Vientiane to Luang Prabang

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How to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Vientiane is the national capital of Laos situated on the northeast of Mekong River bordering Thailand. It has a laidback vibe and relaxed atmosphere compared to other Southeast Asian cities. Despite the city’s reputation for simply being a brief transit point, there are actually plenty of awesome things to experience here: from French-inspired architecture and many beautiful temples to delicious Lao food and eccentric local markets.

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO-listed town set in north-central Laos. It is often labeled as the “Jewel in Laos Crown” for its well-preserved cultural and architectural heritage. Travelers can sightsee the many Buddhist temples (there are 33!) or enjoy recreational activities such as climbing the mountains surrounding the city or sailing through the Mekong River.

2 ways to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus11 hours$22Check bus tickets
Flight50min$57 – $112Check Flights

The fastest way to travel the 340 km journey from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is by taking a flight. It only takes 50min ($57) while the bus trip ($24) will take you 11 hours on the road. However, the bus is a more sustainable way of travelling and also saves you a few bucks.

Itinerary from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Vientiane to Luang Prabang travelroute on map

Vientiane to Luang Prabang by Bus

Duration: 11 hours
Cost: $22
Duration: 11 hours
Cost: $22

When going from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, you can choose between a day or night bus. Taking the day bus doesn’t make much sense as you will be better off taking a flight.

We recommend taking the night bus with King of Bus leaving at 20:00 and arriving at 07:00. However, bear in mind that travelling by night is less safe as roads are not well-lit.

While departure points are different for each bus company, all the buses will drop you off at the Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang. This bus station is about 2 km from the city centre. Be aware that night buses have a slightly higher fare than day buses.

Expect to reach the ancient town of Luang Prabang within 11 hours.

Bus schedule from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
King of Bus08:00-19:00
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Naga Travel07:00-20:00
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Soutchai Travel18:00-08:0014h$27
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VIP buses provide flatbeds which accommodate 2 passengers. The flatbeds are generally comfortable and will allow you to get some rest.

King of Bus

  • Departs from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office
  • Arrives at the Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2 km south of the city centre

This bus company provides good services and is one of the most popular in Laos.

Naga Travel

  • Departs from Vientiane Haysoke Guest House in the city centre, near the Agricultural Promotion Bank
  • Arrives at the Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2 km south of the city centre

Naga Travel is generally more expensive, but their service is similar to that of other companies.

Soutchai Travel

  • Departs from Vientiane Soutchai Travel Office in the city centre, near Khamkong Minimart or from your hotel (pick-up service)
  • Arrives at the Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2 km south of the city centre

Including Free pick-up!

Their sleeper bus leaving at 20:00 provides a free pick-up service from your hotel. They are well-reviewed but not suited for tall travellers as their beds are short.

Vientiane to Luang Prabang by Flight

Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: $57 – $112
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: $57 – $112

Lao Skyway and Lao Airlines are the main airlines operating the Vientiane to Luang Prabang route.

One-way tickets cost between $57-$112, and it takes a little less than an hour to reach Luang Prabang.

Lao Skyway offers the cheapest tickets from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. They operate daily flights departing Vientiane at 9:30 and 12:00.

Click the button below to check schedules and book your flight online.

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Our favourite places to stay in Luang Prabang

Oudomphong Guesthouse

Located just 600 meters from the amazing Night Market, this guesthouse is in the perfect spot. On-site you will find an ATM, guest terrace, shared lounge, and tour desk. Within walking distance are countless sights, restaurants, bars, and amenities. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and a desk. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. A delicious breakfast is included with your stay. 

  • Great location
  • Walking distance to many sights
  • Breakfast included
  • Clean and comfortable rooms

Private rooms start at $20 per night 

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Manichan Guesthouse

The Manichan Guesthouse is the perfect location, just a 5-minute walk from the Night Market, National Museum and plenty of other sights. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean and come with your choice of fan or air conditioning. A delicious breakfast is included daily with your stay and there is a restaurant on location for your convenience.  

  • Ideal location
  • Walking distance to many sights
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant on-site

Private rooms start at $25 per night

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Villa Boua Thong Hotel

Enjoy the luxury of this hotel, centrally located in Luang Prabang.  This hotel provides a bar, shared lounge, garden area, and room service. You have a choice of a la carte or continental breakfasty with your stay. There is a currency exchange on location for your convenience and a shared kitchen for the guests to utilize. Within walking distance to many sights.  

  • Great location
  • Bar and lounge on-site
  • Breakfast included
  • Walking distance to sights

Private rooms start at $36 per night 

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