There are 7 ways to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai by bus, car or plane

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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

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Bus Thai-Lao International Bus  •  21 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
  2. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai 619 / ...

$46 - $50

Bus King of Bus  •  27 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Huay Xai - Bokeo Station
  2. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai 1663

$49 - $51

Drive  •  11 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Chiang Rai 389.1 miles

$55 - $80

Fly to Houeisay, bus  •  5 h 15 min

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

$92 - $199

Fly to Chiang Rai  •  7 h 27 min

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

$66 - $168

Fly to Luang Namtha, drive  •  6 h 36 min

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

$106 - $267

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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 costs $90 - $200 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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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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The distance between Vientiane and Chiang Rai is 362 km. The road distance is 622.5 km.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai without a car is to bus which takes 16 h 30 min and costs $30 - $45.

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It takes approximately 16 h 30 min to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai, including transfers.

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Vientiane to Chiang Rai bus services, operated by Lao-Thai International Bus, depart from Vientiane station.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai is to bus which takes 16 h 30 min and costs $30 - $45. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $65 - $170 and takes 7 h 27 min.

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The quickest flight from Vientiane Airport to Houeisay Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Vientiane to Chiang Rai bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Chiang Rai station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vientiane to Chiang Rai is 623 km. It takes approximately 11 h 1 min to drive from Vientiane to Chiang Rai.

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Lao Skyway offers flights from Vientiane Airport to Houeisay Airport.

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Map of how to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai.
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  • Distance: 226.5 miles
  • Duration: 16 h 30 min

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

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

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
7 h
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
7 h 15 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
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$16
Super
$19
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
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
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
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
King of Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Huay Xai - Bokeo Station
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
baolau.com

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