Arcade Bus Station Chiang Mai Thailand

Arcade bus station is the long distance bus station in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

It is located around 3 km east of the city centre, just before the ring road.

Photo of the Arcade Bus Station in Chiang Mai (view of both terminals)View of the two terminals at Arcade Bus Station Chiang Mai

To check for live departure times and fares from Arcade Bus Station Chiang Mai, please see:

our online Bus Tickets booking page here >

Road sign for ArcadeRoad sign for Arcade
Bus leaving Arcade for Udon ThaniBus leaving Arcade for Udon Thani

It is made of two distinct parts:

terminal #2 and terminal #3.

The two are just across the road from each other.

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If there are terminals #2 and #3, you must be wondering about terminal #1?

It corresponds to the local bus station known as Chang Phuak bus station, which is located near the city moat and Chang Phuak gate.

Chang Phuak local bus stationChang Phuak local bus station

It only serves destinations within the district: Fang, Mae Rim, Chiang Dao, Doi Tao, Mae Jo...

Buses from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station

Bus companies at Arcade Bus Station operate routes to and from: 

- North of Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai, Pai, Mae Hong Son…

- Bangkok Mo Chit Northern bus terminal

- The Central provinces - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai...

- The North-Eastern provinces of Isaan - Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) - Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani - Khon Kaen...

- A few places west and east of Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, Chonburi, Pattaya and Rayong

- A few places in Southern Thailand: Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Phang Nga and Phuket

- Luang Prabang in Laos

Bus leaving Arcade station for PhitsanulokBus leaving for Phitsanulok
Platforms at Arcade #3Platforms at Arcade #3

Many bus companies operate and have ticket selling counters at both terminals of the Arcade bus station Chiang Mai.

Arcade Terminal 2

Front view of Arcade terminal 2Front view

Arcade #2 (the older terminal) is a single floor building and counts 33 platforms.

In the building you will find different bus companies that offer mainly buses to Bangkok and to the Central provinces:

Sombat Tour, Green Bus, The Transport Company, Ouang Luang Lanna Tour, New Viriya Yanyont Tour, Indra Tour, Pornpiriya Tour, Cherdchai Tour…

Side view of terminal 2Side view
Inside Arcade terminal 2Inside terminal 2
Ticket counters to Bangkok and Udon ThaniTicket counters to Bangkok and Udon Thani

Sombat Tour ticket selling counters inside terminal 2Sombat Tour ticket counters inside terminal 2

Sombat Tour which operates from both terminals has buses to the Thai capital as well as to Hua Hin and Khon Kaen (Isaan).

-   To see Sombat Tour full timetables to Bangkok click here >

Sombat Tour - Chiang Mai to Hua Hin Bus Timetable

Departure times Arrival times Fares
08.00 20.30 851 THB
19.00 07.30 1134 THB
19.30 08.00 851 THB

Sombat Tour - Hua Hin to Chiang Mai Bus Timetable

Departure times Arrival times Fares
08.00 20.30 851 THB
17.30 06.00 1134 THB
18.00 06.30 851 THB

Sombat Tour also offers departures to Khon Kaen every other day:

Departure time: 21.00 - Arrival time: 08.00 / Fare: 549 THB

Website: / Call centre: 02-7921444 / Phone: 053-246531 (terminal #2)

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A few companies operate buses to Isaan from Arcade #2, among them is Phetprasert which offers buses to the 4 major Isaan cities: Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima (known as Korat), Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.

Phetprasert - Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani Bus Timetable

Departure times Arrival times Ticket fares
08.30 00.30 888 THB
12.00 03.15 888 THB
16.00 07.15 888 THB
19.00 09.50 888 THB
20.00 (express road) 10.15 888 THB

Phetprasert - Ubon Ratchathani to Chiang Mai Bus Timetable

Departure times Arrival times Ticket fares
07.30 23.50 888 THB
12.45 04.00 888 THB
14.45 06.00 888 THB
15.45 07.00 888 THB
17.45 (express road) 07.45 888 THB

To book Phetprasert bus tickets to/from Ubon Ratchathani click here >

Website: / Call centre: 056-720720

The left luggage service at Arcade Bus Station Chiang Mai, is located at the toilets and costs 20 THB for a small bag and 30 THB for a big bag.

There are also a few convenience stores as well as an Internet shop that charges 30 THB / hour (opposite the toilets).

At the back of terminal 2 by the platforms, you will find other bus companies:

The Transport Company at terminal 2The Transport Company at terminal 2


The Transport Company is the government bus company (under the Ministry of Transport).

It serves Bangkok and all the major cities in the Central provinces en route to the capital.

To see The Transport Company detailed bus schedules to Bangkok click here >

It also operates an international route to Luang Prabang in Laos.

Thailand to Laos international busThailand to Laos international bus
Bus from Chiang Mai to Luang PrabangBus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

The Transport Company - Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang Bus Schedule

Departure days Time Fare Distance Duration
Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday 09.00 1200 THB 842 km 20 hours

Website (partially in English): / Call centre: 1490

Prempracha Company countersPrempracha Company counters
Mini Van for Pai and Mae Hong SonMini Van for Pai and Mae Hong Son

Prempracha Company offers A/C mini van (14 seats), fan minibus (20 - 30 seats) and buses from Chiang Mai to: Pai, Soppong, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, Mae La Noi, Prao…

Prempracha Company - Route 612 - Chiang Mai to Pai to Mae Hong Son Minibus / Van (250 km)

Destinations Fares Vehicles
Pai 150 THB Mini Van
Pai 78 THB Fan Minibus
Soppong (Pang Mapha) 250 THB Mini Van
Soppong (Pang Mapha) 103 THB Fan Minibus
Mae Hong Son 250 THB Mini Van
Mae Hong Son 138 THB Fan Minibus

You can book tickets to Pai and Mae Hong Son online here >

Departures are every hour or so from 06.30 until 16.30 (Pai) / 06.30 - 14.30 (Mae Hong Son).

Prempracha Company - Route 170 - Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son Bus / Minibus / Van (350 km)

Destinations Fares Vehicles
Mae Sariang 200 THB Mini Van
Mae Sariang 187 THB A/C Bus
Mae Sariang 104 THB Fan Minibus
Mae La Noi 216 THB A/C Bus
Mae La Noi 125 THB Fan Minibus
Khun Yuam 282 THB A/C Bus
Khun Yuam 160 THB Fan Minibus
Mae Hong Son 346 THB A/C Bus
Mae Hong Son 192 THB Fan Minibus

Website: / Phone: 053-492999

Win-Tour counter for buses to SukhothaiWin-Tour counter for buses to Sukhothai

Win Tour operates buses from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai and Phitsanulok.

Travelling time to the historic city of Sukhotai is around 5-6 hours depending on the number of stopovers and costs 239 THB (unless stated otherwise):

Departures times: 07.00 / 08.45 / 09.45 (224 THB) / 10.15 / 12.00 / 12.40 / 13.30 / 14.30 (224 THB) / 15.00 / 17.30.

Website: / Phone: 053-260295

Around 50 metres behind Arcade #2, the bus company Nakhonchai Air has its own small station.

Nakhonchai Air small station behind terminal 2Nakhonchai Air small station behind terminal 2
Inside Nakhonchai Air stationInside Nakhonchai Air station

From there you can board buses to Bangkok and Isaan.

To see its bus schedules from Chiang Mai to Bangkok click here >

It is also connects Chiang Mai to the Eastern cities of Chonburi, Pattaya and Rayong.

Departure times: 05.00 / 15.30 / 16.30 / 17.00 / 18.00 / 18.30 / 19.00.

Bus fare depending on the type of bus:

- A bus ticket to Pattaya costs 561 THB (Economy Class), 724 THB (Silver Class) or 785 THB (Gold Class).

- A ticket all the way to Rayong costs 605 THB (Economy Class), 781 THB (Silver Class) or 851 THB (Gold Class)

Website: / Call centre: 1624 / Phone (Chiang Mai): 053-262799

Arcade Terminal 3

Arcade bus station terminal 3Arcade bus station terminal 3
Side view of terminal 3Side view of terminal 3

Arcade #3 (the newer terminal) is a two floor building and counts 21 platforms.

1st Floor (ground floor)

Inside you will find bus companies selling tickets to Bangkok, the Central provinces, Isaan and Northern Thailand: Sombat Tour, Green Bus, New Viriya Yanyont Tour, Sasanan Transport, Pornpiriya…

Green Bus is the only company offering buses from Arcade station to Chiang Rai.

For more information, timetables and fares click here >

It also operates the only bus route to Phuket, serving on the way the following places: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang Nga.

Green Bus - Chiang Mai to Phuket Bus Schedule

Departure time Arrival time Fare
16.00 14.00 1912THB

Green Bus - Phuket to Chiang Mai Bus Schedule

Departure time Arrival time Fare
15.00 12.30 1912THB

To book tickets on the Chiang Mai Phuket bus online click here >

Website: / Phone: 053-266480

Bus ticket counter to KanchanaburiBus ticket counter to Kanchanaburi

Sasanan Transport is the sole company running buses between Chiang Mai and Kanchanaburi.

Sasanan Transport Company - Chiang Mai to Kanchanaburi Bus Timetable

Departure times Arrival times Fares
07.30 18.30 594 THB
20.00 07.00 594 THB

Sasanan Transport Company - Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai Bus Timetable

Departure times Arrival times Fares
09.00 20.00 594 THB
19.00 06.00 594 THB

Phone: 094-6166925

Nakhonchai Tour stand by the platformsNakhonchai Tour stand by the platforms

Outside by the platform area you will find Nakhonchai Tour.

It sells tickets to Phitsanulok and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).

Nakhonchai Tour- Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok to Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) Bus Schedule

Chiang Mai Phitsanulok Korat Fares to Phitsanulok Fares to Korat
03.30 09.25 16.15 232 THB 473 THB
04.30 10.30 17.20 299 THB 608 THB
06.30 12.30 19.20 299 THB 608 THB
08.00 14.15 20.50 299 THB 608 THB
09.45 16.00 22.35 299 THB 608 THB
14.00 20.15 02.35 299 THB 608 THB
15.30 21.40 04.15 299 THB 608 THB
17.30 23.45 05.55 299 THB 608 THB
18.45 00.45 06.55 349 THB 710 THB
20.00 01.55 08.10 299 THB 608 THB
20.30 02.00 08.00 349 THB 710 THB

Website (only in Thai): / Call centre: 044-261555 

The Left Luggage counter is at the platforms by the toilets.

It charges 15 THB for a small sized bag and 20 THB for a big sized bag.

Left luggage at terminal 3Left luggage at terminal 3
Restaurant by the platforms at T3Restaurant by the platforms at T3

The terminal has a few restaurants as well as the usual convenience stores.

2nd Floor

On this floor you will find:

- An air-conditioned waiting room

- An Internet shop (30 THB / hour)

- A massage shop

- A coffee shop

- A beauty parlour

How to get to / from the Arcade Bus Station Chiang Mai to the city centre?

At both terminals you will be able to find many modes of transportation to get to the city: Tuk-Tuks, Red cars and Taxis.

Close by to the Arcade Bus Station Chiang Mai:

Star Avenue Lifestyle mall is located right by bus station, in between terminal #3 and the ring road.

Star Avenue mallStar Avenue mall

If you have time to kill or feel a little bit hungry, Star Avenue is a good place to hang out.

It has many restaurants: McDonald’s, Subway, Moshi Moshi, Sunrise Tacos…as well as two rooftop bars / bistros: Warp Bar and Bistro, S Wine Bar and Bistro.

There is also a pharmacy (Boots) and a small supermarket (Rimping Supermarket).

If you are looking for an alternative to bus travel, please visit our Chiang Mai Train page for details of travelling along the Northern Railway Line in Thailand, to the very last stop - the Chiang Mai Railway Station.

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