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There are 7 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Chiang Mai, train  •  6h 1m

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

RM 352 - RM 923

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Train via Hat Yai  •  32h 56m

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Bang Sue Junction
  2. Take the train from Bang Sue Junction to Hat Yai
  3. Take the train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar
  4. Take the train from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur

RM 115 - RM 669

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Bus to Chiang Rai, fly, train  •  11h 2m

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

RM 289 - RM 974

Bus, minivan  •  36h 15m

  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
  3. Take the minivan from Hat Yai to Danok
  4. Take the bus from Danok Songkla to Kuala Lumpur Hentian Duta

RM 229 - RM 310

Train  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Hua Lamphong 8 Chiang Mai - Hua Lamphong - Class II AC / ...
  2. Take the train from Bangkok Hualamphong to Kuala Lumpur

RM 14977 - RM 15162

Bus, train  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Sombat Tour Viphawadee 13
  2. Take the train from Bangkok Hualamphong to Kuala Lumpur

RM 15018 - RM 15080

Drive  •  28h 53m

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur 2155.7 km

RM 800 - RM 1200

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur is to bus and minivan which costs ฿1700 - ฿2300 and takes 36h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur is to fly and train which costs ฿2600 - ฿7000 and takes 6h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Kuala Lumpur Hentian Duta via Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, Hat Yai and Danok Songkla. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36h 15m.

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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 Bang Sue Junction, Hat Yai and Padang Besar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h 56m.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur is 1765 km. The road distance is 2155.7 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur without a car is to train via Hat Yai which takes 32h 56m and costs ฿850 - ฿5000.

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It takes approximately 6h 1m 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 train via Hat Yai which takes 32h 56m and costs ฿850 - ฿5000. Alternatively, you can bus and minivan, which costs ฿1700 - ฿2300 and takes 36h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur.
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  • Distance: 1765 km
  • Duration: 6h 1m

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

You can take a train from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Bang Sue Junction, Hat Yai, and Padang Besar in around 32h 56m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, Hat Yai, Hat Yai, and Danok Songkla in around 36h 15m.

Airlines
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 1800
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 400 - RM 1500
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 330 - RM 1000
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 250 - RM 750
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 650 - RM 2300
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi, Koh Samui
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1200
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1800
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 270 - RM 2000
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 220 - RM 1600
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi, Koh Samui
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1200
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1800
Singapore Airlines
Website
singaporeair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
RM 310 - RM 850
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Kuala Lumpur via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 200 - RM 800
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
RM 40 - RM 70
Website
http://www.kliaekspres.com/
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Chiang Mai to Bang Sue Junction
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 29 - RM 220
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 29 - RM 40
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 95 - RM 130
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
RM 55 - RM 85
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 160 - RM 220
Train from Bang Sue Junction to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
RM 35 - RM 240
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 35 - RM 45
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 100 - RM 140
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
RM 65 - RM 95
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 180 - RM 240
Train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
RM 6 - RM 130
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 6 - RM 21
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 75 - RM 100
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
RM 30 - RM 45
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 95 - RM 130
Train from Chiang Mai to Hua Lamphong
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
RM 29 - RM 220
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 29 - RM 40
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 95 - RM 130
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
RM 60 - RM 85
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 160 - RM 220
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
RM 45 - RM 85
Website
http://www.ktmb.com.my
Silver
RM 49 - RM 53
Gold
RM 70 - RM 85
Platinum
RM 95 - RM 120
Eastern and Oriental Express
Bus operators
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 65 - RM 100
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
15h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 90 - RM 140
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
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 81
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 92
Schedules at
12go.asia
minivan
Bus from Hat Yai to Danok
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 8
Alisan Golden Coach Express
Phone
603-62637668
Website
alisangoldencoach.com.my
Bus from Danok Songkla to Kuala Lumpur Hentian Duta
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 65
Schedules at
alisangoldencoach.com.my
Book at
easybook.com
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Sombat Tour Viphawadee 13
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
RM 70 - RM 130
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
RM 70
Super
RM 81
Supreme
RM 111

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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 Alisan Golden Coach Express, arrive at Kuala Lumpur Hentian Duta station.

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Kuala Lumpur is 1h ahead of Chiang Mai. It is currently 9:19 PM in Chiang Mai and 10:19 PM in Kuala Lumpur.

Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur train services, operated by KTM ETS Malaysia Railway, arrive at Kuala Lumpur station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur is 2156 km. It takes approximately 28h 53m to drive from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur.

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AirAsia, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways and five other airlines offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

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There are 4132+ 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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