Last updated: Dec 07, 2019


Overview | Taxi | Songthaew | Tuk-Tuk


How To Get From/To Chiang Mai Railway Station?

When travelling to and from Chiang Mai Railway Station, which is just 10km from the city center, you have 3 options: you can take a taxi, songthaew or tuk-tuk. All options will take between 15-20 minutes to the city center and prices range from $1.30 to $5.

For a direct transfer between the railway station and the city center, you can either take a taxi or a tuk-tuk. The taxi is a good option to escape Thailand’s hot weather, while the tuk-tuk lets you travel more like a local. Fares range between $4 to $5.

If you don’t mind waiting for other passengers, you can take a songthaew for only ($1.30).

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Taxi15m150 THB ($5)No online tickets
Songthaew15m40 THB ($1.30)No online tickets
Tuk-Tuk20m120 THB ($4)No online tickets

View itinerary from/to Chiang Mai Railway Station




Chiang Mai Railway Station by Taxi

Duration: 15 minutes
Costs: 150 THB ($5)

Ordering a taxi is quite cheap and a very convenient way to travel with your luggage to/from your hotel to the railway station.

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

Expect to pay around 150 THB ($5) for a taxi from/to Chiang Mai Railway Station and city center. You can also book a Grab taxi online, where fares are often cheaper during non-peak hours.

Songthaew icon

Chiang Mai Railway Station by Songthaew

Duration: 15 minutes
Costs: 40 THB ($1.30)

Songthaews are the most popular and affordable mode of transportation in Chiang Mai. The 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 center takes about 15 minutes and costs 40 THB ($1.30) per person.

During non-peak hours, songthaew drivers tend to increase prices and offer you a ‘private ride’ for 100 THB – 150 THB ($3.30- $5). This short journey is not worth the increased price unless you are on a tight deadline.  We recommend negotiating a fair price with the driver or waiting for other passengers to board the songthaew.

Be sure to inform the driver where you want to be dropped off prior to departure.


Tuk Tuk

Chiang Mai Railway Station by Tuk-tuk

Duration: 20 minutes
Costs: 120 THB ($4)

You can also find several tuk-tuks outside of Chiang Mai Railway Station and along nearby Rot Fai Road.

If your hotel is in the Tha Pae Gate area, expect to pay 120 THB ($4). For other locations in the city center, a tuk-tuk ride costs 150 THB ($5).

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