Travelling between Vientiane and Luang Prabang is possible by Bus and van. Van guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Van is the slowest option.
The most expensive ticket will cost you LAK 288,903 if you go by Bus; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a van which will set you back mere LAK 192,488.
It can take you anywhere between 11 and 14 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. Van does a much slower job and take about 14h to reach Luang Prabang.
Travelling between Vientiane and Luang Prabang can be as cheap as LAK 192,488 if you opt for a Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ) van and as expensive as LAK 288,903 if you buy a Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล) Bus ticket.
Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.
Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as LAK 42,949,672.
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.
Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines (เวียดนาม แิอร์ไลน์)
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.
Chit Prasong (ຈິດປະສົງ), Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล)
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.
PTS Transit Service (คุณเป๋อ บริการ ขนส่ง), Soutchai Travel (ບໍລິສັດ ສຸດໃຈທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ຈໍາກັດຜູ້ດຽວ)
There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with van remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.
Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route