Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Vientiane to Luang Prabang

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Vientiane to Luang Prabang Schedule

Vientiane to Luang Prabang Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
RG Adventure Van 9pax Any timeLAK 8,939,760
Laos Railway by Soutchai First Class Seat 06:30 - 09:23LAK 651,755
Laos Railway by RG Adventure Taxi + Second class train + Taxi 09:30 - 13:30LAK 736,318
Laos Railway by RG Adventure Taxi + Second class train + Taxi 11:00 - 15:40LAK 724,469
Chit Prasong Minivan 13:00 - 19:00LAK 280,000
Laos Railway by Naluang Second Class 15:30 - 18:05LAK 676,728
Lao Airlines Economy #QV10316:30 - 17:15LAK 2,805,315
Thai Smile Economy 20:30 - 12:25LAK 4,549,367

Transportation from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Facts about the transport from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Cheapest Transport$12
Fastest Transport45m
Earliest Departure6:30 AM
Latest Departure6:00 PM
Departures per day37
Distance650 kilometers
Transport CompaniesChit Prasong, Family Service, Lao Airlines, Laos Railway by Naluang, Laos Railway by RG Adventure, Laos Railway by Soutchai, RG Adventure

Vientiane to Luang Prabang Destination Reviews

DG
Excellent for expérience but not 2 !!!
Van Minivan, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Dec 18, 2023
JC
I give the trip a 5, for the following, we left late and arrived late, but in between there was a horrible road, a 10 for the driver, who was 8 hours Hyper focused on the road, the worst I have ever driven on , more than 200 km, potholes, dirt, tarmac, herds of cows, more potholes, more dirt, crazy, not the best way to go to Luang Prabang, but the driver was a professional
Van Minivan, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Dec 18, 2023
JT
My ticket arrived via email a few days before my travel date. Everything was very smooth and easy.
Train #C82 First Class Seat, Laos Railway by RG Adventure (RG Adventure ), Dec 7, 2023
TY
Bought a train ticket from Vientiane to Luang Prabang a day before the trip and less than 20 mins later I had the confirmation with QR code in my (e)mailbox. Smooth and fast!
Train #C82 First Class Seat, Laos Railway by RG Adventure (RG Adventure ), Nov 4, 2023
AP
Plug under the seat , comfy , on time , "modern" , fast , nice view, nice staff , nice stations, sell food and drinks in
Train #C84 Second Class Seat, Laos Railway by RG Adventure (RG Adventure ), Sep 13, 2023
SH
Pickup was exactly on time, all went very smoothly and it was an excellent journey
Train First Class Seat, Laos Railway by Soutchai (Soutchai Travel), Jul 5, 2023
H
 The Chinese version of the bullet train that China built in Laos. It was a very good experience. Thank you very much.  I think the experience on the bullet train is not relevant to 12GO, so I would like to comment next on the transportation to the station.  The pick-up is too early.  The pick up at the hotel was supposed to be at 13:00, but they came before 12:00, I was not there, and they were able to pick me up again around 12:20. Isn't it strange that they come more than an hour before as expected? Also, it seemed that not everyone on that bus was going to the Shinkansen station, so when I got off the bus, they handed me a Shinkansen ticket with a "Hi! and that was it! It was right in front of the station, so we didn't get lost, but I think it would be better if they would check with us to make sure the tickets were correct or something.
This review was autotranslated
Train Second Class Seat, Laos Railway by Soutchai (Soutchai Travel), May 7, 2023
LR
The flight with Lao Skyways was - as I found out at the airport - cancelled. But in no time the airline got me a seat on a Lao Airlines plane that departed an hour earlier. Good service! On top I got a seat in the first row with extra leg room.
flight Economy, Lao Skyway, Mar 19, 2023
NA
Too many stops, too many people crammed into the bus.
Van Minivan, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Jan 26, 2023
KA
Bus was meant to go at 11…we left at 1245. I would have got the train if I knew we would sit around until the bus filled up. You should have warned me!!
Van Minivan, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Dec 12, 2022
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How to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

When you want to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, 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 428.29. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a van as a van ticket costs as low as USD 16.14.

How far is Vientiane from Luang Prabang?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Your trip will be a total of 404 miles (650 km). The flying distance is 397 miles (638 km).

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

The travel time from Vientiane to Luang Prabang can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 13 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Vientiane to Luang Prabang varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ): travelling by van expect to pay as low as USD 16.14 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 428.29.

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

  • Bus+Van price: USD 11.62. From Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer
  • Van price : USD 16.14;
  • taxi+Van price: USD 17.97. From Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 07:00 Vientiane Hotel Transfer until 07:00 Vientiane Hotel Transfer
  • Bus tickets - USD 20.75 to USD 23.24;
  • taxi+Train price: USD 28.51 - USD 45.05. From Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 06:30 Vientiane Transfer until 15:55 Vientiane Railway Station
  • Train tickets - USD 29.37 to USD 46.17;
  • Plane tickets - USD 84.39 to USD 84.39;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 428.29 to USD 428.29.

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

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

  • 16 by taxi+Train from Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 06:30 Vientiane Transfer until 15:55 Vientiane Railway Station
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 15 trains per day.
  • Vans from Vientiane to Luang Prabang depart during the day - there are approximately 3 departures a day.
  • Flights from Vientiane to Luang Prabang depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • 1 by taxi+Van from Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 07:00 Vientiane Hotel Transfer until 07:00 Vientiane Hotel Transfer
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Vientiane to Luang Prabang 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 Vientiane to Luang Prabang. 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 84.39.

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 Luang Prabang

Lao Airlines

Buses

Taking a bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang 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 Vientiane to Luang Prabang. 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 428.29.

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 Vientiane to Luang Prabang. 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 Vientiane to Luang Prabang.

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 Vientiane to Luang Prabang

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

  • 36% chosen taxi+Train
  • 33% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 14% chosen Bus+Van
  • 14% opted for a van.
  • 1% Other