From Chiang Mai Airport to Luang Prabang by Flights

Flight #FD3444 by Thai AirAsia
CNX Chiang Mai Airport
5h 45m flight #FD3444 with Thai AirAsia in Economy
LPQ Luang Prabang Airport
Flight #FD3436 by Thai AirAsia
CNX Chiang Mai Airport
5h flight #FD3436 with Thai AirAsia in Economy
LPQ Luang Prabang Airport

Passenger reviews out of total 6 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Apr 26, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
Good trip, good service, beds quite small for 2 people but not much you can do about that! Actually a quite enjoyable 20 hour bus ride!!
Apr 16, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
-do not state which bus terminal. Yes, they’re opposite and I was fortunate in having not much luggage as I went to the wrong one. Others had a lot to carry across the main road! -very hard to find the bus counter as one is inclined to look for Naga Travel when it’s actually something like ‘99’ -Company did not and still have not responded to my email sent 5 days before bus. If they had, I could have gone to the right terminal... -snacks were nice -sleeper bus never chanted at Laos border. Just reclining seats -toilet had no light or flush and smelt the whole bus within an hour of departure -driver was smoking and it filtered to the coach through the endless ‘no smoking’ signs... But, as all the other reviews are the same comments, Naga Travel clearly has no intention of doing anything!
Mar 30, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
It was not a sleeper bus. The only quality that could hint to a sleeper bus is that the seat reclined a bit. Only problem was that if you actually did recline the (highly uncomfortable) seat back it hits the person behind you and takes away the already non excisting leg space. In the ticket it said that it could be an older bus but that once you crossed the boarder the bus would change into a sleeper class bus. It did not. The bus ride lasted abou 20-21 hours so you can imagine the joy. I was quite dissapointed as was the whole bus full of people. I am quite short (5'2/157cm) but I left the bus with sore legs, back, neck and arse. I dont want to imagine what it would have been like for someone taller. The thought that kept occurring to me during the journey was: my school bus at home is more comfirtable than this. At least there's wifi on that. On a positive note the staff was very nice, the snacks they gave were good as well and you meet a lot of nice, new people who also think the bus is horrible. That's at least something to bond over.
Mar 30, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
We didn’t change into a sleeperbus. The bus was okay but not for 20 hours. Very late stop to get dinner.
Mar 13, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
The staff were nice and very helpful and explained what was going on and sold us SIM cards. Luckily we were a couple so the seat/bed that you have to share was fine, but if you’re on your own may be slightly weird sharing with a stranger as they’re not large.
Feb 11, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
Got my ticket very easy
Jan 31, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
My schedule changed and I did not go. Arrived in Chiang Mai too late to go. Since it was non-refundable, just lost only money this time.
Jan 14, 2019
bus Express, Naga Travel
Stop all over the way, taking people from the villages
Nov 28, 2018
bus Express, Naga Travel
I was supposed to switch to a sleeping bus for the ride from Laos border to Luang Prabang, but instead we had to continue on the same bus from Chiang Mai. That bus did not have a flushing toilet or light in the bathroom. Also, no one could or would explain nor understand any English. Therefore, it was impossible to know what was going on! I am very disappointed, as I traveled with a 79 years old man, who needed better traveling accommodations. And we weren't the only ones on the bus with the same problem. It seems like the people who booked through 12goasia had the same problem.
Jun 24, 2018
bus VIP 36, Naga Travel
Took the bus at chiang mai. The bus was fine and we could be one by bed. But once we passed the lao border the drivers where in a hurry to arrive. Made short stop, asked us to all go in the same restaurant turned of the small lamps when the night came. Left the big light on and did not want to put the small lamps. Even after 3 persons asked for it. Droped all of us at 3 in the morning instead of 5. Next time I will stay in the bus until 5 to sleep... Of course no tuck tuck and no guest house where open at that time

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How to get from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

Travelling between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang is possible by flight and bus. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you THB 5,358 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere THB 1,499.

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang?

It can take you anywhere between 5 and 20 hours to travel between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang. Flight will bring you to your destination in 5h. Bus does a much slower job and take about 20h to reach Luang Prabang.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang?

Travelling between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang can be as cheap as THB 1,499 if you opt for a Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล) bus and as expensive as THB 5,358 if you buy a Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย) flight ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang ?

  • 5 from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang starting from 06:55 Chiang Mai Airport until 11:00 Chiang Mai Airport
  • 1 from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang starting from 09:00 Chiang Mai Arcade until 09:00 Chiang Mai Arcade

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as THB 4,353.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang

Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย)


Travelling from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang

Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล)

What is the most popular transport to get from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 1000 opted for a bus