How long does it really take to fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Chiang Mai, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.
Tuesday, 3:57 pm: start in Bangkok
drive for about 38 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:00 pm at the latest
4:35 pm: Don Mueang International (DMK)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:30 pm
4:50 pm: get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time
5:20 pm: arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate
5:35 pm: prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat
5:50 pm: board Klm Royal Dutch Airlines flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
6:00 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway
6:15 pm: wheels up! take-off from DMK
fly for about 1 hour in the air
7:28 pm (local time): Chiang Mai International (CNX)
Chiang Mai is the same time as Bangkok
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate
7:43 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at CNX
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 9 minutes to your destination
7:52 pm (local time): arrive in Chiang Mai
Total travel time: 4 hours
How far is Chiang Mai from Bangkok? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 361 miles or 581 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 13 minutes
Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 3 hours, 55 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 3.9x faster, and saves you about 3 hours in your total travel time.
Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.
This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.
The most common route is DMK to CNX, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:
We picked Klm Royal Dutch Airlines for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Chiang Mai. Trippy has an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: shopping in thailand?. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Chiang Mai like Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Chiang Mai like What to explore in Chiang Mai? Click the button below to explore Chiang Mai in detail.
The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.
You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Bangkok to Chiang Mai road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?
If you happen to know Bangkok, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Bangkok!