There are 7 ways to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly from Shanghai Pudong  •  7 h 18 min

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

$149 - $309

Cheapest option

Train to Hangzhou, fly  •  9 h 19 min

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

$143 - $307

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Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao  •  8 h 47 min

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

$161 - $701

Train, bus, night bus  •  43 h 39 min

  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

$254 - $299

Train, bus  •  2 days 2 h

  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

$250 - $360

Train China Railways T-Class, bus  •  3 days 17 h

  1. Take the train from Shanghai South to Nanning
  2. Take the train from Nanning to Hanoi station
  3. Take the bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Luang Prabang - Naluang Station
  4. Take the bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai

Drive  •  38 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Shanghai to Chiang Mai 2192.1 miles

$310 - $460

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The cheapest way to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai is to fly which costs ¥1000 - ¥2200 and takes 7 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Shanghai to Chiang Mai is to fly which costs ¥1000 - ¥2200 and takes 7 h 18 min.

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The distance between Shanghai and Chiang Mai is 2645 km. The road distance is 3507.4 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 43 h 39 min and costs ¥1700 - ¥2100.

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It takes approximately 7 h 18 min 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 4 h 20 min.

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Chiang Mai is 1 h behind Shanghai. It is currently 3:39 PM in Shanghai and 2:39 PM in Chiang Mai.

Yes, the driving distance between Shanghai to Chiang Mai is 3507 km. It takes approximately 38 h 17 min to drive from Shanghai to Chiang Mai.

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  • Distance: 1652.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 18 min

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

Juneyao Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and 10 other airlines fly from Shanghai to Chiang Mai hourly.

Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $650
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Air China
Website
airchina.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Beijing
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $900
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Beijing
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $440
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Spring Airlines
Website
springairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Guangzhou
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Chengdu
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Xi An
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Cathay Dragon
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Hong Kong
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,000
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Hong Kong
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Shandong Airlines
Website
shandongair.com.cn
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chiang Mai via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Chongqing
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $440
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $280
Flights from Hangzhou to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $340
Juneyao Airlines
Website
juneyaoair.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $750
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $210
Train operators
China Railways G-Class
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou East
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$15 - $18
1st Class Seat
$24 - $27
Business Class Seat
$45 - $60
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
11 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$150 - $180
1st Class Seat
$250 - $290
Business Class Seat
$470 - $550
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou East
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$9 - $13
1st Class Seat
$9 - $14
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Nong Khai to Ayutthaya
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $45
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$5 - $9
2nd Class (Seat)
$12 - $17
2nd Class (Berth)
$21 - $29
1st Class (Berth)
$30 - $45
Train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
China Railways T-Class
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Shanghai South to Nanning
Ave. Duration
28 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$44
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
train
Train from Nanning to Hanoi station
Ave. Duration
12 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
Bus operators
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
bus
Bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Luang Prabang - Naluang Station
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$58
Schedules at
baolau.com
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