Vientiane to Pakse

Vientiane to Pakse

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Vientiane to Pakse Schedule

Vientiane to Pakse Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lao Airlines Economy #QV51507:30 - 08:45LAK 3,629,418
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30508:05 - 09:20LAK 4,158,942
Lao Airlines Economy 11:00 - 10:10LAK 7,211,434
Lao Airlines Economy 12:40 - 10:10LAK 8,047,553
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30315:30 - 17:00LAK 4,075,232
Lao Airlines Economy #QV30316:05 - 17:20LAK 4,158,942
Soutchai Travel Sleeper 18:00 - 06:00฿ 846
Kriangkai Transport Sleeper 20:00 - 08:00LAK 409,394

Transportation from Vientiane to Pakse

Vientiane to Pakse Destination Reviews

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
Never expected such a smooth ride from Vientiane down to Pakse. Shared to bed with my friend, was very comfortable and slept the whole way through. Bus drove at normal speed and was on time.
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Feb 28, 2023
The bed was comfy (as a solo-traveller, I booked two seats because I didn't want to share the small bed with a stranger), the ride was very bumpy, but that's not the driver's fault. Yet, I could catch some hours of sleep. The toilet was ugly, bring your own toilet paper and sanitizer with you!! We arrived half an hour earlier in Pakse.
Bus Sleeper, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Feb 20, 2023
The bus left on time and arrived on time so no complaints. The beds are clean enough and blankets, pillow and water are provided. One thing to note - you do share a bed, so if you are booking only 1 ticket you will share with a stranger. We booked 2 tickets as we are a couple. We are 5 ft 7 and 5 ft 9, regular build and it was very cosy width ways and definitely not long enough (the beds are obviously designed for a petite person). It is bearable for 1 night but I wouldn't expect to sleep much. Also, with the the road from Vientiane to Pakse being the main road running through the country, you would expect it to be semi decent but it was very bumpy.
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Feb 6, 2023
The beds were too short. The toilet was dirty. No toilet paper.
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Jan 14, 2023
Very very bumpy ride so it can be hard to sleep as you’re being tossed around. If you get your “seat” at the back of the bus it’s a giant bed you share with 3 other people, beds are also 2 people so if you aren’t traveling with a friend or significant other you’ll be paired with a stranger. Kinda creepy as the beds are quite small lol. If there are open beds they will let you move so that’s nice.
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Jan 8, 2023
The bus it self was good. The sleeping area was good. But the driver drove like a crazy man. When we were lying there we had to hold on otherwise we would fall out of bed. Nobody on the bus that we spoken to could sleep because of this. So the experience wasn't good!
Bus Sleeper, Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Dec 19, 2022
Well how to say that the company that we were suppose to take wasn’t even there so after a stressful hour not knowing if wr would get on a bus we were transfered to another one which was half of the price we paid for..
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Nov 19, 2022
Everything from Checkin to Arrival was good, friendly staff and the bus was well maintained
Bus Sleeper, Kriangkai Transport (Kriangkai Transport), Nov 15, 2022
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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+taxi ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Bus+taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 24.02. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 20.50.

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 436 miles (700 km). The flying distance is 529 miles (851 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 1 to 14 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 20.50 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Bus+taxi - a one-way Bus+taxi ticket can cost as much as USD 24.02.

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

  • Bus+Van price: USD 14.12. From Vientiane to Pakse starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer
  • Van price : USD 16.47 - USD 27.06;
  • Bus tickets - USD 20.50 to USD 23.01;
  • Bus+taxi price: USD 24.02. From Vientiane to Pakse starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer
  • Plane tickets - USD 184.41 to USD 184.41;

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 20:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:00. There are 2 available bus trips every day.
  • 1 by Bus+taxi from Vientiane to Pakse starting from 18:00 Vientiane Transfer until 18:00 Vientiane Transfer

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 184.41.

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:

  • 67% decided to go for a bus.
  • 25% chosen Bus+Van
  • 4% chosen Bus+taxi
  • 4% opted for a van.