Bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is one of the favourite bus routes for locals and tourists. Many locals and tourists prefer to take bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai because train is slower, taking about 11-15 hours, and flight is much more expensive unless you are able to buy few months ahead during promotion. Usually one way flight budget airline ticket is in the range of 1,500 to 2,000 Baht (about USD 50-66).
Duration for bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 9 hours for overnight bus and takes about 12 hours for day bus due to traffics. The route distance is about 700km. The trick for taking bus from Bangkok To Chiang Mai seems to be taking the overnight bus, so that you do not spend much longer time on the road. The bus will have a few stops for food and toilet.
The fare for bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is in the range of 600 baht to 900 baht (USD20-30), depending on bus types. Generally, higher the ticket fare, better and more spacious is the seat in the bus.
Bus service from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is very frequent and runs from 5:30am until 11:30pm. Buses leave at least every hour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Bangkok Busline, New Viriya, Siam First, Lignte Tour (PK) are the few bus operators who provide the bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
For bus service from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, there are actually two popular departure points in Bangkok, namely Khao San area and Morchit bus terminal.
If you are taking bus from Khao San area, please be prepared to walk some distance to gathering point in Khao San road. Besides that, please be careful of scam while you are buying ticket departing from Khao San area. In fact, it is more reliable to take bus from Morchit bus terminal.
All coaches from Bangkok to Chiang Mai terminate at Arcade bus terminal. Please note that Arcade bus terminal is a huge.
Booking online in advance at BusOnlineTicket.co.th is convenient way to confirm your ticket and to avoid disappointment, especially during weekend and peak season. Booking bus ticket online is always simple and fast. It saves you from the hassle to travel to terminal for ticket and helps to avoid the queue at terminal. Instant confirmation online booking gives you peace of mind that you have your ticket in place before you travel.