Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Vientiane to Luang Prabang

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18:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
13h bus ride in Express Sleeper 41
2.8
07:00
+1
Luang Prabang Southern Station
18:00
Vientiane any hotel
14h van+Bus. All connections guaranteed
4.0
08:00
+1
Luang Prabang Northern Station
09:00
Vientiane any hotel
11h van+Bus. All connections guaranteed
4.0
20:00
Luang Prabang Northern Station

From Vientiane Haysoke Guest House to Luang Prabang by bus

18:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
13h bus ride in Express Sleeper 41
2.8
07:00
+1
Luang Prabang Southern Station

From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by van and bus

18:00
Vientiane any hotel
14h van+Bus. All connections guaranteed
4.0
08:00
+1
Luang Prabang Northern Station

From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by van and bus

09:00
Vientiane any hotel
11h van+Bus. All connections guaranteed
4.0
20:00
Luang Prabang Northern Station

Vientiane to Luang Prabang Schedule

Vientiane to Luang Prabang Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Naga Travel Standard AC 07:00 - 20:00LAK 270,260
Soutchai Travel Van or Bus 09:00 - 20:00LAK 198,135
Lao Airlines Economy #QV10112:30 - 13:10LAK 1,128,143
Lao Skyway Economy #LK26412:00 - 12:35LAK 367,598
Lao Airlines Economy #QV10316:00 - 16:50LAK 1,140,589
Lao Skyway Economy #LK26217:30 - 18:05LAK 367,598
Naga Travel Express Sleeper 41 18:00 - 07:00LAK 297,285
Soutchai Travel Van + Sleeper Bus 18:00 - 08:00LAK 235,875
Chit Prasong Van + Sleeper Bus 18:00 - 07:00LAK 200,000

Transportation from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

  • Trains are not avaliable
  • Buses are not avaliable
  • Ferries are not avaliable
  • Flights are not avaliable
  • Taxis are not avaliable

Vientiane to Luang Prabang destination reviews

AK
van Van or Bus, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Mar 4, 2020
Were not informed coach terminates at Veng Viang and change to minibus.. 5 others in same position. Language problem but okay in end. Glad I went by road - great experience
DB
Bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล), Dec 13, 2019
The bus was on-time (actually got to Luang Prabang early), but the conditions were pretty bad. The shuttle that takes you to the bus station at 18:00 didn't mention that you have to wait 2.5 hours at the station (food stalls close by the time you arrive). Also, the bus operators have no idea what assigned seats mean. It's mostly first-come first-serve and everyone ignores their ticket's seat number. It was a hassle finding a bed and the sheets smelled terrible.
RC
van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Nov 18, 2019
Mini van, road has lot of curves at some high speeds prones to stomach ache and throwing up from some people.
MM
van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Nov 12, 2019
I was suppose to travel by bus and they told me in advance I would be traveling by van. It is ok if you book a decent number of people with their luggage. They expected us to be 13 in a van crowed with luggage. Back to the bus station, I asked to change van. I finally travelled in better conditions. I was aware of it by previous complaints from travelers. Please check on the reviews if you think they mean something to you. We, as travelers take time to write them.
AD
Bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล), Sep 27, 2019
Stuck three of us in tiny compartment over engine at back of bus. Not impressed. These spaces not designed for three large western guys.
RH
van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Aug 18, 2019
We were packed into a tiny mini bus that could barley fit us all so I had to sit in the middle front seat which was concrete hard unlike the seat everyone else was sitting on the difference was night and day, made for a very uncomfortable journey, although the driver got us there an hr early so that was positive and he was nice
AB
Bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล), Jul 22, 2019
Communication on what bus to get was poor, we got told to stay on transport which was going to Paksa when we were going to Luang Prabang. The driving was crazy and my partner was unable to sleep more than 2hrs. Air conditioning was good and bed wasn’t too bad.
RR
van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Jul 16, 2019
So many people in a small van, the baggage storaged on a roof rack and the driver stopped along the way several times to pick up more package. We already knew the bad road bad conditions, so no complaints about it,but in our opinion the driver could have been more careful due to this and the weather (so much fog)
AD
Bus Express Sleeper, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Jul 11, 2019
We travelled with overnight bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. On the plus side - we arrived early (just in time for the sunrise alms-giving ceremony) and managed to get some sleep on the way. There was AC and we got blankets. On the minus side - we had to arrive at 18:00 in the Soutchai office, while the bus leaves at 20:30 from the Northern bus station. We first waited for the transfer from the office to the bus terminal. Our vouchers were changed into tickets there and we had to wait nearly 2 hours at the dirty station. The bus was there, but they would not let us in before the 20:15. The price of the ticket at the station was 150.000 kip, we paid twice the price (over 30$) per person through 12GoAsia. The reclining seats allows you to sleep if you are less than 170 cm. There is no toilet and no toilet stops on the way. Instead of 8:00am stated on the tickets we arrived at 5:20am. Also we arrived to Southern station in Luang Prabang, while our tickets stated that we will arrive at the Northern one. Still this trip was more restful than the other way round.
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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
  • Van

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 Flight 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 7,732,218. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus+van as a bus+van ticket costs as low as LAK 172,621.

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 176 miles (282 km). The flying distance is 135 miles (217 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 26 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 bus+van expect to pay as low as LAK 172,621 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 7,732,218.

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

  • Bus+van price: LAK 172,851 - LAK 218,945. From Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 09:00 Luang Prabang Northern Station until 18:00 Luang Prabang Northern Station
  • Bus tickets - LAK 230,468 to LAK 265,039;
  • Plane tickets - LAK 334,179 to LAK 7,732,218;
  • Van price : LAK 193,916 - LAK 277,403;

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.
  • Flights from Vientiane to Luang Prabang depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 18:00. There are 1 available bus trips every day.
  • 1 by Bus+van from Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 09:00 Luang Prabang Northern Station until 18:00 Luang Prabang Northern Station

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 LAK 334,179.

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
Cambodia Angkor Air, Lao Airlines, Lao Skyway, Vietnam Airlines (เวียดนาม แิอร์ไลน์)

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:

  • 50% chosen Bus+van
  • 50% opted for a van.