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Guide to Train Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

The train is a great way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You could fly for about the same price but you would miss out on the experience and the scenery on the way.

  • The fastest train is Train #7 departing at 08:30.
  • The best overnight train is Train #9 departing at 18:10.
Train times from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Train No. Dept Arr Service
7 08:30 19:30 Special Express
109 13:45 04:05 Rapid
9 18:10 07:15 Special Express
13 19:35 08:40 Special Express
51 22:00 12:10 Express

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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  • Online Booking: Train tickets for the journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai can be booked online through Thailand Trains by clicking on the book button.
Online Train Ticket Prices from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Seat Type Online Price Station Price
1st Class A/C Single Sleeper 2,253 THB 1,953 THB
1st Class A/C Sleeper  1,853 THB  1,453 THB
2nd Class A/C Sleeper 1,141 to 1,201 THB 821 to 881 THB
2nd Class A/C Seat 891 THB 641 THB
2nd Class Sleeper Fan 791 to 831 THB 541 to 581 THB

Train tickets purchased on online for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai route cost 250 THB to 400 THB more per ticket than purchasing the ticket at the train station. However, this is popular route and sleeper seats in particular tend to sell out several days before the day of travel. By purchasing your ticket online you guarantee your seat. You may be disappointed if you attempt to buy your ticket on the day of travel or even the day before if you plan to travel during busy periods.

About Train Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

The 18.10 train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

The first stage of the train journey goes through the outskirts of Bangkok with views of the city few tourists would otherwise see. From Bangkok the train then travels across the flat central plain of Thailand through a seemingly endless stretch of rice paddy fields interrupted only by towns and cities along the way. At Lopburi be sure to looking out the left hand side of the train carriage for the famous monkey temple, where Macaque monkeys roam freely through the ruins of an ancient temple. From the central plains the train track rises into the mountains and train moves slowly as it negotiates the winding tracks. From the mountains the train then continues past a large area with several lakes before arriving at Chiang Mai. Sit back, enjoy the food and arrive relaxed in Chiang Mai city

Route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

  • Distance from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: 693 km
  • Train travel time from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: 11 to 14 hours
  • Travel by road time from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: 8 hours 23 minutes

The best trains to book from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

The journey takes between 11 and 14 hours to do the journey. If you enjoy train travel and want to look out the window as you go then book Train #7 which departs at 08.30. This journey is the only one during which you cross the mountains in daylight. If you would like to sleep on the train and arrive early in Chiang Mai for a full day of activities then book Train #9 which departs at 18.10. Train #9 uses the new train carriages brought into service in November 2016. Train #7 and Train #9 are the most popular departures so be sure to book in advance as they often sell out before the day of travel.

Information about transporting a bicycle on the train to Chiang Mai

Bicycles can be transported on the following trains if there is space in the freight car:

  • Train: #109 – Departing at 13.45
  • Train #13 – Departing at 19.35
  • Train #51 – Departing at 22.00

Bicycles cannot be carried on the following train because this type of train has no freight car:

  • Train: #7 – Departing at 08.30
  • Train #9 – Departing at 18.10

For information about transporting bicycles on the train to Chiang Mai see our Guide to Carrying bicycles on Thailand Trains.

Trains leave from Hualamphong Station (Bangkok)

Hualamphong is Bangkok’s main railway station. It is easy to get to Hualamphong Station as it is on the MRT (metro) line. If you are staying by the river or in the Khao San area, however, you may not be near an MRT station in which case either take a taxi or tuk-tuk or the Chao Phraya Express Boat Service to the Marine Department Pier and its 10 minutes walk from there.

Location of Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Taxis and Tuk-Tuks from Chiang Mai Train Station

Chiang Mai Railway Station is about 2.2 km from the popular Chan Klang Road and Night Bazaar area and 3.3 km away from the Thae Pae Gate in the old town. Unless you have booked one our recommended hotels near the train station is probably going to be too far to walk to your hotel when you arrive. Instead, take one of the tuk-tuks which wait in the station car park to your hotel, it will cost about 100 THB. For a cheaper option go to the main road and flag down a shared taxi, the cost of a trip to the old town should be around 40 THB per person.

Location of Chiang Mai Railway Station

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