There are 6 ways to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Chiang Mai  •  6 h 33 min

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

$242 - $552

Cheapest option

Fly to Chiang Rai, bus  •  9 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Kathmandu (KTM) to Chiang Rai (CEI) KTM - CEI
  2. Take the bus from เชียงราย Chiang Rai to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai

$121 - $206

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 days 6 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

$259 - $284

Bus, drive  •  4 days 14 h

  1. Take the bus from Kathmandu to Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from Lhasa to Chengdu
  3. Take the bus from Sichuan Chengdu to Haikou
  4. Take the bus from Haikou to Nanning
  5. Take the bus from Nanning Tourism Distribution Centre to Hai Phong
  6. Drive from Hai Phong to คิวรถท่าตอน Thaton Station
  7. Take the bus from คิวรถท่าตอน Thaton Station to ช้างเผือก Chang Phueak Tt

Bus, train, drive  •  4 days 22 h

  1. Take the bus from Kathmandu to Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station
  2. Take the train from Lhasa to Guangzhou
  3. Take the train from Guangzhou to Nanning
  4. Take the bus from Nanning Tourism Distribution Centre to Hai Phong
  5. Drive from Hai Phong to คิวรถท่าตอน Thaton Station
  6. Take the bus from คิวรถท่าตอน Thaton Station to ช้างเผือก Chang Phueak Tt

Drive  •  43 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai 1758.8 miles

$240 - $360

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai is to fly and bus which costs $120 - $210 and takes 9 h 57 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai is to fly which costs $240 - $550 and takes 6 h 33 min.

More details

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

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 6 h 33 min to get from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

More details

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

Thai Lion Mentari, Thai Airways International and 10 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 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $190
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou
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
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,500
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,600
Hong Kong Express
Website
hkexpress.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Mai via Hong Kong
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $3,000
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Kathmandu to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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
$35 - $55
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$35 - $50
Hard Sleeper
$80 - $100
Soft Sleeper
$120 - $160
Train from Lhasa to Guangzhou
Ave. Duration
2 days 4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$55 - $85
Hard Sleeper
$140 - $160
Soft Sleeper
$200 - $260
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Chengdu to Kunming
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$20 - $25
Hard Sleeper
$35 - $45
Soft Sleeper
$55 - $70
Train from Guangzhou to Nanning
Ave. Duration
12 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$16 - $21
Hard Sleeper
$30 - $40
Soft Sleeper
$50 - $60
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงราย Chiang Rai to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Tibet Transportation
Website
xizang.gov.cn
Bus from Kathmandu to Lhasa Liuwu Coach Station
Ave. Duration
19 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$78
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
$86
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
Trip 8080
Website
lasa.trip8080.com
Bus from Lhasa to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
23 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
lasa.trip8080.com
Bus from Haikou to Nanning
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$42
Schedules at
haikou.trip8080.com
bus
Bus from Lhasa West Suburb Coach Station to Chengdu
Ave. Duration
32 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
lasa.xxcz.cn
Smooth Transit Network
Website
trip8080.com
Bus from Sichuan Chengdu to Haikou
Ave. Duration
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Schedules at
trip8080.com
Guanxi Yunde Transport
Website
yunde.cn
Bus from Nanning Tourism Distribution Centre to Hai Phong
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
yunde.cn
Yanyon Nakorn Chiang Mai
Phone
053-456480
Website
yanyonnakornchiangmai.com
Bus from คิวรถท่าตอน Thaton Station to ช้างเผือก Chang Phueak
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
yanyonnakornchiangmai.com

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including Slovenia: Getting from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, How to get from London to Edinburgh and The London Underground: Essential tips to navigate the Tube - to help you get the most out of your next trip.