Mae Sot to Bangkok

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How to get from Mae Sot to Bangkok

Bangkok, also known as “The City of Life”, is a city that truly never sleeps. This capital of Thailand is always busy and there is always something going on. Bangkok has some of the world’s best shopping, the most amazing food, and many historical sights to visit.

From high-end hotels to the wild nightlife of Khao San Road, Bangkok has it all. One of the things to try out during your stay is trying some local street food and visiting the Golden Mountain temple while you enjoy your stay in the Capital City. Or why not visit one of Bangkok’s famous rooftop bars?

2 ways to get from Mae Sot to Bangkok

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus9 hours465 THB ($14)Check Bus Tickets
Flight1hr 10m2,465 THB ($74)Check Flights

The distance from Mae Sot to Bangkok is 500 km (311 miles). In this post, we compare two options: by bus (9 hours) and by flight (1 hour 10 minutes). Ticket prices start from 465 THB ($14) to 2,465 THB ($74).

Travelling by bus from Mae Sot to Bangkok only costs 465 THB ($14). Total travel time is 9 hours, and there is only one departure a day.

The flight is the faster option, but more expensive. Nok Air operates three flights a day with flights starting from 2,465 THB ($74).

Itinerary from Mae Sot to Bangkok

Mae Sot to Bangkok by Bus

Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 465 THB ($14)
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 465 THB ($14)

When you’re done taking in the nature of Mae Sot, you can board the night bus to Bangkok. The bus from Bangkok to Mae Sot is the cheapest option to travel this distance.

The only problem you may run into with such an early arrival is that you might not be able to check into your hotel room for a few hours.

Luckily, most hotels offer a holding room to drop your bags off. This way, you can already go out for some breakfast and explore the area while you wait for your room to be ready.

Departure and arrival station

Buses coming from Mae Sot Bus Station arrive at Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak – Mochit). From the terminal, it takes about an hour by bus or just 15 minutes by taxi to reach the city centre.

If you prefer to take the bus, you can check Google Maps for the local bus schedule.

Bus schedule from Mae Sot to Bangkok

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Sasanun Transport20:00-05:00465 THB ($14)
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Buses are equipped with reclining seats, air conditioning and an onboard toilet. While boarding, you will also be provided with a blanket and a little snack & drink.

Mae Sot to Bangkok by Flight

Duration: 1hr 10m
Cost: 2,465 THB ($74)
Duration: 1hr 10m
Cost: 2,465 THB ($74)

Mae Sot Airport is only a 10-minute ride from the city centre. We recommend arranging a transfer through your hotel or guesthouse.

Pre-pandemic, Nok Air used to offer five flights from Mae Sot to Bangkok. The last time we checked (April 2022), there are only three flights in a day.

Flights depart at 9:55, 12:40, and 17:05 from Mae Sot and arrive at Don Mueang Airport. Flight fares start from 2,465 THB ($74) for a 1-hour-10-minute flight.

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From Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to the city centre, it takes about 30 minutes by taxi or 50 minutes by train.


Our favourite places to stay in Bangkok

Here Hostel

If you’re looking for a fun social atmosphere then Here Hostel is the place for you! Enjoy relaxing by the pool in the garden area or enjoying a drink with travelers from around the world. Why take the stairs when you can use the indoor slide to travel between floors, this place is full of fun, energy, and laughter. Located less than 1km from Khao San Road, this is the perfect hostel if you’re looking to have a great time in Bangkok!

Dorm rooms start at $16 per night

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Hom Hostel & Cooking Club

Located in the heart of downtown Bangkok, between Nana and Ploen Chit BTS stations, this hostel is the perfect location in the Sukhumvit area.  The hostel offers a garden area, a rooftop terrace and an on-site kitchen for guests to cook their own food or take part in the daily cooking classes.  There is also a restaurant and bar on-site if you’d prefer someone else cook for you, as well as buffet breakfast included each day. Extremely clean and very friendly staff are top priorities for this hostel. 

Single bed in dorm rooms start at $15 per night 

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Lamphuhouse Bangkok

If you’re looking to be near the excitement of Khao San Road but still enjoy some peace and quiet, this guesthouse is absolutely perfect.  A delicious breakfast is included in your stay and the restaurant is open 24/7 for your convenience. A lovely garden area to relax in the afternoons and very comfortable beds in rooms will make for a great stay.  Just 300m to Khao San road, this guest house is walking distance to many sights including the Grand Palace and the Golden Mountain Temple.

Rooms start at $19 per night

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Mam’s House

Just 700m from Khao San road and sitting along the river is Mam’s House.  The staff here will welcome you with open arms and help you in any way that they possibly can.  The rooms are huge, the beds are comfortable and it’s extremely clean. There is a cafe on the ground floor of the hotel, street food along the riverbank and countless restaurants, bars and shops just steps away.  Locally owned and operated by Mam, this hotel is all about customer service and making sure you have the best stay possible. Perfect location, great views and all the comforts you need! 

Rooms start at $26 per night 

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Blue Chang House

Cozy, comfortable, and ideal location! This guest house is less than 1km from Khao San Road and offers all the comforts you need.  It is within walking distance to numerous Temples, Wats and attractions throughout Old Town. On-site bar to enjoy a drink while taking in the sights from the terrace or a lovely garden area to enjoy to relax in if you need some quiet time. The staff is known to be exceptionally welcoming and happy to assist with all guest requests. Located in a quiet area so you will be sure to get a good night's rest after exploring the Capital City!

Rooms start at $40 per night

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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.

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