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How to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
How to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang? You can take a direct flight or you can travel by bus.

1. Bus to Luang Prabang
2. Flight to Luang Prabang
3. Flight + Train in Laos
4. FAQ + Answers + Tips
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Hanoi to Luang Prabang – The Best Ways to Travel:

From Hanoi to Luang Prabang you can travel by plane or sleeper bus.

    • Traveling from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos spans approximately 1000 km by bus and 400 km by plane. Opting for a flight with Vietnam Airlines or Lao Airlines is the preferred choice for reaching Luang Prabang swiftly and comfortably. While direct flights may be slightly pricier, they offer the most efficient mode of travel, particularly during winter when ticket prices tend to decrease (though this isn’t guaranteed).
    • A direct flight typically costs between $110 and $160 per person. For budget-conscious travelers and backpackers, the most economical option is a sleeper bus journey, albeit it may take up to 24 hours, subject to change. Therefore, adequate preparation is essential. Alternatively, if budget permits, consider booking a direct flight to Luang Prabang or Vientiane. Minivans or buses are also available from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. As there’s no railway service connecting Hanoi to Luang Prabang, flights and tourist buses remain the primary transportation choices. From Luang Prabang, travelers can venture to Vang Vieng, Vientiane, or even Bangkok in Thailand via Vientiane and Nong Khai. Booking bus tickets or flights to Luang Prabang from Hanoi online is now safe, easy, and recommended.

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    • Luang Prabang is a renowned tourist destination situated in the northern region of Laos. Home to approximately 70,000 residents, this small town along the Mekong River boasts a UNESCO-listed historic center since 1995, garnering widespread popularity ever since. Despite occasional overcrowding by tourists, Luang Prabang offers picturesque natural surroundings, ethnic villages, and significant Buddhist sites. Traveling to Luang Prabang sans air travel poses challenges due to the absence of railway connections. Tourists typically have two favored options for traveling from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Luang Prabang, Laos – direct flights to Luang Prabang Airport or tourist sleeper buses. For comprehensive details on reaching Luang Prabang from Hanoi, continue reading below. Additionally, consider exploring Laos with insights from this comprehensive guide on Transportation in Laos.
Transfer Mode – Hanoi to Luang Prabang: Travel Time Cost Range
Tourist Bus 24-30 hours $40-53/pp
Direct Flight 1.5 hour $100-250/pp
Private Car 18-20 hours $500-600/car

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How do I get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?


1. SLEEPER BUS from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Traveling by long-distance international sleeper bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos is the cheapest option to travel between these cities. Although it will probably not be the most convenient transfer option for all low-cost travelers, there is no other option, unless you are traveling on a motorcycle, for example.

Several bus companies operate on this route, such as Huyen Chau, HTX Van Tai 27-7, Techbus VN, To Vietnam Travel or Grouptour, which offer these international bus transfers, mostly with their sleeper buses. These sleeper buses can carry around 40 passengers, they are sleeper buses that you will often see driving in Vietnam, but also in neighboring countries.

Be aware that this is a very long journey and the travel time may vary, there may be delays in departure and arrival, which is not unusual for buses in these countries. It is also necessary to take into account that some companies will transport you by e.g. a seater bus to the place of departure or vice versa to the final destination.

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The travel time from Hanoi to Luang Prabang ranges between 24-26 hours and bus tickets cost an average of $42-66/pp. Some buses also go through border crossings where online e-visas to Laos may not be accepted, so you must already have visas processed in advance. There are also stops for e.g. the toilet or refreshments, but these specific matters may differ according to the given bus company.

Most buses depart from various stops in Hanoi and usually arrive at Luang Prabang Southern Station. Always read these up-to-date information and instructions regarding transfers and tickets to Luang Prabang carefully before ordering your bus tickets. If you want to avoid inconvenience during the transfer, familiarizing yourself with the driving conditions is very necessary and necessary.

They are usually listed, for example, on the 12go.asia platform when ordering tickets. You can also combine a trip by sleeper tourist bus, for example, with a visit to Vientiane – the capital of Laos, i.e. first take a sleeper bus from Hanoi to Vientiane and then continue from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by bus or train by Lao Railways. It depends on your options what you want to see in Laos and how much time you have.

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Sleeper bus of HTX Van Tai 27-7 from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos (photo: 12go.asia).


2. FLIGHTS from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

The fastest, most comfortable, but at the same time the most expensive transport option from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos is a direct flight. If you don’t want to travel a very long way in a sleeper bus, then this will be your suitable choice, but you have to expect, of course, a higher price.

Vietnam Airlines and Lao Airlines operate direct flights from Noi Bai International Airport to Luang Prabang Airport, but the flight schedules of these direct flights are very limited. There may be, for example, only 2-3 direct flights of these companies in 1 day, then there are also flights with a transfer from the airline Thai AirAsia, but it is good to consider whether the flights with a transfer are worthwhile in terms of time.

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Some connecting flights, such as Lao Airlines, may have longer waiting times when connecting to another flight. Vietnam Airlines is Vietnam’s largest airline, the same applies to Lao Airlines. The direct flight time from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is 1 hour 15 minutes and tickets cost an average of $110 – 190/pp.

However, these ticket prices may vary during the seasons, and may sometimes be cheaper. Luang Prabang Airport is located only about 3 km from the city center, so all available accommodation options and other services are immediately within reach. Direct flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang are easy to find and book online in advance.

When ordering tickets, carefully read the flight conditions, waiting times at airports and other information related to, for example, the maximum weight of backpacks and luggage. Air connection is of course the best option of transport between such distant cities, significantly better than a tiring transfer by sleeper bus.

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Direct flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is the most fastest way of transport (photo: Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, 12go.asia)


3. FLIGHT + TRAIN to Luang Prabang (via Vientiane)

Traveling by train from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is not possible, as these cities are not connected by rail. However, in the future, Central Vietnam should connect with Laos, there are plans to build such a railway. But there is an alternative way to travel to Luang Prabang by train.

And that is Lao Railways train transport from Vientiane to Luang Prabang and you can use direct air connections to Vientiane from Hanoi. So this is a suitable option for those who also want to visit the capital of Laos – Vientiane. The flight time from Hanoi to Vientiane is approximately 1 hour and the train journey from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the type of train.

However, it is good to know that train timetables in Laos are still limited. From the end of 2021, a railway with modern high-speed trains with seats also operates in Laos, on the route from Vientiane to the border in the city of Boten in northern Laos (see Laos railway map).

Traveling by train in Laos can certainly be an interesting diversion to travel in this country, you will see a lot of interesting scenery and rural remote areas. Even train tickets in Laos can be easily searched and booked online, it is also recommended. Some companies will also provide you with a private transfer to the train stations.

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Train from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in Laos (photo: Baolau).


4. Book a Private Tour / Activity in Luang Prabang

Many travelers are also looking for various trips, hikes or other activities suitable for tourists in Luang Prabang. If you would like to look for an interesting trip in Luang Prabang or the surrounding area, you can use the excellent Klook platform. Here you can choose and book a number of interesting activities, trips to interesting places in the area or even tickets to historical monuments.

There are also various private transfers around the area or to the airport, and all these tourist activities are mostly offered by local guides or, where applicable, local travel agencies. On this platform you will also find activities for other places in Laos and/or other Asian countries.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Hanoi to Luang Prabang:

1. How to book and buy tickets and flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • You can book tickets + flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • You can also change your travel route, e.g. Luang Prabang > Vientiane, Vientiane > Hanoi…

2. How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • Travel by plane from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes about 1 hour 15 minutes (direct flight).
    • Travel by sleeper bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes about 24-26 hours (it can change).

3. What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

4. How much does it cost to travel from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • Travel by plane from Hanoi to Luang Prabang costs about $110-190/pp.
    • Travel by sleeper bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang costs about $42-66/pp.

5. What is the best way of transport from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • The best and comfortable way of transport from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is definitely to travel by plane.

6. What is the cheapest way of getting from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • The cheapest way of transport from Hanoi in Vietnam to Luang Prabang in Laos is to travel by sleeper tourist bus. Bus tickets from Hanoi to Luang Prabang start at $40. It is good to know, travel by sleeper tourist bus to Laos is not a comfortable way of transport.

7. Is it possible to travel by train from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • No, it is not possible to travel by train because there is no railway between Hanoi and Luang Prabang. But in December 2021 there was opened a new railway from Vientiane to Boten via Luang Prabang. So you can also take a flight to Vientiane and from Vientiane you can travel by train to Luang Prabang. Train schedule in Laos is still very limited, but these trains are new, comfortable and fast.

8. How to travel back from Luang Prabang to Hanoi?

    • If you want to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in Vietnam, you can also travel by sleeper bus or plane. Book bus tickets and flights from Luang Prabang to Hanoi on Baolau and 12go.asia. There is no other way how to get to Hanoi (if you do not have your private transfer or motorbike).

9. How to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane?

    • From Luang Prabang to Vientiane you can travel by bus/minivan, train or plane. Travel by bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes about 10-13 hours, by plane about 1 hour. The most comfortable option is to travel by new train from December 2021, but the train schedule is limited. You can buy train tickets from Luang Prabang to Vientiane at the railway station. Travel distance from Luang Prabang to Vientiane is about 340 km by land.

10. Where and how you can travel from Luang Prabang?

    • From Luang Prabang you can travel by train, bus or plane to Vientiane. You can also travel to Pakse in southern Laos via Vientiane. There is a train between Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

11. How to travel from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in Thailand?

    • From Luang Prabang in Laos to Chiang Mai in Thailand you can travel by tourist sleeper bus (via Vientiane) or plane (there are direct flights). The best and comfortable way is to take a direct flight. Read this article: How to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

12. What are the most interesting things and facts about Laos?

    • Laos is a cultural tapestry enriched by Luang Prabang’s UNESCO charm, the vital Mekong River, and the enigmatic Plain of Jars. Traditional Lao cuisine tantalizes taste buds, the Baci ceremony weaves spiritual ties, and Vieng Xai Caves harbor hidden histories. Bolaven Plateau is a coffee paradise, while Wat Phou echoes ancient spirituality, Pak Ou Caves cradle abundant Buddhas. Read also this full article: 15 Interesting Things of Laos.

13. What is the weather and climate in Laos?

    • Weather in Laos varies between distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season, prevailing from May to October, brings heavy rainfall and heightened humidity, contributing to lush landscapes and abundant rivers. In contrast, the dry season, spanning from November to April, features lower humidity and cooler temperatures, making it an ideal time for travel with clear skies and enjoyable outdoor activities.

14. What you can buy and bring home from Laos?

    • Laos presents a diverse range of souvenirs and original gifts or toys that capture its cultural richness. Traditional clay jars, silk scarves, woven baskets, silver jewelry, coffee, and a coffee maker offer a blend of artistry and functionality. Traditional fabrics, rice papers, embroidered book covers, and ceramics reflect the country’s storytelling heritage and artistic traditions. Toys, puppets, and essential oils contribute to a varied collection that echoes the cultural tapestry of Laos. Read more: What to bring from Laos?

15. Is traveling in Laos cheap or expensive?

    • In summary, traveling in Laos is a cost-effective and budget-friendly experience. From affordable accommodations, local street food, and transportation to reasonably priced cultural and adventure activities, Laos caters to the needs of budget-conscious travelers. Entrance fees to historical sites and healthcare services are generally economical. While Laos provides an inexpensive travel environment, it’s advisable to allocate a contingency fund for unforeseen circumstances, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. Read this article: Prices in Laos.

16. What is the official currency of Laos and how to exchange money?

    • The official currency of Laos is the Laotian Kip (LAK). Travelers can exchange money at various locations, including banks, currency exchange offices, and some hotels. While banks might offer better exchange rates, they often have more restricted operating hours. It’s advisable to keep an eye on the current exchange rates and, if possible, conduct larger transactions at banks for potential cost savings. Additionally, some establishments may accept U.S. dollars or Thai baht, especially in larger cities, but it’s generally recommended to have the local currency.

17. What is the food and cuisine in Laos, what to expect?

    • In conclusion, Laotian cuisine is a delightful blend of simplicity, freshness, and cultural diversity. With rice as a staple, the dishes reflect a harmonious balance of flavors, influenced by Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai culinary elements. From the iconic sticky rice to flavorful salads, grilled meats, and aromatic soups, Laos offers a unique gastronomic journey. The use of local herbs, spices, and the mysterious Padaek sauce adds depth to the culinary experience.

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ThaViSouk Family Home in Luang Prabang (photo: Agoda). 15 best cheap hotels/guesthouses in Luang Prabang.
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Kiridara Hotel in Luang Prabang (photo: Agoda). 15 best luxury hotels + resorts in Luang Prabang.


2 Ways of Transfer from Hanoi to Luang Prabang:

1. BUS from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Transport Option Bus
Travel Time About 24-26 hours
Additional Information Sleeper tourist buses to Luang Prabang
Bus Companies Huyen Chau, HTX Van Tai 27-7, TheSinhTourist
Price About $42-53 per person for one-way bus ticket
2. FLIGHTS from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Transport Option Direct Flights
Additional Information Hanoi – Noi Bai International Airport
Destination Airport Luang Prabang International Airport
Price About $110-150 per person for one-way flight (price may vary)
Airlines Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines
Flight Time About 1 hour 15 minutes from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Alternative Option You can also take a flight to Vientiane and then to Luang Prabang

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