We will write how to get from Chiang Mai airport to city center. The distance from Chiang Mai Airport to downtown is 5 kilometers and the travel time from Chiang Mai airport to city is around 15 minutes by taxi depending on the traffic. The taxi fare is around 200 THB which is $7 USD.
The cheapest way from Chiang Mai airport to city center is by bus is 20 THB which is less than $1 USD and the travel time is around 30 minutes. You can also get alternatives to bus and taxi: vans, tuk tuks and songthaews. Read here Thailand sim card for tourist, our favorite Thai food and things to do in Chiang Mai.
CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
BUS CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Chiang Mai airport to city is by bus. There are a few buses leaving from Chiang Mai airport to city center running every 20-30 minutes starting from 6 am until 11 pm. The bus going from Chiang Mai airport to downtown is 20 THB which is less than $1 USD for one way ticket with free Wifi in the bus.
The total travel time from Chiang Mai airport to city center with the bus is around 30 minutes depending on the traffic. You can find the Bus in the Terminal in the Exit 1 just walking 100 meters and you can buy the tickets inside the bus just make sure you bring cash and local currency.
The Blue Bus RTC (Chiang Mai Smart Bus) from Chiang Mai airport is is going to Nimman Road, Chang Phuak Gate, Three Kings Monument, Tha Phae Gate and Chiang Mai Night Bazar. The Red buses R3 are going from Chiang Mai airport to Nimman and then via Tha Phae Gate 1. The Yellow Buses R3 is going to Tha Phae Gate 1 and later to Nimman.
VAN CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO CITY
The van fare from Chiang Mai airport to city is 60 THB which is $2 USD. The travel time is around 20 minutes and they are leaving the airport when they are full. Sudirman.
Songthaew (Shared Taxi) Chiang Mai Airport to Downtown
Songthaew are the popular Thailand red pickup trucks. Songthaew are shared taxis working in Chiang Mai. The songthaew fare from Chiang Mai airport to city is 40 THB little bit more than $1 USD per person and the travel time will be around 30 minutes.
Tuk Tuk Chiang Mai Airport to Downtown
The Tuk tuks going from Chiang Mai airport to city center are charging around 100-120 THB which is $3-4 USD for two people. The travel time can be around 30 minutes.
BY TAXI CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you go from Chiang Mai airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 15 minutes depending on the traffic. The taxi fare from Chiang Mai airport to city center is 200 THB which is $7 USD to Chiang Mai Bus Station and Nimman Area. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
GRAB CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
You can always get get Grab with these Apps if you download they work like Uber similar as a taxi with fixed price until your destination and you can choose paying by cash or card. It’s usually cheaper than taxis. You can also get them to move around Chiang Mai which is a huge city and it can be complicated to move by bus and the distance are big for walking.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Chiang Mai. Prices are around €10 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €2.5 per person.
For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!
BEST WAY FROM CHIANG MAI AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you are traveling alone and on a budget. The best option for you is the bus which costs less than $1 USD. If you are traveling with someone else taxi, private transportation or Grab can charge around $7 USD and if you split the cost between 3-4 people it can be cheap. Vans, tuk tuks and songthaew are alternatives that you can use cheaper than the taxi and Grab but little bit more expensive than the bus.
WHERE TO STAY IN CHIANG MAI
There are a few places for staying in Chiang Mai, the most popular cheap accommodations are in city center near the night market. For this time, we chose to stay a little bit far from city center around 45 minutes, walking 15-20 minutes by local transportation. For our stay in the city we decided to team up with Akyra Manor. One of the best hotels in Chiang Mai, especially if you’re craving a luxury experience with the authentic Thai city vibes.
Our favorite place was the pool in Akyra Manor. We spent hours and hours there swimming and taking nice pictures. It was a very quiet place since the hotel isn´t very big, you can enjoy all the facilities without the crowd. Also we could enjoy sunset time!
Some accommodations only cost less than 500 THB–that’s a room for below $15 USD! You can also get an Airbnb for $15 USD in Chiang Mai. Click here to get $30 USD free credit when you sign up for your first booking!
EXCHANGE RATE IN THAILAND
The exchange rate is around 1 USD = 31 Baht. It means that, if you exchange 100 USD you will have 3100 Baht. You can click here to know the exchange rate before your trip. We recommend you look for a good money changer in the city and avoid changing cash in the airport. If you will be using ATM, there is a withdrawal fee of 150 Baht per transaction.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CHIANG MAI
If you’re traveling to Chiang Mai you might want to avoid the summer months of March to May. If the heat doesn’t bother you, just always make sure to stay hydrated, bring sunscreen and to wear light clothing during your travels.
For those thinking of going from June to September, this is Thailand’s rainy season. Sightseeing may not be as enjoyable during these months. So, the best time to visit Chiang Mai would be around November to February, when the rain has lifted but the cool weather remains.
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