There are 7 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane by bus, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai

$28 - $37

Cheapest option

Bus Phetprasert Tour  •  18 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani 876
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$21 - $40

5 alternative options

Night bus  •  21 h 28 min

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

$68 - $93

Drive  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Vientiane 385.9 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Vientiane  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Vientiane (VTE) CNX - VTE

$82 - $292

Fly to Udon Thani, bus  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Udon Thani (UTH) CNX - UTH
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$40 - $146

Fly to Khon Kaen, bus  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Khon Kaen (KKC) CNX - KKC
  2. Take the bus from Khon Kaen to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$34 - $102

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to bus which costs ฿850 - ฿1200 and takes 16 h.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to fly which costs ฿2600 - ฿9500 and takes 6 h 19 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane station. However, there are services departing from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Vientiane Talat Sao Station via Nong Khai. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Vientiane is 392 km. The road distance is 617.5 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane without a car is to bus which takes 16 h and costs ฿850 - ฿1200.

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It takes approximately 16 h to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Vientiane bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, depart from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to bus which takes 16 h and costs ฿850 - ฿1200. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs ฿2600 - ฿9500 and takes 6 h 19 min.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 245.2 miles
  • Duration: 16 h

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos?

Orsuksa Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane once daily. Tickets cost $27 and the journey takes 13 h. Alternatively, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines and eight other airlines fly from Chiang Mai to Vientiane hourly.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Khon Kaen, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Flights from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Koh Samui, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Hainan
Website
hainanairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Shenzhen
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Guangzhou
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Bus operators
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
The Transport Company
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 Khon Kaen to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $16
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia

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