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

Train, fly to Chiang Mai  •  6 h 7 min

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

$44 - $165

6 alternative options

Train, fly to Lampang, bus  •  9 h 54 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 Lampang to Chiang Mai

$64 - $246

Bus  •  33 h 40 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 Chiang Mai

$52 - $75

Train  •  33 h 53 min

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

$46 - $153

Train, night train  •  35 h 58 min

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

$46 - $153

Bus, Mini Van  •  44 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Hentian Duta to Sungai Nibong
  2. Take the Mini Van from Penang to Hat Yai
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai to Phayao
  4. Take the bus from พะเยา Payao to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai 198 / ...

$72 - $76

Drive  •  28 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai 1345.4 miles

$190 - $280

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs RM 210 - RM 310 and takes 33 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai is to train and fly which costs RM 170 - RM 700 and takes 6 h 7 min.

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

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 6 h 7 min to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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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 Chiang Mai via Hat Yai Bus Terminal and Bangkok Mochit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 40 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, Hat Yai and Hua Lamphong. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 53 min.

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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 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Padang Besar, Hat Yai, and Hua Lamphong in around 33 h 53 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
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Phuket, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
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 Chiang Mai via Phuket
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
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 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
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
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
6 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
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
Scoot Tigerair
Website
flyscoot.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Singapore
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $430
SilkAir
Website
silkair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Singapore
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Jakarta, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Train operators
KLIA Express
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to KLIA T1
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$14
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
$12 - $20
Schedules at
intranet.ktmb.com.my
Book at
12go.asia
Silver
$12 - $13
Gold
$18 - $20
Platinum
$24 - $28
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $28
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$1 - $5
2nd Class (Seat)
$7 - $11
2nd Class (Berth)
$16 - $22
1st Class (Berth)
$21 - $28
Train from Hat Yai to Hua Lamphong
Ave. Duration
13 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $55
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$7 - $11
2nd Class (Seat)
$14 - $20
2nd Class (Berth)
$23 - $35
1st Class (Berth)
$40 - $55
Train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $9
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $18
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Nakhonchai Air
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
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
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from พะเยา Payao to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.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 Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$15
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
$16 - $24
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
KBES
New Asian Travel
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Penang to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Piya Chai Patthana
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Hat Yai to Phayao
Ave. Duration
27 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
12go.asia

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