Want to know how to get from Bangkok to Mae Sot? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Mae Sot
Mae Sot is a small city in western Thailand. It shares a border with Myanmar and that is one of the main reasons why travellers make their way here. But even if you’re not visiting Burma, you may still experience a bit of Burmese culture in Mae Sot.
Many aspects of everyday Thai and Burmese life are tightly intertwined in this city. You only need to visit Mae Sot’s night markets to get a taste of Myanmar. It’s also an interesting place to experience a fusion of cultures because there are said to be around 135 different ethnicities living in Mae Sot!
2 ways to get from Bangkok to Mae Sot
There are two ways to travel the distance of 500 km (311 miles) from Bangkok to Mae Sot: by bus (7h30m-8h30m) and flight (1hr 10m). The journey takes between 1h10m - 8h30m and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from 405 THB ($11.00) for the bus.
Taking the bus from Bangkok to Mae Sot is the cheapest option and also produces fewer emissions compared to flying.
The two popular bus companies operating on this route are Transport Co. and Sasanun Transport.
It is a long trip but luckily, the buses from Bangkok to Mae Sot offer a comfortable airconditioned ride with reclining seats. The staff will also provide you with a blanket which is quite useful as buses more often tend to be too cold than too warm.
Note that are only night buses available for this trip from Bangkok to Mae Sot. These buses depart around 20:00 in the evening. The disadvantage is that they are arriving in the middle of the night. For that reason, the quickest trip with The Transport Co isn’t necessarily the best.
Departure and arrival stations
Both buses depart from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak – Mochit). This station can easily be reached by MRT, BTS, a public bus, tuk-tuk or taxi.
During non-peak hours, Mo Chit Terminal is only about a 15-minute taxi ride from the city centre, but the ride can take up to 1 hour if you’re using public transport.
Nok Air is the only airline that offers flights from Bangkok to Mae Sot. Bear in mind that Nok Air operates smaller propeller-type aeroplanes for this route. If this concerns you, we suggest taking the bus.
The airline used to operate 6 flights from Bangkok to Mae Sor every day but due to the pandemic, it’s limited to 3 flights s day. Still, enough choice with daily departures at 08:15, 11:00 and 15:30.
Monte Maesot Hotel is one of the fanciest hotels that you’ll find in Mae Sot and yet it’s still incredibly cheap. The rooms feel brand new, modern and bright. The beds are huge and offer a great night’s sleep.
There’s a shared lounge and terrace for you to relax in after a day of exploring. It’s also the perfect location if you’re going to or from the airport. The staff are great and will make you feel very welcome.
Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.