The train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai departs 5 times a day from Hualamphong station taking between 11 to 14.33 hours to travel the 751 km distance, with tickets costing from 231 Baht for a 3rd Class seat to 1,653 for a 1st Class sleeping berth on a Special Express service.
The train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok is one of the most popular rail journeys within Thailand to take.
On this journey, you can choose to travel through the day on one of the State Railways of Thailand's "sprinter trains" (Diesel Railcars DRC) which will get you to Chiang Mai in the fastest time, or take a more relaxing overnight sleeper train, with a comfortable berth / bed.
Whichever service you choose, we advise you to book your train tickets to Chiang Mai as far in advance as possible to make sure you get a seat or more importantly, a sleeping berth as they will be booked up well in advance, especially during the high season from November to April.
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Rap = Rapid
Ex. = Express
Sp. Ex. = Special Express
Sp. Ex. DRC = Special Express Diesel Railcar - (Sprinter Train)
To view the full timetables for these services and for photos of seats / berths, just click on the info link in the timetable above.
All trains originate from Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok.
For more information about the Bangkok Train Station, click on the picture link below:
If you want to spend the night close to Hua Lamphong railway station you can see all the nearby accommodation on our:
For information on Chiang Mai Train Station click on the picture link below:
Prices shown are one-way fares in Thai Baht.
Train number 7 is an all second class, air-conditioned, seat train (Special Express DRC). Tickets for this service cost 641 Baht for an Adult, 501 Baht for a Child.
Included in the prices of the ticket are airline style meals and soft drinks, but you would also probably want to take some food of your own on-board as they are not that great.
Train 109 is a slower Rapid service, so it is the cheapest, and costs:
2nd class A/C Sleeping Berths
Upper Bed Adult 691 - Child 551
Lower Bed Adult 761 - Child 621
2nd class fan seats
Adult 391 / Child 251
3rd class fan seats
Adult 231 / Child 171
Train number 9 has the new Chinese made carriages so is slightly more expensive than train 13.
Fares for these services cost :
Fares for train 13 are :
Upper Bed Adult 771 - Child 631
Lower Bed Adult 841 - Child 701
Upper Bed Adult 1,253 - Child 957
Lower Bed Adult 1,453 - Child 1,157
Fares for Train 9 are :
Upper Bed Adult 941 - Child 801
Lower Bed Adult 1041 - Child 901
Upper Bed Adult 1453 - Child 1157
Lower Bed Adult 1653 - Child 1357
You can book the whole 1st class cabin to yourself for 1,953 (train 13) - 2,453 (train 9) if you want to travel in perfect isolation.
Train number 51 is a slightly slower Express service but has a far greater choice of seat and sleeping berths, although there is no first class coach.
Tickets cost :
2nd class A/C Berths
Upper Bed Adult 751 - Child 611
Lower Bed Adult 821 - Child 681
2nd class Fan Berths
Upper Bed Adult 561 - Child 421
Lower Bed Adult 631 - Child 491
2nd class A/C seats
Adult 541 / Child 401
3rd class fan seats
Adult 271 / Child 211
These seats are then converted to your bed / sleeping berth for the overnight trains to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.
One thing you should know about sleeping berths on trains to Chiang Mai, the lower berths are far more spacious and comfortable the much narrower upper berths, that is why they cost more.
They are also the first to sell out, so book early if you want a much more comfortable journey.
The cheapest way to buy your tickets is in person at the ticket counters at Hua Lamphong Railway station.
The station is easily accessible from most parts of Bangkok, with buses and a subway train running right up to the door.
Alternatively, you could book your tickets from one of the many travel agents around the city for an extra fee but we do not really recommend doing this as there are a lot of disreputable agents around so stick with using a more reputable online agent is the best advice.
Times and fares for the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai are shown for information only and may change without notice.
Please check before travelling directly with the State Railways of Thailand by either:
Visiting any railway station within Thailand.
Phoning the SRT 24 hour call centre on 1690