The train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai departs 5 times a day from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Grand Station) taking between 10.5 to 14 hours to travel the 744 km distance, with tickets costing from 230 Baht for a 3rd Class seat to 1,646 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.
Please note: From the 19th of January 2023 all trains now originate from the new train station in Bangkok - Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Grand Station).
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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.
For information on Chiang Mai Train Station click on the picture link below:
Previously all trains used to originated from Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok.
For more information about the old Bangkok Train Station, click on the picture link below:
From 19/1/2023 trains will depart from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Grand Station).
If you want to spend the night close to Hua Lamphong railway station you can see all the nearby accommodation on our:
Prices shown are one-way fares in Thai Baht (tickets purchased online may vary).
Train number 7 is an all second class, air-conditioned, seat train (Special Express DRC). Tickets for this service cost 638 Baht for an Adult, 499 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 688 - Child 549
Lower Bed Adult 758 - Child 619
2nd class fan seats
Adult 388 / Child 249
3rd class fan seats
Adult 230 / Child 170
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 768 - Child 629
Lower Bed Adult 838 - Child 699
Upper Bed Adult 1,246 - Child 953
Lower Bed Adult 1,446 - Child 1,153
Fares for Train 9 are:
Upper Bed Adult 938 - Child 799
Lower Bed Adult 1038 - Child 899
Upper Bed Adult 1446 - Child 1153
Lower Bed Adult 1646 - Child 1353
You can book the whole 1st class cabin to yourself for 1,946 (train 13) - 2,446 (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.
2nd class A/C Berths
Upper Bed Adult 748 - Child 609
Lower Bed Adult 818 - Child 679
2nd class Fan Berths
Upper Bed Adult 558 - Child 419
Lower Bed Adult 628 - Child 489
2nd class A/C seats
Adult 538 / Child 399
3rd class fan seats
Adult 270 / Child 210
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 Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Central Station).
The station is easily accessible from most parts of Bangkok, with buses and MRT trains running to the terminal.
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
Keywords: Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai / Zug von Bangkok nach Chiang Mai / Trein van Bangkok naar Chiang Mai / Train de Bangkok à Chiang Mai / Tren de Bangkok a Chiang Mai / Treno da Bangkok a Chiang Mai