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There are 6 ways to get from Shanghai to Luang Prabang by plane, train, bus or car

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

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Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) SHA - LPQ

$176 - $709

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Train China Railways T-Class, bus  •  2 days 18 h

  1. Take the train from Shanghai South to Nanning
  2. Take the train from Nanning Station to Hanoi Gia Lam Station
  3. Take the bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Luang Prabang

$79 - $142

4 alternative options

Fly from Shanghai Pudong  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) PVG - LPQ

$164 - $767

Train, bus, minivan  •  36 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
  2. Take the bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
  3. Take the minivan from Vientiane Bus Station to Luang Prabang Malany

$246 - $279

Train, bus via Wuchang  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wuchang
  2. Take the train from Wuchang to Hanoi Gia Lam Station
  3. Take the bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Luang Prabang

$103 - $134

Drive  •  35 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Shanghai to Luang Prabang 1901.8 miles

$270 - $400

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The cheapest way to get from Shanghai to Luang Prabang is to train and bus which costs ¥700 - ¥950 and takes 2 days 15 h.

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The quickest way to get from Shanghai to Luang Prabang is to fly which costs ¥1100 - ¥5500 and takes 8 h 50 min.

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The distance between Shanghai and Luang Prabang is 2306 km. The road distance is 3043 km.

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The best way to get from Shanghai to Luang Prabang without a car is to train and bus and minivan which takes 36 h 15 min and costs ¥1700 - ¥2000.

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It takes approximately 9 h 10 min to get from Shanghai to Luang Prabang, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Luang Prabang Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Luang Prabang is 1 h behind Shanghai. It is currently 8:30 AM in Shanghai and 7:30 AM in Luang Prabang.

Yes, the driving distance between Shanghai to Luang Prabang is 3043 km. It takes approximately 35 h 52 min to drive from Shanghai to Luang Prabang.

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Lao Airlines, Spring Airlines, China Southern Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Luang Prabang Airport.

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There are 280+ hotels available in Luang Prabang. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Shanghai to Luang Prabang.
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  • Distance: 1441.4 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 10 min

What companies run services between Shanghai, China and Luang Prabang, Laos?

Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and five other airlines fly from Shanghai to Luang Prabang 5 times a day.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Luang Prabang via Kunming
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Luang Prabang via Wuhan, Kunming
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Kunming
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Liping, Kunming
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Wuhan, Kunming
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Luang Prabang via Changsha
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Hainan
Website
hainanairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Hongqiao to Luang Prabang via Shenzhen
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Haikou
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Shanghai Pudong to Luang Prabang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Train operators
China Railways G-Class
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
11 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Schedules at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$150 - $180
1st Class Seat
$250 - $290
Business Class Seat
$470 - $550
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wuchang
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
trip.com
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trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$35 - $50
1st Class Seat
$50 - $75
China Railways
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Wuchang to Hanoi Gia Lam Station
Ave. Duration
27 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
Train from Nanning Station to Hanoi Gia Lam Station
Ave. Duration
12 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $35
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
China Railways T-Class
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Shanghai South to Nanning
Ave. Duration
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard/Soft Seat
$24 - $35
Hard Sleeper
$45 - $60
Soft Sleeper
$75 - $95
Bus operators
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Kunming South to Laos Vientiane
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$81
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
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 Sinh Tourist
Phone
+84-28 3838 9596
Email
info@thesinhtourist.vn
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$42
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn

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The best way to get from Shanghai to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is to line 10 subway which takes 18 min and costs ¥3 - ¥4.

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