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Welcome to Vientiane International

The airport is two miles (3km) from Vientiane.

Information & Facts

Car Rental

Two local car rental companies, Asia and BP, are represented at the airport. However visitors are advised not to hire a car, instead, if you need a car, hire a car with a driver through your hotel or travel agent. Taxis can be hired for approximately US$20 per day.

City Transfers

The best way to the city is by taxi, which costs around $6 or 54,000 kip. Buy a coupon from the official Airport Taxi counter.


Tel: +856 (0)21 512 006.

Departure Tax
Departure tax is now included in the price of the air ticket and no longer paid in cash on departure.

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

Lao is the official language, but some English and French are spoken.

The Lao Kip (LAK) is the legal currency unit, currently available in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 kip. US Dollars, Euros and Thai Baht are also accepted in many places and are more convenient to carry than large stacks of the local currency. Banks, hotels, and jewellery shops all offer currency exchange services. For everyday expenses, carry a mix of US dollars and kip. For larger items, or when the exchange rate works in your favour, use US dollars. For local transport, street food stalls and minor purchases, it is best to use kip. When in rural areas, ensure you carry a supply of small notes as change can be hard to come by. Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most international hotels, many shops and restaurants, and a few tourist-orientated establishments in Luang Prabang and Vientiane - but in other parts of the country assume that only cash is accepted. Travellers cheques can be cashed at most banks in Vientiane and other major towns. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 12pm, and then again from 2pm to 3pm. In Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse and other major towns, ATMs are available from which money can be withdrawn. Note that ATMs distribute only Lao kip, with a maximum of around 1,000,000 kip per transaction.

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