HTX Van Tai 277

Company Information

HTX Van Tai 277 is a popular choice for those travelling between Laos and Vietnam. The company offer air-conditioned VIP sleeper buses that will ensure the long trips are as comfortable as possible.

Routes served by HTX Van Tai 277

Hanoi–Vientiane

HTX Van Tai 277 offer one service each day between Hanoi and Vientiane, leaving Hanoi at 18.00 and arriving in the Laos capital at 18.00 the next evening, a full 24 hour trip! There is also one departure per day in the opposite direction at 17.00. Either journey will cost VND700,000 per person, each way.

Hanoi–Luang Prabang

It is also possible to travel between Hanoi and Luang Prabang as there is one departure per day in either direction. This is an even longer trip than Hanoi – Vientiane and takes over 25 hours in total. The VIP sleeper bus will depart Hanoi at 18.00 and will arrive in Luang Prabang at 19.30 the next evening, with tickets costing VND1,050,000. The return trip will leave Luang Prabang at 17.30 and arrive the following day at 19.00.

Hanoi–Savannakhet

The third route offered by HTX Van Tai 277 connects Hanoi with Savannakhet, a riverside city close to the border of Thailand. As with the other two routes there is one departure per day in either direction. Buses depart Hanoi at 18.00 and are due to arrive in Savannakhet at 14.00 the following day whilst buses leave Savannakhet at 10.00, arriving in Hanoi at 06.00. Ticket prices remain the same regardless of which direction you travel and are priced a VND875,000.

Pros

The biggest advantage with travelling with HTX Van Tai 277 is the low cost of tickets. This is the cheapest way to travel between Laos and Vietnam and is ideal for those on a tight budget and not in a rush to reach their destination. Ticket prices are often well under a third of the cost of even the cheapest and most basic budget airlines so are good value if you are keeping to a strict budget.

The buses themselves are fairly comfortable, no doubt a hugely important issue as you could be spending over 24 hours aboard one! There are stops to stretch your legs throughout the journey but it is still likely to drag. Fortunately, HTX Van Tai 277 offer some of the most comfortable buses that you’ll find on these routes which will make the journey as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Cons

Obviously the biggest disadvantage with HTX Van Tai 277 services is the length of the trips! The idea of sitting on a bus for over 24 hours will certainly not appeal to everyone and should only really be an option for budget travellers and those travelling for an extended period of time. After all, if you are on a two-week holiday, you will not want to spend 24 hours sitting on a bus! If you are looking for an experience then a journey such as this will certainly offer that.

Another issue with HTX Van Tai 277, as well as international bus trips in general, is that you will have to pass through immigration. This will require you to leave the bus and pass through a series of checkpoints and pay for a visa. It is usually a confusing, hectic and time-consuming process that you will not be looking forward to after an extended period of time on a bus.

Keep in mind

It is worth noting that services depart Hanoi from Nuoc Ngam Station and arrive into Vientiane’s Southern Bus Station.

Travellers reviews

Travellers, especially those on a tight budget, choose HTX Van Tai 277 for the low-cost tickets which provide excellent value for money. It is the cheapest way to travel between the two countries and most people who use these services are willing to put up with some discomfort in order to save money!

One of the complaints from travellers who use HTX Van Tai 277 is the inconvenient departure time from Savannakhet to Hanoi. The bus departs at 10.00 which means you will spend the entire day travelling by bus, before arriving in Hanoi at 06.00. This is less preferable than the other services offered by HTX Van Tai 277 which travel throughout the night, arriving at your destination at around lunchtime. This ensures that you do not lose out on an entire day.

The biggest complaint is the length of the bus rides, although the seats are about as comfortable as you’re likely to get, it is still an awful long time to be sitting aboard a bus. As such, these trips should only really be an option for budget travellers. Although it is considerably cheaper to make the journey by bus rather than flying, you will save a lot of time as well as arriving at your destination refreshed from a short flight rather than a 24-hour bus journey.

Buy HTX Van Tai 277 Tickets

Bus VIP 32
17:00
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
17:00
Bus VIP 32
10:00
Bus VIP Sleeper 41 41
10:00

HTX Van Tai 277 Company Reviews

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96.4% of 787 travelers were presumably happy with HTX Van Tai 277 as they left good or no review

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.

Jul 5, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★☆☆☆
The trip started badly when I got to the Hanoi Bus Station and counter 57, I kept trying to give my voucher in exchange for ticket as I was instructed to do. I was told nothing and kept getting sent to sit down. It got to 5 minutes until the bus (time written on my 12goAsia booking) was due to leave until someone told me it was due to leave an hour later and then I was asked to pay for my ticket, I had to repeat again and again I had already paid and argue with the person in charge before I got my ticket. I found my bus and it was ok, nothing special or terrible. Our bus journey took 30 hrs in total (i timed it out of curiousity), we had a few stops but the length of time was mostly due to the deliveries being loaded on the bus. We stopped very often in Vietnam to pick them up and a lot in Laos to drop them off. Overall not as bad as I had thought and i came well prepared with lots of films. Most of those of us travelling slept ok, at one point the bus turned on the radio for us all to hear quite late in on the 2nd night at a deafening volume which was not so great so i suggest earplugs. Expect very little and you cannot be disappointed.
May 27, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★★☆☆
The bus left one hour later, than originally planned, but they told me already at the counter. Instead of having chosen a Saturday bus, it was definitely one of those that is "below my expectations". No electricity, no wifi, no toilets, no space for sitting, no space for the legs. Luckily in the beginning and towards the end the bus was not too crowded, so that you could actually make yourself comfortable. There were several stops on the way for food and toilet. Border passing took more than two hours. But in the end I arrived after 26.5 hours. As I was the only western tourist, it appeared to me, that all the other guests were really nice and even showed me where to eat and so on
May 16, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★☆☆☆
Bus was delayed by 3 hours without explanation. The staff were very cold and rude to the western tourists not giving us information at any point. Leg room was poor and had no usb ports
May 4, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★★☆☆
Instructions on the booking voucher was to go to counter 3 at the bus station to exchange for a boarding pass. But no one was at the counter (it was empty, and didn't look like the counter was in operation). Checked with a couple of other counters (other companies) and was finally directed to go straight to the bus bay. By sheer luck, met a staff (who turned out to me the driver) who spoke both English and Mandarin, and he helped me to settle everything. And since I was the only foreigner on board the bus that day, he also took care of me during the journey especially at the border crossing, telling what to do since the locals got to stay on the bus while I had to go through immigration myself. A big thank you to him (I didn't manage to get his name). Other staff didn't speak English but could see they were trying to help as well. The bus ride was decent. Overall an okay experience, less the boarding pass issue at the bus station.
Apr 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★☆☆☆
The staff has been very rude,they don't speak ONE word of English and they don't care about you, they just about words in their language and treat you bad when you try to ask something. The bus has no WiFi and no toilet,the air conditioning was so high that u need a blanket to stay,they put loud Vietnamese music for almost all night so it was not possible to sleep, and they drive so fast the you cannot lay down. At the border they didn't explain us what we should do and ask us one dollar to Stan our passports (I don't know if it was a real fee or a fake one). Very hard and uncomfortable trip
Apr 14, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★★☆☆
My experience was better than most stories that I've heard but still an interesting one to tell my friends. Be prepared for bugs, VERY rude bus attendents (segregated the foreigners from the laos obly gave us wifi to shut us up but refused water and snacks, yelled and pushed us), be on your toes at immigration otherwise you bus will just leave without you and laugh ( almost happened to the other foreign couple sitting next to us. Only had wifi til Laos border but there was a toilet on board and blankets and very loud Laos music through the speakers by 9am the next day :)
Feb 19, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★☆☆☆
The bus I took was a replacement service so I'm not sure how helpful my review can be. The scheduled bus caught fire so I was offered a replacement bus that promised arrival in 14hr instead of the usual 24hr. Actual journey took 20hr so I just wish that the promised arrival time was more realistic as some of us make changes to our accommodation bookings only to find it gone to waste. The bus we were on seemed to have just completed a trip so it was pretty messy and smelly. We had to switch buses some distance after the border so we waited in a freezing cold restaurant for 2-3hr without any information. In terms of service the staff of 12Go whom I communicated with (Hong Nguyen) was quite helpful and prompt with replies but I guess there are just some things that are out of their control.
Jan 4, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★★★★
Very friendly operators! They'll help out if you have any kind of problem.
Dec 9, 2017
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★★☆☆
Said 24 hour and some reviews online said it could be worse. My experience was good. Only took 22hr. Be aware the visa points have no ATM and won't accept card. Carry cash. I had to borrow of the driver and I was a little embarrassed. All in all, bus was comfortable enough and if you don't want to pay the extra for the flight it's a reasonable option. :-)
Jul 19, 2017
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
★★☆☆☆
Late leaving and getting to Hanoi . Left us at border and drove off to Vietnam side without telling us. Dirty bus bathroom , trash etc. not helpful in any way.

HTX Van Tai 277 Stations

Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station Vientiane Southern Bus Station Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal Savannakhet Bus Station