Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Luang Prabang to Vientiane

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane Schedule

Luang Prabang to Vientiane Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
RG Adventure Private Van Any timeLAK 8,939,760
Vieng Chaleune Regional 14pax 07:30 - 15:30LAK 319,226
Laos Railway by RG Adventure Second Class Seat 08:30 - 12:12LAK 592,114
Vieng Chaleune Regional 14pax 11:00 - 19:00LAK 375,106
Laos Railway by RG Adventure Second Class Seat 13:00 - 16:34LAK 731,435
Laos Railway by RG Adventure First Class Seat 15:00 - 18:45LAK 814,198
Laos Railway by RG Adventure Second Class Seat 16:51 - 18:45LAK 623,038
Vietnam Airlines Economy 19:10 - 10:50LAK 5,479,110

Transportation from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Facts about the transport from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Cheapest Transport$18
Fastest Transport45m
Earliest Departure7:30 AM
Latest Departure8:00 PM
Departures per day29
Distance500 kilometers
Transport CompaniesLao Airlines, Laos Railway by Naluang, Laos Railway by RG Adventure, Naluang, RG Adventure, Vieng Chaleune

Luang Prabang to Vientiane Destination Reviews

DH
You need to save your life. The minibus is not a proper vehicle for the route from Luang Pravang to Vang Vieng. You need to prepare a tank. The road is almost off road and mountains course. When a bus is out of order, the next bus take the former passengers, which makes double passengers in a minibus. I took 11 hours from Luang Pravang to Vientiane even giving a forced tip twice, 500,000 Kip and 10 dollars to the driver. I just want to let travelers know how the bus is terrible and not safe. No need to gamble with your life to such a dangerous bus.
Van Regional 14pax, Naluang (Naluang), Feb 29, 2024
LW
An over-full minivan: drivers wait for too many people than seats and seatbelts before going :-( that is not comfortable for the price but most important: this is not safe for people. We were also 30' late?
Van Regional 14pax, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Feb 14, 2024
EA
Communication with 12go was horrible - we received ticket confirmation less than 2 hours before departure, which is awful. We barely received any responses from 12Go, and when we did, it was a robotic response. at one stage, we were told we had no tickets left, and then 20 minutes later we received an automated confirmation with tickets. How bizarre! Furthermore, it needs to be clearer that the booking confirmation takes 2 days to process, it's not acceptable to make that clear once someone has handed over their hard earned money.
Train #D887 Second Class Seat, Laos Railway by RG Adventure (RG Adventure ), Feb 11, 2024
DC
So many potholes that it was very bumpy however the driver did a great job of getting us through it safely.
Van Regional 14pax, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Dec 6, 2023
K
There was a driver+ 25 passengers (incl. 4 toddlers) in a van!! Even the local people were not satisfied. There were of course not seat belts for anyone. The driver drove dangerously. The trip took 10hrs. Luckily co-passengers were very nice and friendly.
Van Regional 14pax, Naluang (Naluang), Nov 25, 2023
OR
There were too many Chinese passengers, who were very unfriendly and constantly jostled when boarding.
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Train #C85 First Class Seat, Laos Railway by RG Adventure (RG Adventure ), Nov 13, 2023
GH
Booked a 14 seater minivan to leave at 7:30 am, was told there was no bus at 7:30 but was leaving at 8:30. Had a flight to catch leaving us worried we would miss it. There was 20 people on a 14 seater minivan so be prepared for cramped conditions in hot weather so wasn’t pleasant. On the positive side it only took 7 hours not the 10 specified so caught the flight on time. Great service from 12go though. Easy service booking the tickets and great communication. Got us from A to B
Van Regional 14pax, Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ), Feb 9, 2023
LH
Would have preferred just to have train tickets organised and make own way to the station rather than take the transfer.
Train Second Class, Naluang (Naluang), Jan 11, 2023
SP
Good service, very happy with the arrangement pick up from hotel semd to station. Train very smooth n fast... All enquiries was responded fast kudos to the team...
Train Second Class, Naluang (Naluang), Dec 30, 2022
AH
Company rejected giving any sort of children discount (for 3 kids) for train tickets, despite that kids under 120cm are free of charge and otherwise are 1/2 price, we were still charged full adult prices when going via the Agency.
Train Second Class, Naluang (Naluang), Dec 25, 2022
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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:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

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 taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 428.04. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a van as a van ticket costs as low as USD 17.96.

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 311 miles (500 km). The flying distance is 397 miles (638 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 1 to 10 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 Vieng Chaleune (เวียงเจริญ): travelling by van expect to pay as low as USD 17.96 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as USD 428.04.

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

  • Bus+Van price: USD 16.61. From Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:40 Vientiane Soutchai Travel until 08:40 Vientiane Soutchai Travel
  • Bus tickets - USD 17.38 to USD 17.38;
  • Van price : USD 17.96 - USD 20.35;
  • taxi+Van price: USD 18.27 - USD 19.10. From Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:30 Luang Prabang Transfer until 16:00 Luang Prabang Transfer
  • taxi+Train price: USD 28.35 - USD 46.13. From Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:30 Luang Prabang Transfer until 18:30 Luang Prabang Transfer
  • Train tickets - USD 29.35 to USD 40.02;
  • Plane tickets - USD 68.68 to USD 68.68;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 22.79 to USD 428.04.

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

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

  • 12 by taxi+Train from Luang Prabang to Vientiane starting from 08:30 Luang Prabang Transfer until 18:30 Luang Prabang Transfer
  • Vans from Luang Prabang to Vientiane depart during the day - there are approximately 8 departures a day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 7 trains per day.
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Luang Prabang to Vientiane any time of the day.

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 USD 68.68.

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

Lao Airlines

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.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as USD 22.79.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

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:

  • 31% chosen taxi+Train
  • 30% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 18% opted for a van.
  • 13% chosen taxi+Van
  • 5% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% Other