Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Vientiane Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
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VTE Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Vientiane Wattay International Airport.
What to Expect
Vientiane Airport (code: VTE) has two small connected terminals, an international terminal and a brand new domestic terminal, which opened in 2018. Facilities include a few food stalls and shops, mostly on the landside. WiFi may be available inside an airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is just opposite the airport. Other nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Vientiane Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Dansavanh Hotel – Located opposite the airport. Reviews are mixed but it is the closest to the airport. » Check Rates
- Sanjiang Grand Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. » Check Rates
- Sengtawan Riverside Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available uon request. No airport pick-up after 11:00PM. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Vientiane Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
- Business Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor, near Gates 3 & 4. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 20.00 per person)
If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounge listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.
- Thai Airways Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, International Departures, Airside, 2nd Floor.
At the time of this update, WiFi is only available in the VIP Lounge. There is an Internet Café located in the Departures Hall, however further information is unavailable at the time of this update. If you know, click here to update the guide.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.
Currency Exchange – Currency exchange counters are available at the airport. Location: unknown.
Food & Drinks – Dining options at Vientiane airport are limited. The options include, a café and a buffet-style restaurant. Location: 3rd Floor.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – A reader tells us it is “possible to charge phones almost everywhere inside the airport for free, but you may need an adapter. No USB plugs as far as I’ve seen”. (January 2020)
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a few other small shops.
Showers – Not available.
While it appears that this airport closes at night (at least for several hours), as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.
Vientiane airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Air Busan • Bangkok Airways • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Hainan • Jeju Air • Jin Air • Lao Skyway • Sichuan Airlines • Scoot • Silk Air • T’Way Airlines • Thai AirAsia • Thai Airways • Thai Smile • Vietnam Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
If traveling light and on a tight budget, you can take a public bus from the airport to the city center. Buses pass along the main road, about 500m from the airport terminal. To reach the airport from the city, take Bus 30 from the central bus terminal, which departs in 30 minute intervals.
Cars are available to rent from rental companies located onsite. Further information is unavailable at the time of this update.
Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from VTE airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.
Prepaid taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Stop at the taxi booth in the Arrivals hall to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi. “Tuk tuks” (auto-rickshaws) are also available, and require your best bargaining skills for a fair price.
A reader sent us this tip: “For transportation options to the airport, please also include LOCA LAO app… it’s Vientiene’s version of Uber or Grab. Less than 50000kip from city centre. “
Last updated: 2020-01-28
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.