There are 6 ways to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang by train, 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

Train, Minivan  •  19 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Khon Kaen to Nong Khai 75 Hua Lamphong - Nong Khai - Class II AC
  2. Take the Minivan from Vientiane Bus Station to Luang Prabang Malany

$73 - $122

Cheapest option

Bus, Minivan  •  12 h

  1. Take the bus from Khon Kaen to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
  2. Take the Minivan from Vientiane Bus Station to Luang Prabang Malany

$30 - $40

4 alternative options

Bus  •  19 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Khon Kaen to Udonthani
  2. Take the bus from Udonthani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
  3. Take the bus from Vientiane Talat Sao Station to Luang Prabang Southern Terminal

$52 - $54

Drive  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang 374 miles

$50 - $80

Fly from Khon Kaen  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Khon Kaen (KKC) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) KKC - LPQ

$56 - $178

Train, train to Vientiane, fly  •  14 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Khon Kaen to Udon Thani
  2. Take the train from Udon Thani to Nong Khai
  3. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) VTE - LPQ

$128 - $325

What companies run services between Khon Kaen, Thailand and Luang Prabang, Laos?

You can take a bus from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang via Vientiane Talat Sao Station and Vientiane Bus Station in around 12 h. Alternatively, Thai Smile, Thai AirAsia and four other airlines fly from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang every 4 hours.

Airlines
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $170
Flights from Vientiane to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Lao Skyway
Website
laoskyway.com
Flights from Vientiane to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Khon Kaen to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$2 - $6
2nd Class (Seat)
$9 - $13
2nd Class (Berth)
$19 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$26 - $35
Train from Khon Kaen to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$2 - $6
2nd Class (Seat)
$8 - $13
2nd Class (Berth)
$18 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$24 - $35
Train from Udon Thani to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $30
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$1 - $6
2nd Class (Seat)
$8 - $12
2nd Class (Berth)
$18 - $24
1st Class (Berth)
$23 - $30
Bus operators
Malany Transport
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Luang Prabang Malany
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
baolau.com
The Transport Company
Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus
Website
suvarnabhumiairport.com
Bus from Khon Kaen to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
suvarnabhumiairport.com
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Udonthani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Bus from Vientiane Talat Sao Station to Luang Prabang Southern Terminal
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Book at
12go.asia

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang?

The distance between Khon Kaen and Luang Prabang is 389 km. The road distance is 598 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang?

The cheapest way to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang is to bus and Minivan which costs ฿900 - ฿1300 and takes 12 h.

What is the fastest way to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang?

The quickest way to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang is to fly which takes 5 h 54 min and costs ฿1700 - ฿6000.

Is there a direct bus between Khon Kaen and Luang Prabang?

No, there is no direct bus from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang. However, there are services departing from Khon Kaen and arriving at Luang Prabang Malany via Vientiane Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h.

How long does it take to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang?

It takes approximately 19 h 4 min to get from Khon Kaen to Luang Prabang, including transfers.