Hanoi to Vientiane

Hanoi to Vientiane

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Hanoi to Vientiane Schedule

Hanoi to Vientiane Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Smile Economy #WE56110:35 - 12:25$ 252.02
Lao Airlines Economy #QV31212:10 - 13:30€ 718.51
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN92317:40 - 19:25€ 182.41
Thai Smile Economy #WE56520:25 - 22:15$ 307.83
Korean Air Economy #KE68023:10 - 05:25€ 550.80

Transportation from Hanoi to Vientiane

Hanoi to Vientiane Destination Reviews

Trip went smoothly. Drivers didn't speak English so we didn't know at first what to do at the border. Good thing some people who were with me in the bus helped me with the process. Wasn't as bad as I thought the trip was gonna be.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Sep 23, 2019
Well, you get what you pay for. It did say on the ticket don't expect much. But I thought it was fine. Staff don't speak English, but as long as you are nice and polite they are also nice and polite so no big deal. No toilet but they make plenty of stops, and I got the feeling that if you asked to stop to use a toilet that would be no problem. Towards the end of the journey, the air con started leaking hahaha was a bit crazy but all part of the fun. Yeah the border is a little hectic but everyone finds their way. It's not up to the bus driver to hold your hand. All in all I thought it was fine and would probably do it again.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Apr 23, 2019
To be honest even just sitting on a bus for 24h is not a 5 star experience in general. But a toilet and wifi would habe definitely make the time on the bus better. It is true - bus full of stuff like packages, ready-to-sell-tshirts and ohter things. You got your seat and that’s it - no wandering around as there is people (even staff) laying in the narrow walkway. We got brought to the passport-check-out in Vietnam at the border (btw. 1 USD) and then to the Laos border where it was a little chaotic. But well the bus waited for everyone (at least it seemed like it) and we made the it to Vientiane. Earplugs are a must.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Apr 17, 2019
This really gives me PTSD. Would highly recommend against anyone doing this trip. Its not for the faint of heart. 24 hours on a bus is no joke. The place is quite dirty, pillows feel a bit damp so you really aren’t sure what was on it before you. Also the toilet onboard is really smelly and damp too. You can’t wear shoes onboard so I’m not sure how you’re supposed to use the toilet without dirtying your feet with urine and fecal matter. Also the drivers and assistants weren’t friendly to foreigners at all and were actually quite hostile. If you are traveling alone, I would definitely recommend you reconsider because they will bully you. Just don’t do this.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Dec 9, 2018
The driver was VERY unfriendly to all the foreigners but the seats were comfortable and it wasn't as bad as I had expected! And it only took us 18 hours!
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Nov 30, 2018
Our trip wasn't as bad as other reviews I have read. The bus was loaded with random packages, and was cramped, but it didn't bother me and my girlfriend too much. The guys on the bus were nice enough, and tried to be helpful at the border (pointing in a general direction, but he did actually take us to the first passport gate). The only thing that would help is if they spoke even very basic English. But then again I suppose we could learn very basic Vietnamese. Yes, it was long, but we tried to sleep most of the way and succeeded. Ear plugs are a MUST. I asked for the toilet and had to wait another 90 minutes for what was a planned stop anyway. No wifi, toilet, so be prepared to be dehydrated for risk of going to the toilet on yourself.
Bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7), Aug 18, 2018
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How to get from Hanoi to Vientiane

When you want to get from Hanoi to Vientiane, 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 Bus 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 USD 424.00. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 20.00.

How far is Hanoi from Vientiane?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Hanoi to Vientiane. Your trip will be a total of 401 miles (644 km). The flying distance is 308 miles (495 km).

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Vientiane?

The travel time from Hanoi to Vientiane can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 24 to 24 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Vientiane?

The cost of the trip from Hanoi to Vientiane 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 USD 20.00 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 USD 424.00.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 20.00 to USD 20.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 308.00 to USD 424.00;

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Vientiane?

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 Vientiane. 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 USD 308.00.

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 Vientiane
Thai Airways, Thai Smile (ไทยสมายล์)


Taking a bus from Hanoi to Vientiane 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 Vientiane

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Hanoi to Vientiane? 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:

  • 86% decided to go for a bus.
  • 14% users took a plane.