How to get from HANOI to LUANG PRABANG?

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.

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    • Luang Prabang is a well known tourist town in the north of Laos. Luang Prabang – a small town in the north of Laos, about 70 000 people live there, lies at the Mekong river. The historic center of the town is written in Unesco from 1995. And from this year dramatically increased popularity of this place. Almost all tourist go to Luang Prabang when they are already in Laos. There is very nice surrounding with a nature, ethnic villages and also buddhist places. But sometimes this place is a bit overcrowded by tourists. It is not so easy to get to Luang Prabang if you do not travel by plane, because there is no railway. There are 2 popular options for tourists how to travel to Luang Prabang in Laos from Hanoi in Vietnam – travel by plane (direct flight) to Luang Prabang Airport or tourist sleeper bus.
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets or flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

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

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos by bus is about 1000 km and by plane about 400 km. The best option how to get to Luang Prabang is to take a flight with Vietnam Airlines or Lao Airlines. But these direct flights can be a little bit expensive, but travel by plane from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is the most comfortable and fastest way, really. Prices of the flight tickets drop down mainly in the winter time (but it does not have to be a rule). Direct flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang costs about $110 – 150/pp. For the low cost travellers and backpackers is the best way to travel by sleeper bus, but this journey can take about 24 hours if you travel from Hanoi (this time can change). So, be prepared for this. If you do not solve the money, book a direct flight to Luang Prabang or Vientiane. There are also buses or minivans from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. There is no train to Luang Prabang from Hanoi, so forget about this option, there are only flights and tourist buses. From Luang Prabang you can travel to Bangkok via Vientiane. Now it is very easy and safe to book and buy bus tickets or flights to Luang Prabang online (recommended).

How do I get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?


1. BUS from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

    • travel by bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes about 24-26 hours from Hanoi!
    • sleeper and comfortable buses, but it takes a lot of time
    • bus companies to Luang Prabang: Huyen Chau, HTX Van Tai 27-7, TheSinhTourist…
    • one-way bus ticket from Hanoi to Luang Prabang costs about $42-50/pp
    • bus of TheSinh Tourist – arrive 30 minutes before departure and present voucher to board bus
    • read all the information carefully before you book and buy bus tickets to Luang Prabang
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Luang Prabang online on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • bus of HTX Van Tai 27-7 – Ticket Exchange at NO. 63, 2nd floor – Hanoi Nuoc Ngam station, no. 1 Ngoc Hoi Street, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi. CUSTOMERS HAVE TO EXCHANGE VOUCHER TO GET TICKET AT BUS STATION BEFORE BOARDING. PLEASE DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE BUS, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BOARD AND WILL MISS THE BUS. Read this instructions before you book your bus tickets.
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Bus of HTX Van Tai 27-7 from Hanoi to Luang Prabang (photo: 12go.asia)


2. FLIGHTS from Hanoi to Luang Prabang

    • it is a little bit more expensive option but the most comfortable and fast
    • about 2-4 flights by Lao Airlines and Vietnam Airlines from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
    • flight time from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is only about 1 hour 15 minutes
    • price of flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is about $110 – 150/pp (it can change)
    • airport in Hanoi – Noi Bai International Airport
    • airport in Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang International Airport
    • if you do not find any flight, try to search a different date of departure
    • you can also take a flight to Vientiane and then to Luang Prabang
    • Book and buy your flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Direct flights from Hanoi to Luang Prabang is the most fastest way of transport.


3. TRAIN from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • NO, there is no direct train connection from Hanoi to Luang Prabang
    • but, propably in the near future there will be a new railway network in Laos (more infos)
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Mekong river near Luang Prabang.

Baolau – search, book, buy tickets online

– a company specializing in train, bus, ferry tickets and flights mainly for Vietnam (+Cambodia and Laos)
– you can buy also a bus tickets (Mai Linh, Hoang Long, Futabus, Hung Thanh, InterBus Lines…)
– flights of Vietnamese Airlines, JetStar, VietJet Air, Air Asia as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry tickets in Vietnam (eg. ferry to Cat Baferry to Phu Quoc and Con Dao, ferry to Quan Lan, ferry to Phnom Penh…)
– tickets for Malaysia (eg. Cameron Highlands to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur to Malacca, Penang to Langkawi…)
– the price of tickets depends on the official price of transport company
– you will see the final price before you make a payment transaction
– acceptable online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

12go.asia – search, book, buy tickets online

– a specialist for train, bus, ferry tickets and flights mainly for Thailand (also tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia…)
– bus tickets for Vietnam, Thailand… (eg. Mekong Express, Mai Linh, Hoang Long, TheSinhTourist, Hung Thanh…)
– from 2018 you can book train tickets for China online (Beijing to Shanghai, Shenzhen to Guangzhou, Shanghai to Hangzhou..)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Tao, Koh Rong, Koh Chang, Koh Phi Phi
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to Hua Hin, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Phuket
– you can use an online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam
– you can not use an online train tickets in Thailand, you have to print it (12go can deliver these train tickets)
– more information about train tickets and trains in Thailand
– if you buy a ticket of private trains in Vietnam to Sapa on 12go.asia or Baolau (Orient Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station
– information about 12go.asia read in article about transportation in Vietnam

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Village near Luang Prabang.
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Wat Xieng Thong buddhsit temple in Luang Prabang.
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Mekong river near Luang Prabang.
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Statues in the buddhist temple in Luang Prabang.
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Buddhist statues in Pak Ou Buddha Cave in Luang Prabang.
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Kuang Si Waterfall near Luang Prabang.


icon-info-circle Frequently asked questions – Hanoi to Luang Prabang:

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…

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).

What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Luang Prabang by bus is about 1000 km, by plane about 400 km.

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

    • Travel by plane from Hanoi to Luang Prabang costs about $110-150/pp.
    • Travel by sleeper bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang costs about $40-50/pp.

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.

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.

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.

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).

How to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane?

    • From Luang Prabang to Vientiane you can travel by bus/minivan or plane. Travel by bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes about 10-13 hours, by plane about 1 hour. Travel distance from Luang Prabang to Vientiane is about 340 km by land. Vientiane is another top tourist city in Laos.

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?
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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.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book your bus or flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang + Schedule: 

(You can change your departure, arrival, date of departure, eg. Luang Prabang to Hanoi, Vientiane to Luang Prabang…)


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