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There are 5 ways to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Suvarnabhumi  •  2h 8m

  1. Fly from Chiang Rai (CEI) to Suvarnabhumi (BKK) CEI - BKK

฿607 - ฿2028

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Bus, train  •  15h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai 166
  2. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Hua Lamphong 8 Chiang Mai - Hua Lamphong - Class II AC / ...

฿489 - ฿1981

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Fly to Don Muang  •  2h 36m

  1. Fly from Chiang Rai (CEI) to Don Muang (DMK) CEI - DMK

฿857 - ฿4223

Bus  •  12h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Bangkok Mochit

฿550 - ฿950

Drive  •  11h 13m

  1. Drive from Chiang Rai to Bangkok 784.7 km

฿2200 - ฿3300

Chiang Rai → Bangkok
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The cost-effective way to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok is to bus, which costs ฿550 - ฿950 and takes 12h.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok is to fly which costs ฿600 - ฿2100 and takes 2h 8m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chiang Rai and arriving at Bangkok Mochit. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12h.

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The distance between Chiang Rai and Bangkok is 688 km. The road distance is 784.7 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok without a car is to bus which takes 12h and costs ฿550 - ฿950.

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It takes approximately 2h 8m to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok, including transfers.

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Chiang Rai to Bangkok bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, depart from Chiang Rai station.

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The best way to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok is to fly which takes 2h 8m and costs ฿600 - ฿2100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿550 - ฿950 and takes 12h.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Rai Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Chiang Rai to Bangkok bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Bangkok Mochit station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok.
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  • Distance: 688 km
  • Duration: 2h 8m

What companies run services between Chiang Rai, Thailand and Bangkok, Thailand?

Thai Vietjet Air and Thai Smile fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok every 4 hours. Alternatively, Sombat Tour operates a bus from Chiang Rai to Bangkok Mochit 4 times a day. Tickets cost ฿550 - ฿950 and the journey takes 12h. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Thai Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿500 - ฿2800
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿800 - ฿1900
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿1000 - ฿3800
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿750 - ฿5500
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Chiang Rai to Don Muang
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿700 - ฿4000
Train operators
Bus operators
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Bangkok Mochit
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
฿550 - ฿950
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
sombattour.com
Star
฿594
Super
฿680
Supreme
฿938
Bangkok Busline
Phone
0-27921488
Email
bangkok_buslines@hotmail.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
฿758
Schedules at
12go.asia
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12go.asia
Nakhonchai Air
Phone
0-2939-4999
Email
CustomerService@Nakhonchaiair.com
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Bangkok Nakhonchai Air Terminal
Ave. Duration
12h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿550 - ฿750
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 Rai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿260 - ฿370
Website
Greenbus Thailand

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Rai to Bangkok is 785 km. It takes approximately 11h 13m to drive from Chiang Rai to Bangkok.

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Thai Smile and Thai Vietjet Air offer flights from Chiang Rai Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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There are 2316+ hotels available in Bangkok. Prices start at ฿3750 per night.

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The best way to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Rai Airport is to taxi which takes 9 min and costs ฿140 - ฿180.

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