport in Thailand and is used by many Thais and travellers daily across the Kingdom. On the whole the buses are fairly frequent, safe, reliable and comfortable. Usually they leave on time and are always cheap.
Buses depart from Chiang Mai to destinations all over Northern Thailand, as well as hourly buses to and from Bangkok with stops en-route at main centres in central and Northeastern Thailand.
Local buses can get crowded with locals, so you are advised to arrive a little early, however they depart quite regularly. Be sure to check your times for air-conditioned buses, which are far more comfortable in the Thai heat. Long distance buses offer excellent service, with a hostess offering soft-drinks and a snack (tiny packet of peanuts) as well as a wet towel. Videos are shown on most buses, usually in Thai language, and they go on through the night making sleep a little difficult sometimes. Thais also love their air-conditioning on sub-zero temperatures, so remember to dress warmly.
There is stiff competition among bus companies for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus route and buses leave hourly. Buses from Chiang Mai to Bangkok leave hourly from the Arcade Bus terminal, east of the city, between 6:30 and 21:00.
Busses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Buses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai depart at least every hour between 05:30 and 22:00 from Mo Chit 2 Station and take roughly 10 hours. We recommend VIP buses, offered by either the government or private companies. These can also be arranged from travel agents on Khao San Road, with a pick up there, and at other points around the city.
Bangkok is serviced by several main long distance bus terminals. Mo Chit 2, in the North, is the largest and busiest since it services Northern and Northeastern Thailand. From here there are limited services to other parts of Thailand. To get to it you need to catch the skytrain to the end of the line at Mor Chit/Chatuchak market and then take a 10 minute taxi ride to the terminal. Buses leave frequently throughout the day, including to Ayuthaya and Kanchanaburi.
The newly renovated Southern bus station is across the river in Thon Buri, servicing destinations to the South and West, and is best reached by taxi. The Eastern bus station besides the Ekkamai skytrain station services Pattaya, Koh Samet, Koh Chang and Eastern destinations.
Bus company websites Chiang Mai to Bangkok
From Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station
Busses from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station
Busses from Chang Phuak Bus Station Tel: 053 211586
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