How to travel from and to Vientiane Airport (Wattay)
Vientiane is the capital of Laos located on the banks of Mekong River. It used to be a French trading post but nowadays it has transformed into a hub for stunning temples, eccentric markets, cheap spas, and charming cafes. Although most backpackers use Vientiane as a stop between Vietnam and Thailand, the city is still worth a day or two. Wander the boulevards, chill out at the park, or sample tasty treats from one of the city’s many French bakeries.
When travelling the 8 km distance from Vientiane Airport to Vientiane city centre, you have 2 options: you can either take the shuttle bus or a taxi. The shuttle bus costs $2 and will take you to the Central Bus Station in 35 minutes. If you prefer to take a taxi, the rate to the city is $2 and takes about 15 minutes.
2 ways to get from and to Vientiane Airport (Wattay)
If you have an early morning flight, you can take the first bus at 08:35 from the airport to the Central Bus Station. Traveling to the airport? In this case, you can take the earliest bus heading to the airport at 07:55. The last bus leaves the airport at 21:40 and the last bus heading to the airport from the bus station departs at 21:05.
Travel time is about 35 minutes and the bus arrives and departs from the Central Bus Station in Vientiane.
You can buy a bus ticket just before you board the bus.
The shuttle bus pass by a few hotels. The list below should help you decide if taking the shuttle bus from the airport is beneficial.
Sabaidee @ Lao Hotel
Settha Palace Hotel
Vientiane Plaza Hotel
From/To Vientiane Airport by Taxi
Duration: 15 minutes
Duration: 15 minutes
You’ll see taxi service counters near the exit gate when you head out of the baggage claim area. During peak season, you may have to wait in line for a taxi.
Standard rates for taxis from the airport to the city centre is $7 for a 4-seater sedan and vans are available at $8. The same rates usually apply if you wish to go from the city centre to the airport. If taxi drivers charge a much higher rate, try to negotiate a good price.
Some high-end hotels also provide a pick-up service. Just make sure you arrange the service beforehand.
The taxi ride will only take 15 minutes from the airport, as the airport is only 3 km from the city centre.
Instead of taking a taxi, you can also rent your own car (without a driver) at the airport.
Book Your Shared Van Ride Online
Booking a shared van ride online is convenient. The advantage of booking online is that you forego the hassle of going to the counter to arrange for a transfer. As soon as you head out of the arrival hall, the driver will already be ready to usher you to the van. The cost of the van ride is $7 per person. Prefer this option? Then just click the button below!
Set just slightly outside of downtown Vientiane, this hotel offers peace, quiet and a great night’s rest. The hotel is new with clean modern furnishings and extremely comfortable beds. They offer an outdoor swimming pool and bicycle rentals. Breakfast is included daily with your stay. There is a shuttle that runs guests to and from the downtown area.
An excellent location in central Vientiane, just a 5-minute walk from the Mekong River, you will find numerous restaurants, shops, bars, and amenities nearby. The hotel is clean, comfortable and the rooms are very spacious. Each room comes with a TV and refrigerator as well as a private bathroom. Shuttle and laundry services are available upon request and a delicious breakfast is included daily with your stay.
Located in the heart of Vientiane, this hotel is the perfect location. It is within walking distance to many sights, the night market, the Mekong River, and countless restaurants, shops, and amenities. There is an outdoor pool situated in a lovely garden setting which is a great place to cool off after exploring the city. Breakfast is included daily. The rooms are clean and the beds are very comfortable.
Patuxay Place is great value for money. The rooms are spacious, modern and decorated to a high standard. The hotel has thought of every detail, including free drinking water on every floor of the hotel.
The staff want to make sure you have the best stay possible, offering a helping hand whenever you need it. They’re full of recommendations too! The hotel is situated in a great location in Vientiane.
This hotel is beautiful! S 2 Modern Boutique Hotel boasts a modern and simple decor with pops of colour. Every corner of this hotel is aesthetic. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, onsite gym and delicious restaurant. There’s even a barista.
It’s good to know that it isn’t located directly in the city centre, so you’ll need to grab a taxi to visit popular attractions. Don’t worry though, the friendly and helpful staff are always on hand to help you get somewhere.
If you want to splash the cash a little, Eastin Hotel is the place to do it. Overlooking the Mekong River, it’s hard to find a better view to wake up to. The hotel was built recently meaning that everything is fresh, clean and very modern.
The hotel is located 10 minutes outside of the city, but there’s a courtesy car to take you there and back. The service here will make your stay an unforgettable one.
Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.