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From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by van

06:30
Vientiane any hotel
17:30
Luang Prabang Southern Station
11h
 Instant  Refund
17:30
Vientiane any hotel
06:30
Luang Prabang Southern Station
13h
 Instant  Refund

From Vientiane Haysoke Guest House to Luang Prabang by bus

07:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
20:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station
13h
 Instant  Refund
18:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
07:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station
13h
 Instant  Refund

From Vientiane Soutchai Travel to Luang Prabang by bus

18:00
Vientiane Soutchai Travel
08:00
Luang Prabang Northern Station
14h
 Instant  Refund

From Vientiane Airport to Luang Prabang by taxi

Any
Vientiane Airport
Time
Luang Prabang any hotel
12h
 Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Vientiane Airport
Time
Nong Khiaw Town, Luang Prabang
15h
 Refund
  vehicle, all incl

Passenger reviews out of total 351 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.

Apr 23, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★☆☆☆
Driver did not seem that confident on the roads and at times felt dangerous. On the plus side, the bus left 15 mins early and did not take 6 hours, more like 4.5 - with a 30 min food stop and a shorter 10 min toilet break.
Apr 10, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
Nvt
Apr 10, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
Overall we managed to reach the destination safely and on time. However, we booked a sleeper van but we got a sleeper bus where the aircon broke down.
Apr 4, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★☆☆☆
The driver who picked me up was very helpful and kind. The bus left 45 minutes late, and we got to Luang Prabang 3 hours late. The bus smelled very moldy and made me cough. The bathroom was closed, which was very inconvenient for me because I was sick. Thankfully the driver stopped many times so we could use the bathroom. The bus service was kind about letting me have my own bed since I am bigger than most Asian people.
Mar 20, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★☆☆☆
We weren’t happy that once we boarded the mini bus in Vang Vieng, we had to drive around for ages back and forth to the same places to pick up other travellers who were not ready on time. There was not enough space in the mini van for every plus our bags, it was so cramped for a 4 hour plus journey.
Mar 18, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Great driver, great travel
Feb 20, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Long and hard on the butt. All okay. Thanks!
Feb 16, 2019
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★★☆
Bring some earplugs and you are fine.
Jan 22, 2019
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
A bumpy ride, but quite okay, through the mountains. The bus didn’t have so much space, but the beds were fine for sleeping. At the paper it said we were supposed to leave at 18 pm but the bus took off at 20.30 pm. It also said a ride for about 13 hours, and were supposed to be in Luang Prabang at 7.00am. But the bus came in at 12pm. At the bus station tuktuk’s are ready to pick you up, but be aware that they drive you to city center and not the accommodation, even though you tell them where to go.
Jan 9, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
The mini-van was in pretty good condition and the driver drove reasonably safely. The roads aren’t in great condition but the beautiful scenery en route compensates. Overall, I’d recommend this service, especially at busy times of the year where it’s worth paying the 12go. premium to secure a seat in advance.
Dec 25, 2018
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
Booked sleeper bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Time on booking was 18.00 but not a real departure time. Mini van shuttle picked up me to northern bus terminal and real departure time was 20.00(same as another bus company) They gave a meal voucher that no staff speak english to tell how and where to use. The meal voucher are value 10k kip that can exchange some snack or drink, not enough for meal. Few passenger got only fucking sticky rice!!
Nov 29, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★☆☆☆
The good: Someone picks you up from your hotel. GREAT scenery. Trip included lunch. The bad: Bus was fairly dirty, needed dusting and a good wipe down and vacuum. Driver played music for most of the trip, which seemed kind of weird. When it gets dark no lights are turned on, so you’re just sitting in the dark. This could have been a good opportunity for sleep, but the music was still playing. Near the end of the trip he made a lot of stops. Trip took about 13 hours
Oct 9, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Amazing costumer service and excellent driver. Our ride to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng was smooth sailing. Highly recommend!
Sep 21, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Driver was very friendly, has good experience driving a bus in slippery conditions. Bravo !
Sep 15, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
It is not a tourist bus. Some locals bring live stocks on board. Seats are too small even for asian size. AC is not cold and I was even sweating. There was a landslide an hour drive near luang prabang and buses and lorries couldnt go as half of the road was covered with mud. Only small vans were able to go thru. Had to hitchhike a van to get to luang prabang.
Sep 14, 2018
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
Waited 2 hours to get on the bus, wasn't even told when it was leaving
Sep 12, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★★★☆
Nice scenary. Bus ok-lah.
Aug 29, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Comfortable van
Aug 8, 2018
bus Express Sleeper, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
The actual bus was absolutely fine - actually slightly better than expected. There was a complete mess up with my pick-up - it wasn't available from my hotel so I had to go to another hotel for pick-up which is fair enough, but it didn't arrive and the phone number I had didn't work. I was fortunate that the hotel I was being picked up from, although I wasn't their guest, were really helpful, found an alternative contact number, and sorted things out. The pick-up driver then got me to the bus station (still in good time) got my ticket sorted and got me to the right bus, which is why I have still given 3 stars as it was all sorted out in the end despite some stress.
Aug 1, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
Good, careful driver, spectacular scenery but a loooooong trip. Not for the vertiginous. You spend a LOT of time very close to a sheer drop. The A/c didn't work so bus was a sauna, windscreen wipers didn't work (and it was raining). No communication, no head count. A Spanish girl was left behind at the lunch stop.
Jul 5, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
It was cheap overnight bus travel and ok for the price, I guess. There wasn't much room for getting some good sleep though because the seats were not wide enough to turn on the side. But probably that's what comes at this price, I don't have much experience with overnight traveling in buses yet, so can't say anything for sure. One area where I probably would like some improvement though is providing more accurate departure times. In this case, the departure listed in the voucher was 6pm (so we all reached the ticket office before 6pm) but after we were dropped at the bus station we were told that the bus will depart at 8:30pm. That's over 2.5 hours of time that we could've used for sightseeing etc instead of spending it at the bus station. But then again, this was my first experience with overnight buses, so I don't know how it all realistically works.

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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:

  • 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 Taxi 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 LAK 3,169,711. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LAK 231,931.

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 467 miles (750 km). The flying distance is 147 miles (235 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 11 to 15 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 Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as LAK 231,931 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 LAK 3,169,711.

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

  • Bus tickets - LAK 231,931 to LAK 268,521;
  • Van price : LAK 254,959 - LAK 270,962;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LAK 2,267,762 to LAK 3,169,711.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 18:00. There are 3 available bus trips every day.
  • Vans from Vientiane to Luang Prabang depart during the day - there are approximately 2 departures a day.

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?

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 LAK 2,267,762.

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

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for travelling 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 travelling 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:

  • 878 decided to go for a bus.
  • 122 opted for a van.