Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

If you want to go on a scenic adventure to the north of Thailand, look no further than taking a train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Why Chiang Mai you may ask? Chiang Mai is the biggest city in Northern Thailand full of awesome things to see and do. It is also a hub for all kinds of transport connections with an international airport.

In this article, we are going to introduce you to a fun and adventurous way to travel to Chiang Mai which is by train!

Getting to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train

The Special Express Train No. 9 and 10: Uttravithi

Departing Station:

• Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station (Bang Sue Grand Station) Station

Getting there: You can take a taxi there as well or take the underground train (MRT) to Bang Sue Station.

How Long Does It Take?

The Uttravithi Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes around 13 hours and vice versa with a journey of around 460 miles (~740 km.)

Facilities and Seat Options

The Uttravithi Train offers first and second classes, both have upper and lower berths.

Facilities in the First Class Rows:

• A Bed

• Fully-functioned restroom

• Free wifi

• Food services

• Air Conditioning

• Seat

• Maximum luggage weight of 50 kg.

Facilities in the Second Class Rows:

• A Bed

• Toilets and washing sink

• Food services

• Air Conditioning

• Seat

• Maximum luggage weight of 40 kg.

Facilities in the Handicap Rows:

• Accessible bed

• Accessible toilet

• Emergency Button

• Air Conditioning

Note that the luggage size has to be no larger than 50x50x50 cm. Otherwise, you will need to pay for the extra weight.

Train’s Timetables 

You can find train routes and timetables for all destinations in Thailand, including Bangkok to Chiang Mai and vice versa here. There are also other regular trains but for the Uttravithi Train, look for train no. 9.


The fares vary depending on the distance and station you depart from.

If you depart from Bangkok, the fares start from 704 – 1,806 Thai Baht with the highest price being a private room on the train in first class.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

Credit and source of information: State Railway of Thailand 

The Sights

The train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is extremely popular among locals and tourists alike. Along the 13-hour train journey, you will get to experience the truly authentic scenery of Thailand’s nature and architecture.

As the train is going north, you will get to admire the amazing views of Thai mountains, farmlands, and just the relaxing vibe of the journey.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

Highlight Passing Destinations

• Ayutthaya

• Lopburi

• Lampang

• Lamphun

Highlights in Chiang Mai

Cultural and historical delights such as visiting Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan, Tha Phae Gate, and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham.

Nature and animal delights such as exploring Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai Grand Canyon, Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, or Elephant Nature Park.

Adventure delights such as a zipline adventure, water rafting, ATV tour, and tubing.

Chiang Mai’s Night Market and Weekend Market

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