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.
Getting from Vientiane Airport to the city has only 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.
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 purchase 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: 15min Cost: $7
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 center 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 center 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 3km from the city center.
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!