Laos by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Laos.

Here you will find information for Laos about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.


Useful Information

Population: 6.85 million

Currency: Kip

Language: Laotian

Capital: Vientiane

Country code: +856

Time zone: Indochina Time (ICT)

Train Companies

There is only one short railway line (3km) between Thanaleng (Laos) and Nong Khai (Thailand) and it is operated by the State Railway of Thailand.

Train Tickets

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Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Laos.



  • 2nd and 3rd class seats available
  • High-speed train from the capital, Vientiane to Kunming, China (via Luang Prabang) due to be finished in 2022 


Frequent Travelled Routes In Laos


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Vientiane to Luang Prabang 13:00 Direct Bus
Vientiane to Vang Vieng 4:00 Direct Bus


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Vientiane to Bangkok, Thailand 10:38 1 Bus & Train
Thanaleng to Nong Khai, Thailand 0:15 Direct Train
Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai, Thailand 18:00 Direct Bus
Luang Prabang to Hanoi, Vietnam 24:00 Direct Bus

Laos travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Thanaleng Station

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Laos

We recommend travelling to Laos year-round; however, come prepared with a raincoat or other layers. In the wet season it’s often hot and wet, and in the dry season, warm and dry in the south, and colder and dry in the north.  We recommend avoiding August as it’s the rainiest month and may disrupt plans but other than that rainfall often only lasts for a couple of hours and then you can get on with your day! Explore the Mekong River, wander the temples, visit the Bolaven Plateau, climb the limestone karsts, stay in treehouses overnight whilst searching for Gibbons, or experience a local festival/celebration such as the Lao New Year (in April). Whatever your interests are, Laos has something for you!


  • Dry Season: November to April
  • Wet Season: May to October

Accommodation In Laos


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