How to Go from Vientiane to Vang Vieng [Bus, Van, Timetables & Prices]


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Vang Vieng is only just over 100 kilometres from Vientiane as the crow flies, but the road between Vientiane and Vang Vieng is a tortuous twisty, turning mountain road, leading to a 160 kilometre (99 mile) trip between the two locations.    This road is the only way to travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng as there is no airport in Vang Vieng.    The 160-kilometre route to Vang Vieng from Vientiane takes around four hours.  The road from Vientiane to Vang Vieng is bumpy and potholed, so it’s not the most comfortable of journeys.  So, if this hasn’t yet put you off, here are all the options of how to go from Vientiane and Vang Vieng – we also include the route in reverse and how you can get from Vang Vieng to Vientiane.

The Best Way to Go from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

There are 2 options for your travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng.  The first is by bus and the second is by minivan.  The cheapest way to travel to Vang Vieng from Vientiane is by bus – these buses seat around 32 people.   You’ll need to take into account where the buses and vans leave from and go into – whether that’s the office of the transport provider or a bus station.  Many van services provide for hotel pick up and drop off.  Minivan services take 14 people.  The route between Vientiane and Vang Vieng (especially from Vientiane to Vang Vieng is one that receives high demand so booking ahead is recommended to make sure that you get the date that you want to travel).  The road isn’t great and for this reason we prefer the smaller vehicles for this route.

Check ticket availability and book your seat now. 

Vientiane to Vang Vieng by Bus

Vientiane buses leave from either the bus company offices, which are in central Vientiane or you will be picked up from your hotel.  They go to the Vang Vieng Bus Terminal, the address is Vang Vieng Bus Terminal, 13, Vang Vieng, Laos.

You can also take a regular bus, by getting a tuk-tuk to the bus station to Vientiane and then taking the regular bus, but you will save pennies (if that) and likely take a lot longer to travel using this route.  We do not recommend it.

Standard Bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng – includes hotel pick up from Vientiane

The cheapest way to go to Vang Vieng from Vientiane is to take the standard bus.   This bus leaves twice a day – there is a morning departure (1000) and an afternoon departure (1400).  Both trips take 4 hours.    You can get a hotel pick up from Vientiane with this service.  All of these buses have air conditioning.  The service gets good reviews and is the cheapest way to travel to Vang Vieng from Vientiane.

Vientiane to Vang Vieng Bus Departure Times

  • Departure 1000 – arrival 1400 – book now
  • Departure 1400 – arrival 1800 – book now

Tourist Bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng – includes hotel pick up from Vientiane

You can opt for hotel pick up in Vientiane for this tourist bus service, which has air conditioning and drops off at the Soutchai Bus office in the centre of Vang Vieng.  There are two departures a day from Vientiane to Vang Vient

The journey to Vang Vieng from Vientiane using this service takes 5 hours and the service gets good reviews.

Vientiane to Vang Vieng Tourist Bus Departure Times

  • Departure 0930 – arrival – 1430 – book now
  • Departure 1330 – arrival – 1830 – book now

Vientiane to Vang Vieng by Van

Taking a minivan from Vientiane to Vang Vieng is likely more comfortable.  It will be slightly quicker than the big buses since you are travelling in a smaller vehicle and there are only a maximum of 14 people to pick up.  Vans that travel to Vang Vieng from Vientiane leave in the morning and the afternoon and usually take just under 4 hours.  These van trips include a pick up at your hotel in Vientiane and drop off in the centre of Vang Vieng.  They are air-conditioned and get good reviews

  • Departure 0900 – arrival – 1330 – book now
  • Departure 1330 – arrival – 1730 – book now

 

Don’t forget to book your places to stay in Vang Vieng – and plan what you’re doing there – check out our post on things to do in Vang Vieng, including the cheapest hot air ballooning in the world!

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The Best Way to go from Vang Vieng to Vientiane

If you are travelling in the opposite direction –from Vang Vieng to Vientiane then the same bus operators provide services, but there are some slight differences.

Vang Vieng to Vientiane by Bus

Vientiane bound buses leave from either the bus company offices, which are in central Vang Vieng or you will be picked up from your hotel.  Depending on which service you opt for, depends on where they go to in Vientiane.

Standard Bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane  includes hotel pick up from Vang Vieng

The cheapest way to go from Vang Vieng to Vientiane is to take the standard bus.   This bus leaves twice a day – there is a morning departure (1000) and an afternoon departure (1400).  Both trips take 4 hours.   All of these buses have air conditioning.  The service gets good reviews and is the cheapest way to travel to Vientiane from Vang Vieng.  This bus, however, does go into the Northern Bus Terminal in Vientiane.  It will likely cost you around 20,000 kip to get a tuk-tuk from there to downtown Vientiane.

Vang Vieng to Vientiane Bus Departure Times

  • Departure 1000 – arrival 1400 – book now
  • Departure 1400 – arrival 1800 – book now

Tourist Bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane

This service departs from the Soutchai Bus office in the centre of Vang Vieng.  There are two departures a day from Vientiane to Vang Vieng.   It drops off in Vientiane at the Soutchai Bus office in downtown Vientiane.

Buses are air-conditioned and get good reviews.

Vientiane to Vang Vieng Tourist Bus Departure Times

  • Departure 0900 – arrival – 1400 – book now
  • Departure 1330 – arrival – 1830 – book now

Vang Vieng to Vientiane by Van

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Taking a minivan from Vang Vieng to Vientiane is likely more comfortable.  It will be slightly quicker than the big buses since you are travelling in a smaller vehicle and there is only a maximum of 14 people to pick up.  Vans that travel from Vang Vieng to Vientiane leave in the morning and the afternoon and usually take just under 4 hours.  They pick up in the centre of Vang Vieng and drop off at the Soutchai bus office in downtown Vientiane.  They are air-conditioned and get good reviews

  • Departure 0930 – arrival – 1330 – book now
  • Departure 1330 – arrival – 1730 – book now

Vientiane to Vang Vieng FAQS

Can you fly from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

No.  You cannot fly from Vientiane to Vang Vieng as there is no airport in Vang Vieng.  The only way to travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng is by road.

What is the distance from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

The distance between Vang Vieng and Vientiane by road is 160-kilometres (99 miles).

Is there a direct bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

Yes, all the services described here are direct bus services between Vang Vieng and Vientiane.

How long does it take to go from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

The journey between Vientiane and Vang Vieng takes between four and five hours.  There may be additional time if you have a hotel pick up and you may have to arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour before your scheduled departure time.

Is there an overnight bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

No there is no overnight bus between Vang Vieng and Vientiane.  Buses and vans leave in the morning or afternoon on this route.

Where do I catch the Vientiane to Vang Vieng Bus from?

You can select to be picked up at your hotel or to meet it at the bus operators offices, depending on which service you opt for.

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