Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Luang Prabang to Vientiane

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane Destination Reviews

CF
van Regional 14pax, Naluang (Naluang), Feb 25, 2020
There is not a lot of leg room on the minibus but the journey was comfortable and the driver was safe. The rest stops were also regular enough and the included lunch was a nice bonus. Many thanks to the driver for keeping us safe on the mountain roads!!
HW
van Van or Bus, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Feb 22, 2020
Drivers were excellent! Our bus was 30 minutes late picking us up, but good part was they picked us up at our hotel. We arrived in Vong Vieng where a transfer was made, all well organized. We were escorted to a different van which took us to Vientiane. Next time I would limit baggage on such a trip. Each of us carried a large suitcase, and drivers managed to fit us all into the van, but next time a rucksack would be easier. The van ride from Luang Prabang was very full of people and luggage. Our transfer van to Vientiane was roomier and more comfortable. I would use this service again.
BB
van Regional 14pax, Naluang (Naluang), Feb 16, 2020
Very full passeger , not convenient for 8 hours journey. we have free for lunch at a restaurant.
TK
Bus AC Sleeper, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Feb 10, 2020
Nicht gut organisierte Bus Gesellschaft, man muss seinen Platz suchen, die Busse sind nicht besonders sauber.3-
LA
Bus AC Sleeper, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Feb 6, 2020
The bus is clean and beds are well maintained. Very organised everyone sleep in their designated cabin number. Cabin length is about 1.8m just nice for me. But is not overbooked and bus driver knows his way and drive safely, it took us 9 hrs to reach Vientiane fro Luang Prabang instead of 12 hrs. VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE! My previous trip fro Vientiane to Luang Prabang was a nightmare. Took Soutchai bus: 1. Overbooked - 10 white guys have no cabin and sleep on corridor. 2. Beds are worn out and dirty cabin. 3. VERY UNORGANISED nobody follow cabin number and i almost didnt get a cabin because of this. 4. Cabin length is about 1.6m. i Had to bend my leg for 12 hrs because insufficient legroom! 5. Super bumpy and many fast cornering i was worried i couldnt make it to Luang Prabang in one piece. 6. Other than passenger they carry goods as well, my luggage was on top of the bus luckily when unload they didnt break my aluminium luggage handle! 7. SOUTCHAI BUS WAS TOTALLY RUNDOWN COMPARED TO THIS PLS DONT TAKE!
HE
van Regional 14pax, Naluang (Naluang), Jan 24, 2020
Fast and on time. Perfect 8 hr adventure trip! Even lunch was included in the ticket price which was a big surprise.
JR
Bus AC Sleeper, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Jan 19, 2020
Las camas compartidas, son muy pequeñas, si medis más de 1.70mts se complica
FE
Bus AC Sleeper, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Dec 19, 2019
It has nothing to do with the buss actually, the buss was 5/5 and the comfort better than expected. But be prepared to fear for your life because the road is not close to good.
PH
Bus AC Sleeper, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Dec 13, 2019
The online purchase was smooth and onsite check in got no issues. Do not ignore the prompt regarding purchase of two tickets if you value your privacy and if you are not the size of a small asian girl. Ultimately the experience of the ride is in your own hands.
EK
Bus Express, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Dec 6, 2019
VIP buses are not running daytime, so we were put on a minibus. The bus was scheduled to leave at 08:00, instead it departed at 09:00. The trip from Luang Prabang to Vientiane took 10 hours! Buying the tickets online is 30-40% more expensive than buying the tickets in Luang Prabang. You can easily buy the bus tickets at your hotel, travel angencies or at the bus station.
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How to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

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

  • Bus
  • Van
  • Taxi

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

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi+van ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LAK 237,942. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus+van as a bus+van ticket costs as low as LAK 217,100.

How far is Luang Prabang from Vientiane?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Your trip will be a total of 176 miles (282 km). The flying distance is 135 miles (217 km).

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

The travel time from Luang Prabang to Vientiane can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 8 to 12 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Luang Prabang to Vientiane varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ): travelling by bus+van expect to pay as low as LAK 217,100 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi+van - a one-way taxi+van ticket can cost as much as LAK 237,942.

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

  • Bus+van price: LAK 217,100 - LAK 217,100. From Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:40 Vientiane Soutchai Travel until 08:40 Vientiane Soutchai Travel
  • Bus tickets - LAK 227,955 to LAK 227,955;
  • Van price : LAK 227,955 - LAK 227,955;
  • taxi+van price: LAK 238,810 - LAK 238,810. From Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:30 Luang Prabang any hotel until 16:00 Luang Prabang any hotel
  • Plane tickets - LAK 466,765 to LAK 466,765;

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

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

  • Vans from Luang Prabang to Vientiane depart during the day - there are approximately 3 departures a day.
  • 2 by taxi+van from Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:30 Luang Prabang any hotel until 16:00 Luang Prabang any hotel
  • Flights from Luang Prabang to Vientiane depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 20:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:00. There are 1 available bus trips every day.
  • 1 by Bus+van from Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:40 Vientiane Soutchai Travel until 08:40 Vientiane Soutchai Travel

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Luang Prabang 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 LAK 466,765.

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 Luang Prabang to Vientiane
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Buses

Taking a bus from Luang Prabang 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.

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Luang Prabang 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:

  • 49% decided to go for a bus.
  • 25% chosen taxi+van
  • 25% opted for a van.
  • 1% chosen Bus+van