Vientiane to Pakse

Vientiane to Pakse

Fri, May 31
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Vientiane to Pakse Schedule

Vientiane to Pakse Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lao Airlines Economy #QV51507:30 - 09:00LAK 3,824,798
Hahn Air Systems Economy #H1647008:20 - 09:55LAK 3,103,424
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30511:55 - 12:55LAK 2,523,576
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30512:20 - 13:20LAK 2,345,157
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30315:30 - 17:00LAK 3,327,631
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30316:05 - 17:20LAK 4,120,351
Soutchai Travel Sleeper 18:00 - 08:00LAK 422,760
Chit Prasong Sleeper 20:00 - 13:00LAK 435,270

Transportation from Vientiane to Pakse

Facts about the transport from Vientiane to Pakse

Cheapest Transport$12
Fastest Transport1h 15m
Earliest Departure7:30 午前
Latest Departure8:00 午後
Departures per day8
Distance650 kilometers
Transport CompaniesChit Prasong, Family Service, KP 79 Transportation, Kriangkai Transport, Lao Airlines, RG Adventure, Sarah Transport, Soutchai Travel

Vientiane to Pakse Destination Reviews

I used your site for the first time because I don't understand Lao well and I was worried that the bus tickets would be sold out. I knew about your site before because a Japanese YouTuber introduced 12Go. This time the bus fare was the equivalent of 4,600 yen in Japanese yen, but you and the bus company charged a commission of about 4,000 yen, which I was not happy about. The bus that was introduced on your site was a new bus with privacy in mind, with curtains on the aisle side. However, in reality it was an old bus and there were curtains only on the window side.
Bus Sleeper, KP 79 Transportation (KP 79 Transportation), Apr 28, 2024
Would not recommend this trip. The journey took 5 hours longer than suggested, we arrived at 12pm instead of 7am. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Bus broke down on the side of the road at 2am for at least an hour. Very dirty
Bus Sleeper, Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ), Apr 20, 2024
You can survive but it's anything but luxury. Windshield was broken, bus was run down but we arrived in time ;)
Bus Sleeper, KP 79 Transportation (KP 79 Transportation), Apr 2, 2024
Bus was way older than the one I bought. Bus was loaded with a lot of things that weren’t from passengers even inside the bus.
Bus Sleeper, KP 79 Transportation (KP 79 Transportation), Mar 21, 2024
Good option to get from Vientiane to Pakse. Spacious Beds and good aircon. Pillows and blankets are provided. It looked like one of the better sleeper buses leaving the bus station. I would recommend it. Keep in mind you'll share your bed with someone else if you're traveling alone (otherwise buy 2 tickets).
Bus Sleeper, KP 79 Transportation (KP 79 Transportation), Feb 2, 2024
Everything ok but only one stop and then in a place on the track where there was no decent toilet. Bit incomprehensible.
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Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Dec 23, 2023
I booked 2 seats to make sure I’ll have a full bed for myself. Really comfortable trip 👍 Didn’t have to use the toilets so no idea how they are.
Bus Sleeper, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Oct 18, 2023
14 hour journey took 20 hours! No mechanical issues or traffic instead stopping every 1-2 hours for cigarette and toilet breaks. Solo female traveller dropped off at 3am on the side of the road in pakse and told to get out instead of the bus station. Before getting on bus was told i had to pay extra 50,000 lak to get on. No explanation to why. Pay the extra £20 to fly. Wish i did
Bus Taxi + Sitting Bus, Family Service (Family Service), Sep 11, 2023
As a solo female traveler I actually quite enjoyed this trip. I booked only one tickets so a Lao women was laying next to me but it was fine! You can sit up in your bed, get a nice blanket and snack package and I thought that the road wasn’t too bad!
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Mar 24, 2023
It’s a fast and simple way to travel from Vientiane to Pakse, but don’t expect to sleep much. It’s shaking A LOT the whole way.
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Mar 15, 2023
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How to get from Vientiane to Pakse

When you want to get from Vientiane to Pakse, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • 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 flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 120.49. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 20.46.

How far is Vientiane from Pakse?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Vientiane to Pakse. Your trip will be a total of 404 miles (650 km). The flying distance is 661 miles (1063 km).

How long does it take to get from Vientiane to Pakse?

The travel time from Vientiane to Pakse can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 13 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Vientiane to Pakse?

The cost of the trip from Vientiane to Pakse varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 20.46 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 USD 120.49.

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

  • Bus+Van price: USD 11.92. From Vientiane to Pakse starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer
  • Bus tickets - USD 20.46 to USD 29.02;
  • Bus+taxi price: USD 22.93 - USD 24.02. From Vientiane to Pakse starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer
  • Van price : USD 28.66;
  • Plane tickets - USD 120.49 to USD 120.49;

How many trips per day are there between Vientiane and Pakse?

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 18:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:00. There are 5 available bus trips every day.
  • 2 by Bus+taxi from Vientiane to Pakse starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer
  • Flights from Vientiane to Pakse depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Vientiane to Pakse. 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 120.49.

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 Pakse

Lao Airlines


Taking a bus from Vientiane to Pakse 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.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Vientiane to Pakse. 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 Pakse.

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 Pakse

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

  • 63% decided to go for a bus.
  • 31% chosen Bus+Van
  • 4% chosen Bus+taxi
  • 1% Other