Vientiane Wattay Airport

General information

Vientiane Wattay Airport offers, next to some domestic flights, primarily international flights connecting Laos to China, South Korea and Thailand. Travellers coming from far usually have a transfer at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. In 2017 approximately 1.3 million passengers travelled through Vientiane Wattay Airport. This number is expected to grow up to 2 million passengers in 2023 (1.5 million international and 0.5 domestic).


Where is Vientiane Wattay Airport situated?

The airport is located west of Vientiane, not far from the city centre and the Mekong River.

How many terminals does Vientiane Wattay Airport have?

Vientiane Wattay Airport has one terminal building which is split up in a larger part for international flights (International Terminal) and a smaller section for domestic flights (Domestic Terminal). The capacity of the international terminal has doubled since August 2018 indicating the growing popularity of this airport.

Airport Map



The distance from Vientiane Wattay Airport to the centre of Vientiane is 6 kilometres. By car, it takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of Vientiane.

From VTE Airport to Vientiane City centre by Car
6 km
15 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Vientiane Wattay Airport by public transport. Visit the Vientiane Wattay Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Vientiane Wattay Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Vientiane is about LAK 60000.-. Book your taxi at Vientiane Wattay Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From VTE Airport to Vientiane City centre by Taxi
6 km
15 min
LAK 60000.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Vientiane Wattay Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Vientiane Wattay Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Vientiane Wattay Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Vientiane Wattay Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Vientiane Wattay Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Vientiane Wattay Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Vientiane Wattay Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Lao Airlines
  • Lao Skyway
  • Thai Airways
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Vientiane Wattay Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


S Park Design Hotel, Vientiane

Situated just a short drive from Vientiane's must-see destinations, S Park Design Hotel offers a swimming pool and comfortable guestrooms equipped with air conditioning.


Sanjiang Grand Hotel, Vientiane

Sanjiang Grand Hotel is situated right by the Chinese market and only a 5-minute drive from Wattay International Airport. It offers an all year-round outdoor pool and a 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi is available in the public areas.

Hotels in Vientiane

Looking for the best hotels in Vientiane? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Bloom Boutique Hotel & Cafe, Vientiane

Featuring a bar, Bloom Boutique Hotel & Cafe is located in Vientiane in the Vientiane region, 600 metres from Wat Sisaket and 600 metres from Hor Phra Keo.


Vientiane Luxury Hotel, Vientiane

Featuring 3-star accommodation, Vientiane Luxury Hotel is located in Vientiane, 6 km from Thatluang Stupa and 7 km from Lao-ITEC Exhibition Centre.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Vientiane Wattay Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Vientiane: 4-Hour Customized Private Car Hire with Driver

Book a private air-conditioned vehicle and let an experienced and friendly driver take you to the best places in Vientiane. Explore the city for 4 hours on your own terms. Get picked up from Watay Airport or your hotel.


Vientiane: Private Full-day Must-See Sights & Sunset Tour

Spend the day exploring the relaxed capital of Laos on this private tour of Vientiane. With stops at Wat Sisaket, the Patuxay Monument, and the Talad Sao Market visit all of the city's major sites and immerse yourself in the rich history of the city.

Tour & transport

Shared Minivan Service Between Luang Prabang & Vientiane

Sit back and enjoy a convenient shared transfer shuttle between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Relax with a service that offers reliable and comfortable air-conditioned transportation with a variety of departure times from your hotel to your destination.


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