Getting to Salavan

As Salavan has no active airport, most visitors arrive via Pakse, about 115 km away.

Getting to Salavan


Lao Airlines offers 14 direct weekly flights to Pakse International Airport departing Vientiane at 07:10, 7:50, 8:10, and 10:30, depending on the day, for the 75-minute trip. The carrier also offers a daily direct flight from Luang Prabang departing at 10:40 and arriving at 12:20. 

Lao Airlines provides international routes to Pakse including daily flights from Siem Reap at 14:40, and on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:45. The airline departs Ho Cho Minh City at noon on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and five days a week from Bangkok at 13:40.    

Three busses to Salavan Town depart daily from Vientiane’s Southern Bus Terminal at 16:30 (Local: LAK130,000), 19:30 (Express: LAK160,000), and 20:30 (VIP: LAK180,000), and arrive up to 18 hours later. A VIP sleeper bus departs Vientiane for Pakse at 20:30 (LAK300,000), and arrives at 06:30. For those departing from Savannakhet, a bus leaves at 13:30 (LAK60,000) for the half-day ride.

From Pakse, public buses depart for the 2.5 hour drive to Salavan Town at 07:00, 10:30, and 14:30, and stop at Tad Lo. Minivan transportation is also available to Tad Lo. Motorbikes and cars can be rented in Pakse, as Salavan has limited inner-provincial transportation and no motor vehicle rental services.

Note: Flight and bus schedules and prices are subject to change. Please check before departing.