Laos-Vietnam Bus

"Laos-Vietnam bus" was last updated 3-Nov-2014
Information on this page, including bus schedules is subject to change.

This page provides information on international bus services between Laos and Vietnam.

As Laos shares the longest border with Vietnam, there are several entry/exit points between the two countries.  There are also many buses running across the border between Laos and Vietnam to/from several provinces.

Laos-Vietnam bus

Here are details of Laos-Vietnam bus services. The list is by province (of Laos) from north to south.

Note: The timetables are provided as a guide only, they can fluctuate. It’s recommended you check with the bus station beforehand or arrive at the station earlier.

Oudomxay

There is one bus daily for Oudomxay – Dien Bien Phu City route. The buses used are normal 25-seat vehicles with no air-conditioning (and slow).

The buses are operated by Lao and Vietnamese companies in rotation.

The journey takes around 9 hours, crossing border at Tay Tran- Sobboun border check point.

Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Oudomxay- Dien Bien Phu
08:30
17:00
Daily
80,000
Dien Bien Phu - Oudomxay
08:30
17:00

Note: price is per person one way.

info iconOudomxay bus station: +856 (0)81 212 217-8
Oudomxay provincial tourist department: +856 (0)81 212 483

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Luang Prabang

There are three buses running between Luang Prabang and Vietnam everyday. One is to/from Hanoi, one is to/from Vinh and another is to/from Hue.

Buses used for all destinations are spleeping, air-conditioned buses.

All Luang Prabang – Vietnam buses operate out of Naluang Mini bus station and pass through Phonsavan and cross the border at Nam Khan/Namcan border checkpoint in Xiengkhuang province.

Hanoi buses pass through Vinh, Dien Chau and Thanh Hoa (Vietnam) where they drop off/pick up passengers.  

The bus journey take 24-26 hours for Luang Prabang-Hanoi, 18-19 hours for Laung Prabang-Vinh and 28+ hours for Luang Prabang-Hue.

In Hanoi the buses arrive to and/or depart from Nuoc Ngam station around 9km from the old quarter and 1km from Hanoi’s southern bus station along road NR1. 

In Vinh the buses arrive to and/or depart from Vinh bus station (known in Vietnamese as Bên xe Vinh), in the town centre.

Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Luang Prabang - Hanoi

18:00 day1
18:00 day2
One daily
350,000
Hanoi - Luang Prabang
18:00 day1
18:00 day2
Luang Prabang - Vinh
18:00 day1
12:00 day2
250,000
Vinh - Luang Prabang
18:00 day1
12:00 day2
Luang Prabang - Hue
17:30 day1
21:30 day2
420,000
Hue - Luang Prabang
17:30 day1
21:30 day2

All Hanoi and Vinh buses pass through Namcan and Dien Chau where they drop off/pick up passengers.

info icon Luang Prabang (Naluang bus station): +856 71 25 2066, +856 71 25 5024

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Huaphanh

There is one bus daily running between Huaphanh in Laos and Thanh Hua in Vietnam.

The buses are operated by a Vietnamese company. Buses used are 25-seat, non-air-conditioned.

Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Huaphanh - Thanh Hua
08:00
18:00
Daily
180,000
Thanh Hua - Huaphanh
08:00
18:00

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Huaphan bus station: +856 64 314 270

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Xiengkhuang

There is one bus daily to/from Vinh, except Saturday.

Note: Luang Prabang – Vietnam buses pass through Xiengkhuang everyday except Thursdays.

Laos - vietnam border sign

The buses used for Xiengkhuang-Vinh route are similar to those of Luang Prabang,  45-seat and 30-seat air-conditioned. The 30-seat bus runs on Monday, Thursday, Sunday and 45-seat run the other days.

Lao buses are operated on Tuesdays and Fridays, Vietnamese buses are operated the rest of the week.

All Xiengkhuang – Vinh buses are operated out of Xiengkhuang bus station, Ban Ngoy, Phonsavan town. They cross the border into Vietnam at the Nam Khan/Namcan border checkpoint and arrive at Vinh bus station around 10 hours later.

Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Xiengkhuang – Vinh
06:30
18:00
One daily except Saturdays
150,000
Vinh - Xiengkhuang
06:30
18:00

 

info icon Xiengkhuang bus station: +856 30 517 0148,
Cell phone: +856 20 5576 0231 (direct to Mr Dokkeo, manager)

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Vientiane Capital

There are several buses to/from Vientiane capital that are operated by a number of companies. Some operate every day while others run a few times a week.

Although many Vietnam destinations are listed on the board at the Southern bus station in Vientiane, there aren’t regular buses to some destinations such as Sai Ngon. They tend to operate only when there is enough demand. 

Buses to/from Vientiane Capital are overnight buses, departing in the evening and arriving at the destinations in the morning. Buses used are sleeping buses, which means they provide beds.

Timetable for Vientiane – Vietnam
Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Vientiane – Hanoi 19:00, 19:30, 20:00 (day1) 17:00, 17:30, 18:00 (day2) Daily 230,000
Hanoi - Vientiane 19:00 (day1) 17:00 (day2)
Vientiane - Vinh 19:00 05:00 Daily 160,000
Vinh – Vientiane 06:00 16:00
Vientiane – Danang 18:30, 19:00, 20:00 (day1) 12:30, 13:00, 14:00 (day2) Daily 230,000
Danang – Vientiane 08:00 (day1) 03:00(day2)
Vientiane – Hue
Hue - Vientiane
Share with Danang bus 200,000
Vientiane – Ha Ting 19:00 (day1) 05:00 (day2) Daily 160,000
Ha Ting – Vientiane 06:00 (day1) 16:00 (day2)

Note: The information provided here is accurate at the time of this writing.  However, as schedules change without notice, it’s recommended you double check with bus companies for current info.

Contact details are as follows:

info icon Transportation Lao-Vietnam: +856 21 720 175, +856 21 740 524, +856 20 2220 5352, +856 20 2288 8810, +856 20 5564 6422

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Khammuane (Tha Khaek)

There are a number of buses daily running between Khammuane (Tha Khaek  town) and Vietnam.

Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Khammuane - Vinh 07:00   Daily 100,000
Vinh - Khammuane 20:00  
Khammuane - Hue 07:00, 20:00 19:00, 08:00 Twice daily 100,000
Hue - Khammuane 07:00 19:00
Khammuane – Dong Hoi 06:30, 07:00 16:00, 16:30   80,000
Dong Hoi - Khammuane 06:30 16:00  

The buses Khammuane – Vinh are operated by a Vietnamese company while
Khammuane - Hue and Khammuane - Dong Hoi ones are operated by a Lao bus company.

info icon Khammoune Tourist Office: +856 51 212 512
Khammoune Bus Station: +856 51 250 519
Dong Hoi bus station is located at the intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Huu Canh.

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Savannakhet

There is a daily bus to/from Hue in Vietnam. There are also a number of buses for different days, to/from different towns in Vietnam (Hanoi, Vinh, Hue, Dong Ha and Danang), details as following.  

Departure/arrival:

Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Savannakhet – Dong Ha, Hue 09:00 20:00 Daily 110,000
Hue, Dong Ha - Savannakhet 07:30 18:00
Savannakhet – Danang 07:30 No info Thursdays
&
Fridays
150,000
Danang – Savannakhet No info
Savannakhet – Vinh, Hanoi 10:00 No info Tuesdays & Saturdays Vinh: 170,000
Hanoi: 200,000
Hanoi, Vinh - Savannakhet No info

info icon Savannakhet bus station: +856 41 213 920, +856 41 212 143 or
+856 20 5554 0016
Tickets can be bought at the bus station.

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Champasak

There are several daily buses to/from Pakse (main city of Champasak Province) from/to various cities/towns in Vietnam (Danang, Dong Ha, Hue, Yalai (or Gia Lai) and Quynhon). The Hanoi route has been discontinued due to low demand.

Departure/arrival:

Bus Route Departure Arrival Frequency Price (Kip)
Pakse - Danang
7:00
20:00
Daily
220,000
Danang - Pakse
7:00
20:00
Pakse - Hue
8:00
20:00
Daily
180,000
Hue - Pakse
6:00
18:00
Pakse - Dong Ha
7:30
18:00
Daily
140,000
Dong Ha - Pakse
6:30
17:00
Pakse - Quynhom - Yalai
7:00
18:00
Daily
180,000
Yalai - Quynhon - Pakse
6:00
17:00

Outbound buses to Danang, Dong Ha and Hue depart from KM7 Neua bus station while buses to Yalai and Quynhom depart from KM8 station in Pakse.

Buses to/from Danang and Hue cross the border at Lao Bao/Dansavan crossing point. Lao visa on arrival is available at this check point. Vietnam doesn't provide visa at the border at all (Vietnam visa on arrival is only available at airports).

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Pakse bus station: +856 31 212 428, +856 31 212 981

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Laos-Vietnam bus

Attapeu

There is one bus daily to/from Yalai, Ngoc Hoi and Kon Tum. The bus departs from Attapeu around 07:00 and arrives in Yalai around noon or early afternoon.

In Attapeu, bus tickets can be bought at Duc Loc restaurant near the market, prices are 60,000kip, 65,000kip and 75,000kip for Yalai, Ngoc Hoi and Kon Tum respectively.

The inbound bus departs from Vietnam around 07:00 as well.  
info icon Attapeu Tourist Office: +859 36 211 056
For bus info: +856 20 9969 9142

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Visa:
For Lao and Vietnamese nationals, a visa is not required to enter one another’s countries, though a passport is required to travel further than the border town.

Lao Visa: If you’re a national of one of the ASEAN countries, a visa is not required to enter Laos. Otherwise you can obtain a Lao visa on arrival at the immigration checkpoint at the border, see visa on arrival page for more details on the subject.

Vietnam Visa:  Please note that Vietnam visa on arrival is not available at border check points, it’s applicable to air travel only. You need to obtain your Vietnam visa beforehand if you plan to cross into Vietnam by bus.

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City Bus
Cross Country Buses
International bus services
Laos – Thailand bus
Laos – Cambodia bus service
Laos – China bus
Laos – Vietnam bus
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