Chiang Mai Railway Station

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How to travel from and to Chiang Mai Railway Station

Chiang Mai Railway Station is one of the busiest railway stations in Thailand and is the gateway to explore Northern Thailand and the famous Golden Triangle. The station is also the final stop of the State Railways of Thailand Northern Line.

Although the train station is designed with a focus on functionality rather than aesthetics, the train station does showcase a beautiful steam engine in front of the entrance.

3 ways to get from and to Chiang Mai Railway Station

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Taxi15 minutes150 THB ($4.15)Read article for more info
Songthaew15 minutes40 THB ($1.10)Read article for more info
Tuk-tuk20 minutes120 THB ($3.30)Read article for more info

Chiang Mai Railway Station is located 5 km (3 miles) from the centre of Chiang Mai. In this post, we compare 3 options when travelling to and from Chiang Mai Railway Station: by taxi (15 minutes), by songthaew (15 minutes), or by tuk-tuk (20 minutes). Fares range from 40 THB ($1.10) to 150 THB ($4.15).

Taking a taxi is a good option to escape Thailand’s hot weather. Fare starts at 150 THB ($4.15) and the trip between Chaing Mai centre and railway station takes about 15 minutes.

If you are looking for a cheaper option and don’t mind waiting for other passengers, you can take a songthaew for only 40 THB ($1.10). The travel time will take about the same amount of time as a taxi.

Alternatively, you can also take a tuk-tuk with fares around 120 THB ($3.30) for the 20-minute ride. Tuk-tuks fit normally around 3-4 people, but only about 2 people if you are taking luggage with you.

Itinerary from and to Chiang Mai Railway Station

Chiang Mai Railway Station by Taxi

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 150 THB ($4.15)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 150 THB ($4.15)

A taxi is a very convenient way to travel with your luggage to/from your hotel to Chiang Mai Railway Station.

It’s only a little more expensive than a songthaew or a tuk-tuk and offers the convenience of being dropped off at your hotel and having an air-conditioned ride.

Expect to pay around 150 THB ($4.15) for a 15-minute taxi ride between Chiang Mai Railway Station and the city centre. You can also book a Grab taxi online, where fares are often cheaper during non-peak hours.

Chiang Mai Railway Station by Songthaew

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 40 THB ($1.10)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 40 THB ($1.10)

Songthaews are the most popular and affordable mode of transportation in Chiang Mai. These red songthaews can be easily spotted as you exit the train station.

Taking a songthaew to and from Chiang Mai Railway Station and the city centre takes about 15 minutes and costs 40 THB ($1.10) per person.

During non-peak hours, songthaews don’t always get full. That’s when drivers tend to increase prices and offer you a ‘private ride’ for 100 THB ($2.75) to 150 THB ($4.15). In that case, you are often better off taking an airconditioned taxi for around the same price.

We recommend negotiating a fair price with the driver or waiting for other passengers to board the songthaew. Make sure to also inform the driver where you want to be dropped off before departing from Chiang Mai Railway Station.

Chiang Mai Railway Station by Tuk-tuk

Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 120 THB ($3.30)
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 120 THB ($3.30)

You can also find several tuk-tuks outside of Chiang Mai Railway Station and along nearby Rot Fai Road. The tuk-tuks are usually waiting in the car park nearby the train station.

If your hotel is in the Tha Pae Gate area, expect to pay 120 THB ($3.30). For other locations in the city centre, a tuk-tuk ride costs around 150 THB ($4.15).

We don’t recommend taking a tuk-tuk if you have luggage, as they don’t offer a lot of space.

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