Travellers can reserve trains in Laos and pick up the tickets from our representative agent before travelling.
We support advance 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
Booking your train tickets in Laos is very quick and simple. Search for train routes between any two cities for your travel dates.
Select your route
After search, we will display the results for your itinerary.
Find the train services operated by Laos-China Railway (LCR) available for your itinerary and select the most convenient option.
Reservation is available from 30 days up to 4 days in advance, as ticket sale opens 2 days before departure.
Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares.
- - First class Seat, available in high-speed trains.
- - Second class Seat, available in high-speed trains.
- - Standard Seat, available in ordinary trains.
Fill in the passenger and contact details
Next, provide the passenger(s) information.
In compliance with the regulation of Laos-China Railway, passengers must submit a scanned copy or photo of the passport in PDF or JPG format to book the tickets.
Baolau currently does not support seat selection on trains in Laos but you can indicate your preference during the reservation process and we will consider your request depending on the availability.
Don't forget to provide the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send the ticket confirmation by email.
Complete your payment
Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards.
Check your itinerary and price breakdown. Confirm that the booking information is correct. Before you proceed to payment, you must read and accept the terms and conditions of booking.
Receive your electronic ticket by email
Once your payment is complete, your reservation will be processed and put on hold until the ticket sale officially opens 2 days before departure.
Once our representative agent has purchased the train tickets, you will receive the itinerary and booking confirmation by email with the electronic ticket attached in PDF format.
You can also access to Manage your booking via web and download the electronic ticket to your device.
How to pick up the tickets
The electronic ticket is valid to pick up the physical train tickets from our representative agent in Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang between 2 days and 2 hours before departure. Passengers can print the e-ticket in advance or carry a digital copy in the mobile phone.
Note that electronic tickets are not accepted to board in the train. Only physical tickets are valid.
RECEIVE YOUR E-TICKET BY EMAIL
Receive your electronic ticket by email in PDF format. Print a copy of the e-ticket in advance or carry it in your mobile phone.
PICK UP YOUR PHYSICAL TICKETS
Arrange the ticket pick up or delivery with our representative agent before departure. Present your electronic ticket and collect your physical tickets valid to travel by train.
BOARD THE TRAIN
Present your physical ticket to the conductor before boarding the train. Electronic tickets are not accepted. You may be required to show your passport and verify your id.