Laos - Thailand Bus Service

Laos-Thailand bus - last updated August 2017

This page provides information on Laos-Thailand buses including schedules and how to book or buy bus tickets as well as visa information.

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There are several buses connecting many provinces/towns of Laos and Thailand. At the moment, Laos –Thailand bus service is available for Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiangrai, Loei, Khon Khaen, Nong Khai, Nakonpanom, Mukdahan, Udonthani, and Ubonratchathani.

Provinces/towns in Laos that have access to Laos – Thailand bus service are (from north to south) Bokeo, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane Capital, Thakaek, Savannakhet, and Pakse.

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The service is provided by various private and/or state own Thai as well as Lao bus companies.

Bus Schedules

Bokeo / Chiangrai
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Bokeo –  Chiangrai 07:30,09:30,16:00,17:00 220 Baht 166 km 4 hours
Chiangrai –Bokeo 07:00,10:00,15:00,16:30


Luang Prabang / Chiangmai
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Luang Prabang -  Chiangmai 09:00 1,200 Baht 842 km 18 hours
Chiangmai – Luang Prabang 09:00 1,200 Baht


Luang Prabang / Loei
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Luang Prabang – Loei 07:00 700 Baht 394 km 10 hours
Loei – Luang Prabang 08:00 700 Baht


Vang Vieng / Udonthani via Nong Khai
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Vang Vieng –Udonthani 09:00 80,000 Kip 230 km 7 hours
Udonthani – Vang Vieng 08:30 320 Baht


Vientiane / Bangkok
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Vientiane – Bangkok 20:00 250,000 Kip 658 km 11 hours
Bangkok – Vientiane 18:00 900 Baht


Vientiane / Khon Khaen
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Vientiane – Khonkhaen 07:45, 14:45 50,000 Kip 194 km 4 hours
Khonkhaen –Vientiane 07:45, 15:15 180 Baht


Vientiane / Udonthani
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Vientiane – Udonthani 08:00, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 16:30, 18:00 22,000 Kip 77 km 3 hours
Udonthani –Vientiane 08:00, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00 80 Baht

Vientiane - Nongkhai - Udonthany bus timetables


Vientiane / Nong Khai
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Vientiane –  Nong Khai 07:30, 09:30, 12.40, 14:30, 15:30, 18:00 15,000 Kip 27 km 1 hour
Nong Khai –Vientiane 07:30, 09:30, 12.40, 14:30, 15:30, 18:00 55 Baht


Thakaek / Nakonpanom
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Thakaek -  Nakonpanom 08:00, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30 *20,000 Kip 29 km 1 hour 30 min
Nakonpanom - Thakaek 08:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30 70 Baht


Savannakhet / Mukdahan
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Savannakhet -  Mukdahan 07:30, 08:30, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 19:00 *13,000 Kip 17 km 1 hour
Mukdahan – Savannakhet 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10.30, 11:15, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 19:00 45 Baht


Friendship Bridge#2 / Mukdahan
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge #2 -  Mukdahan 11:50, 15:50 20 Baht 3 km 30 Minutes
Mukdahan – Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge #2 10:45, 13:15 20 Baht


Pakse / Ubonratchathani
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Pakse -  Ubonratchathani 08:30, 15.30 *54,000 Kip 138 km 3 hours
Ubonratchathani - Pakse 09:30, 15:30 200 Baht


Pakse / Bangkok
Route Departure time Fee Distance Time taken
Pakse – Wang Tao – Bangkok 16:00, 17:00 250,000 Kip 790 km 12 hours
Bangkok – Wang Tao – Pakse 20:30, 21:00 900 Baht

Bus schedules are provided as a guide only, they are accurate at the time of this update though they may change without notice.
Although online booking facility is provided here, not all routes are available through online booking.

How to book and buy bus tickets

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It is now possible to book your bus online though some less popular routes are not yet made available. Use the search box on the right to check if your desired destination is available for online booking.

For the routes not available through online booking, you can buy tickets through travel agents or at the bus station before boarding.

When buying the bus tickets (to Laos) whether through online channels, through a travel agent or at the bus station make sure you hold a valid passport and have a Lao visa (if you are not an ASEAN citizen). No visa no ticket sign The ticket officer checks your passport for Lao visa and ask some questions e.g. your name, your age to verify the information against that on your passport.

Buying tickets at the bus station, everyone has to show up at the ticket office to buy thier own ticket because the officer does a basic check on your passport and ask questions to verify the information before issuing the ticket. As the sign says "1 person buy 1 ticket", "No visa no ticket".

Important Note for Ticket & Visa

If you are a citizen of one of the countries that need a visa to enter Laos and you have not already got it on your passport, the ticket officer will not sell you a ticket for Thai-Lao International buses.

If you run into this, provided that you are iligible for Lao visa on arrival, you can take a local transportation (bus or Tuk-Tuk depends where you are) to the bridge. At the bridge there is a shuttle bus every 10-15 minutes, ticket booth is just about five metres from the immigration window. After finishing with your immigration clearance you can buy a ticket (15 Baht) and hop on the next bus to cross the bridge to Laos. At Lao side just go straight to the visa on arrival window a few strokes away from where the shutle bus stops. There you go, apply for your Lao visa on arrival (fill out the form and pay the fee, then wait), once you are given back your passport with the visa you might also got your stamp-in already (this is it most of the time). If not, you need to queue up at one of the immigration windows to get it

For Lao and Thai citizens residing in towns or provinces near the border such as Udonthani, Nong Khai/Vientiane, Savannakhet/Mukdahan the ticket officer checks your border pass or passport for validity before selling you the tickets.

If you are a Thai national you can use either a temporary border pass or a passport to travel to Vientiane, however, if you want to travel to Vang Vieng you need to hold a passport, no border pass allowed for travelling further than Vientiane Capital.

Visa

For most travelers, visa is required as riding these buses involves border crossing from one country to another. To avoid surprises check if you need a visa before booking your bus.

Lao Visa: Citizens of the ASEAN member countries and some of non-ASEAN countries do not need a visa to enter Laos, see if you are exempted. For others, visa is required, check if you need a visa. You can get the visa at one of Lao consulates abroad in advance or get it on arrival at the border checkpoints. If you plan to get your Lao visa on arrival, please read "How to book and buy bus tickets" section above.

For Lao and Thai nationals residing in provinces near the borders, a visa is not required to enter one another’s country, but a valid passport or a border pass is required.

Thailand Bus - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang

To travel further than the border towns/provinces, a valid passport is required. For example, Thai border pass holders crossing the border to Laos at Nongkhai/Vientiane border crossing points can travel to Vientiane Capital and stay up to 3 days. Similarly, Lao border pass holders crossing the border to Thailand at the Vientiane/Nongkhai crossing points can travel to Nongkhai province and Udonthani province, and stay for up to 3 days. For longer stays, either use your passport (up to 30 days stay) or use your border pass and cross the border back and fourth every three days to get immigration stamp in and out. Overstaying will incure in a fine.

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