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Chiang Rai Bus Station

Following the example of so many other Thai cities, Chiang Rai redirected almost all inter-provincial bus traffic to one bus terminal (baw kaw saw mai). This bus terminal is located on the outskirts of the city and helps to reduce downtown traffic congestion for buses entering and leaving from Chiang Rai.

The new bus terminal opened in April 2009 and has since become the center for nearly all inter-provincial routes, hosting VIP, 1st-class, and only a handful of 2nd-class bus lines. The most popular bus companies include Sombat Tour with 2 offices on site, Green Bus for busses coming from Chiang Mai, and the high-class Nakhonchai Tour and Nakhonchai Air lines.

Nearly all of the bus companies operating here have clear signs and posted schedules, so it’s easy to get the information you need.

See here the exact location of the bus station on Google Maps.

Routes

Company Destinations Departure Times
Green Tour Chiang Mai VIP: 9:15, 13:00, 15:30, 17:15, 18:15*
A1: 8:15, 10:30, 11:45, 12:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:15, 16:30, 17:45, 18:45*, 19:30*
A2: 6:30, 7:45, 8:50, 10:05, 11:15, 13:30, 15:35, 17:30
* Fridays and Sundays only
Nankham Tour
Cherdchai Tour
Isaan Tour
Chakrapong Tour
Win Tour
Siam First
Choke Rung Thawee Tour
Transport Company 999
Nakhonchai Tour
Nakhonchai Air

Company Destinations Departure Times

Green Tour Chiang Mai VIP: 9:15, 13:00, 15:30, 17:15, 18:15*
A1: 8:15, 10:30, 11:45, 12:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:15, 16:30, 17:45, 18:45*, 19:30*
A2: 6:30, 7:45, 8:50, 10:05, 11:15, 13:30, 15:35, 17:30

* Fridays and Sundays only

Nankham Tour Bangkok via Phayao, Lampang, Tak, Khampangpet A1: 16:30, 18:00
Cherdchai Tour Bangkok via Phitsanuloke A1: 8:30, 17:00, 17:45, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30
Isaan Tour Khon Kaen via Phrae, Phitsanuloke, Uttaradit A1: 18:00
A2: 9:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:30
Chakrapong Tour Nakhon Phanom via Phitsanuloke, Loei, Nongbualamphu, Udon Thai Sakhon Nakhon VIP: 17:00
A1: 13:30
Win Tour Phitsanuloke via Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai A2: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 14:20
Siam First Bangkok VIP: 18:00, 18:30, 18:50
A1: 17:00
Choke Rung Thawee Tour Bangkok VIP: 17:30
A1: 17:00, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00
Transport Company 999 Bangkok VIP: 8:20, 19:00
A1: 7:30, 8:30, 18:00, 18:30
A2: 17:00, 18:00, 19:30
Nakhonchai Tour Korat VIP: 19:15
A1: 6:15, 13:15, 15:30, 17:30
A2: 11:15
Nakhonchai Air Rayong VIP: 14:45, 16:30
A1: 15:45
A2: 13:15

VIP = top-class express bus with few, large seats
A1 = 1st-class, air-conditioned bus (with toilet, few stops)
A2 = 2nd-class, air-conditioned bus (no toilet, many stops)

Other Services

There are still very few shops and restaurants around the new terminal but slowly shop houses are being rented out to the enterprising. Currently, shops are open selling snacks and drinks, noodles, and coffee – expect more action in the future.

If you don’t want to take a taxi, there is a convenient and easy sawngthaew (share taxi) route into the heart of Chiang Rai city for only 10 baht. A tuk-tuk can cost 50-80 baht for the 7km ride, depending on your negotiation skills. You can catch the sky blue sawngthaw roughly every 20 minutes at the northeast corner of the main terminal building near the toilets.

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