There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Isan by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly from Chiang Mai  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Buri Ram (BFV) CNX - BFV

$83 - $121

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Night bus  •  12 h 42 min

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Buriram

$19 - $24

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Bus to Lampang, fly  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ลำปาง Lampang
  2. Fly from Lampang (LPT) to Buri Ram (BFV) LPT - BFV

$64 - $220

Bus  •  15 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Roi Et 874
  2. Take the bus from Roi Et to Buriram

$29 - $37

Train  •  16 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya 8 Chiang Mai - Hua Lamphong - Class II AC / ...
  2. Take the train from Ayutthaya to Buri Ram 145 Hua Lamphong - Ubon Ratchathani - Class II Fan / ...

$23 - $87

Drive  •  12 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Isan 507.1 miles

$70 - $110

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Buriram. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Chiang Mai to Isan. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Buri Ram via Ayutthaya. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 10 min.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Isan is 608 km. The road distance is 811.4 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Isan without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 45 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Chiang Mai to Isan, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Isan bus services, operated by Phetprasert Tour, depart from Chiang Mai station.

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Chiang Mai to Isan train services, operated by State Railway of Thailand, depart from Chiang Mai station.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Isan is to fly which takes 4 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 15 h 45 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 16 h 10 min.

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There is no direct flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Buri Ram Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Chiang Mai to Isan bus services, operated by Yellow Bus, arrive at Buriram station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Isan.
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  • Distance: 380.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Isan, Buriram, Thailand?

Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and Thai Lion Mentari fly from Chiang Mai to Isan hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Isan via Roi Et in around 15 h 45 min.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Buri Ram via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $190
Flights from Lampang to Buri Ram via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Buri Ram via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $170
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
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12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $9
2nd Class (Seat)
$12 - $18
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $29
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Train from Ayutthaya to Buri Ram
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $40
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$3 - $7
2nd Class (Seat)
$10 - $14
2nd Class (Berth)
$19 - $26
1st Class (Berth)
$28 - $40
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ลำปาง Lampang
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Chiang Mai to Roi Et
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Nakhonchai Air
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Buriram
Ave. Duration
12 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$3
Super
$5
Supreme
$3 - $4
Yellow Bus
Website
iloveyellowbus.com
Bus from Roi Et to Buriram
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $11
Schedules at
iloveyellowbus.com

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Chiang Mai to Isan train services, operated by State Railway of Thailand, arrive at Buri Ram station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Isan is 811 km. It takes approximately 12 h 9 min to drive from Chiang Mai to Isan.

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Thai Lion Mentari, Thai AirAsia and Nok Air offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Buri Ram Airport.

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There are 64+ hotels available in Isan. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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