By bus it takes 24 hours to travel from Luang Prabang in Laos to Hanoi in Vietnam. You can also fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi in under an hour, however, flights cost nearly three times as much as the cost of a bus ticket for the same journey. If you are travelling on a tight budget then travelling by bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi is your best option as the money you save is equivalent to 3 or 4 days living expenses in Vietnam.
Bus Times to Hanoi
There is a single daily bus service from Luang Prabang to Hanoi which you can book online.
- This service operates every day of the week.
- Passengers on this service travel on in a Express Sleeper bus with fully reclining seats, A/C and on board toilet.
Buy Tickets to Hanoi
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Luang Prabang Bus Station
Bus services to Hanoi depart from the Tourist and International Bus Station on the opposite side of the road to the Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang.
Hanoi Bus Station
Bus Services from Luang Prabang terminate at Điểm Dừng Xe Bus, Ngọc Khánh, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Travel from Hanoi
Hanoi is located at the northern end of Vietnam’s famous Reunification Railway Line which runs 1,726 km south to Ho Chi Minh City. Travelling the entire length of the Reunification Railway Line in one go takes between 31 and 35 hours. However, there are fantastic places to visit on the way and for this reason most visitors to Vietnam choose to break the journey up into manageable sections with stops along the way to visit the major sights. Starting from the North the places we recommend visiting are:
- Ninh Binh (to visit the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex).
- Hue (to visit the Imperial City).
- Da Nang (to visit Hoi An, Son Tra Peninsula and the beaches).
- Nha Trang (Po Nagar Temple and the beach at Doc Let).
You can also travel North from Hanoi by train to Beijing via Dong Dang, which is journey that involves spending 2 nights on the train but the rewards for travellers on this train route is a journey with fantastic scenery and a considerable cost saving compared to flying.
For direct travel to Halong Bay, Sapa and Ha Giang you need to take a bus. Bus services in Vietnam are cheaper than taking the train and often quicker, although for longer journeys travel by bus is less comfortable. Trains has flat beds and restaurant cars and bus services do not. Smart travellers use a combination of trains for longer journeys and bus services for shorter journeys and to access places not accessible by rail when they visit Vietnam.