Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Hanoi to Luang Prabang

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Hanoi to Luang Prabang Schedule

Hanoi to Luang Prabang Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN92317:35 - 18:50€ 221.95
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN92318:10 - 19:05€ 277.36

Transportation from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Hanoi to Luang Prabang Destination Reviews

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
The quality of the Sleeper Bus was good. Service was normal as staff are not able to communicate in English. However trip took longer than expected. We were informed to arrive 1hour before the departure time at 1730hrs but the bus only left the station at 1900hrs. Not sure why there was a delay but we were told to wait every time we asked.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), May 18, 2019
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.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Jul 5, 2018
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How to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

When you want to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Flight ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about VND 13,137,390. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as VND 787,780.

How far is Hanoi from Luang Prabang?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. Your trip will be a total of 330 miles (530 km). The flying distance is 254 miles (408 km).

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

The travel time from Hanoi to Luang Prabang can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 28 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Hanoi to Luang Prabang varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as VND 787,780 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as VND 13,137,390.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Hanoi to Luang Prabang:

  • Bus tickets - VND 787,780 to VND 787,780;
  • Plane tickets - VND 3,846,220 to VND 13,137,390;

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Luang Prabang?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is VND 3,846,220.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Cambodia Angkor Air, Vietnam Airlines (เวียดนาม แิอร์ไลน์)


Taking a bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

The most popular transport from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Hanoi to Luang Prabang? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 88% decided to go for a bus.
  • 12% users took a plane.