There are 8 ways to get from Penang to Chiang Mai by plane, bus, car ferry, train, 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.

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Fly Penang to Chiang Mai  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Penang (PEN) to Chiang Mai (CNX) PEN - CNX

$70 - $281

Cheapest option

Bus, KTM Komuter, train  •  33 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong to Alor Setar
  2. Take the KTM Komuter from Alor Setar to Padang Besar
  3. Take the train from Padang Besar to Hua Lamphong
  4. Take the train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai

$33 - $117

6 alternative options

Fly Penang to Lampang, bus  •  10 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Penang (PEN) to Lampang (LPT) PEN - LPT
  2. Take the bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai

$70 - $173

Car ferry, KTM Komuter to Hat Yai, fly to Chiang Mai  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal to Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the KTM Komuter from Butterworth to Padang Besar
  3. Fly from Hat Yai (HDY) to Chiang Mai (CNX) HDY - CNX

$38 - $145

Mini Van, bus The Transport Company  •  31 h 36 min

  1. Take the Mini Van from Penang to Hat Yai
  2. Take the bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Mai

$50 - $73

Bus, KTM Komuter, train, night train  •  36 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong to Alor Setar
  2. Take the KTM Komuter from Alor Setar to Padang Besar
  3. Take the train from Padang Besar to Hua Lamphong
  4. Take the night train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai

$33 - $117

Mini Van, bus Piya Chai Patthana  •  39 h 1 min

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

$65 - $69

Drive  •  25 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Penang to Chiang Mai 1142.8 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Penang to Chiang Mai is to bus and KTM Komuter and train and night train which costs RM 130 - RM 490 and takes 36 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Penang to Chiang Mai is to fly which costs RM 290 - RM 1200 and takes 6 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Penang to Chiang Mai. However, there are services departing from Terminal Sungai Nibong and arriving at Chiang Mai via Penang, Hat Yai Bus Terminal and Bangkok Mochit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 36 min.

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The distance between Penang and Chiang Mai is 1502 km. The road distance is 1828.4 km.

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The best way to get from Penang to Chiang Mai without a car is to Mini Van and bus which takes 31 h 36 min and costs RM 200 - RM 310.

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

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Penang to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by New Asian Travel, depart from Penang station.

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The best way to get from Penang to Chiang Mai is to fly which takes 6 h 33 min and costs RM 290 - RM 1200. Alternatively, you can Mini Van and bus, which costs RM 200 - RM 310 and takes 31 h 36 min.

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There is no direct flight from Penang Airport to Chiang Mai Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Penang to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Chiang Mai station.

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Map of how to get from Penang to Chiang Mai.
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  • Distance: 938.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 33 min

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

Thai AirAsia, Thai Smile and nine other airlines fly from Penang to Chiang Mai hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Penang to Chiang Mai via Komtar, Penang, Hat Yai, Hat Yai Bus Terminal, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, and Bangkok Mochit in around 31 h 36 min.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $180
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Don Muang, Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $190
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Penang to Lampang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $160
Flights from Penang to Lampang via Phuket, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Flights from Penang to Lampang via Hat Yai, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Flights from Penang to Lampang via Kuala Lumpur, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $190
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Penang to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $100
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
SilkAir
Website
silkair.com
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Singapore
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Cathay Dragon
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Penang to Chiang Mai via Hong Kong
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,300 - $3,400
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai via Phuket
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Train operators
KTM Komuter
Website
spad.gov.my
Train from Butterworth to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
intranet4.ktmb.com.my
Book at
12go.asia
Train from Alor Setar to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
intranet4.ktmb.com.my
Book at
12go.asia
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Alor Setar to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
ktmb.com.my
Book at
12go.asia
Silver
$3 - $4
Gold
$3 - $4
Platinum
$4 - $5
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
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
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 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$23 - $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
$4 - $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
$5 - $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
$6 - $9
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
$15 - $25
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$16
Super
$18
Supreme
$23 - $25
New Asian Travel
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Penang to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Plusliner
Website
plusliner.com.my
Bus from Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong to Alor Setar
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
plusliner.com.my
Book at
easybook.com
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
Ferry operators
Rapid Ferry
Car ferry from Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal to Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
myrapid.com.my
Adult passenger
$1
Car
$2

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