Travel from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai

The only way to travel direct from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai by public transport is to travel by bus. The journey is scheduled to take 13 hours.

Bus Times to Chiang Mai


There are four direct bus services a day from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai which you can book online.

Nakhon RatchasimaChiang MaiServiceTicketCompany
06:3019:30Express621 THBNakhonchai Tour
08:0021:00Express621 THBNakhonchai Tour
17:3006:30VIP 24943 THBNakhonchai Tour
19:3008:30VIP 32716 THBNakhonchai Tour
  • The scheduled journey time by bus from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai is 13 hours 00 minutes.

Buy Tickets to Chiang Mai


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Nakhon Ratchasima Bus Station


Bus services from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai depart from Nakhon Ratchasima Terminal 2.

Google Map of Nakhon Ratchasima Terminal 2

Chiang Mai Bus Station


Google Map of Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3

About Travel to Chiang Mai


Travelling by bus from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai is considerably faster than travelling by train.

Bus vs Train

Although for most of the journey the railway line and the road follow the same route, travelling by bus means that you don’t need to travel west to Ayutthaya to change train lines for the long journey northward to Chiang Mai. The disadvantage of travelling by bus, however, is that the scenery simply isn’t as good as it from the train and of course if you travel overnight by train you can book a sleeper berth.

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai
Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai
Arrival in Chiang Mai

The arrival point in Chiang Mai for bus services from Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, is over 4 km by road from Chiang Mai’s old city area which is much too far to walk. There is an inexpensive shared taxi service from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Chiang Mai’s old city area, which passes by the popular riverside area on route. The fare is 30 THB per person and the departure point is inside the terminal itself.

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

There are two main areas in Chiang Mai where most visitors stay: inside the old city and the riverside area near the lively Changklan Road. The old city is where many of Chiang Mai’s most visited attractions, particularly its temples, are located, along with a lot of budget accommodation and cheaper restaurants. The riverside area doesn’t have many tourist attractions but it does have most of the best mid range hotels, as well as lively night markets, bars and international restaurants. A popular option for families and older visitors to Chiang Mai is to stay in the riverside area and make day trips to the old city to visit the sights.

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