Getting Around

Chiang Mai is tourist-oriented with several transport options, and it is therefore relatively easy to get around. Three-wheeled tuk tuks, also known as samlors, are usually the quickest means of transport, and fares should be negotiated before travelling. Songthaews are another novel (if slightly hair-raising) way to travel. Small, usually red, pickup trucks with benches fitted along the side, they have no fixed route but pick up and drop off passengers like buses and need to be flagged down. Passengers should be sure to check the destination with the driver. The Chiang Mai bus service is very limited; catching a metered taxi can also be difficult at times, but Uber and Lyft are alternatives. Renting a motorbike is a popular option, and car rental agencies are also available, though traffic can be heavy, and it is advised to rather hire a car with a driver. Bicycles are another good way to explore Chiang Mai and can be hired in the old city, though travellers will have to watch out for other drivers.


Chiang Mai Airport

The airport is situated two miles (4km) from Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Airport (CNX)


The airport is situated two miles (4km) from Chiang Mai.

Getting to the city

The airport does not allow public tricycle and pick-up cars to enter the airport area; these can be accessed outside the airport boundaries. They are the cheapest transport option from the airport, but can be uncomfortably crowded with luggage. Taxis, limousines, and car rentals are the only form of transport available at the airport. Many hotels will arrange transport for guests with advance booking.


Local time is GMT +7.

Car rental

Car rental agencies at the airport include Hertz, Avis, and Thai Rent a Car.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available for travel to Chiang Mai from outside the airport; fares should be agreed in advance.


Facilities include currency exchange, lost and found, ATMs, business lounges, a sauna and spa, shopping, and dining options. There are limited facilities for disabled travellers; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.


Chiang Mai Airport offers a range of convenient car parking options situated close to the terminals.