The What’s Up Guide to Travelling To/From Chiang Mai by Train

Chiang Mai Railway Station

Chiang Mai Railway Station is the terminus of the State Railway of Thailand’s Northern Line from Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok. Taking the train between the two locations or even for just part of the route gives glimpses of the golden age of travel. There are currently five trains a day in each direction which go all the way through. Travel times for the 750km journey depend on the particular train but are between 11 and 15 hours.

Two trains a day in each direction run during the day and the rest at night. Two of the night trains offer both seats and sleeping berths. Other choices for travelling by train are fan or air-conditioned carriages, which class and whether to take the rapid diesel railcar train. The sections below give details about Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Chiang Mai Railway Station, the types of trains and hotels near the stations.

Last Updated: June 2019

 Travelling To/From Chiang Mai by Train: 
 Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station | Chiang Mai Railway Station | Train Types & Classes Train Timetables
 Hotels near Chiang Mai/Bangkok Railway Stations: 
 Hotels near Bangkok Railway Station | Hotels near Chiang Mai Railway Station | Further Reading


Hua Lamphong is the hub of Thailand’s railway system and is located in the heart of Bangkok. The station building itself dates from 1916 and is a lovely Renaissance style structure. It offers a full range of passenger conveniences. Ticket counters, a large air-conditioned waiting zone and huge train arrivals and departures boards are located in the main hall.

There is a choice of outlets to buy snacks, meals and drinks at as well as convenience stores to stock up on food and drink for the journey. A food court close to the entrance door serves up signature Thai dishes ranging from noodle soups to meat on rice. An information counter, a left-luggage office, a railway police booth, ATMs, a first-aid station and bathrooms with shower facilities are all inside the entrance hall.

The stairs to Hua Lamphong MRT underground station are on the west side of the concourse. Exits to the taxi ranks and bus stops are on the same side. There are a few hotels close to Hua Lamphong for those who are departing on day trains or arriving late. These hotels also make a good base for exploring Bangkok as Patpong, Silom and the Chao Phraya Riverside are among the sites within easy distance.
Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station: #319, Rong Muang Rd., Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 | Tel: 1690 |  


 Krungkasem Srikrung Hotel 
The Krungkasem Srikrung Hotel is across the other side of the Phadung Krungkasem Canal from the train station. A footbridge across the canal gives easy access. The eight-storey building dates from the 1960s yet offers comfortable and stylish rooms with bonuses including balconies, air-conditioning, WiFi, fully equipped bathrooms and satellite televisions. A coffee shop, room-service, lifts and ticket reservations services are among the conveniences available for guests…more info & booking    

 At Hua Lamphong 
At Hua Lamphong offers trendy, low-priced accommodation just two minutes on foot from the station. A mix of singles, doubles and four-bed dorms ensures all comers are catered for. The dorms feature individual lockers and communal bathrooms while the private rooms have en suites, air-conditioning and televisions. A communal zone is equipped with a TV, a DVD player and a table-football game…more info & booking    

 Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok 
An elegant premises across the road from the front of Hua Lamphong, the Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok is an excellent choice for guests looking for superior amenities and ambience. The collection of 150 rooms features the likes of air-conditioning, safes and cable televisions. A spa and fitness room, a swimming pool, dining at the Station Café or Chyna Terrace, and a grand function hall with a capacity of 365 guests are the key highlights at the Prime…more info & booking    

 2W Bed & Breakfast Bangkok 
The 2W Bed & Breakfast is a budget-friendly establishment located 150 metres from Hua Lamphong Railway Station. It offers accommodation ranging from 8-bed mixed and dedicated female dormitories to deluxe rooms with private bathroom facilities. All units are air-conditioned and come with WiFi and breakfast included. There is a coffee shop onsite too…more info & booking    

 Inn Stations Hostel 
The Inn Stations Hostel is another excellent choice for those looking for value-for-money accommodation right in the heart of Bangkok. The Inn Stations is 400 metres from the front entrance of Hua Lamphong. It offers mixed and female only dorms, double rooms and family rooms for four occupants. All come with WiFi and good air-conditioning…more info & booking    

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The train station at Chiang Mai has all the facilities most passengers are likely to need. Ticket counters, tourist information, left-luggage and luggage trolley services plus several food and drink stalls are on the station concourse. There is a food-court with vendors selling standard Thai dishes, a couple of international ones and brewed coffee.

The train station is a little over one kilometre east on Charoen Muang Road from the River Ping and Nawarat Bridge. Tuktuks, shared songthaew taxis and hotel shuttle buses are the options for getting into town. Drivers tend to congregate in the station’s booking hall just before trains are scheduled to arrive. There are several hotels close to the railway station which are relaxing after a long journey. Our hotel recommendations follow.
Chiang Mai Railway Station: #27, Charoen Muang Rd., T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Tel: 1690, +66 53 244 795, +66 53 245 364 |  |  


 Shewe Wana Boutique Resort 

The Shewe Wana Boutique Resort is located on Charoen Muang Road and halfway between the Ping River’s Nawarat Bridge and Chiang Mai Railway Station. The frontage is a restored Chinese heritage building and leads back into a verdant garden ringed by rooms and suites. The units are loaded up with amenities such as LED TVs, safety deposit boxes, minibars, free WiFi and individual air-conditioners. Complimentary shuttle services, an outdoor pool, spa service treatments and a restaurant round off the facilities at the Shewe Wana…more info & booking    

 Rainforest Boutique Hotel 
The Rainforest is a well-maintained hotel boasting a décor which is a pleasing fusion of traditional Thai and modern. Onsite facilities include a swimming pool, a restaurant and a car park. Standard room rates include a buffet breakfast. Rooms feature verandas, air-conditioning, minibars and WiFi. The Rainforest is 500 metres from the car park at the front of the station…more info & booking    

 Oasis Hotel 
The Oasis offers a collection of 79 budget-friendly rooms just two minutes on foot from the station’s booking hall. Air-conditioned rooms feature cable televisions and minibars while a swimming pool is perfect for relaxing in after the journey. Other facilities are a laundry, a coffee shop and a breakfast corner…more info & booking    

 Bossotel Chiang Mai 
The Bossotel Chiang Mai is a pleasant three-star premises right across the road from the station. An outdoor swimming pool, massage services, a restaurant, a function hall and a snooker room are the key guest amenities. In the airy rooms, cable TV, air-conditioning and minibars are among the bonuses designed to make guests feel at home…more info & booking    

 Eden Garden 
On the same road as the Rainforest, the Eden Garden is a modern hotel boasting a great collection of in-room and onsite amenities. Guests checking into the Eden will find they have access to jacuzzis, a sauna, a spa, a gym, a saltwater swimming pool, a restaurant and even a karaoke parlour. The 159 rooms here feature WiFi and satellite TVs…more info & booking    

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New Chinese trains introduced late in 2016 are the most comfortable option and come with carriages of First and Second class sleeping berths. One of these trains operates in each direction every day. Two other Special Express trains also have sleeping berths in addition to a mix of First, Second and Third class carriages. Third class is seating only.

There are two day trains in each direction. The earlier trains are made up of second and third class seat-only carriages. The second daily train is a special diesel rail car. These are seating only and with fares which include meals. Apart from the diesel rail cars, all trains incorporate dining cars. Breakfast is included on the menus on night train services.