From Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station to Luang Prabang by Buses

From Hanoi Sinh to Luang Prabang by Buses

From Noibai Airport to Luang Prabang by Flights

Passenger reviews out of total 618 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 18, 2019
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
The quality of the Sleeper Bus was good. Service was normal as staff are not able to communicate in English. However trip took longer than expected. We were informed to arrive 1hour before the departure time at 1730hrs but the bus only left the station at 1900hrs. Not sure why there was a delay but we were told to wait every time we asked.
Jul 5, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
The trip started badly when I got to the Hanoi Bus Station and counter 57, I kept trying to give my voucher in exchange for ticket as I was instructed to do. I was told nothing and kept getting sent to sit down. It got to 5 minutes until the bus (time written on my 12goAsia booking) was due to leave until someone told me it was due to leave an hour later and then I was asked to pay for my ticket, I had to repeat again and again I had already paid and argue with the person in charge before I got my ticket. I found my bus and it was ok, nothing special or terrible. Our bus journey took 30 hrs in total (i timed it out of curiousity), we had a few stops but the length of time was mostly due to the deliveries being loaded on the bus. We stopped very often in Vietnam to pick them up and a lot in Laos to drop them off. Overall not as bad as I had thought and i came well prepared with lots of films. Most of those of us travelling slept ok, at one point the bus turned on the radio for us all to hear quite late in on the 2nd night at a deafening volume which was not so great so i suggest earplugs. Expect very little and you cannot be disappointed.
May 27, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, HTX Van Tai 277
The bus left one hour later, than originally planned, but they told me already at the counter. Instead of having chosen a Saturday bus, it was definitely one of those that is "below my expectations". No electricity, no wifi, no toilets, no space for sitting, no space for the legs. Luckily in the beginning and towards the end the bus was not too crowded, so that you could actually make yourself comfortable. There were several stops on the way for food and toilet. Border passing took more than two hours. But in the end I arrived after 26.5 hours. As I was the only western tourist, it appeared to me, that all the other guests were really nice and even showed me where to eat and so on

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How to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Travelling between Hanoi and Luang Prabang is possible by flight and bus. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you VND 3,549,434 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere VND 978,083.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 26 hours to travel between Hanoi and Luang Prabang depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Hanoi and Luang Prabang. Flight will bring you to your destination in 1h 10m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 1d 1h 30m to reach Luang Prabang.

How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

Travelling between Hanoi and Luang Prabang can be as cheap as VND 978,083 if you opt for a HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7) bus and as expensive as VND 3,549,434 if you buy a Vietnam Airlines (เวียดนาม แิอร์ไลน์) flight ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Hanoi and Luang Prabang ?

  • 1 from Hanoi to Luang Prabang starting from 12:40 Noibai Airport until 12:40 Noibai Airport
  • 1 from Hanoi to Luang Prabang starting from 17:00 Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station until 17:00 Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Hanoi to Luang Prabang.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as VND 3,549,434.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Hanoi and Luang Prabang

Vietnam Airlines (เวียดนาม แิอร์ไลน์)


Travelling from Hanoi to Luang Prabang overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Hanoi and Luang Prabang

HTX Van Tai 277 (HTX Vận Tải 27-7)

What is the most popular transport to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 904 opted for a bus
  • 96 decided to fly