Recommended
20:00
Morchit, Bangkok
11h bus ride in VIP
5
07:00
+1
Vientiane Talat Sao
Instant Recommended Fastest
09:30
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #TG2572 with Thai Airways in Economy
10:40
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant
Instant Recommended Fastest
11:20
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #TG2570 with Thai Airways in Economy
12:30
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant

From Khao San Tara Travel to Vientiane by Buses

16:00
Khao San Tara Travel, Bangkok
19h bus ride in Express
3.2
11:00
+1
Vientiane

From Morchit to Vientiane by Buses

Recommended
20:00
Morchit, Bangkok
11h bus ride in VIP
5
07:00
+1
Vientiane Talat Sao

From Hua Lamphong to Vientiane by Trains+Vans

Thai Railways +
Refundable
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13h 30m. Self-connect.
4.4
09:30
+1
Vientiane any hotel
Refundable
Thai Railways +
Refundable
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13h 30m. Self-connect.
4.4
09:30
+1
Vientiane any hotel
Refundable

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Vientiane by Flights

Instant Recommended Fastest
09:30
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #TG2572 with Thai Airways in Economy
10:40
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant
Fastest
09:30
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #WE572 with Thai Smile in Economy
10:40
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant Recommended Fastest
11:20
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #TG2570 with Thai Airways in Economy
12:30
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant
Instant Fastest
11:20
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #TG570 with Thai Airways in Economy
12:30
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant
Fastest
11:20
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #WE570 with Thai Smile in Economy
12:30
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant Fastest
18:35
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
1h 10m flight #TG574 with Thai Airways in Economy
19:45
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant

From Don Mueang Airport to Vientiane by Flights

Instant Fastest
12:05
DMK Don Mueang Airport
1h 10m flight #FD1040 with Thai AirAsia in Economy
4
13:15
VTE Vientiane Airport
Instant

From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Vientiane by Taxis

Instant Refundable
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Bangkok Hotel Transfer
10h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
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Vientiane any hotel
Instant Refundable
Instant Refundable
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Bangkok Hotel Transfer
10h taxi ride in Comfort
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Vientiane any hotel
Instant Refundable

Bangkok to Vientiane Schedule

Bangkok to Vientiane Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 - 10:00฿ 14,450
Thai Airways Economy #TG257209:30 - 10:40฿ 3,420
Thai Smile Economy #WE57209:30 - 10:40฿ 2,889
Thai Airways Economy #TG57011:20 - 12:30฿ 7,357
Thai Smile Economy #WE57011:20 - 12:30฿ 2,889
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD104012:05 - 13:15฿ 2,080
Tara Tour and Travel Express 16:00 - 11:00฿ 1,100
Thai Airways Economy #TG57418:35 - 19:45฿ 7,221
Transport Co LA VIP 20:00 - 07:00฿ 1,070

How to get from Bangkok to Vientiane

After the bustling capital of Thailand with it proud high rises piercing the skies, modern skytrain whisking passengers around the city above the ground and busy world-class shopping centres, Vientiane may feel too sleepy, too low-storied, too rustic and too simple. And in some way it is. But if you stop comparing Vientiane to Bangkok, you will discover tons of charm in the wide leafy boulevards and elaborately decorated historical wats and enjoy simple Lao pleasures – from spicy laap salad and ice-cold beer Lao to the measured pace of local life. The mighty Mekong adds to the meditative mood, and the amazing sunsets over the river never fail to impress.

From Bangkok to Vientiane

The road distance from Bangkok to Vientiane is 650 km and you need at least 10 hours to get to Laos, including the time you send at the border. Nong Khai–Vientiane border crossing is most probably the busiest one among all the other land border crossings between Thailand and Laos. That said, queues are normally reasonable and you are not pushed too much to pay extra for your Lao visa if you need one.

Flights from Bangkok to Vientiane

There are direct flights between both Bangkok airports and Vientiane, all taking 1¼ hours. The cheapest deals are often offered by AirAsia which uses Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok as their hub. Normally you can get tickets for THB2000, less if you buy in advance during promotion periods. If you prefer to fly from Suvarnabhumi, consider Lao Airlines, which is more expensive (THB3500 and up), but includes 20 kg of checked luggage into their ticket price. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways also operate their flights from Suvarnabhumi.

In Vientiane the International Airport Wattay is located 3 km northwest of the centre. The terminal building has been given a facelift recently and now features ATMs, currency exchange counters, several snacks outlets, restaurants and the information counter. You can get an official taxi to the centre of Vientiane right at the airport in the arrivals hall. The rate is flat and is USD7. A budget option is to get out of the terminal building and walk to the main road (about 500 m) where you can negotiate a ride with tuk-tuk drivers (normally at half of the taxi price) or hop onto a local bus which costs 4000 kip (USD0.5).

Tip A decent alternative to taking a direct flight from Bangkok to Vientiane is heading from Bangkok to Udon Thani instead. This domestic flight costs less and you have a wider choice of departures throughout the day with AirAsia, Lion Air or Nok Air. From Udon Thani airport you can take a bus to get to the city bus station and take the direct international bus to Vientiane from there. The international service departs eight times a day from 8am till 6pm and costs THB80. There is also van service to Vientiane from Udon Thani airport (THB200). In total it is 80 km from Udon Thani to Vientiane; expect to spend from two to three hours to get to Laos, including the time you spend at the border.

Note If taking the international bus/van from Udon Thani to Vientiane you may be rejected the ride if you do not have your Lao visa yet and are going to get one at the border. The only reason for rejection is that the bus drivers do not want to wait for the passengers obtaining their visas at the border. In this case ask for the transport to the Thai border – once at the Lao side of the border, you can then take a tuk-tuk to your destination.

Direct bus from Bangkok to Vientiane

There is direct international bus service from Bangkok to Vientiane. The service is operated by Transport Co Intl based at Morchit Bus Terminal in Bangkok. The bus departs daily at 8pm from and reaches Talat Sao bus station in Vientiane by 7am the next morning. If you are heading to the Thai consulate in Vientiane to apply for your Thai visa, this bus is a sure bet to get to the consulate in time. Tickets cost THB1000 which is in fact approximately one third more than you would spend if taking a bus to Nong Khai and then catching the international bus to Vientiane from Nong Khai bus station.

Note that there are only six buses a day from Nong Khai to Vientiane with rather an inconvenient gap in schedule between 9.30am and 12.40pm.

The bus from Bangkok to Vientiane is an ordinary VIP bus with four seats per row. Some of the buses serving the route do look rather tired; so do not expect extra comfort. There are several bathroom stops en route at large gas stations with food courts and/or convenience stores to stock up on munchies. Snacks and water are served on board along with late dinner in the form of a lunch box containing some rice and curry. In general, taking the direct international bus from Bangkok to Vientiane is a convenient and hassle free way to get to the capital of Laos.

From Bangkok to Vientiane via Nong Khai

Nong Khai makes for a convenient transit point for travelling to Vientiane overland. In Bangkok, buses for Nong Khai depart all day through from the northern bus terminal, Morchit, and arrive to Nong Khai bus station, the majority of them taking from nine to 10 hours (THB500-THB600).

From Nong Khai bus station take the international bus to Vientiane (7.30am, 9.30am, 12.40pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. 6pm; THB60; buy tickets on the spot) or get a tuk-tuk to the border (THB60), then hop onto the shuttle bus over the bridge to the other side of the border (THB50) and negotiate a tuk-tuk ride to Vientiane from there (from THB100).

Nong Khai sits at the end of the Northeastern Line of Thai railway network and it is a good point to get there by train. The most convenient option is arguably train #69 departing from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 8pm and reaching Nong Khai at 6.45am the next morning. It offers first (THB1500) and second class (THB1000) sleepers (ladies only as well) which are a great way to travel.

From Nong Khai train station you can either take a shuttle train to Tha Nalaeng train station in Laos or walk to the border, exit Thailand, get onto the shuttle bus running over the bridge to the Lao side, get your Lao visa (if you need one), enter Laos and enjoy a hearty welcome from numerous tuk-tuk drivers offering reasonable prices for a 20 km ride to Vientiane (from THB60 per person or THB200 for the whole vehicle). Taking a shuttle train to Tha Nalaeng is less preferable as you will have then get from Tha Nalaeng to Vientiane, with the transportation options limited to few tuk-tuk drivers who do not know what modesty is about!

Getting your Lao visa on arrival

If you need a visa to enter Laos, you can get one on arrival in Vientiane airport, at the immigration offices on the Lao side of Nong Khai–Vientiane border or at the train station of Tha Nalaeng.

The majority of the nationalities can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival (check in advance). The visa fee varies depending on your country of residence but is USD30 for the majority of the countries. You can pay in Thai baht, too, but it will cost you a bit more (THB1500; ~USD45). Take a visa application form from the officer, fill it in, have 2 small photos to attach to your application (or pay a couple of bucks if you do not have pics) and get your Lao visa.

Getting around in Vientiane

Wide Vientiane boulevards and streets do not see as much traffic as other Asian capitals, and the flat terrain makes it possible to negotiate the city thanons by bicycle. These are available for rent in many guesthouses at about USD1 per day, though the quality of such bicycles leaves much to be desired.

Tuk-tuks are plentiful but those hanging around the night market close to Mekong do not fall below USD5 with their rates.

There are public buses in Vientiane (6,000 kip) and the most useful route is #14 from Talat Sao (Morning market) to the Friendship bridge and further to Buddha Park.

Things to do in Vientiane

Though at first sight Vientiane may look modest compared to the capitals of the neighbouring countries, it definitely has enough sights and activities to keep you busy at least for a couple of days. The city features quite a few interesting wats and stupas out of which try not to miss Wat Ho Phra Kaew, the 16th century temple which used to house the sacred Emerald Buddha image, now resident in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Not less impressive is Wat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Laos with great murals depicting scenes from Jataka. That Luang, one the most important religious monuments in the country, dates back to the 16th century as well, but was rebuilt in the middle of the past century; yet the shape of this stupa reminiscent of a lotus bud has been replicated in many wats throughout the country and in Thai region of Isan.

You will come across Patuxia and the black stupa more than once while taking a stroll around the city; the former has a nice park with a fountain and is especially pleasant at sunset. The weird Buddha Park located 25 km southeast of Vientiane is worth visiting, too, even if you have already seen the similar park in Nong Khai. The atmosphere there is serene and there are usually not too many visitors wandering between the stone images of Buddhist and Hindu deities.

Onward travel from Vientiane

The two star destinations in Laos easily reached from Vientiane are Luang Phabang, a rare gem of elegant French architecture, golden wats and traditional wooden houses, and Vang Vieng, a famous tubing capital of the country which now enjoys a much quieter vibe after all those bars along the river have been ordered to close. Out of international destinations you can get to overland, consider Hanoi, though a 22-hour bus ride is not the experience everyone is longing for.

Bangkok to Vientiane destination reviews

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RK
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bus VIP, Transport Co LA, Aug 17, 2019
It's super service ???? , bus condition was very good and runs so smoothly and was on time , it provided some snacks when it start and in midway given 30Bath coupon to eat from food court . Everything was nice in the bus and my trip to Laos too ..
SF
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bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, May 29, 2019
It was a hassle ride cause you have to transfer your bag from one bus to another... You have two buses to ride... From Bangkok to Nong Khai then from Nong Khai to Vientiane Laos... It says here 16:00 (4:00pm) but it was like we left from the agency at 6:30pm and then the bus left in Bangkok 8:40 pm (20:40)... This is expensive here.. Cause the ticket they gave me bangkok to Nong Khai it cost (400+ ThaiBaht) and Nong Khai to Vientiane cost 55Thaibaht. I can say you can do it by yourself cause when you reached to the place(bus terminal) that's the time they buy you ticket in which you can do it by yourself... You can save alot and spend lesser than you pay here at 1100 ThaiBaht.
PJ
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bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Apr 2, 2019
Tara Travel were very helpful and efficient at arranging bus travel. However, I booked travel by train.
WG
4
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Jan 23, 2019
I was unhappy with the minibus being late to take us to the bus. Then we dropped off some passengers at another bus station which made the journey long and tiring before I even got on the bus to Nongai. The sister met me at the bus station and took me to the Thai border on a motorbike. When I offered her a tip she refused. Luckily I had a backpack and not a case. The rest of the journey was uneventful though the Laotian Visa officials are slow. Maybe they don't want tourists. The whole journey was an adventure for a 73 year old.
PM
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bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Dec 31, 2018
Booked the bus to Vientiane from Bangkok, the journey to Nong Khai was comfortable but we were not dropped off at the bus station as informed, the bus staff dropped us at a bus shelter by the border crossing, this resulted in us paying 100baht for a Tuk Tuk to take us to the correct location where we met the tour operators sister and received our bus tickets for the next leg of the journey. The tour operator said there would be no other fee from Nong Khai to Laos and was telling us to return to Thailand, after stamping out of the country???, to continue on the bus to Vientiane??? On the bus ticket information it said to continue the journey by bus from Laos immigration point, no such bus and the phone number provided for staff was not accessible. We and the other bus passengers again had to pay an additional 160baht to get to Vientiane.
LJ
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bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel, Sep 19, 2018
We did get to our destination in the end but customer service and communication could have been better.
RP
5
bus VIP, Transport Co LA, Aug 13, 2019
Convenient, safe and on time.

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