Located to the south of town, Loei's tiny airport has one daily arrival and departure to/from Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport with Nok Air.
Loei is not serviced by rail. You can take a train to Udon Thani (150 km east), Khon Kaen (205 km southeast), or Phitsanulok (225 km west) and transfer to a Loei-bound bus.
Loei's unusually dirty bus station is located a couple of km south of town, right off Route 201. A tuk tuk from here to anywhere in town should cost 60 baht.
This is a small terminal with limited options. If you need to make a transfer to reach your destination, head to Udon Thani or Khon Kaen if heading to the Northeast of Thailand, or to Phitsanulok if heading to the Northern or Central regions.
From Loei, fares include:
Bangkok (Morchit): Departs roughly every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 21:00 and costs 450 baht for first class. VIP buses depart at 20:30 and 21:00, costing 700 Baht. The trip takes around eight hours.
Chiang Khan: Departs around 6:00 and 11:00, then roughly every hour from 14:00 to 20:00, takes an hour, costs 38 baht. Chiang Khan can also be reached by large songthaews that run hourly from early morning to 16:00, picking up at the bus station and costing 30 baht.
Chiang Mai: Departs at 21:30, 22:00 and 23:00, takes nine hours, costs between 660 and 890 baht depending on class. These buses also stop at Dan Sai, Phitsanulok and Lampang.
Chiang Rai: Departs at 18:30, 21:30, 22:00 and 23:00, takes over nine hours, and costs 520 baht.
Khon Kaen: Departs every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 18:00, takes 3.5 hours, costs 143 baht. Many of these buses stop at Phu Kradueng National Park.
Nakhon Ratchasima: Departs hourly from 7:30 to 14:30, takes six hours, costs 290 baht.
Nong Khai: Departs once a day at 6:00 in the morning, costs 120 baht, and runs alongside the Mekong River for much of the six-hour trip. This bus also services Pak Chom and Sangkhom. The faster way to reach Nong Khai is to transfer in Udon Thani.
Phitsanulok: Departs at 10:00, 12:40, 14:20 and 20:00, takes 4.5 hours, costs from 150 to 230 baht depending on class. These buses also stop at Dan Sai.
Udon Thani: Departs every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 17:00, takes 2.5 hours, costs 100 baht.
Luang Prabang (Laos): The international bus departs at 8:00 in the morning, takes 10 hours, costs 700 baht. The bus will stop at the border and, contrary to some media reports, most nationalities CAN obtain a Laos visa on arrival -- that's according to an official at the Loei bus station and a report by Travelfish member squarethecircle in August 2014. This bus also services Sayabouly in Laos.
Note: While you can reach the border crossing in Tha Li by songthaews that run hourly until 16:00 from Loei, we do not have reports verifying the existence of local transport on the other side. An official at Loei bus station told us to take the international bus instead.
Loei town is small enough that you can easily walk anywhere. The city is also conducive to bicycles, which can be rented at Sugar Guesthouse, Muanmanee Boutique Hotel and Loei Palace Hotel. Tuk tuks are also readily available to taxi you around town.
Motorbikes can be rented at Sugar Guesthouse for 250 baht per day. If these are all taken, a small motorbike shop just north of the traffic circle, and a couple of doors up from the large Honda dealer on Sathon Chiang-Khan Road, rents out manual gear bikes for 300 baht or automatics for 350. The red sign above the door has gold Thai script; ask for assistance at the Honda dealer if you can't find it.