We will write how to get from Vientiane airport to city center. The first thing that you need to know that Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport distance to city center is only 5 kilometers. The best way from Vientiane airport to city center by taxi and Loca App for $7-10 USD and 15 minutes driving.
The cheapest way from Vientiane airport to city center is by shuttle bus only $1.75 USD and the travel time is around 30-40 minutes. Also read here Best Laos sim card for tourist is important for communicating with locals and meeting other travelers.
VIENTIANE AIRPORT TO CITY
SHUTTLE BUS VIENTIANE AIRPORT TO CITY
The shuttle bus from Vientiane airport are running every 40 minutes starting from 8 30 am until 9 30 pm. The travel time from Vientiane airport to city is 30-40 minutes depending on the traffic. The final stop of the shuttle bus is Vientiane Central Bus Station (check the shuttle bus route below)
The shuttle bus fare from Vientiane airport is 15,000 kip which is $1.75 USD. You can buy the ticket to the bus driver only cash and make sure you bring small bills.
Shuttle Bus Vientiane Airport Route
The shuttle Bus from Vientiane airport to city before Bus Central Station will stop at Mekong Hotel, Wat Mixai, AV Hotel and Settha Palace Hotel. Most of the hotels are before getting to Bus Central Station in the Section A.
If you have to go to the Section B you will have to pay extra 4000 LAK which is only 0.50 cents of USD. If you want to continue to Section B: Kolalo Tower and That Luang Public Square places where you could find accommodation. And the final stops are ASEAN Mall and Lao ITECC Shopping Mall. Click here to know the exact route and schedule.
TAXI FARE FROM VIENTIANE AIRPORT TO CITY
Taxi fares from Vientiane airport to city center are fixed starting from $10 USD depending on the final destination area in the city. It will take 15 minutes driving and if you have too much luggage will be the best option for you. The areas in Vientiane for accommodation are only 5 kilometers distance from the airport.
The taxis are up to 4 people so expect to pay higher if you are traveling 6 people or getting a van $1-2 USD extra. You can pay at the airport in the ticket counter with cash USD or Laotian Kips.
LOCA APP FROM VIENTIANE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
You will be able to book downloading Loca and prices are starting from $7-9 USD from Vientiane airport to city center little bit cheaper than the taxi. You need to download the app and ordering is working like Uber and Grab service.
PRIVATE AND SHARED TRANSFER FROM VIENTIANE AIRPORT
You can get a shared transfer from Vientiane airport to city center with Klook for $7 USD. The van will pick you up from Vientiane airport and will drive you to your accommodation. The travel time will take around 35 minutes from Vientiane airport also depending if you get off first or last from the shared van.
TUK TUK FROM VIENTIANE AIRPORT TO CITY
There is no tuk tuk from Vientiane airport but you can walk a few meters outside the airport to the main road and you will find tuk tuks going to city center. You will have to negotiate the price and it should be cheaper than the taxi. Just in case you want to have the experience of riding a tuk tuk from Vientiane airport to city center. Remember there aren’t fixed prices so it will depend on your negotiation skills.
Best Way Vientiane Airport To City
The best option from Vientiane airport to city center will be the shuttle bus for less than $2 USD and around 30 minutes especially if you are traveling alone. If you are traveling with 2 people it will be worth it to take a taxi to your final destination. Just make sure you pay the right price around $7-10 USD.
BUDGET TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION IN VIENTIANE
A travel budget of $20-25 USD would be enough in a day to travel and experience Vientiane. You can spend $5-15 USD for accommodation depending on your likes there are a lot of cheap budget hotel available for you.
And you can also sleep in a dorm or a guest house if you are in a low budget. For food the minimum budget would be $5-10 USD per day depending on where your eating and what are you eating.
And the remaining would be for entrance fees for tourist spots and for transportation to get around the city. If you are renting motorbikes and hiring guides or excursions for day trips expect to pay $30-35 USD per day for your trip in Laos.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAOS
Many of us know that in Asian Country have 2 types of weather, called the wet and dry season in Laos. Start of wet season is from May up to October. And July and August is the months where rain is falling hard. In my experience as a backpacker the best time to visit Laos is through the Months of November to February.
Also December has a cold temperature where it is going down to 5 degrees. And this info is for travelers who are visiting the country and want to experience the beauty of place. The months of November to February is perfect for you, because most of you itinerary will be walking.
CASH AND ATMS IN LAOS
The currency of Laos is called kip and this is the one you will use while traveling the country. The rate is around $1= 8000 LAK or Kips. You will find ATM’s all throughout the country. There are also available exchange shop through banks and in some famous tourist place.
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