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How to get from Mae Sot to Bangkok?

Bangkok, the Capital City of Thailand, is also known as “The City of Life”. It is a city that truly never sleeps, it 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. With everything from high-end hotels to the wild nightlife of Khao San Road, Bangkok has it all. We suggest trying some local street food and visiting the Golden Mountain temple while you enjoy your stay in the Capital City.

To travel the 500km from Mae Sot to Bangkok you have 2 options: you can board a bus and relax for the 8-hour journey or you can take a flight and arrive in just over 1 hour. Bus prices start at $15.50, while flights are more expensive at $53.

Bus or Flight?

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus8 hours470 THB ($15.50)Check bus tickets
Flight1h 10m1,600 THB ($53)Check flights

Travelling by bus is very cheap at only $15.50. Travel time is 8 hours and you can choose from 2 well-known bus operators.

The flight is the faster option, but less sustainable. We don’t recommend taking short-haul flights as their emissions are very harmful to the environment.

Itinerary from Mae Sot to Bangkok

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Mae Sot to Bangkok by Bus

Duration: 8 hours
Cost: 470 THB ($15.50)

When you’re done taking in the nature of Mae Sot, you can board an early morning or night bus to Bangkok.

You can book online for the night bus of Sasanun Transport. This bus departs from Mae Sot Bus Station at 20:30 and arrives at Mo Chit Bus Terminal at 04:30. Travel time is 8 hours and you can easily book a ticket through the link below.

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Transport Co. also runs one afternoon bus and several night buses that depart from Mae Sot Bus Terminal daily. Your best option is to take the first-class bus leaving at 08:00 and arriving in Bangkok at 15:00.

You can also catch one of the night buses, although these arrive at about 04:00. The buses will drop you off in Bangkok at the Mo Chit Bus Station.

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 so you don’t have to bring them around with you while you wait for your room to be ready.

From the Mo Chit Bus Terminal, it takes about 1 hour by bus or just 15 min by taxi to reach the city center. If you prefer to take the bus, you can check Google Maps for the local bus schedule.

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Transport Co.
7 hours640 THB ($21)
Transport Co.
(1st class)
7 hours410 THB ($13.50)

The VIP buses have only 32 seats which imply more legroom, while the first-class buses accommodate 50 seats. There are also second-class buses but they tend to make more stops along the way making for an extended trip.

Unfortunately, you cannot book your bus tickets with Transport Co. online. You must go to the bus terminal in Mae Sot to purchase your tickets or call the bus company’s office at +66 2 872 1777.

Transport Co.’s main routes are buses to Laos and Cambodia, but they also provide good service for local routes.


Mae Sot to Bangkok by Flight

Duration: 1h 10 min
Cost: 1,600 THB ($53)

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

Nok Air is the only airline operating along this route. They offer 5 flights per day from Mae Sot to Don Mueang Airport (DMK) in Bangkok.

Flights depart at 10:05, 11:20, 13:35, 16:10 and 18:00 with ticket prices starting at 1,600 THB ($53). The flight takes about 1hr 10min.

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

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