If you would like to catch the train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, there are currently five services a day that operate on this route, with two day trains and three overnight / sleeper trains.
Most people opt for the overnight sleeper trains as these are the most comfortable, with sleeping berths at a very reasonable price and comparable with the price you would pay for a luxury bus on the same trip.
Please Note : from November 2016, train 2 has become train 10 and is the first train in Thailand to be using the brand new Chinese built carriages.
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Rap = Rapid
Ex. = Express
Sp. Ex. = Special Express
Sp. Ex. DRC = Special Express Diesel Railcar - (Sprinter Train)
If the trains to Bangkok are full on the day you want to travel.
All these services terminate at Hua Lamphong railway station in the centre of Bangkok, close to China Town.
If you are not planning on staying in Bangkok, you may want to get off at Bang Sue junction station, where you can then catch services to the south of Thailand or for services on the North-Eastern line.
Bang Sue is also closer to Bangkok's Northern Bus Station Mochit.
Most trains that travel to / from Hua Lamphong will stop at Bang Sue, so getting off here could save some time and a little money.
You will have to study the Thai railways timetables to see if there is a good connection to your final destination.
Another station in Bangkok you may want to consider getting off at is Sam Sen station.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay (budget or more upmarket) close to Bangkok Railway Station :
Fares for these services vary depending on type of train and seat / sleeper class.
The cheapest train is the Rapid service number 102.
This service comprises of just second class fan and third class fan seat coaches.
Tickets cost :
2nd class - Adult 391 / Child 251
3rd class - Adult 231 / Child 171
Train number 8 is a Diesel Railcar service (DRC) and is made up of just second class air-conditioned coaches and costs :
Adult 641 / Child 501
Included in the tickets price of the DRC sprinter train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, you also get free meals and soft drinks.
Special Express services numbers 14 and 10 consist of all sleeper seats / berths and cost :
2nd class A/C
Upper Bed Adult 791 - Child 651
Lower Bed Adult 881 - Child 741
1st class A/C
Upper Bed Adult 1,253 - Child 957
Lower Bed Adult 1,453 - Child 1,157
Train number 14 may also have the cheaper 2nd class fan cooled carriages which cost :
Upper Bed Adult 601 - Child 461
Lower Bed Adult 671 - Child 531
Train number 52 is an Express service and offers both sleepers and seats, with tickets costing :
2nd class Air-Con Sleepers
Upper Berth Adult 751 - Child 611
Lower Berth Adult 821 - Child 681
2nd class Fan Sleepers
Upper Berth Adult 531 - Child 391
Lower Berth Adult 581 - Child 441
2nd class Air-Con seats
Adult 541 / Child 401
2nd class fan seats
Adult 431 / Child 291
3rd class fan seats
Adult 271 / Child 211
To compare these prices for the same trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by bus :
Times and fares are shown for information only and may change without notice.
Please check with the State Railways of Thailand before travel by either :