How to Travel from Vientiane to Pakse

To have a great tour, transport that makes visitors feel comfortable during a long journey from a destination to another always plays an important role. Therefore, how to choose a mean of transport which is suitable with budget or traveling style is a concern of many travellers. If you are planning to visit Vientiane and Pakse, the below information about means of transport connecting these two places may be helpful for you.

1. Airplane

Luckily, there are airports in both Vientiane and Pakse so you can travel by flight, which is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the later. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane is about 10 kilometers from the city center and to Pakse International Airport; the distance to the city center is just 5 kilometers. In addition, the flight time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which means you can have more time to discover the beauty of two towns.  There are two or three flights from Vientiane to Pakse operated by Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway and you can book the tickets online. The price for one-way direct flight is quite high, around $150 but the advantages it offers are worth your money.

2. Sleeping Bus

Sleeping bus is the most popular option since it is cheap and fast. The distance from Vientiane to Pakse is about 670 kilometers so traveling by bus will take you about 10 – 12 hours. Because the sleeping bus operators between Vientiane – Pakse just take reservation on the same day, you can book the bus tickets in the morning. You can also book and buy bus e-tickets to Pakse online, then receive your e-ticket by email. It can be printed or carried it in your mobile phone or tablet and then will be presented at the ticket counter of the station before you board the bus. The fare for one-way bus costs around $30.


• If you intend to travel during Lao New Year (11 – 16 April), reservation over the phone is not taken by the operators. You will have to purchase a ticket in person to reserve your seat. 

• Usually, there are two people to one twin-sized bed or box, unless you buy out the entire bed with two tickets.

The Daily Bus from Vientiane to Pakse

3. Private Car/ Van

There is Lao car rental with driver for travel in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and all other cities in Laos. Also, there are different types of private cars for hire to fit small, big group, or family. Additionally, it is a very comfortable way to travel since you will not be crammed as traveling by bus and can stop at any place you want to take photos. You can insist on English speaking driver if you wish to communicate with driver. Moreover, he or she can explain with you about things that interest you along the road. Despite the high price, you can share it with your travel buddies and enjoy the journey your own way.

In conclusion, you should consider your condition to decide which mean of transport you will take to get from Vientiane to Pakse as each way will surely bring you different feelings and experiences.


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