Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal is a long distance bus terminal located 9.6 km by road to the North East of the Patuxai Monument. which is located in the centre of Vientiane City.

Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal is one of three major bus stations in Vientiane. The Northern Bus Terminal is the departure point for bus services heading north towards Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Southern China and other northern destinations within Laos.


Bus and Minivan Services


Vientiane’s Northern Bus Terminal is a large and busy transport hub with lots of different companies providing bus services, often on the same route. Each company has its own ticket counter which means the service you are offered may vary according to the ticket counter from which you choose to buy your ticket.

Front entrance to Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Front entrance to Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal itself is a large building with indoor seating, shops and restaurants.


Travel to the Bus Station


The easiest way to travel from Vientiane City to Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal is to take a tuk tuk. Expect to pay around 40,000 LAK (2018 prices) and agree a price before you set off.

Tuk tuk waiting outside Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Tuk tuk waiting outside Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

The cheapest way to travel from Vientiane City Centre to Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal is to take a fixed route local bus service which runs from Talat Sao Morning Market in Vientiane City all the way to the bus station.


Location of Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal


Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal is located at Sithong Rd, Sikeut, Laos.


Facilities at the Bus Station


Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal is located outside of the city centre and has few shops or restaurant nearby. There are some facilities, however, located inside the main station building.

Shop in Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Shop in Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Facilities at Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal include:

  • Toilets at the left hand side of the station as you enter via the main doors.
  • Shops selling food and drink.
  • An inexpensive sit down restaurant at the right hand side of the main entrance.
  • Plastic chairs in the centre of the station building.

Buy Tickets at the Bus Station


There several banks of ticket containers in Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal, each for different bus companies. Some routes are only served by a single company, other more popular routes will have several bus companies operating services. The vehicles used by the different bus companies can vary a great deal. For instance, some companies used minibuses and other full size buses. Some services are sleeper services with flat beds, others have seats. Some companies offer food and WiFi on board, as well as toilets, others do not.

Ticket counters at Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Ticket counters at Vientiane Northern Bus Terminal

Payment for tickets must be made in Laotian kip (LAK). You can book in advance at the ticket counters in the bus station, however, few people choose this option because it means a round trip of nearly 20 km from Vientiane City to complete a visit to the station.


Buy Tickets online


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Bus To Vang Vieng


There are two companies operating bus services from Vientiane to Vang Vieng whose tickets you can book online.

  • Timetable of Bus services from Vientiane to Vang Vieng:
Service Vientiane Vang Vieng Company Cost
Bus 09:00 13:00 Naga Travel $9.61 USD
Minivan 09:30 12:30 Soutchai Travel $8.00 USD
Minivan 13:30 16:30 Soutchai Travel $8.00 USD
Bus 13:30 17:30 Naga Travel $9.61 USD


Bus to Luang Prabang


There is one company operating bus services from Vientiane to Luang Prabang whose tickets you can book online.

  • Timetable of Bus services from Vientiane to Luang Prabang:
Service Vientiane Luang Prabang Company Cost
Bus 07:00 20:00 Naga Travel $38.18 USD
Bus 18:00 07:00 Naga Travel $41.39 USD


Bus Services to The Plain of Jars


There is one company operating bus services from Vientiane to Xiangkhousang Province, on the Plain of Jars, whose tickets you can book online.

  • Timetable of Bus services from Vientiane to Xiangkhousang:
Service Vientiane Xiangkhouang Company Cost
Minivan 17:30 04:30 PTS Transit Service $31.11 USD

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