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There are 9 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur, train

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  2. Take the train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral

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Bus via Bangkok

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai to Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong
  4. Take the bus from Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal to KL Sentral Station

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Fly Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB)

Bus to Lampang, fly to Kuala Lumpur, train

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
  2. Fly from Lampang (LPT) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  3. Take the train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral

Bus to Chiang Rai, fly to Kuala Lumpur, train

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
  2. Fly from Chiang Rai (CEI) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  3. Take the train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral

Bus to Nan, fly to Kuala Lumpur, train

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Nan
  2. Fly from Nan (NNT) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  3. Take the train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
  2. Take the bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai to Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong
  4. Take the bus from Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal to KL Sentral Station

Train

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Hua Lamphong
  2. Take the train from Bangkok Hualamphong to Kuala Lumpur

Drive

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur

Chiang Mai (CNX) to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) flights

The flight time between Chiang Mai (CNX) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) is around 11h 21m and covers a distance of around 1761 km. This includes an average layover time of around 6h 25m. The fastest flight normally takes 8h 40m. Services are operated by AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Airways and others. Typically 98 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average flight journey times

Time on flight:
4h 55m
Layover time:
6h 25m
Total time:
11h 21m

Flight route information

Fastest flight journey time:
8h 40m
Flight distance:
1761 km
Flights per week:
98
Cheapest price:
RM 127
Carbon emissions:
357 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
07:15
Last flight departs at:
15:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chiang Mai (CNX) to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) flight schedules

Flights departing Sunday, October 24, 2021

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International entry into Malaysia from Thailand

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Conditions of entry into Malaysia from Thailand

  • 14 day mandatory monitored quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival
  • Health screen upon arrival. Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact tracing purposes
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak
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  • 14 day mandatory monitored quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival
  • Health screen upon arrival. Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact tracing purposes
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

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Rules to follow in Malaysia

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Considerations leaving from Thailand

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Malaysia from Thailand is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kuala Lumpur is 03 88810200.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Kuala Lumpur is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Kuala Lumpur is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 03 88810200.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Thailand from Malaysia.

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Last updated: 20 Oct 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Ministry of Health Malaysia.

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The cost-effective way to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur is to bus via Bangkok, which costs ฿1700 - ฿2400 and takes 35h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur is to fly and train which costs ฿3100 - ฿8500 and takes 7h.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur station. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at KL Sentral Station via Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, Hat Yai and Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35h 44m.

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No, there is no direct train from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Kuala Lumpur via Bangkok Hualamphong. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 2h.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur is 1765 km. The road distance is 2154.4 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur without a car is to bus via Bangkok which takes 35h 44m and costs ฿1700 - ฿2400.

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It takes approximately 7h to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur bus services, operated by The Transport Company, depart from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur 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 Kuala Lumpur is to fly which takes 12h 9m and costs ฿2800 - ฿11000. Alternatively, you can bus via Bangkok, which costs ฿1700 - ฿2400 and takes 35h 44m, you could also train, which costs ฿116000 - ฿119000 and takes 2 days 2h.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur.
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  • Distance: 1765 km
  • Duration: 7h

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

AirAsia, Firefly and eight other airlines fly from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, Hat Yai, Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong, and Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal in around 35h 44m.

Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
RM 650 - RM 2200
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Trengganu
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 350 - RM 1300
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Senai
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 360 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Penang
Ave. Duration
13h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Don Muang, Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 390 - RM 900
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Alor Setar
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1500
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Suvarnabhumi, Kuala Lumpur, Penang
Ave. Duration
12h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
RM 850 - RM 2900
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Khon Kaen, Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 420 - RM 1900
Flights from Lampang to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
RM 650 - RM 2100
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
RM 700 - RM 2300
Flights from Nan to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 2000
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Trengganu
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 350 - RM 1300
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Senai
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 360 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Penang
Ave. Duration
13h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1400
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Don Muang, Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 390 - RM 900
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Alor Setar
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1500
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Khon Kaen, Phuket, Penang
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 420 - RM 1900
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 300 - RM 1100
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Hat Yai, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday
Estimated price
RM 140 - RM 950
Flights from Nan to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 260 - RM 950
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 350 - RM 950
Flights from Lampang to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 310 - RM 850
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang, Phuket
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 390 - RM 1100
Flights from Nan to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 320 - RM 900
Malindo Airways
Website
malindoair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Sultan Ismail Petra
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1500
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 550 - RM 1500
Flights from Lampang to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 470 - RM 900
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1100
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
RM 650 - RM 2300
Flights from Nan to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 2000
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Lampang to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi, Koh Samui
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 330 - RM 850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lampang to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi, Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
RM 220 - RM 1400
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
RM 35 - RM 55
Website
http://www.kliaekspres.com/
Eastern and Oriental Express
Bus operators
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
+66 56 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 9 - RM 13
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Sukhothai Wintour
Website
busonlineticket.co.th
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Lampang Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 15
Schedules at
busonlineticket.co.th
Nakhonchai Air
Phone
0-2939-4999
Email
CustomerService@Nakhonchaiair.com
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 16 - RM 20
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Greenbus Thailand
Phone
0-5326-6480
Email
servicecenter@greenbusthailand.com
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 26 - RM 40
Website
Greenbus Thailand
Bus from Chiang Mai to Nan
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
RM 35 - RM 55
Website
Greenbus Thailand
Bus from Chiang Mai to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
24h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 180 - RM 260
Website
Greenbus Thailand
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Email
borkorsor@transport.co.th
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
RM 50 - RM 90
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
RM 85 - RM 130
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Bangkok Busline
Phone
0-27921488
Email
bangkok_buslines@hotmail.com
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
RM 85
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Lignite Tour
Phone
02-9362474
Website
busonlineticket.co.th
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 86
Schedules at
12go.asia
Beh Travel & Tour Sdn
Phone
019 - 545 3888
Email
beh_travel@outlook.com
Website
behtravelandtour.com
Bus from Hat Yai to Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 40
Schedules at
behtravelandtour.com
Billion Stars Express
Phone
+60111 0661111
Website
billionstarsexpress.com
Bus from Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal to KL Sentral Station
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 39
Schedules at
12go.asia

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Kuala Lumpur Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur bus services, operated by Billion Stars Express, arrive at KL Sentral Station.

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Kuala Lumpur is 1h ahead of Chiang Mai. It is currently 8:25 PM in Chiang Mai and 9:25 PM in Kuala Lumpur.

Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur train services, operated by Eastern and Oriental Express, arrive at Kuala Lumpur station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur is 2154 km. It takes approximately 28h 48m to drive from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur.

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AirAsia, Bangkok Airways and Ethiopian Airlines offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

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There are 1412+ hotels available in Kuala Lumpur. Prices start at RM 500 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 ฿15 - ฿20.

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