Getting Around

For short distances, the tuk-tuk is Vientiane's primary mode of transport. These privately owned, three-wheeled motor vehicles carry passengers in and around the city, charging flat rates for different destinations. Taxis tend to gather at busy locations, such as markets and bus terminals.

The Talat Sao Bus Station is Vientiane's main terminal and offers routes to neighbouring cities and Thailand. Buses can be badly maintained and lack air-conditioning, but serve as a major source of transportation for locals.

Bicycle and scooter rentals are available from private businesses and some guesthouses. It's illegal to ride a scooter without a helmet and fines are known to be costly. Transport in rural areas may be difficult to find or unreliable, meaning tourists might simplify their plans by hiring a car for longer distances.


Vientiane International

The airport is six miles (10km) from Vientiane.

Vientiane International (VTE)


The airport is six miles (10km) from Vientiane.

Getting to the city

Taxis and tuk-tuks are available outside both terminals. Many local hotels offer free shuttle transfers for guests by prior arrangement.


Local time is GMT +7

Car rental

Avis by Asia Vehicle Rental and Sixt are represented at the airport. However, visitors are advised not to hire a car. Instead, they should book a car with a driver through their hotel or travel agent.

Airport Taxis

Taxi counters are located near the exit of each terminal; passengers must buy a taxi coupon before leaving the airport.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.


Facilities at the airport include banks, bars, restaurants, duty-free shopping, a post office and a couple of shops.


Parking is available at the airport.

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