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There are 8 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai by train, plane, bus or car

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Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Chiang Mai  •  5h 58m

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

฿3201 - ฿10429

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Train via Hat Yai  •  32h 39m

  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 Bang Sue Junction
  4. Take the train from Bang Sue Junction to Chiang Mai

฿1067 - ฿4963

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Fly Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai  •  9h 41m

  1. Fly from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Chiang Mai (CNX) SZB - CNX

฿2648 - ฿11102

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly to Lampang, bus  •  10h 16m

  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

฿2546 - ฿7689

Bus via Phitsanulok  •  34h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Hentian Duta to Hat Yai Chee Road
  2. Take the bus from Hat Yai to Phitsanulok Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai 876 / ...

฿2075 - ฿2185

Train  •  2 days 3h

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Hualamphong
  2. Take the train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai 7 Hua Lamphong - Chiang Mai - Class II AC / ...

฿105359 - ฿106749

Bus  •  2 days 3h

  1. Take the bus from Bus Terminal Perkeliling to Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata
  2. Take the bus from Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata to Hat Yai
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
  4. Take the bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Chiang Mai 779

฿2590 - ฿3290

Drive  •  28h 43m

  1. Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai 2152.1 km

฿5500 - ฿8500

Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai by train

The train journey time between Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai is around 44h 2m and covers a distance of around 2259 km. The fastest train normally takes 42h 26m. Services are operated by KTM ETS Malaysia Railway and State Railway of Thailand. Typically 12 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai is to bus via Phitsanulok which costs RM 270 - RM 300 and takes 34h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai is to train and fly which costs RM 430 - RM 1400 and takes 5h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai. However, there are services departing from Hentian Duta and arriving at Chiang Mai via Hat Yai Clock Tower, Hat Yai and Phitsanulok. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34h 36m.

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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 Bang Sue Junction. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h 39m.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai is 1765 km. The road distance is 2152.1 km.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai without a car is to train via Hat Yai which takes 32h 39m and costs RM 140 - RM 700.

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It takes approximately 5h 58m to get from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Alisan Golden Coach Express, depart from Hentian Duta 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 fly which takes 9h 41m and costs RM 350 - RM 1500. Alternatively, you can train via Hat Yai, which costs RM 140 - RM 700 and takes 32h 39m, you could also bus via Phitsanulok, which costs RM 270 - RM 300 and takes 34h 36m.

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  • Distance: 1765 km
  • Duration: 5h 58m

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

Firefly, Thai AirAsia and eight other airlines fly from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Padang Besar, Hat Yai, and Bang Sue Junction in around 32h 39m.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3700 - ฿13000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Penang, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3600 - ฿12000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Senai, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
฿3900 - ฿15000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Penang, Phuket, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿3700 - ฿13000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Senai, Penang, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
฿4000 - ฿15000
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿9000 - ฿21000
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿15000
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3000 - ฿8000
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿2900 - ฿10000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Penang, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
14h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿3700 - ฿10000
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
฿8500 - ฿24000
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Senai, Kuala Lumpur, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
฿9500 - ฿25000
Thai Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Chiang Mai via Penang, Phuket, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿2600 - ฿11000
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿14000
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
฿280 - ฿410
Website
http://www.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
4h 49m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
฿550 - ฿650
Website
http://www.ktmb.com.my
Silver
฿360 - ฿390
Gold
฿550 - ฿650
Platinum
฿700 - ฿850
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
฿45 - ฿950
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
฿45 - ฿160
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿550 - ฿750
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
฿240 - ฿340
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿700 - ฿950
Train from Hat Yai to Bang Sue Junction
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
฿260 - ฿1800
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
฿260 - ฿340
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿750 - ฿1100
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
฿490 - ฿700
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿1300 - ฿1800
Train from Bang Sue Junction to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿210 - ฿1600
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
฿210 - ฿300
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿700 - ฿1000
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
฿440 - ฿600
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿1200 - ฿1600
Train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
฿210 - ฿1600
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
฿210 - ฿300
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿700 - ฿1000
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
฿440 - ฿650
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
฿1200 - ฿1600
Eastern and Oriental Express
Bus operators
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
+66 56 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿75 - ฿110
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Bus from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿260 - ฿360
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Nakhonchai Air
Phone
0-2939-4999
Email
CustomerService@Nakhonchaiair.com
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Lampang Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿130 - ฿170
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿300 - ฿370
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Alisan Golden Coach Express
Piya Chai Patthana
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Hat Yai to Phitsanulok Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
18h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿1235
Schedules at
12go.asia
Pahang Lin Siong Motor Co Bhd
Phone
03-40439027
Email
pahanglinsiong@gmail.com
Website
pahanglinsiong.my
Bus from Bus Terminal Perkeliling to Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿167
Schedules at
pahanglinsiong.my
Book at
easybook.com
Unititi express
Phone
+605 4911 452
Website
unititi.com.my
Bus from Cameron Highlands Tanah Rata to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿573
Schedules at
unititi.com.my
Greenbus Thailand
Phone
0-5326-6480
Email
servicecenter@greenbusthailand.com
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
24h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿1400 - ฿2100
Website
Greenbus Thailand

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The quickest flight from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 45m.

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Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Phetprasert Tour, arrive at Chiang Mai station.

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Chiang Mai is 1h behind Kuala Lumpur. It is currently 11:41 PM in Kuala Lumpur and 10:41 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 2152 km. It takes approximately 28h 43m to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai.

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AirAsia, Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and three other airlines offer flights from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 1404+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at ฿3750 per night.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs RM 3 - RM 11.

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