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There are 8 ways to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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Fly to Vientiane  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Phnom Penh (PNH) to Vientiane (VTE) PNH - VTE

$64 - $255

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Bus The Transport Company  •  23 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Si Chiang Mai

$33 - $44

6 alternative options

Fly to Udon Thani, bus  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Phnom Penh (PNH) to Udon Thani (UTH) PNH - UTH
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$97 - $279

Bus, train  •  30 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  2. Take the train from Bang Sue to Nong Khai 75 Hua Lamphong - Nong Khai - Class II AC

$69 - $143

Train  •  36 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Phnom Penh Station to Poipet
  2. Take the train from Aranyaprathet to Hua Lamphong
  3. Take the train from Hua Lamphong to Nong Khai

$62 - $163

Bus  •  28 h

  1. Take the bus from Phnom Penh Sorya Bus to Ban Nakasang
  2. Take the bus from Ban Nakasang to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$50

Bus, minivan, night bus  •  28 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  2. Take the minivan from Siem Reap AVT - Asia Van Transfer to Pakse
  3. Take the night bus from Pakse to Vientiane

$63

Drive  •  18 h

  1. Drive from Phnom Penh to Vientiane 692.9 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane is to bus which costs $30 - $45 and takes 23 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane is to fly which costs $60 - $260 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Phnom Penh to Vientiane. However, there are services departing from Phnom Penh and arriving at Si Chiang Mai via Bangkok Mochit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 36 min.

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The distance between Phnom Penh and Vientiane is 754 km. The road distance is 1108.7 km.

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The best way to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 36 min and costs $30 - $45.

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It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane, including transfers.

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Phnom Penh to Vientiane bus services, operated by The Transport Company, depart from Phnom Penh station.

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The best way to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane is to fly which takes 4 h 32 min and costs $60 - $260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $45 and takes 23 h 36 min, you could also train, which costs $60 - $170 and takes 36 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Phnom Penh Airport to Vientiane Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Phnom Penh to Vientiane bus services, operated by Budsarakham Tour, arrive at Si Chiang Mai station.

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Map of how to get from Phnom Penh to Vientiane.
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  • Distance: 471.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 32 min

What companies run services between Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Vientiane, Laos?

Vietnam Airlines, Thai Smile and Thai Airways International fly from Phnom Penh to Vientiane twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Phnom Penh to Vientiane via Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal and Bangkok Mochit in around 23 h 36 min.

Airlines
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Phnom Penh to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Phnom Penh to Udon Thani via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Phnom Penh to Udon Thani via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Phnom Penh to Udon Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $260
Flights from Phnom Penh to Udon Thani via Don Muang, Phuket
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $460
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Phnom Penh to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Bang Sue to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$5 - $9
2nd Class (Seat)
$12 - $18
2nd Class (Berth)
$21 - $29
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Train from Aranyaprathet to Hua Lamphong
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$3 - $7
2nd Class (Seat)
$9 - $13
2nd Class (Berth)
$18 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$26 - $35
Train from Hua Lamphong to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $9
2nd Class (Seat)
$12 - $18
2nd Class (Berth)
$21 - $29
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Royal Railway Cambodia
Phone
023 992 379
Email
Chhon.Sotheara@trrcambodia.com
Website
royal-railway.com
Train from Phnom Penh Station to Poipet
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$0 - $12
Schedules at
royal-railway.com
Bus operators
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Budsarakham Tour
Phone
0907793900
Email
brt@budsarakamtour.com
Website
budsarakamtour.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit to Si Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
11 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
busonlineticket.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
bus
Bus from Ban Nakasang to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
19 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25
AVT Asia Van Transfer
Phone
+855 63 963 853
Website
asiavantransfer.com
Bus from Siem Reap AVT - Asia Van Transfer to Pakse
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
asiavantransfer.com
Book at
baolau.com
Soutchai Travel
Phone
+856 21 254512-5
Email
kenlotchana.travel@gmail.com
Website
soutchaitravel.com
Night bus from Pakse to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
soutchaitravel.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Phnom Penh to Vientiane is 1109 km. It takes approximately 18 h to drive from Phnom Penh to Vientiane.

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Vietnam Airlines, Thai Smile and Thai Airways International offer flights from Phnom Penh Airport to Vientiane Airport.

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There are 233+ hotels available in Vientiane. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Phnom Penh to Phnom Penh Airport is to train which takes 20 min and costs $2 - $3.

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