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From Vientiane Airport to Hanoi by flight

VTE Vientiane Airport
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
1h 10m
VTE Vientiane Airport
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
1h 10m
VTE Vientiane Airport
HAN Noibai Airport, Hanoi
1h 10m

From Vientiane Southern Bus Station to Hanoi by bus

Vientiane Southern Bus Station
Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station

Passenger reviews out of total 426 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jan 11, 2019
bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277
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.
Dec 13, 2018
bus Semi Sleeper, HTX Van Tai 277
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.
May 4, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
Instructions on the booking voucher was to go to counter 3 at the bus station to exchange for a boarding pass. But no one was at the counter (it was empty, and didn't look like the counter was in operation). Checked with a couple of other counters (other companies) and was finally directed to go straight to the bus bay. By sheer luck, met a staff (who turned out to me the driver) who spoke both English and Mandarin, and he helped me to settle everything. And since I was the only foreigner on board the bus that day, he also took care of me during the journey especially at the border crossing, telling what to do since the locals got to stay on the bus while I had to go through immigration myself. A big thank you to him (I didn't manage to get his name). Other staff didn't speak English but could see they were trying to help as well. The bus ride was decent. Overall an okay experience, less the boarding pass issue at the bus station.
Apr 14, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
My experience was better than most stories that I've heard but still an interesting one to tell my friends. Be prepared for bugs, VERY rude bus attendents (segregated the foreigners from the laos obly gave us wifi to shut us up but refused water and snacks, yelled and pushed us), be on your toes at immigration otherwise you bus will just leave without you and laugh ( almost happened to the other foreign couple sitting next to us. Only had wifi til Laos border but there was a toilet on board and blankets and very loud Laos music through the speakers by 9am the next day :)

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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 1,272,926. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LAK 240,673.

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 746 miles (1200 km). The flying distance is 310 miles (498 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 240,673 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 1,272,926.

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

  • Bus tickets - LAK 240,673 to LAK 240,673;
  • Plane tickets - LAK 1,162,477 to LAK 1,272,926;

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 1,162,477.

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:

  • 798 decided to go for a bus.
  • 202 users took a plane.