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How to Get from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by Train

There are five direct train services per day from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

Train times from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Train No. Dept Arr Service
102 06:30 21:10 Rapid
8 08:50 19:25 Special Express
52 15:30 05:25 Express
14 17:00 06:15 Special Express
10 18:00 06:50 Special Express
  • Fastest Train: Train #8 departing from Chiang Mai at 08:50 is scheduled to complete the journey in 10 hours 35 minutes making it the faster service on this route.
  • Slowest Train: The slowest service is the 06:30 departure on Train #102 which takes a tedious additional 4 hours to do the journey in 14 hours 40 minutes.

Tickets: Chiang Mai to Bangkok 

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The best train to catch, and the most popular, is Train #8, departing at 08:50 which completes the journey the fastest and during daylight hours for the majority of the trip giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy the great scenery on route. Experienced train travellers in Thailand book their seats on Train #8 in advance because this service often sells out in advance of the day of travel.

Guide to Online Train Ticket Prices from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Seat Type Online Price Station Price
1st Class A/C Single Sleeper 2,253 THB 1,953 THB
1st Class A/C Sleeper  1,703 to 1,753 THB 1,453 THB
2nd Class A/C Sleeper 1,071 to 1,131 THB 821 to 881 THB
2nd Class A/C Seat 891 THB 641 THB
2nd Class Fan Sleeper  831 THB 581 THB
2nd Class Fan Soft Seat 641 THB 391 THB

For online booking of train tickets from Chiang Mai to Bangkok there is an additional charge of 250 to 300 THB per ticket extra on top of the cost of the actual ticket. If you have the opportunity to go to the train a few days before you plan to travel to buy your ticket in advance then this is cheaper than booking online. The route between Chiang Mai and Bangkok is popular with both foreign and Thai travellers and the 1st and 2nd Class AC Sleeper seats tend to sell out a few days, or even weeks (especially during the April Songkran festival and Loi Kratong in November), before the day of travel. 3rd Class are the only type of ticket where advance booking is not normally required.

About Train Travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Bangkok train station - a mix of new and old

Bangkok train station is a mix of new and old

The train journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is a classic, and probably the best journey on the Thai railway network. What makes this journey great s the variety of scenery on the way. After the first hour of the journey the train reaches an area with several lakes and then ascends into the mountains. From the mountains the train passes through a flat landscape of rice paddy fields with towns, cities and temples dotted across the prosperous and fertile central plain of Thailand. As a final treat for passengers, the train negotiates its way through the back streets of old Bangkok past iconic features of the Thailand railway system, such as the Rot Fai market where vendors set up their stalls within inches of the passing trains, and the customers move to the side of the tracks for only as long as it takes a train to pass.

Trains to Bangkok depart from Chiang Mai’s main railway station

Chiang Mai train station is about 3.7 km from Chiang Mai’s Old Town and about 1.9 km walking distance from Chiang Mai’s night bazaar area. It’s too far to walk so take either a shared pick up truck taxi or a tuk-tuk. Expect to pay around 100 THB for the trip from the Old Town.  There are some restaurants and small shops in, and near, the railway station to buy some drinks and snacks for the journey.

Location of Chiang Mai Railway Station

Travel from Bangkok Train Station

Bangkok’s main train station, Hualamphong, is Bangkok’s Chinatown not far from the Chao Phraya river. Aside from taxis and tuk-tuks, there are two easy public transport options from this railway station. Adjacent to the train station is an MRT (Metro) station which go on one route through the City, via Silom and Sukhumvit Road, upto Bang Sue railway station in the north of Bangkok. The other public transport option is to walk down to the Chao Phraya river and catch a Chao Phraya Express Boat to get to destinations along the river such as the Khao San Road.

Location of Hualamphong Railway Station in Bangkok

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