Travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

By bus it takes 25 to 26 hours to travel from Luang Prabang in Laos to Hanoi in Vietnam. You can also fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in about 1 hour, however, flights cost nearly three times as much as the cost of a bus ticket for the same journey. If you are travelling on a tight budget then travelling by bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi is your best option as the money you save is equivalent to 2 days more of living expenses in Vietnam.

Bus Times from Luang Prabang to Hanoi


There are currently 2 bus services a day from Luang Prabang to Hanoi available to book online.

Luang PrabangHanoiCostCompany
18:0019:00 + 1 day$53 USDHTX Van Tai 277
18:0020:00$64 USDNaluang

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Luang Prabang Bus Station


Naluang bus services from Luang Prabang to Hanoi depart from the Tourist and International Bus Station on the opposite side of the road to the Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang.

Google Map of Luang Prabang Tourist and International Bus Station

Hanoi Bus Station


Naluang bus services from Luang Prabang to Hanoi terminate at Điểm Dừng Xe Bus, Ngọc Khánh, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Google Map of Điểm Dừng Xe Bus Stop

About Travel from Hanoi


Hanoi is located at the northern end of Vietnam’s famous Reunification Railway Line which runs 1,726 km south to Ho Chi Minh City. Travelling the entire length of the Reunification Railway Line in one go takes between 31 and 35 hours. However, there are fantastic places to visit on the way and for this reason most visitors to Vietnam choose to break the journey up into manageable sections with stops along the way to visit the major sights. Starting from the North the places we recommend visiting are:

  • Ninh Binh (to visit the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex).
  • Hue (to visit the Imperial City).
  • Da Nang (to visit Hoi An, Son Tra Peninsula and the beaches).
  • Nha Trang (Po Nagar Temple and the beach at Doc Let).

You can also travel North from Hanoi by train to Beijing via Dong Dang, which is journey that involves spending 2 nights on the train but the rewards for travellers on this train route is a journey with fantastic scenery and a considerable cost saving compared to flying.

Hanoi Railway Station
Hanoi Railway Station

For direct travel to Halong Bay, Sapa and Ha Giang you need to take a bus. Bus services in Vietnam are cheaper than taking the train and often quicker, although for longer journeys travel by bus is less comfortable. Trains has flat beds and restaurant cars and bus services do not. Smart travellers use a combination of trains for longer journeys and bus services for shorter journeys and to access places not accessible by rail when they visit Vietnam.

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