Transportation to and from Luang Prabang Airport


What is the distance from Luang Prabang Airport to the centre of Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng?

The city centre (Royal Palace / Sisavangvong road) is with only 6.5 kilometres quite close and it will take you around 15 minutes to get there by car. If you are travelling by car, your only option is to drive via Phetsarat Road and Highway 13. The beautiful Old Bridge that directly connects the airport and the city centre can only be traversed using a bicycle, scooter or motorbike. The distance to the city of Vang Vieng is considerably longer. The 186 kilometres will take around 5 hours by car.

From LPQ Airport to Luang Prabang City centre by Car
7 km
15 min

Public transport

There are no means of regular public transport (bus or train) to travel between the airport and the city. You do have two alternative options. The first option is using one of the shared minibuses which are offered by the airport. Your second option is to walk to the main road (Phetsarat Road) and hail a tuk-tuk there. Tuk-tuk drivers are not licensed to pick up travellers directly at the airport but along the main road it is very common. You only have to walk 100 metres to get to that main road. A ticket for the minibus will cost approximately 50,000 Lao kip per person. Tuk-tuk drivers usually charge 25,000 Lao kip per person. With either of these two options, it will take you around 20 minutes to get to the centre of Luang Prabang. If you want to book a transfer from your accommodation to the airport, you can make inquiries at the hotel’s reception, they can arrange transportation for 50,000 Lao kip or 60,000 Lao kip per person.

Top 5 attractions in and around Luang Prabang

1. Royal Palace (30k Lao kip) and Haw Pha Bang
2. Mount Phousi (20k Lao kip), mountain in the old town
3. Wat Xiengthong (20k Lao kip), temple in the old town
4. Kuang Si Waterfall, shuttle bus 50k Lao kip, entrance 20k Lao kip
5. Utopia Bar & Restaurant, relax with a view on the Nam Khan River


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