Last updated: Sep 13, 2019


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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.

The fastest way to travel the 340km 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.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus11 hours$22Check bus tickets
Flight50min$57 - $112Check flights


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Vientiane to Luang Prabang by Bus

Duration: 11 hours
Costs: $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 center. 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 companyScheduleDurationCosts
King of Bus08:00-19:00
Naga Travel07:00-20:00
Soutchai Travel18:00-08:00

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 2km south of the city center

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

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Naga Travel

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

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

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Soutchai Travel

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

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.

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Vientiane to Luang Prabang by Flight

Duration: 50min
Costs: $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.

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