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From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by van

17:30
Vientiane any hotel
06:30
Luang Prabang Southern Station
13h
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18:00
Vientiane any hotel
08:00
Luang Prabang Northern Station
14h
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From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by van

09:00
Vientiane any hotel
20:00
Luang Prabang Northern Station
11h
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From Vientiane Haysoke Guest House to Luang Prabang by bus

07:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
20:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station
13h
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18:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
07:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station
13h
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Vientiane to Luang Prabang Schedule

Vientiane to Luang Prabang Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Naga Travel Standard AC 07:00 – 20:00LAK 256,502
Soutchai Travel Van or Bus 09:00 – 20:00LAK 186,796
PTS Transit Service Regional 14pax 17:30 – 06:30LAK 267,902
Soutchai Travel Van + Sleeper Bus 18:00 – 08:00LAK 222,376
Naga Travel Express Sleeper 41 18:00 – 07:00LAK 282,152

Popular Routes in Laos

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

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 Van ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Bus ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LAK 282,151. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a van as a van ticket costs as low as LAK 186,796.

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 436 miles (700 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 14 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 van expect to pay as low as LAK 186,796 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Bus - a one-way Bus ticket can cost as much as LAK 282,151.

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

  • Van price : LAK 186,796 - LAK 267,901;
  • Bus tickets - LAK 256,501 to LAK 282,151;

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

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

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

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:

  • 73% decided to go for a bus.
  • 27% opted for a van.