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There are 10 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima by bus, train, night train, car or plane

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Bus  •  12 h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nakhon Ratchasima

$16

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Train  •  14 h 20 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 Thanon Chira 145 Hua Lamphong - Ubon Ratchathani - Class II Fan / ...

$22 - $82

Train, night train  •  14 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya 8 Chiang Mai - Hua Lamphong - Class II AC / ...
  2. Take the night train from Ayutthaya to Thanon Chira 23 Hua Lamphong - Ubon Ratchathani - Class II Sleeper AC / ...

$22 - $82

Drive  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima 448.2 miles

$60 - $95

Fly Chiang Mai to Don Muang, train  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Don Muang (DMK) CNX - DMK
  2. Take the train from Lak Si to Thanon Chira

$36 - $147

Fly Chiang Mai to Suvarnabhumi, train  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Suvarnabhumi (BKK) CNX - BKK
  2. Take the train from Lak Si to Thanon Chira

$41 - $158

Fly Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen, bus  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Khon Kaen (KKC) CNX - KKC
  2. Take the bus from Khon Kaen to Nakhon Ratchasima

$34 - $94

Fly Chiang Mai to Udon Thani, train  •  8 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Udon Thani (UTH) CNX - UTH
  2. Take the train from Udon Thani to Nakhon Ratchasima

$49 - $175

Bus to Lampang, fly to Don Muang, train  •  10 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ลำปาง Lampang
  2. Fly from Lampang (LPT) to Don Muang (DMK) LPT - DMK
  3. Take the train from Lak Si to Thanon Chira

$45 - $226

Fly Chiang Mai to Utapao, bus  •  10 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Utapao (UTP) CNX - UTP
  2. Take the bus from Pattaya to Nakhon Ratchasima

$47 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima is to bus which costs ฿526 and takes 12 h.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima is to fly and bus which costs ฿1100 - ฿3100 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Nakhon Ratchasima. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Thanon Chira via Ayutthaya. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 20 min.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima is 539 km. The road distance is 717 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima without a car is to bus which takes 12 h and costs ฿526.

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The bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nakhon Ratchasima takes 12 h including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima bus services, operated by Nakhonchai Tour, depart from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima 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 Nakhon Ratchasima is to bus which takes 12 h and costs ฿526. Alternatively, you can train, which costs ฿700 - ฿2700 and takes 14 h 20 min.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima.
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  • Distance: 336.8 miles
  • Duration: 12 h

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand?

Nakhonchai Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima every 4 hours. Tickets cost $16 and the journey takes 12 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima via Ayutthaya in around 14 h 20 min.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $80
Flights from Chiang Mai to Don Muang via Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $80
Flights from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Flights from Chiang Mai to Utapao
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $160
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Lampang to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $200
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $140
Flights from Chiang Mai to Utapao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Thai Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $130
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $190
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
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
Book at
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 Thanon Chira
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$2 - $6
2nd Class (Seat)
$9 - $13
2nd Class (Berth)
$18 - $24
1st Class (Berth)
$25 - $35
Train from Lak Si to Thanon Chira
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$3 - $7
2nd Class (Seat)
$9 - $13
2nd Class (Berth)
$18 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$26 - $35
Train from Udon Thani to Nakhon Ratchasima
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
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 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$27 - $40
Bus operators
Nakhonchai Tour
Website
nakhonchaitour.net
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nakhon Ratchasima
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
nakhonchaitour.net
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Khon Kaen to Nakhon Ratchasima
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$5
Super
$6
Supreme
$6 - $7
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
The Transport Company
Greenbus Thailand
Phone
0-5326-6480
Email
servicecenter@greenbusthailand.com
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 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Nakhonchai Air
Phone
0-2939-4999
Email
CustomerService@Nakhonchaiair.com
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Pattaya to Nakhon Ratchasima
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com

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

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Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima bus services, operated by Nakhonchai Tour, arrive at Nakhon Ratchasima station.

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Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima train services, operated by State Railway of Thailand, arrive at Thanon Chira station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima is 717 km. It takes approximately 10 h 40 min to drive from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima.

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

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There are 104+ hotels available in Nakhon Ratchasima. 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 8 min and costs ฿20.

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