Laos - Thailand Bus Service

This page provides options for travelling by bus into Laos from Thailand, and reverse.

There are several buses connecting many provinces/towns of Laos and Thailand. At the moment, Laos –Thailand bus service is available for these places in Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Khaen, Udonthani, Nong Khai, Nakonpanom, Mukdahan,and Ubonratchathani. Provinces/towns in Laos that have access to Laos – Thailand bus service are Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Thakaek, Savannakhet, and Pakse.

Thailand bus

The service is provided (in a rotation basis) by a Thai bus company (home.transport.co.th) together with a state-owned bus enterprise as well as a private bus company in Laos.

To Vientiane Capital: Laos - Thailand Buses run from Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kone Khaen, Udon Thani, and Nong Khai to Morning Market (Talat Sao) bus station in Vientiane. Tickets can be bought at the bus station before boarding. You'll need to show your passport as ticket officer checks it before he/she can issue you tickets. If you need a Lao visa to enter the county and do not already hold it, there is a good chance that he/she will refuse to sell you tickets. This is because getting the visa at the border takes longer than the buses can wait.

Thailand Bus - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang

For Lao and Thai citizens residing in towns near the border like Nong Khai and Vientiane, the ticket officer checks your border pass or passport for validity before selling you the tickets.

Here are bus schedules, bus fares as well as distance for Laos – Thailand bus service.

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

Vientiane / Nakhon Ratchasima
Route Fee Departure time Distance Time taken
Vientiane –  Nakhon Ratchasima 86,000Kip 09:00 384 km 6 hours 30 min
Nakhon Ratchasima –Vientiane 320 Baht 09:00

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

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

Vientiane - Nongkhai - Udonthany bus timetables

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

Vang Vieng / Udonthani via Nong Khai
Route Fee Departure time Distance Time taken
Vang Vieng –Udonthani 75,000 Kip 10:00 230 km 7 hours
Udonthani – Vang Vieng 270 Baht 08:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Estimated fee, it may fluctuate

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

* Estimated fee, it may fluctuate
Note: Schedules and fares are provided solely as a guide and may change without notice.

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City Bus
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International bus services
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Laos – Cambodia bus service
Laos – China bus
Laos – Vietnam bus
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