There are 7 ways to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai 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 to Houeisay, bus  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Houeisay (HOE) VTE - HOE
  2. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai

$102 - $211

Cheapest option

Bus Sombat Tour  •  16 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Khon Kaen
  2. Take the bus from Khon Kaen Bus to Chiang Rai

$31 - $42

5 alternative options

Fly to Chiang Rai  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Chiang Rai (CEI) VTE - CEI

$76 - $180

Fly to Luang Namtha, drive  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Namtha (LXG) VTE - LXG
  2. Drive from Luang Namtha to Chiang Rai

$116 - $279

Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  18 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 166 Cm / ...

$39 - $42

Bus Thai-Lao International Bus  •  21 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
  2. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 166 Cm / ...

$46 - $49

Drive  •  11 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Chiang Rai 389.1 miles

$55 - $80

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai is to bus which costs $30 - $45 and takes 16 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 18 min and costs $100 - $220.

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The distance between Vientiane and Chiang Rai is 362 km. The road distance is 623 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vientiane to Chiang Rai. However, there are services departing from Vientiane and arriving at Chiang Rai via Khon Kaen Bus. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 30 min.

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

Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile and four other airlines fly from Vientiane to Chiang Rai every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Khon Kaen and Khon Kaen Bus in around 16 h 30 min.

Airlines
Lao Skyway
Website
laoskyway.com
Flights from Vientiane to Houeisay
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $190
Flights from Vientiane to Luang Namtha
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $200
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Pakse, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $160
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Vientiane to Luang Namtha
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
baolau.com
The Transport Company
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Khon Kaen Bus to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$16
Super
$18
Supreme
$24 - $26
Esan Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Khon Kaen Bus Station to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
12 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
12go.asia
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
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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