The Arcade Bus Station is the main bus terminal in Chiang Mai which services both locals and tourists with bus travel around Thailand.
Arcade Bus Station, is located 3kms north-east of the old city and consists of two large terminals (terminals 2 & 3).
Arcade Bus Station Timetable & Map, Chiang Mai to Pai & Chiang Rai
Arcade Bus Terminal is where many visitors catch a bus to Bangkok, the journey taking anywhere between 12-15 hours. It is important for travellers to note that there are close to 60 transport companies that operate at Arcade station. All of these companies have different rates, schedules and travel different routes.
The two bus terminals located at Arcade (terminals 2 and 3) are separated by a road. Terminal 3 has an internet cafe, food stalls, an ATM and ticket windows. Travellers should note that most buses for Bangkok depart form this terminal. Terminal 2 also has food stalls and an ATM and also houses a tourist police office.
Buses depart for Bangkok regularly throughout the day starting from as early as 6am and as late as 10pm. Tickets can cost anywhere from 300 THB for a basic bus up to 800 THB for a modern express bus with comfortable reclining chairs. VIP tickets often provide food and water for the trip, but travellers are welcome to bring their own food. Tickets can be purchased directly at the window of the operator you wish to use.
For those wanting to go to Pai in the north, mini buses also depart each hour on the half hour at a cost of only 150 THB. The trip takes around 3hrs and the bus is air-conditioned.
To get to Arcade Bus Terminal from the old city, catch a red truck (songthaew) for around 20-30 THB (per person) or a tuk tuk for around 100 THB (per ride). The trip should take less than 10 minutes.
|Bus Chiang Mai - Bangkok ฿ 534–888 10h – 10h 55m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang ฿ 1,499 20h|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Khon Kaen ฿ 577–607 11h 5m – 12h|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Phitsanulok ฿ 347 5h 30m – 5h 50m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Nakhon Phanom ฿ 840 16h 15m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Mahasarakham ฿ 667 12h 35m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Roi Et ฿ 699 13h 10m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Sakhon Nakhon ฿ 763 13h 40m – 14h 45m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Udonthani ฿ 630 12h 30m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Ubon Ratchathani ฿ 840 16h 5m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Bueng Kan ฿ 826 14h 55m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Yasothon ฿ 757 14h 15m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Phetchabun ฿ 442 7h 15m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Loei ฿ 511–840 9h 5m – 9h 30m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Nong Khai ฿ 898 12h 35m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Nong Bua Lamphu ฿ 840 10h 35m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Pai ฿ 195 3h|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son ฿ 245–495 2h – 6h 55m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Phuket ฿ 1,746 23h 30m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Nan ฿ 297–587 5h 20m – 7h 30m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai ฿ 229–495 3h 10m – 6h 35m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Phayao ฿ 211–321 2h 35m – 5h 10m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Phrae ฿ 233–366 3h 50m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Mae Sot ฿ 390 6h 35m|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Louang Namtha ฿ 1,250 12h|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Oudomxay ฿ 1,349 15h|
|Bus Chiang Mai - Kanchanaburi ฿ 619–919 12h|