There are 6 ways to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai by plane, 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.

Recommended option

Fly Vientiane to Chiang Mai  •  3 h 49 min

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

$93 - $305

Cheapest option

Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  15 h

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

$32 - $34

4 alternative options

Bus, bus to Udon Thani, fly to Chiang Mai  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Nong Khai
  2. Take the bus from Nong Khai to Udonthani
  3. Fly from Udon Thani (UTH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) UTH - CNX

$45 - $143

Fly Vientiane to Lampang, bus  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Lampang (LPT) VTE - LPT
  2. Take the bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai

$73 - $146

Bus Thai-Lao International Bus  •  17 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

$40

Drive  •  10 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Chiang Mai 427.7 miles

$60 - $90

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs $31 - $34 and takes 15 h.

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The quickest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to fly which takes 3 h 49 min and costs $90 - $310.

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The distance between Vientiane and Chiang Mai is 392 km. The road distance is 684 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 49 min to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vientiane and arriving at Chiang Mai Terminal 2. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17 h 30 min.

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

Lao Airlines, Thai AirAsia and seven other airlines fly from Vientiane to Chiang Mai hourly. Alternatively, Orsuksa Tour operates a bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai once daily. Tickets cost $27 and the journey takes 13 h. Sueksa Tour also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Vientiane to Lampang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $120
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Flights from Vientiane to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Flights from Vientiane to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $120
Thai Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Bus operators
Soutchai Travel
Phone
+856 21 254512-5
Email
kenlotchana.travel@gmail.com
Website
soutchaitravel.com
Bus from Vientiane to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
soutchaitravel.com
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane to Nong Khai Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
baolau.com
Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus
Website
suvarnabhumiairport.com
Bus from Nong Khai to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bangkokairportonline.com
Greenbus Thailand
Nakhonchai Air
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com

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