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Transportation to and from Vientiane Wattay Airport


What is the distance from Vientiane Wattay Airport to the centre of Vientiane and Vang Vieng?

The centre of the capital Vientiane is just 5.5 kilometres from the airport, it is a 15-minute car ride. If you want to travel from the airport to Vang Vieng you should expect to be on the road for approximately 4 hours to travel the 148 kilometres.

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

Public transport

Bus to Vientiane

You can travel between the airport and Vientiane using the bus service Airport Shuttle. This is a quick and reliable means of transportation for any traveller. The bus leaves twice per hour, seven days a week and a bus stop can be found at the exit of the international Arrivals hall. Buses also run on Sundays and public holidays. The terminus station of this bus route is Central Bus Station (CBS) in the centre of the city, also known as Talat Sao. Departing from this station the bus takes an alternative route to get back to the airport. Central stops travelling from the airport towards the city are Wat Mixai (A5), Nam Phu Fountaine (A6) and AV Hotel (A7). All bus services are operated by Vientiane City 2 Bus Service and the journey time is about 15 minutes.

Bus tickets
The price for a one-way trip is 15,000 Lao kip (€ 1.50). The bus route from the airport is known as Airport Shuttle until reaching Sanjiang market. From the market further towards the city, the service is known as Section A and tickets for this part of the journey are only 5,000 Lao kip. You can purchase a ticket once you are on the bus, but be aware that you can only pay with cash.
At the Central Bus Station, you have the option to transfer to a bus taking you to the Lao ITECC Exhibition Center via Patuxay and That Luang. This route is known as Section B and Lao ITECC-CBS Line and the price for a ticket is 4,000 Lao kip.

Throughout the city there are several bus stops that you can use to get back to Vientiane Wattay Airport, one of which is National Culture Hall. Don’t worry if you miss your bus, there are plenty of tuk-tuk drivers who are happy to take you to the airport. They charge the same price as the bus company, namely 15,000 Lao kip per person. Buses offer seating for 22 passengers and the end station is in front of the domestic Arrivals terminal. Please consult website Vientiane City Bus for more information.

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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.


Vang Vieng: Kayaking & Cave Tubing with Zip Line/Blue Lagoon

Experience true adventure in Vang Vieng by kayaking on the Nam Song River and tubing inside Tham Nam None Cave. Opt to include zip lining through the lush forest and swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon 1. Enjoy a picnic lunch.



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.


From Vientiane: Nam Ngum Reservoir Private Day Trip

Escape the busy city on a day trip to discover the Laotian way of life. Visit the 11th-century archaeological site of Vang Xang, Dong Mark Khai Market, and a quaint fishing village.


Wattay Airport: Private Car Transfer to/from Vang Vieng

Enjoy an exclusive private transfer from Wattay International Airport in Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Take a private air-conditional vehicle with an experienced driver on about 3-hour trip with a stopover for break and viewpoint to take pictures.

Tours and transport

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.

Tour & transport

Vientiane: Half Day Buddha Park & Laos Textiles

This tour is a great opportunity to discover Buddha Park with its 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues, making it one of the must-see spots in Vientiane. You also can enjoy Lao Textiles to get an insight into Lao traditional silk weaving.

Tour & transport

Vang Vieng: Blue Lagoon and Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch

Choose between a private or shared group trip, then spend the day cycling around the luscious Vang Vieng countryside. Ride through jungle landscapes, visit Phi Tham Cave, enjoy a tasty lunch, and go swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon One.


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