From Vientiane Airport to Hanoi by Flights

Instant Recommended Fastest
VTE Vientiane Airport
1h 10m flight #VN2896 with Vietnam Airlines in Economy
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
Instant Recommended
VTE Vientiane Airport
1h 15m flight #VN920 with Vietnam Airlines in Economy
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
Instant Fastest
VTE Vientiane Airport
1h 10m flight #VN4920 with Vietnam Airlines in Economy
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi

From Vientiane Southern Bus Station to Hanoi by Buses

HTX Van Tai 277
Vientiane Southern Bus Station
1d bus ride in Semi Sleeper
Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station

Vientiane Airport to Hanoi Schedule

Vientiane Airport to Hanoi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN289614:40 - 15:50LAK 1,144,264
HTX Van Tai 277 Semi Sleeper 17:00 - 17:00LAK 248,123
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN92019:45 - 21:00LAK 1,144,264
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN492020:00 - 21:10LAK 1,240,146

Vientiane Airport to Hanoi destination reviews

36 customer reviews
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, Nov 19, 2019
All fine until we got to the cau treo border. The guards said our visa wasn’t valid, shouting at us telling us to go back to Laos. I asked if we could enter for 2 weeks without a visa as we’re from the UK, they took almost an hour deciding then eventually approved the initially rejected visa we submitted so we could stay for the month! By this time the bus driver had thrown our bags off the bus and left us stranded between the two borders. When our visas were eventually approved suspiciously a guy turned up asking if we wanted a lift to Vinh on his bus, which turned out to be a dodgy minivan with no other passengers - he seemed to know the guards. By some miracle another taxi pulled up and we managed to arrange transport to Vinh to then get another bus to hanoi. Two young girls travelling alone it was a very scary experience, I was prepared for uncomfortable conditions and a long journey, but not feeling in endangered for my own safety.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, Oct 24, 2019
We were pretty nervous about getting this bus after reading the very unnecessarily aggressive terms&conditions, but it really is fine BAR getting on at Vientiane. When we arrived, an hour before our ticket time (as instructed) it would seem we were actually 2 hours early. After reading so much about locals snatching tickets and forcing you to pay again, we were pretty concerned when lots of apparent bus pushers started trying to grab ours and put our bags on their busses. Turns out this ticket is not for a specific bus but any of the many that are parked there. After much pushing and grabbing and some arguing between the bus guys (and absolutely NO letting go of our ticket) we had no choice but to assume the bus we eventually got on would take us to Hanoi. Anyway once we got settled it was fine. The bus had no toilet (travelled on a Sunday) but we stopped every few hours. We stopped around 1am and everyone including the drivers went to sleep. Apparently because we were queued at the border ready for when it opened at 7am. Fully prepared for a chaotic border crossing we were actually very relieved to find that our bus guys and other locals were happy to point us clueless tourists in the right direction. In low season we were 2 of only 5 westerners we could see doing the crossing. In conclusion, it’s fair to lower your expectations, but the Laos staff are very nice, as long as your not expecting any special treatment. Prepare for stress at Vientiane.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, Sep 23, 2019
Safely arrived in Hanoi on time. Staff can not speak English which seem to be normal. Overall Okay for me
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, Jul 6, 2019
The journey is fine and reasonably comfortable. But the level of completely blatant racism is just laughable. Asians are treated like people, westerners are treated like dirt. Every Asian was allowed on the bus to choose a seat prior to departure. We (having been the very first to arrive) were made to wait until the very end and were constantly shouted at for no reason. In the UK, the staff on this trip would have been fired within days.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, May 20, 2019
They didn't stopped at my stop and I had to pay 500bath for a taxi to go to the stop.....
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, Jan 11, 2019
Bus left at 18:00 from Vientiane Southern Bus Station. As usual in Laos, it travelled quite slowly due to the numerous potholes and washouts in the road. The Bus made it into Nam Phao/Cau Treo Border post at 02:30, whereupon the driver, lined up in the growing queue of busses and turned off the engine (and therefore the AirCon). I was only just getting used to the various tonal snores of the various people when I dropped off myself. The bus driver and his offsider were helpful, though they didn't speak any English, giving me the nod when to get off the bus and where they would pick me up from. Get off at the Lao side, get stamped, walk about 1km to the Vietnam side, get your passport stamped, hopefully you have an e-visa and meet the bus. You have to then take your luggage off the bus and send it through the luggage scanner, collect it and wait while the border guards give the bus the once over. After they have, put your luggage back on and hi-ho away we go to Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station. Bus was comfortable,in that I fell asleep a number of times. The AirCon is Arctic. They do give you a pillow and blanket, which is helpful, but wear thick socks and rug up. You HAVE to remove your shoes to get on the bus. They lay a strip of mattress on the aisle, so passengers can really stretch out and when you get off the bus, especially to the toilets, the ground is just plain filthy and you don't want to bring that back. They do provide you with slippers for when you get off the bus. However, either bring your own or buy some at Vientiane Southern Bus Station, which is what I did. All in all a good experience, The driver was exceptional as a driver, managing to avoid most of the potholes and just keeping the bus journey really smooth. Caught the Wednesday bus (with no on-board toilet or WiFi), rest stops about every 2 hours. Got into Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station at 18:00.
Bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277, Dec 13, 2018
We arrived 3 hours early and the bus staff did not assign us a seat until the last minute and gave us the worst seat at the back of the bus. I have been told this always happens to westerners.

Popular Routes in Laos

How to get from Vientiane Airport to Hanoi

When you want to get from Vientiane Airport to Hanoi, 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 LAK 1,179,118. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LAK 248,142.

How far is Vientiane Airport from Hanoi?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Vientiane Airport to Hanoi. Your trip will be a total of 490 miles (787 km). The flying distance is 317 miles (509 km).

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

The travel time from Vientiane Airport to Hanoi can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 24 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Vientiane Airport to Hanoi 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 LAK 248,142 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 LAK 1,179,118.

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

  • Bus tickets - LAK 248,142 to LAK 248,142;
  • Plane tickets - LAK 1,127,761 to LAK 1,179,118;

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

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

  • Flights from Vientiane to Hanoi depart during the day - there are approximately 2 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 17:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:00. There are 1 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Vientiane to Hanoi. 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 1,127,761.

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 Vientiane to Hanoi
Vietnam Airlines (เวียดนาม แิอร์ไลน์)


Taking a bus from Vientiane to Hanoi 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 Vientiane Airport to Hanoi

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

  • 797 decided to go for a bus.
  • 203 users took a plane.