Going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or vice versa by night train has become over the years one of the most used options for travelers who want to start knowing the north of Thailand. Apart from being able to save a night’s accommodation, the train allows you to travel in a more local way and the best, to enjoy the trip, the landscape, the contact with people in a more comfortable way than the bus or not so touristy and fast as doing it by plane.
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CHIANG MAI RAILWAY STATION
Chiang Mai, the capital of northern Thailand, has only one train station. The Chiang Mai Train Station is located on the eastern outskirts of the city, just over 15 minutes from the centre.
Its construction dates back to 1922 when the first route between Lampang and Chiang Mai was opened while in 1933 the route to Bangkok was inaugurated. During the Second World War the Allied aviation completely destroyed the station being rebuilt again in 1945 as we know it today.
Chiang Mai Train Station although it is small has all the comforts of a large city station because it will find services such as luggage storage, courier, restaurants, etc.
MAIN ROUTES TO CONNECT BY TRAIN WITH CHIANG MAI
The main train connections to Chiang Mai would be as follows:
Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train
Travel from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai by train
HOW TO GET FROM CHIANG MAI TRAIN STATION TO DOWNTOWN
Because of its proximity, it is very easy to get to or from Chiang Mai Train Station. Outside the station there are many tuk tuk that will take you to the city center near Tha Pae Gate or any other area you indicate. To reach the station we can take again some tuk tuk or taxi without any problem. The prices of the tuk tuk always try to negotiate them a little.
Take advantage of the train ride to meet people and share the expenses of the tuk tuk that takes you to the city centre.
If you have already booked your accommodation in Chiang Mai, it’s easy to have your pick up from the station included.
Remember that in the high season or festival season in Chiang Mai it is easy to have problems with places on trains en route from Bangkok. Our advice is to book online as soon as possible.