There are 6 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  •  16 h 30 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 via Vientiane  •  21 h 28 min

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

$68 - $93

Night bus  •  15 h 35 min

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

$29 - $38

Drive  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Vientiane 385.9 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Vientiane  •  5 h 48 min

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

$91 - $304

Fly to Udon Thani, bus  •  6 h 26 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

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

You can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Udon Thani in around 16 h 30 min. Alternatively, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines and seven other airlines fly from Chiang Mai to Vientiane hourly.

Airlines
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 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 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
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
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
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
Bus operators
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $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
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chiang Mai and Vientiane is 392 km. The road distance is 618 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to night bus which costs ฿900 - ฿1300 and takes 15 h 35 min.

The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to fly which takes 5 h 48 min and costs ฿2900 - ฿10000.

No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane. However, there are services departing from Chiang Mai and arriving at Vientiane Talat Sao Station via Udon Thani. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 30 min.

It takes approximately 16 h 30 min to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane, including transfers.