There are 11 ways to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai by plane, train, bus, night bus 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 from Shanghai Pudong  •  7h 37m

  1. Fly from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Chiang Mai (CNX) PVG - CNX

฿4449 - ฿9251

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Train, bus via Nanning  •  3 days 5h

  1. Take the train from Shanghai South to Nanning
  2. Take the bus from Nanning bus station to Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office
  3. Take the bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Vientiane
  4. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

฿3444 - ฿4545

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Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao  •  9h 19m

  1. Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) to Chiang Mai (CNX) SHA - CNX

฿5035 - ฿20036

Train to Sunan Shuofang, fly  •  11h 2m

  1. Take the train from Shanghai to Wuxi
  2. Fly from Sunan Shuofang (WUX) to Chiang Mai (CNX) WUX - CNX

฿4450 - ฿15494

Train to Hangzhou Xiaoshan, fly  •  10h 34m

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou East
  2. Fly from Hangzhou Xiaoshan (HGH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) HGH - CNX

฿3975 - ฿6077

Bus to Nantong, fly  •  11h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Shanghai Zongzhan to Jiangsu Tongzhou
  2. Fly from Nantong (NTG) to Chiang Mai (CNX) NTG - CNX

฿6429 - ฿7469

Train, bus, night bus  •  43h 14m

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
  2. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  3. Take the night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai

฿7105 - ฿8254

Train, bus via Ayutthaya  •  2 days 0h

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
  2. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  3. Take the train from Nong Khai to Ayutthaya
  4. Take the train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai

฿6865 - ฿10374

Bus, train  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the bus from Shanghai Station to Guiyang Jinyang Bus Station
  2. Take the train from Guiyang North to Kunming South
  3. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  4. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

฿6672 - ฿8816

Train, bus  •  2 days 23h

  1. Take the train from Shanghai South to Kunming
  2. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  3. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

฿4488 - ฿6162

Drive  •  38h 14m

  1. Drive from Shanghai to Chiang Mai 3503.2 km

฿9500 - ฿14000

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The cheapest way to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai is to train and bus via Nanning which costs ¥800 - ¥1100 and takes 3 days 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai is to fly which costs ¥1000 - ¥2200 and takes 7h 37m.

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The distance between Shanghai and Chiang Mai is 2645 km. The road distance is 3503.2 km.

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The best way to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai without a car is to train and bus and night bus which takes 43h 14m and costs ¥1600 - ¥2000.

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It takes approximately 7h 37m to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 35m.

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Chiang Mai is 1h behind Shanghai. It is currently 1:09 AM in Shanghai and 12:09 AM in Chiang Mai.

Yes, the driving distance between Shanghai to Chiang Mai is 3503 km. It takes approximately 38h 14m to drive from Shanghai to Chiang Mai.

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Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai Airways International and five other airlines offer flights from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 1607+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at ฿3750 per night.

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  • Distance: 2644.7 km
  • Duration: 7h 37m

What companies run services between Shanghai, China and Chiang Mai, Thailand?

Spring Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and eight other airlines fly from Shanghai to Chiang Mai every 2 hours.

Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿8000 - ฿20000
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿19000
Flights from Sunan Shuofang to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿5500 - ฿18000
Flights from Hangzhou Xiaoshan to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿5000 - ฿17000
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿11000 - ฿25000
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
฿11000 - ฿25000
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿7000 - ฿24000
Flights from Sunan Shuofang to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿22000
Flights from Hangzhou Xiaoshan to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿21000
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿7500 - ฿19000
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Xi An
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿7000 - ฿18000
Flights from Sunan Shuofang to Chiang Mai via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿17000
Flights from Hangzhou Xiaoshan to Chiang Mai via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿6500 - ฿16000
Spring Airlines
Website
springairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿5000 - ฿21000
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
11h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
฿5000 - ฿20000
Ruili Airlines
Website
rlair.net
Flights from Sunan Shuofang to Chiang Mai via Kunming, Jinghong
Ave. Duration
13h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
฿3700 - ฿19000
Flights from Nantong to Chiang Mai via Kunming, Jinghong
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿3700 - ฿18000
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
฿4300 - ฿6500
Flights from Hangzhou Xiaoshan to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
฿3500 - ฿5500
Air China
Website
airchina.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Beijing Capital
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿8500 - ฿27000
Flights from Hangzhou Xiaoshan to Chiang Mai via Beijing Capital
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿7500 - ฿25000
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Hangzhou Xiaoshan to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿5000 - ฿11000
Flights from Nantong to Chiang Mai via Taiwan Taoyuan
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
฿5000 - ฿10000
Juneyao Airlines
Website
juneyaoair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿9500 - ฿33000
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿11000 - ฿23000
Korean Air
Website
koreanair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Incheon
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿13000 - ฿35000
Lucky Air Co. Ltd.
Website
luckyair.net
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿7000 - ฿24000
Scoot Tigerair
Website
flyscoot.com
Flights from Sunan Shuofang to Chiang Mai via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
13h
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
฿5500 - ฿17000
Hong Kong Express
Website
hkexpress.com
Flights from Sunan Shuofang to Chiang Mai via Hong Kong
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿4300 - ฿15000
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Nantong to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
฿6000 - ฿7000
Train operators
China Railways G-Class
Train from Shanghai to Wuxi
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
฿300 - ฿390
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
฿300 - ฿390
1st Class Seat
฿470 - ฿600
Business Class Seat
฿1100 - ฿1400
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou East
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
฿350 - ฿450
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
฿350 - ฿450
1st Class Seat
฿550 - ฿700
Business Class Seat
฿1300 - ฿1600
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
10h 39m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
฿3500 - ฿4600
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
฿3500 - ฿4600
1st Class Seat
฿6000 - ฿7500
Business Class Seat
฿11000 - ฿14000
Train from Guiyang North to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
฿800 - ฿1100
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
฿800 - ฿1100
1st Class Seat
฿1300 - ฿1700
Business Class Seat
฿2700 - ฿3400
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Shanghai to Wuxi Station
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
฿100 - ฿330
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
฿100 - ฿150
Hard sleeper
฿280 - ฿330
Soft sleeper
฿430 - ฿500
Train from Shanghai South to Kunming
Ave. Duration
35h 43m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
฿1000 - ฿2500
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
฿1000 - ฿1500
Hard sleeper
฿2100 - ฿2500
Soft sleeper
฿3200 - ฿3800
China Railways Z-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Shanghai to Wuxi
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿180 - ฿270
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
฿180 - ฿270
Hard Sleeper
฿310 - ฿700
Soft Sleeper
฿500 - ฿650
China Railways T-Class
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Shanghai to Wuxi
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿170 - ฿460
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard/Soft Seat
฿170 - ฿250
Hard Sleeper
฿380 - ฿460
Soft Sleeper
฿600 - ฿800
Train from Shanghai South to Kunming
Ave. Duration
39h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿850 - ฿2200
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard/Soft Seat
฿850 - ฿1300
Hard Sleeper
฿1700 - ฿2200
Soft Sleeper
฿2700 - ฿3400
Train from Shanghai South to Nanning
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿700 - ฿1800
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard/Soft Seat
฿700 - ฿1100
Hard Sleeper
฿1400 - ฿1800
Soft Sleeper
฿2200 - ฿2800
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou East
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
฿270 - ฿370
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
฿270 - ฿370
1st Class Seat
฿290 - ฿420
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Nong Khai to Ayutthaya
Ave. Duration
8h 54m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
฿420 - ฿1600
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
https://www.thairailwayticket.com/eTSRT/default.aspx?language=1
3rd Class (Seat)
฿200 - ฿290
2nd Class (Seat)
฿420 - ฿600
2nd Class (Berth)
฿700 - ฿950
1st Class (Berth)
฿1100 - ฿1600
Train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9h 42m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
฿420 - ฿1600
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
https://www.thairailwayticket.com/eTSRT/default.aspx?language=1
3rd Class (Seat)
฿200 - ฿290
2nd Class (Seat)
฿420 - ฿600
2nd Class (Berth)
฿700 - ฿950
1st Class (Berth)
฿1100 - ฿1600
Bus operators
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Shanghai Zongzhan to Jiangsu Tongzhou
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
฿241
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿2403
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Sueksa Tour
Phone
(053-248537).
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿898
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Guizhou Transportation
Website
qjt.gov.cn
Bus from Shanghai Station to Guiyang Jinyang Bus Station
Ave. Duration
27h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿1900 - ฿3700
Schedules at
Guizhou Transportation
Book at
Guizhou Transportation
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
฿1208
Schedules at
baolau.com
The Sinh Tourist
Phone
+84-28 3838 9596
Email
info@thesinhtourist.vn
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Nanning bus station to Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿782
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿743
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Book at
12go.asia

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The best way to get from Shanghai to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is to line 10 subway which takes 23 min and costs ¥3 - ¥4.

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