There are 9 ways to get from Sapa to Vientiane 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, bus  •  21 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Hekou Bei to Kunming South
  2. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane

$92 - $109

Cheapest option

Bus Baolau  •  31 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from SaPa Lao Cai to Ha Noi
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Vientiane - Southern Bus Station

$52 - $53

7 alternative options

Bus The Sinh Tourist  •  28 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Sapa - Good Morning Sapa Sapa Bus Stop to Hanoi - Good Morning Sapa Hanoi Bus Stop
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Vientiane Laos

$56 - $59

Bus via Vang Vieng  •  36 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from SaPa to Ha Noi
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Vang Vieng Laos
  3. Take the bus from Vang Vieng Laos to Vientiane

$70

Drive  •  14 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Vientiane 668.2 miles

$80 - $120

Drive to Sam Neua, fly  •  10 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Sam Neua
  2. Fly from Sam Neua (NEU) to Vientiane (VTE) NEU - VTE

$123 - $229

Drive to Oudomxay, fly  •  10 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Oudomxay
  2. Fly from Oudomxay (ODY) to Vientiane (VTE) ODY - VTE

$113 - $222

Bus to Hanoi, fly  •  10 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from SaPa to Ha Noi
  2. Fly from Hanoi (HAN) to Vientiane (VTE) HAN - VTE

$115 - $280

Drive to Phon Savan, fly  •  13 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Sapa to Phon Savan
  2. Fly from Phon Savan (XKH) to Vientiane (VTE) XKH - VTE

$142 - $188

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sapa to Vientiane is to bus which costs $52 - $54 and takes 31 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sapa to Vientiane is to drive and fly which costs $110 - $230 and takes 10 h 13 min.

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The distance between Sapa and Vientiane is 503 km. The road distance is 1069.2 km.

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It takes approximately 21 h 23 min to get from Sapa to Vientiane, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sapa to Vientiane. However, there are services departing from SaPa and arriving at Vientiane via Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office and Vang Vieng Laos. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36 h 47 min.

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What companies run services between Sapa, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos?

You can take a bus from Sapa to Vientiane via Hanoi - Good Morning Sapa Hanoi Bus Stop, Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office, and Vientiane Laos in around 28 h 44 min.

Airlines
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Oudomxay to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Flights from Hanoi to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Flights from Phon Savan to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Lao Skyway
Website
laoskyway.com
Flights from Sam Neua to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Flights from Oudomxay to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Flights from Phon Savan to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $85
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Hanoi to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Train operators
China Railways
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Hekou Bei to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $16
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
Bus operators
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Good Morning Sapa
Website
goodmorningsapa.com
Bus from Sapa - Good Morning Sapa Sapa Bus Stop to Hanoi - Good Morning Sapa Hanoi Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
goodmorningsapa.com
Book at
goodmorningsapa.com
The Sinh Tourist
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Vientiane Laos
Ave. Duration
22 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Vang Vieng Laos
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$43
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Xe Sao Việt Bus
Website
xekhachsaoviet.com
Bus from SaPa Lao Cai to Ha Noi
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
xekhachsaoviet.com
Book at
vexere.com
bus
Bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Vientiane - Southern Bus Station
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com
Sapa Express
Website
sapaexpress.com
Bus from SaPa to Ha Noi
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
sapaexpress.com
Book at
12go.asia
Soutchai Travel
Phone
+856 21 254512-5
Email
kenlotchana.travel@gmail.com
Website
soutchaitravel.com
Bus from Vang Vieng Laos to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
soutchaitravel.com
Book at
12go.asia

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