Getting there & away
Savannakhet’s bus terminal (212143), usually called the khíw lot, is near the Talat Savan Xai at the northern edge of town. Buses leave here for Vientiane (US$5.50, eight to 11 hours, 457km) every half-hour from 6am to 10am, then about every hour until 10pm. They stop at Tha Khaek (US$2.50, 2½ to four hours, 125km). A VIP bus (US$7, six to seven hours) to Vientiane leaves at 9.30pm, or you could try to pick up a seat on one of the VIP buses coming through from Pakse.
Buses leave for Lao Bao (US$3, five to seven hours, 236km) at 6.30am, 9.30am and noon, stopping at Sepon (US$3, four to six hours). Sǎwngthǎew leave more frequently.
There are no longer any commercial flights to or from Savannakhet.