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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Use the Search Box below to buy bus tickets from Vientiane:
To search for destinations other than Vang Vieng enter the first three letters of the destination into the Search Box and then use the drop down list to select where want to go to.
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:
|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|
- Tickets: Check for ticket availability for bus services from Vientiane to Vang Vieng.
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:
|Bus||07:00||20:00||Naga Travel||$38.18 USD|
|Bus||18:00||07:00||Naga Travel||$41.39 USD|
- Tickets: Check for ticket availability for bus services from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
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:
|Minivan||17:30||04:30||PTS Transit Service||$31.11 USD|
- Tickets: Check for ticket availability for bus services from Vientiane to Xiangkhouang.