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 This page is no longer updated.
- last updated on 02 Oct 2010
- thank you to gopeace for 05 August 2010 timetable info
- older version (28 February 2009) here
Vientiane (VTE) northern bus station aka. 'khiew loht saai neua':
(Click here for full size; photo from 03 December 2009)
(Photos from 11 October 2008)
Located along T2 Road. Telephone no.: 021-261905. As of December 2009, tuktuk mafia demanding 30,000kip to go there, but can be bargained down.
* Note: in August 2010 it was mentioned that this bus station would be replaced by a new one located in Ban Dongnathong (at GT161 on this map). In September 2010 it was announced that the new bus station would be completed by the end of October 2010. Those travelling from Vientiane capital to northern Laos by bus, please check with locals for updates. News, photos & other info about the new northern bus station are most welcome.
Types of buses (11 October 2008):
Ordinary - 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th from left. AC - 3rd from left. VIP - 4th & 7th from left.
Timetables & fares
Vientiane to Luang Prabang (05 August 2010):
AC (95,000kip) - 0630, 0730, 0900, 1100, 1330, 1600, 1800
VIP (115,000kip) - 0800, 0900, 2000
To Bor Nam Oun: 60,000kip by VIP bus (03 December 2009)
To Phou Khoun: 80,000kip by AC bus (October 2008)
Buses to Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay & Phongsaly will also pass through Luang Prabang.
Vientiane to Bokeo (Huay Xai) (05 August 2010):
Ordinary (180,000kip) - 1730
AC (200,000kip) - 1730
VIP (220,000kip) - 1730
VIP bus passes through Oudomxay town in mid-afternoon.
Vientiane to Houa Phan (Sam Neua) (05 August 2010):
via Luang Prabang
Ordinary (150,000kip) - 0700
Ordinary (150,000kip) - 0930, 1200
VIP (160,000kip) - 1400
Vientiane to Luang Namtha (05 August 2010):
Ordinary (140,000kip) - 0830
AC (150,000kip) - 1700
Vientiane to Oudomxay (05 August 2010):
Ordinary (110,000kip) - 0645, 1345
AC (130,000kip) - 1700
VIP (155,000kip) - 1600
Vientiane to Phongsaly (05 August 2010):
Ordinary (160,000kip) - 0645
This bus arrives in Boun Neua around 0830-0900++AM the next day.
Vientiane to Sayabouly (03 December 2009):
Ordinary (90,000kip) - 1600
AC (110,000kip) - 1830
Vientiane to Xieng Khouang (05 August 2010):
Vientiane > Phonsavanh
AC (95,000kip) - 0630, 0730, 0930, 1600, 1830
VIP (115,000kip) - 2000
Vientiane > Phonsavanh > Muang Kham > Nong Het (new extended route)
No mention of type of bus (130,000kip) - 1100
3 of the daily buses to Houa Phan (Sam Neua) will pass through Phonsavan.
Vientiane to Vang Vieng:
Any of the buses listed above.
Vientiane to China (05 August 2010):
Translation - Notice to all passengers: with effect from today, the fare for the Vientiane-Kunming route will be changed to RMB445.00, please take note & thank you, wishing (all) a happy & smooth journey, Tongli Bus Co. Ltd., 3rd March 2009.
Misc info (incomplete/unverified)
(Photos from 03 December 2009)
Vientiane to Cambodia?
The poster & notice were displayed at different parts of the ticket office, no indication if Sorya Transport Co. is partnering Chitpasong Transport Co. to run this service, or if the two are rivals competing on the same route...
Vientiane - Attapeu sleeper bus?
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