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

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Train, fly to Chiang Mai  •  6 h 5 min

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

$40 - $168

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Train  •  34 h 55 min

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

$40 - $129

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Train, fly to Lampang, bus  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Lampang (LPT) KUL - LPT
  3. Take the bus from ลำปาง Lampang to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai

$60 - $247

Bus via Bangkok Mochit  •  33 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Hat Yai Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal

$52 - $74

Train, night train  •  37 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar
  2. Take the train from Padang Besar to Hua Lamphong
  3. Take the night train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai

$40 - $129

Bus Piya Chai Patthana  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Kuala Lumpur Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Cameron Highlands
  2. Take the bus from Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata to Hat Yai
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai to Phayao
  4. Take the bus from พะเยา Payao to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai 198 / ...

$79 - $87

Drive  •  28 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai 1345.4 miles

$190 - $280

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No, there is no direct bus from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai. However, there are services departing from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and arriving at Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal via Hat Yai Bus Terminal and Bangkok Mochit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai. However, there are services departing from Kuala Lumpur and arriving at Chiang Mai via Padang Besar and Bang Sue. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34 h 55 min.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai is 1765 km. The road distance is 2152.7 km.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai without a car is to bus which takes 33 h 38 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Sri Maju, depart from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan station.

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

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai is to bus which takes 33 h 38 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 34 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 50 min.

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Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai.
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  • Distance: 1103.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

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

You can take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Hat Yai Bus Station, Hat Yai Bus Terminal, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, and Bangkok Mochit in around 33 h 38 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Padang Besar, Padang Besar, and Bang Sue in around 34 h 55 min.

Airlines
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Phuket, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Phuket, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
SilkAir
Website
silkair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Soekarno–Hatta, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Train operators
KLIA Express
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
kliaekspres.com
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Schedules at
ktmb.com.my
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12go.asia
Silver
$11 - $13
Gold
$17 - $20
Platinum
$23 - $27
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Padang Besar to Bang Sue
Ave. Duration
16 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $60
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$8 - $11
2nd Class (Seat)
$15 - $21
2nd Class (Berth)
$24 - $35
1st Class (Berth)
$40 - $60
Train from Bang Sue to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Train from Padang Besar to Hua Lamphong
Ave. Duration
17 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $60
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$8 - $11
2nd Class (Seat)
$15 - $21
2nd Class (Berth)
$24 - $35
1st Class (Berth)
$40 - $60
Night train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from ลำปาง Lampang to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from พะเยา Payao to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Nakhonchai Air
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
10 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$3
Super
$4
Supreme
$3 - $4
Bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$16
Super
$18
Supreme
$23 - $25
Sri Maju
Website
srimaju.com
Bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Hat Yai Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
srimaju.com
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Bangkok Busline
Website
bangkokbusline.com
Bus from Bangkok Bus Terminal Mochit to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
CS Travel & Tours
Website
cstravel.com.my
Bus from Kuala Lumpur Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Cameron Highlands
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
cstravel.com.my
Book at
easybook.com
Unititi express
Website
unititi.com.my
Bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Tanah Rata Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
unititi.com.my
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
unititi.com.my
Piya Chai Patthana
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Hat Yai to Phayao
Ave. Duration
27 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
12go.asia

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Chiang Mai is 1 h behind Kuala Lumpur. It is currently 8:31 PM in Kuala Lumpur and 7:31 PM in Chiang Mai.

Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai train services, operated by State Railway of Thailand, arrive at Chiang Mai station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai is 2153 km. It takes approximately 28 h 48 min to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai.

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AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, SilkAir and four other airlines offer flights from Kuala Lumpur 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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