Chiang Mai bus terminal

Location: 18.79992, 99.01765 ( map)

Arriving in Chiang Mai bus station

From the bus terminal to your hotel

You can easily get a map of Chiang mai inside the bus terminal. Take it to help you show your destination to the driver.


A Taxi will drive you to the old city for a flat rate of 150 Baht. For a bigger taxi (minivan) expect to pay an extra.


Tuktuks are in my opinion the worst you get for what you pay.

Song Thaew

Song Taew is the public transportation in Chiang Mai. It’s a red pick-up truck with two  benches. You will see it everywhere in town. Just like Tuk-Tuk they are waiting in the station’s parking. For better result, walk away from the station and catch one further. Even if the driver doesn’t speak English, they  usually understand Ta Phae gate. It’s a central enough location with many hotels and guesthouses around. Or search your accommodation online. The song thaew fare varies from 20 Baht to 50 Baht, the price is per passenger.

Inside the terminal

Chiang Mai bus terminal 3

First when you enter the station, on your right you have all the ticket booths to Bangkok. I’ve made the trip Chiang Mai to Bangkok many times and the buses are very similar from different companies. The change is more when you upgrade to VIP buses or choose a different classOn your left you have the Green Bus company, excellent when you do your visa run to Mae Sai. In the same spot the Phetprasert company serves Isaan destinations.

Internet and WiFi

When you are in total need of and need an internet connection walk upstairs to the internet cafe. They have coins operated computer and also sells WiFi access.

Other services
  • ATM
  • Left luggage
  • Pharmacy
  • Massage
  • Thai food
  • Mini-mart
Chiang Mai bus station 2

Get there when you are going to Pai or Mae Hong Son. The ticket booths are at the far end.

In the area

The shopping mall Star Avenue has recently open. It has many western food restaurants and a Boots Pharmacy. McDonald, TomNToms Coffee and Subway restaurant are open 24h.

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