There are 3 ways to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Kathmandu (KTM) to Chiang Mai (CNX) KTM - CNX

$242 - $552

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Kathmandu to Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station
  2. Take the train from Lhasa to Chengdu
  3. Take the train from Chengdu to Kunming
  4. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  5. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

$256 - $291

Drive  •  43 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai 1758.8 miles

$240 - $360

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The distance between Kathmandu and Chiang Mai is 1710 km. The road distance is 2814 km.

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The best way to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai without a car is to bus and train which takes 4 days 7 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kathmandu Airport to Chiang Mai Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Chiang Mai is 1 h 15 min ahead of Kathmandu. It is currently 11:36 PM in Kathmandu and 12:51 AM in Chiang Mai.

Yes, the driving distance between Kathmandu to Chiang Mai is 2814 km. It takes approximately 43 h 13 min to drive from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai.

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Thai Airways International, Nepal Airlines, Bangkok Airways and five other airlines offer flights from Kathmandu Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 1990+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kathmandu to Kathmandu Airport is to drive which takes 7 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai.
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  • Distance: 1068.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 26 min

What companies run services between Kathmandu, Nepal and Chiang Mai, Thailand?

Thai Lion Mentari, Thai Airways International and seven other airlines fly from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai every 4 hours.

Airlines
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $180
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$600 - $1,400
SilkAir
Website
silkair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,500
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Jet Airways
Website
jetairways.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Delhi, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Train operators
China Railways Z-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Lhasa to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
34 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
Hard Seat
$30 - $50
Hard Sleeper
$80 - $95
Soft Sleeper
$110 - $150
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Chengdu to Kunming
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
Hard Seat
$19 - $24
Hard Sleeper
$35 - $45
Soft Sleeper
$55 - $70
Bus operators
Tibet Transportation
Website
xizang.gov.cn
Bus from Kathmandu to Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station
Ave. Duration
19 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
xizang.gov.cn
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$81
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com

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