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From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by Vans

From Vientiane any hotel to Luang Prabang by Buses

Bus by Soutchai Travel
18:30
Vientiane any hotel
14h bus ride in Express Sleeper
2.5
08:30
+1
Luang Prabang Northern Station

From Vientiane Haysoke Guest House to Luang Prabang by Buses

Bus by Naga Travel
07:00
Vientiane Haysoke Guest House
13h bus ride in Standard AC
3
20:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station

From Vientiane Soutchai Travel to Luang Prabang by Buses

Bus by Soutchai Travel
18:00
Vientiane Soutchai Travel
14h bus ride in Express Sleeper
2.5
08:00
+1
Luang Prabang Northern Station

From Vientiane Airport to Luang Prabang by Taxis

Taxi by Ken Taxi Service
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Vientiane Airport
12h taxi ride in Comfort
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Luang Prabang any hotel
Taxi by Ken Taxi Service
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Vientiane Airport
15h taxi ride in Comfort
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Nong Khiaw Town, Luang Prabang

Passenger reviews out of total 407 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.

Mar 20, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★☆☆☆
We weren’t happy that once we boarded the mini bus in Vang Vieng, we had to drive around for ages back and forth to the same places to pick up other travellers who were not ready on time. There was not enough space in the mini van for every plus our bags, it was so cramped for a 4 hour plus journey.
Mar 18, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Great driver, great travel
Feb 20, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Long and hard on the butt. All okay. Thanks!
Feb 16, 2019
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★★☆
Bring some earplugs and you are fine.
Jan 22, 2019
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
A bumpy ride, but quite okay, through the mountains. The bus didn’t have so much space, but the beds were fine for sleeping. At the paper it said we were supposed to leave at 18 pm but the bus took off at 20.30 pm. It also said a ride for about 13 hours, and were supposed to be in Luang Prabang at 7.00am. But the bus came in at 12pm. At the bus station tuktuk’s are ready to pick you up, but be aware that they drive you to city center and not the accommodation, even though you tell them where to go.
Jan 9, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
The mini-van was in pretty good condition and the driver drove reasonably safely. The roads aren’t in great condition but the beautiful scenery en route compensates. Overall, I’d recommend this service, especially at busy times of the year where it’s worth paying the 12go. premium to secure a seat in advance.
Dec 25, 2018
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
Booked sleeper bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Time on booking was 18.00 but not a real departure time. Mini van shuttle picked up me to northern bus terminal and real departure time was 20.00(same as another bus company) They gave a meal voucher that no staff speak english to tell how and where to use. The meal voucher are value 10k kip that can exchange some snack or drink, not enough for meal. Few passenger got only fucking sticky rice!!
Nov 29, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★☆☆☆
The good: Someone picks you up from your hotel. GREAT scenery. Trip included lunch. The bad: Bus was fairly dirty, needed dusting and a good wipe down and vacuum. Driver played music for most of the trip, which seemed kind of weird. When it gets dark no lights are turned on, so you’re just sitting in the dark. This could have been a good opportunity for sleep, but the music was still playing. Near the end of the trip he made a lot of stops. Trip took about 13 hours
Oct 9, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Amazing costumer service and excellent driver. Our ride to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng was smooth sailing. Highly recommend!
Sep 21, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Driver was very friendly, has good experience driving a bus in slippery conditions. Bravo !
Sep 15, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
It is not a tourist bus. Some locals bring live stocks on board. Seats are too small even for asian size. AC is not cold and I was even sweating. There was a landslide an hour drive near luang prabang and buses and lorries couldnt go as half of the road was covered with mud. Only small vans were able to go thru. Had to hitchhike a van to get to luang prabang.
Sep 14, 2018
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
Waited 2 hours to get on the bus, wasn't even told when it was leaving
Sep 12, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★★★☆
Nice scenary. Bus ok-lah.
Aug 29, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Comfortable van
Aug 8, 2018
bus Express Sleeper, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
The actual bus was absolutely fine - actually slightly better than expected. There was a complete mess up with my pick-up - it wasn't available from my hotel so I had to go to another hotel for pick-up which is fair enough, but it didn't arrive and the phone number I had didn't work. I was fortunate that the hotel I was being picked up from, although I wasn't their guest, were really helpful, found an alternative contact number, and sorted things out. The pick-up driver then got me to the bus station (still in good time) got my ticket sorted and got me to the right bus, which is why I have still given 3 stars as it was all sorted out in the end despite some stress.
Aug 1, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
Good, careful driver, spectacular scenery but a loooooong trip. Not for the vertiginous. You spend a LOT of time very close to a sheer drop. The A/c didn't work so bus was a sauna, windscreen wipers didn't work (and it was raining). No communication, no head count. A Spanish girl was left behind at the lunch stop.
Jul 5, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
It was cheap overnight bus travel and ok for the price, I guess. There wasn't much room for getting some good sleep though because the seats were not wide enough to turn on the side. But probably that's what comes at this price, I don't have much experience with overnight traveling in buses yet, so can't say anything for sure. One area where I probably would like some improvement though is providing more accurate departure times. In this case, the departure listed in the voucher was 6pm (so we all reached the ticket office before 6pm) but after we were dropped at the bus station we were told that the bus will depart at 8:30pm. That's over 2.5 hours of time that we could've used for sightseeing etc instead of spending it at the bus station. But then again, this was my first experience with overnight buses, so I don't know how it all realistically works.

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How to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Travelling between Vientiane and Luang Prabang is possible by bus, van and taxi. Van guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Taxi is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you LAK 3,169,711 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere LAK 231,931.

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

It can take you anywhere between 11 and 15 hours to travel between Vientiane and Luang Prabang depending on the means of transport you choose.

Van is the fastest way to travel between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Van will bring you to your destination in 11h. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 15h to reach Luang Prabang.

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

Travelling between Vientiane and Luang Prabang can be as cheap as LAK 231,931 if you opt for a Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ) bus and as expensive as LAK 3,169,711 if you buy a Ken Taxi Service (Ken Taxi Service) taxi 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 Vientiane and Luang Prabang ?

  • 4 from Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 07:00 Vientiane Haysoke Guest House until 18:30 Vientiane any hotel
  • 2 from Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 06:30 Vientiane any hotel until 17:30 Vientiane any hotel

2 from Vientiane to Luang Prabang starting from 00:00 Vientiane Airport until 00:00 Vientiane Airport

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

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

Bus

Travelling from Vientiane 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 Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล), Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ)

Taxi

Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Ken Taxi Service (Ken Taxi Service)

Van

Vans are a great alternative - or, in many cases - your only option - if you need to travel overland within one and the same province or neighbouring provinces or states. Vans ply the roads between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, too.

Things to remember: When travelling by van with huge luggage buying a separate seat for your suitcase or backpack is a good idea. Do not expect there is a roomy luggage compartment in a van - there is actually none and your fellow passengers are unlikely to appreciate your luggage stuck under their feet, alas.

Companies operating vans between Vientiane and Luang Prabang

PTS Transit Service (คุณเป๋อ บริการ ขนส่ง)

What is the most popular transport to get from Vientiane 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

  • 905 opted for a bus
  • 95 took a van