Chiang Mai International Airport receives up to fifteen flights a day from Bangkok, and also serves as a local hub for services to other Northern cities such as Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. International services also connect Chiang Mai with other regional centres.
Below is a list of some of the airlines that use Chiang Mai international airport. Please be aware that this information is subject to change and is offered as a guide only.
There is an airport taxi service which can be contacted at the taxi kiosk. From the airport, train station and bus terminal, you can easily get a mini-bus (or song thaew in Thai) to town. If you would like to charter a minibus or car, better check the correct fare at the TAT counter first. Normally, first-class hotels provide free transportation between the airport, railway station or bus terminals and the hotel for their advance booking guests.
Chiang Mai Airport is located a short distance from the city center. Minibus (Songteaw) and tuk-tuks are readily available to provide taxi services outside the terminal building. Expect to pay 160 baht for a taxi to most destinations in the city, while the return trip to the airport costs around 100 baht.
However, at present, the airport does not allow motor tricycles or minibuses without passengers to enter the passenger terminal. Passengers who want to use bicycle or shuttle services can use them at the exit from the airport.
The Workshop Avenue, The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel,provides shuttle transfer for all domestic, international flights of Thai Airways, Silk Air and Bangkok Airways, by air-conditioned hotel minibus. - almost hourly (will send the shuttle schedule in a separate email as failed to attach it hear).For Airport shuttle booking(s)to The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, please complete the following instruction:
From the Chiang Mai International Airport's International Passenger Terminal Building, visitors who require a comfortable and economical mode of transport from the Chaing Mai International Airport are recommended to take the Second Route of Airport Shuttle Bus.
There are 10 vans for each route. The Airport Shuttle Bus is located outside Chiang Mai International Airport’s international passenger terminal building. Open 07:30 - 21:30 Hrs.
Free Shuttle from XXX Hotel (Workshop Venue) to Chiang Mai Town: XXX Hotel provide free two-ways shuttle between the hotel to Chiang Mai Town based on a fixed shuttle schedule.
The major means of public transport in Chiang Mai town is mini-buses. Playing around town, they are in vivid colours and look like small pick-up with a roof. Tell the destination to the driver and negotiate the price before getting on. Normally the rides cost between 10 and 20 baht.
These types of taxis are available around the town. Fares are to be negotiated.
Many travellers prefer to use a bicycle to get around and this is very convenient as everywhere in Chiang Mai town as well as the suburbs is accessible by bike. Bicycles can be rented at bicycle shops and certain guesthouses.
Motorbikes, Mountainbikes & Private Cars also can be hired from any car rent company in Chiang Mai town.
The Chiang Mai Arcade Terminal, north-east of the city, runs a service several times a day to Bangkok (a 10 to 12 hour journey). This terminal also provides services to over 20 other destinations around Thailand.
The Central Chang Pheuak Terminal provides local services to other locations within Chiang Mai province. From Chang Phuak Bus Station near Chang Phuak Gate, there are regular buses and minibuses going to the following destinations:
For more information, call Chang Phuak Bus Station, 0 5321 1586.
The state railway operates around 14 trains a day to Chiang Mai Station from Bangkok. Many journeys run overnight and the journey takes approximately 12 to 15 hours. Most trains offer a first-class service with private cabins, and a second-class service with fold-down sleeping berths.
Chiang Mai Railway Station, tel. (053) 242094, 244795, 247462, 245363-4.
Apart from Bangkok, domestic airlines operate flights between Chiang Mai and other northern provinces, e.g. Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai, Nan, Phrae, Mae Sot (Tak province) as well as Udon Thani, Samui and Phuket. International fights operating are from Chiang Mai to Kunming and Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna in China.
Information extracted from www.thaiwaysmagazine.com