Transportation in Vientiane Capital, Laos
The three main bus terminals are in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. These stations link to all provinces of Laos.
1) Central Bus Station or CBS ( also called Talat Sao/ Morning Market or Khua Din Bus Station)
2) Southern Bus Station (Southern Bus Terminal or SBT)
(Domestic and International)
3) Northern Bus Station or Northern Bus Terminal, it stands for NBT (Domestic and International).
1. Central Bus Station, Bus stop in Vientiane Capital
Location: Hatsady Village, Chanthabuly District, Vientiane Capital, Laos
Google Map here:
The Khuadin bus station is located in the center of Vientiane. It is a well-known for economic trade, community density and many tourism attractionS nearby, such as Patuxay Monument, Wat PhraKaew, Wat Sisaket, Vat and other locationS. It’s destination is approximately 500-1,000 meters. IT takes about 5 minutes to get to the views of the Mekong before sunset and it is pretty easy to find. This station is also referred to as Ta Lad Sao (Morning market) or Kuadin bus station by the locals.
Previously, the bus market served as a hub for transportation throughout Vientiane to the central, southern, and Northern provinces; with decades of international travel.
Nowadays, depending on the situation, more and more bus users are Lining up for the bus. Therefore, the public transport entrance has been separated into three main bus stations in Vientiane Capital as mentioned.
However, when you arrive at Central Bus Station, you will see it is very crowded because the area of Central Bus Station has A limited area surrounded by buildings under construction in Vientiane Centre Mall. Talad Sao Mall and Khua Din market are behind the station. Surrounding the bus queue there will be many small shops.
This Bus stop is the main center, and the central hub to other destinations. The Vientiane Bus Management Board (LMU) is constantly improving.
Many customer seats are in front of Lao-Thai Bus Ticket Services, so anyone can sit and rest here as well (there is a path on the left hand of the Vientiane Capital Bus Station) The path is way to Kuadin market and you will go to see traffic light, it is opposite the Morning Market
Many customer seats are in front of Lao-Thai Bus Ticket Services, so anyone can sit and rest here as well (there is a path on the left hand of the Vientiane Capital Bus Station) The path is way to Kuadin market and you will walk to across traffic light, it is opposite the Morning Market. If you want to go there, you can walk on this path.
1.1 Bus Service in Vientiane Capital
Besides this main bus stop, there are also 3 main services:
- Vientiane City Bus Route
- Airport Shuttle Bus
- International Bus
1.2 Vientiane City Bus Route
Vientiane is the capital of Lao PDR; and it is easier to get there by public transport. The tickets are cheap, so some Lao like to use the bus service as well.
-Lao ITEC Shopping Mall to Airport shuttle – the price for tickets is about 19,000 LAK
-Central Bus Station (Morning market) to Buddha Park, the price PER ticket is 8,000 LAK.
Central Bus Station to ThaNgone the price is 7,000 LAK, the estimate for other routes is around 5,000 LAK.
The Bus From Morning Market to Buddha Park is about 8,000 LAK per person. This bus is going to Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge to drop off passengers who are going to Thailand, then the bus heads to Buddha Park. Every 15 minutes the bus leaves from the station.
Remark: ThaNgone is a famous place for city people to rest and relax with friends and their family. while enjoying the view of Nam Gum River, they can listen to the soft music and enjoy the fresh air.
1.3 Airport Shuttle Bus
Airport Bus – Bus queue for Phnom Penh opened on January 18, 2018. The fare is 15,000 Kip / person / for one trip. the service leaves every 40 minutes from Wattay Airport – downtown center – Bus Terminal – Lao ITECC;
It’s a convenient, modern bus that also offers free Wi-Fi service. it strengthens the brand new image and promotes travel to the country by plane landing at Wat ay airport. Then take a bus to the capital city of Vientiane comfortably following the “Safe, Reliable, Comfortable” bus that benefits Vientiane.Fare: (Airport-CBS): 15,000 kip;
- Provincial Transit bus
- International bus
- Bus service for students and students
These are the table of international bus schedule via Thailand to Laos by bus in Central Bus Station
|No||Route||Route Detail||Departure time||Duration||Distance||Fare|
|1||Bangkok / Vientiane||Bangkok (Morchit) – Vientiane (Central Bus Station)||16:00, 20:00||11 hours||658 km||1000 Baht (up)|
|Vientiane (Central Bus Station) – Bangkok (Morchit)||17:00|
|2||KhonKhaen/ Vientiane||KhonKhaen – Vientiane||08:15, 15:00||4 hours||193 km||About 200 Baht|
|Vientiane – KhonKhaen||08:15, 14:45, 18:00,18:30||50,000 Kip|
|3||NongKhai / Vientiane||NongKhai – Vientiane||08:15, 15:00||1 hour||25 km||55 Baht|
|Vientiane – NongKhai||07:30,09:30,12:40,14:30,
|4||Udonthani / Vientiane||Udonthani – Vientiane||08:00, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00||3 hour||82km||80 Baht|
|Vientiane – Udonthani||08:00,09:00,10:30,11:3,
|5||Udonthani via NongKhai/ Vang Vieng||Udonthani – Vang Vieng||08:30||7 hours||230 km||300 Baht|
|Vang Vieng– Udonthani||09:00||80,000 Kip|
|6||Nakonpanom/ Thakhaek||Nakonpanom -Thakhaek||08:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30||1 hour 30 min||29km||70 Baht|
|Thakhaek – Nakonpanom||08:00, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30||20,000|
|7||Mukdahan/Savannakhet||Mukdahan – Savannakhet||07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10.30, 11:15, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 19:00||1 hour||17 km||45 Baht|
|Savannakhet – Mukdahan||07:30, 08:30, 09:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 19:00||13,000 Kip|
|8||Friendship Bridge#2 / Mukdahan||Mukdahan – Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge #2||10:45, 13:15||30 min||3 km||20 Baht|
|Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge #2 – Mukdahan||11:50, 15:50||20 Baht|
|9||Ubonratchathani/Pakse||Ubonratchathani-Pakse||09:30, 15:30||3 hours||138 km||200 Baht|
|Pakse – Ubonratchathani||08:30, 15.30||54,000 kip|
|10||Bangkok /Pakse||Bangkok – Wang Tao – Pakse||20:30, 21:00||12 hours||790 km||900 Baht|
|11||Pakse – Wang Tao – Bangkok||16:00, 17:00||250,000 kip|
Chiang Khong (Chiangmai, Thailand) to HouayXai (Sayyaboury, Laos)
You can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang province directly
Note: The above schedule may change as per the Vientiane Bus Management Board (LMU), please update the latest news from their website
2. Southern Bus Station (Southern Bus Terminal or SBT)
Location: 450th-year road, Saphungmeuk Village, Saythany District, Vientiane Capital, Laos.
(Domestic and International Bus Terminal )
Google Map here:
Southern Bus Station (Southern Bus Terminal or SBT)This is the new place of the southern bus station. It is far from the previous station, about 1 KM. The building terminal is orange and it has many zones, for example, waiting for the area, bus ticket counters mini-mart, massage shop, bathroom, insurance agent, and so on…
Conveniently, the car park is in front of the main orange awning, it is next to 450th road and also has A motorbike parking area on the right of the entrance. In addition, you can park your motorbike overnight, but you will pay a fee. However, you should check the price before using It. This southern bus station is not too crowded if we compare IT to the central bus terminal.
Furthermore, there will be a lot of people for the long publics holiday of Laos like Lao New Year, National New Year; because Lao prefer to return to their hometown to visit their families. To avoid traffic you should travel by bus at least one or two weeks before heading to your destination. If you don’t you will face a big traffic jam.
Typically, the Southern Bus will serve the route for the southern provinces, for example, Bolikhamxay, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Sekong, Saravane, Attapeu. But there will only be one Northern Province bus that travels through this station the reason the province was included in the journey south WAS because of its geography and map. Traveling to Xiengkhuang, to the south. saves time because it is a quicker route than Xiengkuang at Northern bus station, and the route is comfortable. So many people like to go to Xiengkhuang, passengers choose to travel through this route, via the province of Bolikhamxay to the southern part of the city.
In addition, The Southern Bus Terminal also operates bus services from Vientiane to Vietnam.
My husband is a native of this province when we visit my mother-in-law and relatives, we often travel to take this route as well. I recommend you take the bus to Southern Bus Station if you WANT to travel to Xiengkaung province.
There is also travel insurance and general insurance sales office for the insurance company inside the bus terminal building.
(Travel insurance for bus trip, more detail you can call +856 20 594044 or +856 55119958, +856 021 221210).
Note: If you would like to pick up a family or a friend at the station, you can use your private car to go there. But, you have to pay a one-time entrance fee of 5,000 Kip.
For passengers that don’t speak the language, I recommend parking your car at the front car park without any charge. Then, the passengers can walk through the path to take A private car at the car park.
You want to update the latest news from the southern bus station, you can visit the Facebook page as ສະຖານີຂົນສົ່ງໂດຍສານສາຍໃຕ້ Bus station – southern and international
3. Northern Bus Station or Northern Bus Terminal, it stands for NBT(Domestic and International)
Location: Dongnathong Village, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane, Laos.
(It locates in northwest of Vientiane).
Google Map here:
The Northern Bus is a bus service that offers service to travelers who want to travel to northern provinces of Laos, such as Xayabouly, Huaphanh, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Vientiane Province (Vientiane province is the same name of Vientiane Capital, but it is a different place. I will describe more about Vientiane province for the next article), another popular spot in Vientiane is Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Vientiane province. It is three to four hours away from Vientiane, distance 128 km.
The northern bus service also includes a tram service, Tuk Tuk, and bus. If you arrive in Vientiane you can get on the public bus in Vientiane city to the north bus station at a very low cost of 5,000 Kip / 1 time. The bus service arrives every 15 minutes.
Laos has a stop at each bus stop in all 18 provinces or 18 stations in the country. Vientiane Capital has three stations. It offers the most station stops. Most of the bus stops are located near the market, or mall in the province town area.
For more information, you can visit about public bus transportation of Laos, you can visit this website link http://www.vientianebus.org.la/
A passenger who use a smartphone, you can track the real-time of bus location by following this link https://lao.busnavi.asia/