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

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Fly to Khon Kaen  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Khon Kaen (KKC) CNX - KKC

$28 - $86

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Bus  •  11 h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen 874

$14 - $23

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Fly to Udon Thani, bus  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Udon Thani (UTH) CNX - UTH
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Khon Kaen

$41 - $140

Train  •  16 h 11 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 Khon Kaen 75 Hua Lamphong - Nong Khai - Class II AC

$23 - $87

Night bus  •  12 h 18 min

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

$14 - $23

Drive  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen 403.6 miles

$55 - $85

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Khon Kaen. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Khon Kaen via Ayutthaya. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 11 min.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen is 484 km. The road distance is 645.8 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen without a car is to bus which takes 11 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen, including transfers.

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

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Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen 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 Khon Kaen is to fly which takes 3 h 31 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 11 h, you could also train, which costs and takes 16 h 11 min.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Khon Kaen Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen bus services, operated by Phetprasert Tour, arrive at Khon Kaen station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen.
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  • Distance: 302.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 31 min

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Khon Kaen, Thailand?

Thai AirAsia flies from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen twice daily. Alternatively, Phetprasert Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen 5 times a day. Tickets cost $16 - $19 and the journey takes 11 h. Sombat Tour also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
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
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
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12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $9
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $18
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Train from Ayutthaya to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $40
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$4 - $8
2nd Class (Seat)
$10 - $15
2nd Class (Berth)
$20 - $27
1st Class (Berth)
$30 - $40
Bus operators
The Transport Company
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $19
Schedules at
12go.asia
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$15
Super
$17
Supreme
$21 - $23

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Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen train services, operated by State Railway of Thailand, arrive at Khon Kaen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen is 646 km. It takes approximately 9 h 18 min to drive from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen.

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Thai AirAsia offers flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Khon Kaen Airport.

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There are 104+ hotels available in Khon Kaen. Prices start at $15 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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