Buses from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Buses from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

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Hanoi to Luang Prabang Bus Schedule

Hanoi to Luang Prabang Bus Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Vietnam Airlines Economy 09:25 - 12:40VND 6,062k
Vietnam Airlines Economy 10:10 - 12:40€ 239.34
VietJet Air Economy 12:15 - 15:00VND 4,538k
Grouptour Van + Sleeper Bus 15:00 - 08:30VND 1,725k
Lao Airlines Economy 16:20 - 13:20VND 5,684k
Lao Airlines Economy #QV31418:50 - 20:00VND 4,481k
Thai Smile Economy 20:40 - 11:35€ 308.89

Transportation from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Hanoi to Luang Prabang Destination Reviews

It was better then we expected. The driver was really nice and helpful. The only thing that was not great was that we arrived 2 hours later then expected
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), May 22, 2023
This was the second time we took this route since the first time we arrived to the border and had to go back to Hanoi since we didn't know that it wasn't possible to get on-arrival visas to Laos anymore. We left on time from Hanoi and arrive almost at 9 pm to Luang Prabang. More than a formal transport for people, the bus was a goods delivery service.The bus stopped more than a dozen times to collect and deliver multiple items on the way, including more people with no tickets. All felt more like of it was a side business from corrupted drivers than something organized from the company. There were few stops to go to proper toilets (specially for women) and to eat. The drivers smoked constantly inside the bus and the air conditioning damaged a couple of times.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Mar 15, 2023
Bus was overcrowded, people with stinky feet slept next to our faces. Luggage was on the roof. Bus was 1 1/2h delayed and at the end of our journey the bus broke down
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Feb 18, 2020
Водители ужасные. Все передние места резервируют для своих и туристов на них не пускают. У половины сидений в автобусе сломаны спинки. По дороге постоянно останавливаются, чтобы брать грузы. Везли даже мотоцикл и живых куриц. Для обеда остановились у дорогого кафе. Мы пошли в соседнее, там было намного дешевле. В итоге ехали 25 часов
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Nov 25, 2019
The ride was okay, but it will be better if you get the bottom bed rather than the top bunk. Lots of stop getting locals, and cargos. Communication with the driver is hard. But it was a memorable 24 hours bus ride experience :)
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Oct 22, 2019
One star for getting there. One star for staff being fine...in that they got us here. 12go tells you in the voucher (after you've booked) that certain days of the week have subpar busses. We had one of those. Would have been good info for 12go to share prebooking to earn the fee they charge. Left two hours late (standard in SE Asia) but that meant arriving in the dark at 8pm. Despite no assigned seats, westerners are directed to the worst seats and you have to accept it or argue back. Really only a good option if saving money. Skip 12go, they provide nothing, just book at the station.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Jul 7, 2019
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How to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by Bus

Taking a bus to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is a safe, comfortable and less expensive alternative for traveling this route. To popular destinations, bus companies operate multiple trips per day, often round the clock at 30-60 minute intervals. To less traveled destinations, there may be only 1 scheduled trip a day. The most common bus types are non-air-conditioned, air-conditioned, and premium buses.

It is best to reserve your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Check our list of bus companies available for online booking offering Hanoi to Luang Prabang tickets. When traveling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to higher numbers of travelers, both vacation-makers and urban workers returning home to their provincial home.

How far is it from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

Traveling by bus, the distance from Hanoi to Luang Prabang depends on the route taken. Most bus companies travel via expressways or tollways. This may not necessarily be the shortest route but it is the fastest one as normally there is less traffic and no traffic lights.

To get to certain island destinations which are not connected to the mainland by a bridge, buses board large car ferries. Passengers are usually asked to get off the bus, but there is no need to take your luggage from the bus. The travel distance from port to port is added to the total distance.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by Bus?

The estimate travel time from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is about 1d 1h 30m. Note that traveling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Hanoi and Luang Prabang may differ greatly There is usually more traffic between morning until afternoon during weekdays than during weekends.

Another important factor that may affect travel time is the type of bus. Premium or VIP buses are usually faster as they use motorways and call to fewer bus stations (if any) en route. Buses normally make short 10-30-minute breaks after a few hours of continuous travel to allow passengers use bathrooms, stock up on munchies and let bus attendants and the driver have rest.

Some premium buses have onboard toilets and the second driver. Nevertheless, usually they still make en route stops for a quick lunch or fuel refill.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by Bus?

The ticket price from Hanoi to Luang Prabang can vary depending on the type of buses you choose. For a less expensive ticket consider non-air-conditioned or ordinary buses. Premium or luxury buses are more expensive but you can expect more comfort and some additional services like phone charging ports, personal entertainment system screens and toilets.

Hanoi to Luang Prabang timetable

To help you plan your trip, here is the Hanoi to Luang Prabang timetable of bus departure and arrival times.

Best Rated Companies for this Route

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Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider. We also recommend you checking reviews on overall service quality of the bus companies serving this route.

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