Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is probably the most popular train service in Thailand. Tourist and travelers especially find the train travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai a very fascinating experience. Be it a day train or night train, both have their own charms.

Chiang Mai is located on the northern side of Bangkok where you will find the beautiful and mountainous part of Thailand. Tourists mainly go to Chiang Mai to see the highlands of Thailand. Meanwhile, locals usually go to Chiang Mai to visit the temples. Other interesting activities in Chiang Mai include rafting, camping, hiking and rock climbing.


Train Schedule & Train Ticket Type

Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai operates daily with 5 trips per day. Different time will have different type of train and the ticket class and ticket type might change too.

The train will depart from Hua Lamphong Train Station and make a stop at Don Mueang Train Station to pick up more passengers. Both train station is located in Bangkok.

The train tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai below are available for online booking at our website:

Time Departure Train Type Ticket Type Price (THB)
8.30AM Hua Lamphong Special Express 2nd Class AC Seat 839
9.13AM Don Mueang Special Express 2nd Class AC Seat 829
1.45PM Hua Lamphong Rapid 2nd Class Fan Sleeper 651
2nd Class Fan Seat 526
2.34PM Don Mueang Rapid 2nd Class Fan Sleeper 516
6.10AM Hua Lamphong Special Express 2nd Class AC Sleeper 1026
6.57PM Don Mueang Special Express 2nd Class AC Sleeper 1016
7.35PM Hua Lamphong Special Express 2nd Class AC Sleeper 1001
8.23PM Don Mueang Special Express 2nd Class AC Sleeper 991
10.00PM Hua Lamphong Express 2nd Class Fan Seat 576
3rd Class Fan Seat 376
10.50PM Don Mueang Express 2nd Class Fan Seat 566
3rd Class Fan Seat 373

 
* Time and fares might change depending on the season, subject to the operator
** AC = Air Conditioned

Reminder: You must print out the E-Ticket sent to your email. Without the printed ticket, you are not allowed to board the train. Tickets shown from the phone or tablet is not valid.


Overnight Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is particularly popular especially among tourists. Hence, the tickets for 2nd Class Sleeper is always sold out pretty quickly. During the day, you will be seating like normal. Upon approaching the night, the staffs will convert the seats to sleepers.

Sleeper coaches comes with AC (air conditioner) and fan for you to choose. Air conditioned coach is more comfortable but coach with fan and open windows are good if you are planning to take photos. The sleeper coach consists of Upper Berth and Lower Berth compartment. Avoid taking the Upper Berth if you are claustrophobic.

The best part about taking overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is when the morning comes and you wake up to this breathtaking and stunning view of the mountainous area upon reaching up to Chiang Mai. If you can open your window, you get to breathe in the fresh air.


Trip Distance & Duration

Train trip duration from Bangkok to Chiang Mai differs depends on the type of train. On average, it takes around 11 to 14 hours journey to reach Chiang Mai from Bangkok. The distance between Bangkok and Chiang Mai is approximately 751km.


Departure Point – Hua Lamphong Train Station & Don Mueang Train Station

Hua Lamphong Train Station, also known as Bangkok train station is the main train station in Bangkok. Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai will depart from Hua Lamphong and make a stop at Don Mueang Train Station, another train station in Bangkok to pick up more passengers.
Easiest way to get to Hua Lamphong Train Station is by taxi, although the fare might be quite expensive depends on your initial location. From Khao San Road, it takes 20-30 minutes driving depending on the traffic condition. Please note that the traffic in Bangkok can be quite heavy so you are advised to plan your journey and reach the train station early.
Alternatively, you can go to Hua Lamphong Train Station by MRT and stop at Hua Lamphong MRT Station. An underground pathway connects the MRT station to the Hua Lamphong Train Station so you do not have to worry about crossing the busy road during the day.

Don Mueang Train Station is another train station in Bangkok, located just beside the Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok. This is very convenient especially for the tourists because they can directly use the train service once they get off the plane.


Arrival Point – Chiang Mai Train Station

Chiang Mai Train Station is the last train station on the Northern Line railway track. It is located in the city of Chiang Mai but quite far away from the town center (around 4km distance). In the train station, you will find tourist information counter, toilet, food stalls and ticket counter. You can also store your luggage in the station if you want with certain amount of fees.

Transport from Chiang Mai Train Station – To go to the center of the town, you can take:

  • Tuk tuk usually cost around 100-200 Baht depending on your bargaining skill.
  • Songthaews would cost cheaper around 20 Baht because it works like a minivan and pickup many passengers per ride.

Amenities

Food is served in some of the train and the price is from 100 Baht, although some says the price is not worth the quality. Alternatively, you can also buy food before you board the train. Toilets are available on board too. Some of the trains are accessible by wheelchair. Try to contact Thai Railway for more enquiry or to note them if you need any help.


Tips

Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is the most famous train travel especially among tourists. Therefore, book your train tickets in advance especially if you wish to book for a certain type of ticket. 2nd class tickets are most famous and are usually sold out very quickly.

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