Saturday, September 01, 2012

Bus/songthaew/boat schedules/details

Compiled from various sources. Please let the cat know of any errors - drop an email to: laomeow at gmail dot com. Contributions & updates (photographed, handwritten, or links to info on other websites, etc) most welcome & much appreciated. Created: 05 July 2008. Last modified: 01 September 2012.




DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Airport photos:
Boun Neua airport, Phongsaly province (March 2009) (Lost Gaijin) (28 May 2010 status update - see reply #10)
Huay Xai airport, Bokeo province (January 2008) (rea-neill)
Luang Namtha airport, Luang Namtha province (September 2008) (Ian Taylor)
Sam Neua airport, Houa Phanh province (2006) (aemilys)




BOKEO PROVINCE
(Huay Xai, Ton Pheung)

Please see this page for details.



CHAMPASAK PROVINCE

Pakse transport info from bolaven.com

Pakse VIP/International bus station at KM 2
Located near the stadium, ~2KM south along Route 12 highway.

Krieng Krai VIP bus company's timetable (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):

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Another bus company's timetable (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):

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Paksong transport info from bolaven.com

Ubon Ratchathani - Pakse - Khone Pha Peng falls direct bus service by Transport Co. (Thailand): see reply #6 here.



HOUA PHANH PROVINCE
(Sam Neua, Vieng Xay)

Please see this page for details.



KHAMMOUANE PROVINCE

Tha Khaek bus station
Domestic bus timetable (January 2011) (J Wong):

SDIM0960
Click here for larger image

Notes:
To Vientiane - non-VIP buses depart every 1.5 hours between 4:00AM & midnight.
To Savannakhet - buses depart every 30 min between 10:30AM & midnight.

Timetable for buses to Vietnam (January 2011) (J Wong):

SDIM0961
Click here for larger image

Note: "?" = too blur to make out the words.



LUANG NAMTHA PROVINCE
(Luang Namtha, Muang Sing)

Please see this page for details.



LUANG PRABANG PROVINCE
(Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw)

Please see this page for details.



OUDOMXAY PROVINCE
(Oudomxay, Pak Beng)

Please see this page for details.


PHONGSALY PROVINCE
(Phongsaly, Muang Khua, Pak Nam Noy, Boun Tai, Boun Neua, Ou Tai)

Please see this page for details.



SAVANNAKHET PROVINCE

Thai-Lao International bus to Mukdahan (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):

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To Vietnam (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):

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SAYABOULY PROVINCE
(Sayabouly, Hongsa, Muang Ngeun)

Please see this page for details.



SEKONG PROVINCE

Sekong-Attapeu-Bo Y-Da Nang-Hue bus: please see here for details.



VIENTIANE CAPITAL

Khua Din bus station (aka. Talat Sao/morning market bus station)
Please see this page for details.

new Northern bus station
Please see this page for details.

Southern bus station
Please see this page for details.

Kao Liaw boat landing
(#03 Tatthong bus from Khua Din bus station, then 5min walk - December 2006)
To Pak Lai - slowboat on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, & speedboat (on demand) (March 2007)

Tha Naleng railway station (photo)
At KJ294 on this map.
Timetable and fares (4 July 2010) (T. Wanhoff)



VIENTIANE PROVINCE

Vang Vieng
Bus station located at GO194 on this map.

Timetable (May 2011 - no change as of December 2011) (hobomaps):
Ordinary bus = black font
Express bus = red font
Minibus = green font

To Vientiane
- 5:30AM, 6:00AM, 6:30AM, 7:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM
- 40,000kip / 60,000kip / 60,000kip

To Luang Prabang
- 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 2:00PM
- 90,000kip / 100,000kip

To Phonsavanh
- 9:30AM
- 100,000kip

One could also wait along HWY13 to flag down buses heading south to Vientiane or north to various destinations.



XIENG KHOUANG PROVINCE
(Phonsavan)


Please see this page for details.




THAI-LAO INTERNATIONAL BUS SERVICES

Nong Khai หนองคาย - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (2 h)
- 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 12:40PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM
- 55 baht

Udon Thani  อุดรธานี - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (3 h)
- 8:00AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM
- 80 baht

Khon Kaen ขอนแก่น - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (4 h)
- 7:45AM, 3:30PM
- 180 baht

Nakhon Ratchasima นครราชสีมา - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (6.5 h)
- 9:00AM
- 320 baht

Udon Thani  อุดรธานี -  Vang Vieng เมืองวังเวียง (7 h)
- depart Udon Thani 7:00AM, depart Vang Vieng 8:00AM
- 320 baht


Nakhon Phanom นครพนม - Tha Khaek เมืองท่าแขก (1.5 h)
- 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 11:15AM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM
- 70 baht

Mukdahan  มุกดาหาร - Savannakhet สะหวันนะเขต (1 h)
- 8:15AM, 9:00AM, 9:45AM, 10:30AM, 11:15AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:00PM
- 45 baht

Ubon Ratchathani อุบลราชธานี - Pakse ปากเซ (3 h)
- 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM
- 200 baht

Chiangmai เชียงใหม่ - Luang Prabang หลวงพระบาง (18 h)
- depart Chiangmai 10:00AM, depart Luang Prabang 5:00PM
- 1200 baht

Notes:
  1. source: Transport Co. (25 May - 25 Aug 2012 timetable)
  2. departure times are for both Lao & Thai sides unless otherwise indicated
  3. fares are for departures from Thailand
  4. there might be an additional ~5 baht added to the fare on weekends
  5. for buses originating from Vientiane, please see this page for fares & location of bus station
  6. for Udon Thani, buses depart from the bus station closest to Central Plaza shopping mall
  7. journey times are approximate, expect delays at immigration especially on weekends & Thai & Lao public holidays
  8. for Nong Khai > Vientiane & Udon Thani > Vientiane, tickets are sold only to passengers who do not need to obtain a visa at the immigration checkpoint to enter Laos (i.e. those who qualify for visa exemption, or who have a pre-arranged visa obtained from a Lao embassy beforehand)
Old info for reference
Udon Thani to Vientiane 28 July 2007
Ubon Ratchathani - Pakse 2009 (christay2009)




Thank you to the following contributors/sources for your help:
hobomaps
gopeace
snowinjanuary
Ian Taylor
laobumpkin
christay2009
caseyprich@travelfish
laoko
benhctan
J Wong
T. Wanhoff
pimpon1993
lao-bus-time-table.blogspot.com
Lam Merison
tools4fools
jp_geckozy
Chris Wee
Chanpheng
bomchacha
mzungu70
ongkh
ieclipse
ariyan
Darly
bolaven.com
fusionoize
Wishing you all happy journeys :)

9 comments:

Ramblergirl said...

Hi Cat,
Thanks for a very good info above.
However, I have some different info for Udon Thani - Vientiane route. Please, go to check
www.tatnews.org
"Thai-Lao International Bus Service"

Ramblergirl

straycat said...

Hi Ramblergirl,

TAT websites tend to be outdated & lacking on useful details ;) Suspect that page has not been updated ever since it was created in 2004. More up to date timetables & fares are on www.transport.co.th (the Thai bus company that runs the service) but in Thai language only: http://www.transport.co.th/ticket_udon_vientiane_99.asp
http://www.transport.co.th/ticket_nongkhai_vientiane_99.asp

Khon Kaen-Vientiane & Mukdahan-Savannakhet services have since been added too. Just took the Udon Thani-Vientiane bus on 11 Oct 2008, schedule was as in my photo above. Happy travels!

straycat said...

Just updated with the timetable links including the Ubon Rachathani-Pakse service...but the sites are in Thai language only.

Anonymous said...

http://www.badongo.com/pic/5996861
nongkhai-vientien taken 16.5.2009.

is there a bus from the talart sao station to/past/near to the thai embassy for visas?

Anonymous said...

you wont be allowed on the udonthani-vientien bus unless you have a laos visa in your passbook already. you cant get this laos visa in udonthani as there is no laos embassy there(14.5.2009 info). you need to go to nongkhai and catch the bus from nongkhai-vientien to stop and get the visa on the friendship bridge..
cross border trains to vientien are also happening dont know if a pre-issued visa is necessary for the train.

Anonymous said...

a map of the local vientien bus routes with numbers on a google maps satelite image of vientiane? any takers?

Anonymous said...

here are the satellite images .png and .jpeg

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/4653/viangchan.png


http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/7955/viangchan.jpg



now someone with some info to download, edit, and then upload them.

travel to laos said...

Thanks for the bus schedules. It's so useful to me

mui said...

Hi, has anyone travelled from Paksan to Ponsavan or Luang Prabang lately, we though of doing this in early January. All infos will be appreciated.

thanks.