Vientiane International Airport (Wattay) Guide (VTE)

Airport info
Code: VTE
Vientiane, Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane International Airport is located 3km (1.8 miles) from Vientiane city, Laos.


No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +856
+856 20 55 608 955
Timezone: GMT ++07:00
Vientiane International Airport (Wattay) map

Vientiane International Airport, also referred to as Wattay International Airport, serves Laos’ capital city, Vientiane and is one of the few international airports within the country. Our Vientiane International Airport guide provides information on the airport terminals in addition to airport contact details and hotel recommendations.



An information desk can be found at the International Terminal at Vientiane International Airport. There is also an information booth in the Departures lounge that can help you to locate the airport facilities you need.


Driving directions

From Vientiane city centre, head northwest on Rue 23 Singha towards Nongbone Road. Follow into Saylom Road and then take Khun Bu Lon Road for 1.6km (1 mile). Finally, drive along Rte Luang Prabang/Souphanouvong Avenue/Route 13 until you reach Vientiane International Airport. The drive time is approximately 20 minutes. 

Public Transport

Public transport road

Coach: A shuttle bus stop can be found outside the International Terminal. The shuttle bus travels between Vientiane International Airport and the Central Bus Station in Vientiane city centre, stopping off at several hotels along the way. A single journey from the airport to the city centre costs 15,000 kip.

Taxi: Taxi stands can be found at both the Domestic and International Terminals near the Arrivals exit. Taxi coupons must be bought from the airport taxi counters inside the airport before you hail a taxi at the stand. A taxi from Vientiane International Airport to Vientiane city centre costs approximately 57,000 kip. 

Terminal facilities


Currency exchange counters and ATMs can be found at Vientiane International Airport.



Wi-Fi is not freely available at Vientiane International Airport, except in the Business Lounge. There is an internet café available in the Departures area. A post office can also be found in the Departures area.



The International Terminal at Vientiane International Airport has a café on the third floor serving a range of light meals and snacks, plus hot and cold drinks. There is also a buffet style restaurant on the third floor offering a selection of international and local dishes.



Duty free shopping is available at Vientiane International Airport. In addition to this, there are also several small souvenir shops located throughout the terminals.



Luggage storage facilities are not available at Vientiane International Airport.



Vientiane International Airport offers a Business Lounge where, for USD$10, you can have access to Wi-Fi, telephones, TVs and a range of snacks and drinks.


Airport facilities

Conference and business

Other than the Business Lounge, Vientiane International Airport does not provide any conference facilities. However, there are extensive conference and business facilities located at Don Chan Palace Hotel (tel: +856 21 226 666;, only a 20-minute drive away from the airport.


Disabled facilities

For specialised service, please contact the airport (tel: +856 20 55 608 955) or your airline directly.


Car parking

The car park at Vientiane International Airport is located in front of the terminals and offers covered and uncovered parking spaces.


Car rental

The following car hire services are available at Vientiane International Airport: Sixt, Avis and Budget Car.



Vientiane International Airport does not contain any hotels, but there are a number of accommodation options available nearby to suit any budget.


Don Chan Palace Hotel

+856 21 226 666

This 5-star hotel offers luxury and tranquillity, all within 20-minutes drive of Vientiane International Airport. It also houses comprehensive conference facilities, with several rooms to choose from and even a grand convention hall available for those bigger events.


Unit 6, Piavat Village, Sissatanak District, Vientiane, Laos

Ibis Vientiane Nam Phu

+856 21 262 050

Stylish contemporary rooms are the main feature at this hotel, offering comfortable beds and large bay windows just a short 15-minute drive away from Vientiane International Airport. Other facilities at this hotel include: an on-site 24-hour café, wheelchair-accessible rooms, hairdryer and kettle in every room, en suite bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi.


Namphu Ban Xieng Ngneung, Chantabury District, 01000, Vientiane, Laos

Dream Home Hostel 1

+856 30 955 3855

For a great budget option that’s just an 8-minute drive from Vientiane International Airport, this hostel ticks all the boxes. Simple bunk beds, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast are all included - plus, it’s a great place to make new friends. Airport transfers are also available for a small fee.


049 Sihome Road, Ban Sihome, 01000, Vientiane, Laos
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