Bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok remains as the important transport today to connect two largest cities in Thailand even with the stiff competition from budget airlines and traditional train services. More budget as compared to flight and faster speed as compared to train make coach remains competitive in today context.
Bangkok Busline and Lignite Tour (PK) are the two bus operators offering bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Lignite Tour (PK) is relatively smaller scale player in this bus route by providing only 1 daily departures at 19:30.
Bangkok Busline is one of the dominant players for this bus route providing 4 daily departures. Their first bus starts as early as 10:00 and the last bus service leaves Chiang Mai Arcade bus terminal as late as 20:00. Bangkok Busline is a brand managed under the reputable bus operator Sombat Tour, which is considered the top three operators in Thailand.
The bus fare is affordable charging in the range of THB 550-650 depending on coach type. The bus journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes about 11 hours, travelling about 700 km. At least 1 stopover is arranged in the mid of the journey for break.
With the traditionally strong demand in overnight coach, both Bangkok Busline and Lignite Tour (PK) combines to provide 4 daily evening departures. The coach will arrive early morning next day in Bangkok Morchit Bus Terminal. For Bangkok Busline coach, they provide additional stop at Sombat Tour Bus Station located at Viphavadee 13 Bangkok.
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