There are 6 ways to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) by ferry, bus, car or plane

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

Speedboat, ferry, bus  •  14 h 7 min

  1. Take the Speedboat from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng
  2. Take the ferry from Pakbeng to Huay Xai
  3. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
  4. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Phan Bus

$48 - $54

Cheapest option

Bus The Transport Company  •  16 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Nan
  2. Take the bus from Nan to Phayao 113
  3. Take the bus from พะเยา Payao to ท่าพาน Tha Phan 146 / ...

$25 - $44

4 alternative options

Ferry, bus  •  19 h 7 min

  1. Take the ferry from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai
  2. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
  3. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Phan Bus

$40 - $46

Bus Naga travel  •  26 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ท่าพาน Tha Phan 150

$62 - $67

Drive  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Luang Prabang to Ban Fang Tuen 294.2 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, bus  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Chiang Mai (CNX) LPQ - CNX
  2. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เวียงป่าเป้า Wiang Pa Pao

$88 - $306

What companies run services between Luang Prabang, Laos and Chiang Rai (State), Thailand?

You can take a bus from Luang Prabang to Ban Fang Tuen via Nan, Phayao, พะเยา Payao, and ท่าพาน Tha Phan in around 16 h 40 min.

Airlines
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $270
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Nan to Phayao
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from พะเยา Payao to ท่าพาน Tha Phan
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ท่าพาน Tha Phan
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เวียงป่าเป้า Wiang Pa Pao
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Phan Bus
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$2
Super
$3
Supreme
$1 - $2
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Nan
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
12go.asia
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$48
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Book at
12go.asia
Ferry operators
Speedboat
Ferry from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
hobomaps.com
Ferry from Pakbeng to Huay Xai
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
hobomaps.com
Mekong River Cruise
Website
mekongsmilecruise.com
Ferry from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
mekongsmilecruise.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Luang Prabang and Chiang Rai (State) is 232 km. The road distance is 471 km.

The cheapest way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) is to bus which costs $24 - $45 and takes 16 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 57 min and costs $85 - $310.

It takes approximately 14 h 7 min to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State), including transfers.