Last updated: Dec 31, 2019

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How To Get From Luang Prabang to Vientiane?

One of the most popular destinations in Laos is Luang Prabang, a small but lively town set in the northern mountains of the country. With its night markets, 33 Buddhist temples, cafes, waterfalls and streets that reflect French colonial influences, it is a relatively easy place to be stuck.

Vientiane is a small city that sits along the Mekong River. With its straightforwardly navigable streets, the capital of Laos makes an easy spot to wander. Rent a bike and explore the sights from a different angle. If you want to relax, head to the Riverside area near the Mekong River. Here there are plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants. This is also where you will find the city’s landmark buildings such as the Lao National Cultural Hall.

The fastest option to travel the 340km journey from Luang Prabang to Vientiane is by flight which takes 50 minutes and costs $46 while a bus takes about 10 hours and costs $22. However, the bus is a more sustainable way of travelling and with the night sleeper bus, you can sleep your way throughout the journey.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus10 hours$22Check tickets
Flight50min$57-$112Check flights

 

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane by Bus


Duration: 10 hours
Costs: $22

You can choose from several night buses on the route from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. If you don’t want to travel by night but still want to save some money compared to flying, you can also travel by day via a minivan.

Buses offer standard flatbeds and the journey trip takes about 10-11 hours.

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Naga Express Travel20:30-06:3010h$27.50
Laos Group Tour20:00-06:0010h$34
+ free pick-up
Vieng Chaleune20:00-06:0010h$22
King of Bus20:00-07:0011h$28

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Naga Express Travel

  • Departs from the Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2km south of the city center
  • Arrives at the Southern Bus Terminal in Vientiane, about 10 km north of the city center

Laos Group Tour

  • Departs from Laos Group Tours, 62/4 Sisavangvong Road, in the city center
  • Arrives at the Northern Bus Terminal in Vientiane, about 10 km northwest of the city center

Vieng Chaleune

  • Departs from the Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2km south of the city center
  • Arrives at the Northern Bus Terminal in Vientiane, about 10 km northwest of the city center

Vieng Chaleune bus stop is at the Northern Bus Terminal in Vientiane. The terminal is not within the city center, so you need to take a taxi to Vientiane city. One advantage is that the airport is close to the Northern Bus Terminal. This makes it convenient for travellers who need to catch a flight from Vientiane.

You can book your tickets via 12go.asia.

King of Bus

  • Departs from Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2km south of the city center
  • Arrives at the Phanthavong Tour Office along Yonnet Road, opposite the Bank of Lao PDR in the center

King of Bus provides a good service and many travellers prefer to travel with this company. Book online through Baolau.

Luang Prabang to Vientiane by Minivan

Duration: 9 hours
Costs: $25.50

A minivan can take you about an hour faster from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. They also travel during the day, which is a nice opportunity to see the landscape along the way.

However, note that sitting on a minivan for 9 hours can get really uncomfortable. We also don’t recommend this for taller travellers as there is not a lot of legroom.

Fares start at $25.50, including free pick-up from your hotel at the city center. You can see their schedules below.

Minivan OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Naluang07:30-16:30
08:30-17:30
16:00-01:00
9h$25.50
+ free pick-up
Laos Group Tour06:45-15:45
09:15-18:15
9h$27.50
+ free pick-up

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Flight

Luang Prabang to Vientiane by Flight


Duration: 50min
Costs: $46 – $110

There are two airlines operating flights on this route, of which Lao Skyway is the cheaper option.

Lao Skyway offers one daily flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. The flight departs from Luang Prabang at 13:20 and travel time is only 50 minutes. You can check the latest flight schedules with Lao Skyway through their website.

Lao Airlines is also a good airline, but tickets are slightly more expensive. To check flight schedules and book your flights, 24click on the button below.

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