Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is the major gateway to Northern Thailand; approx 3km south west of the city centre and takes around 10 to 15 minutes by car. The airport is reached by the Super Highway and Chiang Mai Hod Road. The airport has only one terminal that deals with domestic and international flights. Check-in counters are situated in the centre of the ground floor; arrivals are at the northern end of the building, while departures are upstairs on the mezzanine level.
The airport does not allow tricycles and cars without passengers to go through into the terminal area, so if you are being picked up by friends or family you have to exit the airport areas to meet them. For hotel guests, hotel limousines are provided for every flight, these pick-up/drop-off services are very cheap or even free. Check with your hotel to see if they provide this service. There is sufficient, secure parking outside Chiang Mai Airport, only 10 baht per hour. The Bangkok route is one of the busiest in the country with Thai Airways flights almost every hour and extra flights in the height of the tourist season.
Getting from the airport to the city is straightforward, outside the airport you will find lots of tuk tuks and songtaew minibuses, the average price should be 100 baht for a journey to most places in central Chiang Mai. The return journey back to the airport is only 50 baht.
After you have collected your baggage and cleared customs walk into the reception hall and turn left. The taxis operate from the north end of the terminal. Airport Taxis charge a flat fee of 140 baht for up to 5 passengers anywhere in the city. Metered Taxi fees will start from 40 baht plus a 50 baht service fee from the Meter Taxi stand.
Local bus number 4 will take you to the city centre for 15 baht.
Limousine Hire/Car Rental
Limousine hire and car rental are available at the airport. You will find the Transportation Service Counter on the first floor opposite the domestic arrival lounge. You will also find information regarding bus timetables and minibus hire here.
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