Travellers can reserve trains in Laos and purchase the tickets at the railway station starting from two days before departure.
Laos-China Railway offers ticket booking for 6 stations in Laos, including Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Muang Xay, Luang Namtha and Boten.
Train companies in Laos
The railway network in Laos is managed by Laos-China Railway (LCR), a joint venture company participated by Laos and China governments. In the present, trains transiting the Laos railway network are pulled by electric locomotives circulating at a speed of 120-160 km/h.
Laos-China Railway (LCR) operates two types of train services:
- - High-speed trains
- - Ordinary trains
The high-speed railway service is operated with CR200J trainsets running at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
High-speed trains are designated by a letter identifying the class of service followed by two numerals:
- - C81/82 is the daily service stopping at all the stations.
- - C83/84 is the daily service stopping at the major stations.
The high-speed trains offer two seat passenger classes:
- - First class Seat
- - Second class Seat
Second class Seat
The ordinary railway service is operated with HXD3CA locomotives running at a maximum speed of 120 km/h.
Ordinary trains are designated by a letter identifying the class of service followed by two numerals:
- - K11/12 is the daily service stopping at all the stations.
The ordinary trains offer one seat passenger class:
- - Standard Seat
Getting around Laos by train
Laos has 422 km of standard gauge electrified railway tracks.
The terminus stations are Vientiane and Boten. The intermediate stations are Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Muang Xay and Luang Namtha.
The railway network comprises a single line that traverses Laos and links the Kunming–Yuxi–Mohan railway in China through Boten / Mohan in the north with the SRT Northeastern Line in Thailand through Vientiane / Nong Khai in the south. This railway is part of the future Kunming–Singapore railway corridor that will connect China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
- Vientiane–Boten railway
The Vientiane–Boten railway is the main railway line that links the capital of Laos with the border of China.
Trains depart from Vientiane Railway Station bound to Boten Railway Station.
The major cities served by the line include Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Muang Xay and Luang Namtha.
This line consists of several passenger services. C81/82 is the high-speed service stopping at all the stations, whereas C83/84 is the high-speed service stopping at the major stations. K11/12 is the ordinary service stopping at all the stations.
Train routes to Muang Xay
Train routes to Luang Namtha
Train routes to Boten
How to book train tickets in Laos
Online ticket booking is not available for Laos-China Railway (LCR).
Passengers are required to purchase the tickets at the railway station and scan their identity card or passport. Ticket sale officially opens two days before departure.
The full name and the passport number will be printed on the ticket. Before boarding the train, passengers must present their identity card or passport to validate the tickets.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AT THE STATION
Passengers are required to purchase the tickets at the railway station starting from two days before departure.
ARRIVE AT THE STATION ON TIME
Make sure you don’t miss your train. On the date of departure, arrive at the station 30-60 minutes before the scheduled departure time, locate the platform and wait for the boarding call.
BOARD THE TRAIN
Access the platform and present your physical ticket to the conductor before boarding the train. Present your passport to validate the tickets.