Chiang Mai Train Station is the first (or last) port of call for hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit the Northern capital every year. With just 10 daily trains serving the station, it’s not exactly New York’s Grand Central, but getting the long journey north from Bangkok (around 12 hours in total) still remains one of the most popular ways of reaching Chiang Mai, especially for backpackers on a budget.
Although technically located inside the city, Chiang Mai Train Station is a little set back from most of the tourist attractions and hotels on the eastern side of the Ping River. Around the clock there are taxis, songtheaws and tuk-tuks ready to take you into the more central parts, with a one-way trip into the Old City costing between 100-200 baht.
Unless there is a holiday or festival happening, you can normally buy a train ticket on the day of departure, although it’s always advisable to book in advance. Third class costs next to nothing, but unless you enjoy sitting upright on a wooden seating with no air con for half a day, give this one a miss. Second class tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai are in the 600-700 baht range, which gets you a bunk bed and fan, which is fine in the cooler months. First class tickets 700-900 baht are still a real bargain, getting you a bunk bed in an air conditioned carriage.
Note that the ‘time of arrival’ on your ticket is normally about two hours off; you’re not going to be arriving early.
The train routes to and from Chiang Mai Railway Station can be found below:
- Nakhon Phing Express 1/2 Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- Super Express 9 Bangkok-Chiang Mai
- Super Express 12 Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- Super Express 13/14 Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- Express 51/52 Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- Rapid 109 Bangkok-Chiang Mai
- Rapid 102 Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- Local 407/408 Nakhon Sawan-Chiang Mai-Nakhon Sawan
Chiang Mai Train Station
- Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
- Location: Chiang Mai Railway Station, Charoenmueang Road, Wat Ket Subdistrict, Chiang Mai City