Saturday, February 28, 2009

Vientiane northern bus station timetables

This bus station has moved. Please see here for info on the new Vientiane northern bus station (18 January 2011). This page is no longer updated.

- photos of schedules taken on 25 December 2008 by laobumpkin & 11 February 2009 by Dan (thank you!), unless otherwise specified
- page created on 25 October 2008, last updated on 28 February 2009

Vientiane (VTE) northern bus station aka. 'khiew loht saai neua' (11 October 2008):
PA110060 PA110074
Located along T2 Road, getting there - 20,000kip/pax by tuktuk.

Types of buses (11 October 2008):
Ordinary - 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th from left. AC - 3rd from left. VIP - 4th & 7th from left.

List of all destinations, distances (KM), & fares for ordinary ('loht thammada', 3rd column), airconditioned express (AC, 4th column) & airconditioned VIP (5th column) buses:

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NOTE: the cat has never heard of any aircon nor VIP buses running directly between Vientiane & Phongsaly, Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Pak Lay, Saysomboun or Muang Maet (anyone knows where Muang Maet is?) - no idea why fares for such buses are listed here. For more reliable info on buses serving specific destinations, please refer to schedules below.

VTE to Luang Prabang:
Old schedule (August 2008) taken by ongkh - some indication of how fares fluctuate with changing oil prices.

Handwritten line at bottom of all photos below just says 'with effect from 10 November 2008' (1st January 2009 for the Phonsavanh timetable).

VTE to Huay Xai (Bokeo province):
Ordinary bus only, every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

VTE to Luang Namtha:
Ordinary bus only.

VTE to Oudomxay:
Ordinary (1 & 2), VIP (3) & AC (4).

VTE to Phongsaly:
Ordinary bus only.

VTE to Sayabouly:
Ordinary (1) & AC (2).

VTE to Pak Lay (Sayabouly province):
Ordinary bus only.

VTE to Phonsavan (Xieng Khouang province):
AC (1-5) & VIP (6).

VTE to Sam Neua (Houa Phan province):
Ordinary (1, 2, 3) & AC (4).

VTE to Yunnan, China:
Photo taken on 11 October 2008 by the cat, no changes as of 25 December 2008.

Old timetables (11 October 2008) for reference:
Old list
Old VIP list


Anonymous said...

Thanks,this has been a great help.I'm going to Laos eary Jan 09 and its difficult to get info as detailed as this.

Cincia TAN Xiaoqian said...

Thx for your info. It helps! Do you know how far is it from the Vientiane airport to North Bus Terminal? Thx!

straycat said...

Glad that someone has found it useful.

Northern bus station is not far from Vientiane Wattay airport, closer than the main tourist area. Short ride away by tuktuk. Been told that tuktuks picking passengers up at the airport terminal ask for ~60,000kip. Could try walking <500m out of the airport & flagging a tuktuk down along the main road for a lower fare.

Anonymous said...

Perfect en clear.

Thanks for the info.

Maddie and Mick said...

This is amazing! Thank you so much, I am planning a trip from Lao to China, and this is very, very helpful!

If your interested you should send this to link to on his website, it'd be a great resource.

But anyway, thanks!

sudani said...

nice info...thanks