Want to know how to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos. A beautiful fusion of traditional Lao architecture and colonial design, this ancient city sits at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Luang Prabang lifts up your spirits with its 33 Buddhist temples and awakens your senses with its picturesque landscape.
Backdropped by mountains, adventurers will find plenty of things to do in Luang Prabang. You’ll find turquoise waterfalls, trekking trips and biking trails on the outskirts of town. Our favourite part? The friendly atmosphere and slow life that it was somehow able to maintain despite the growing number of tourists.
2 ways to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang
There are two ways to travel the distance of 340 km (211 miles) from Vientiane to Luang Prabang: by bus (11 hours) and flight (50 minutes). The journey takes between 50 minutes - 11h and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from €18.50 ($22) for the bus.
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.
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.
Sakaodeuan Hotel located within the Old Town of Luang Prabang is in an ideal location to explore some of the city’s best sights. You’re less than 1km away from both Mount Phousy and the Night Market.
The rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean. One of the best things about this hotel are the staff who are there to help you with anything. And the complimentary breakfast is a highlight of the stay. It’s delicious!
Frequently Asked Questions about Vientiane to Luang Prabang
What is the distance from Vientiane to Luang Prabang?
The distance from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is 340 km (211 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang?
The fastest way to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is by flight and takes 50 minutes.
What is the cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang?
The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is by bus with ticket costs starting from €18.50 ($22).
Rounding it up
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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.
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