China Bus
International bus service between Laos and China

This page explains options for bus services between Laos and China.

The Laos – China bus service is available for Yunnan, the border province of China, and some northern provinces and the capital of Laos.

Buses from Laos to China go to Meng La, Jing Hong and Kunming prefecture, in Yunnan province (the province that shares a border with Phongsaly Province in Laos). There are of course buses from these places in China to several destinations in Laos.

Here are details

Laos - China Bus for Phongsaly – Meng La

There are two buses daily from Phongsaly to Meng La, the border town in China.

Departure: 7:15am and 1:00pm

Travel time: around 3-4 hours

Fee: 50,000kip 

Bus: regular, no air-con.

From Meng La to Phongsaly, the departure time is some what unclear, but the bus arrives at Phongsaly bus station around noon. That means it departs from Meng La around the same time as it does from Phongsaly, provided that it take the same length of time.

Phongsaly Tourist office: +856 (0)88 210 098

Bus station: +856 (0)88 210 456


Laos - China Bus for Luang Namtha – Jing Hong via Meng La

There is one bus daily between Luang Namtha (southern bus station) and Jing Hong via Meng La.

Departure: 8:00am

Travel time: 

- Meng La: 5+ hours 

- Jing Hong: 7+ hours 


- Meng La: 50,000kip

- Jing Hong: 90,000kip

From Jing Hong the bus departs around the same time as it does from the Laos side. It arrives at Luang Namtha station around 3 or 4pm.

Bus: regular 30-seat, no air-con

Luang Namtha bus station: +856 (0) 20 2239 4650

Luang Nantha tourist office: +856 (0) 86 312 047


Laos - China Bus for Oudomxay – Meng La

There is one bus daily from Oudomxay to Jing Hong via Meng La and vice versa.

Departure: 8:00am

Travel time: 

- Meng La: 5+ hours 

- Jing Hong: 7+ hours 


- Meng La: 70,000kip

- Jing Hong: 130,000kip

Bus: 25-seat regular, no air-con.

Departure time from Meng La is unclear (presumably around the same time as it does from Oudomxay).

Oudomxay bus station: +856 (0) 81 212 217-8

Oudomxay tourist office: +856 (0) 81 212 483


Laos - China Bus for Bokeo Province

There are buses to China from Bokeo, however at the moment no information is readily available. The only info I’ve got is that the bus leaves from the new bus station operated by a Chinese company. And there is no longer any bus to China from Keochampa bus station where there used to be.

Keochampa bus station: +856 (0) 84 211 659

Bokeo tourist office: +856 (0) 84 211 162

Laos - China Bus for Luang Prabang  – Kunming

There is one direct bus to Kunming daily from Na Luang bus station (in Luang Prabang).

Departure: 7:00am

Travel time: 24 hours

Fee: 470,000kip

From Kunming to Luang Prabang, the bus departs from Kunming Southern bus station.

Departure: 7:00am

Arrive Luang Prabang: 7:00am

Fee: xxx Chinese Yuan (470,000Kip equivalent)

Bus: Sleeper, air-con.

Luang Prabang Bus station: +856 (0)71 212 979


Laos - China Bus for Vientiane Capital – Kunming,

There is one bus to Kunming and one to Jing Hong via Meng La. The buses depart from the Northern bus station located on Sithong Road around 7 km north of Vientiane city centre.

Vientiane - Kunming

Departure: 2:00pm

Travel time: 31-32 hours

Fee: 730,000kip or 540 Chinese Yuan

Kunming- Vientiane

Departure: 7:00pm (from Kunming southern bus station)

Fee: 540 Chinese Yuan

Laos - China Bus for Vientiane Capital- Jing Hong via Meng La

Vientiane - Jing Hong via Meng La

Departure: 11:00am


- Meng La: 353,000kip or 260 Chinese Yuan

- Jing Hong: 420,000kip or 310 Chinese Yuan

Jing Hong (via Meng La) - Vientiane

Departure: 7:00am 


- From Meng La: 260 Chinese Yuan

- From Jing Hong: 310 Chinese Yuan

Vientiane Northern bus: +856 (0) 21 612 384 or 

+856 (0) 20 5685 5558

Note: Bus schedules and fares subject to change without notice.

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