Laos Railway - Schedule and Price

  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
  • Laos Railway - Schedule and Price
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 Railway

Laos China Railway

Laos-China Railway (LCR) operates two types of train services:
- High-speed trains
- Ordinary trains

China Laos Railway High Speed Trains

Laos China Railway
​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.
Business Class on High Speed Train 
China Laos Raiway
The high-speed trains offer three seat passenger classes
- Business class Seat -First class Seat (Imagine below)
Laos Train
- Second class Seat (Imagine below)
Laos Railway First Class
- Ecomomic class (Imagine below )
China Laos Train Economic Class

Laos Railway - Ordinary trains

The ordinary railway service is operated with HXD3CA locomotives running at a maximum speed of 120 km/h.
China Laos RailWay Ordinary Train
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
Laos Train Company
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.

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.

  C82 C84 K12
Vientiane 07:30 15:05 08:00
Vang Vieng 08:25 16:11 09:20
Luang Prabang 09:23 17:10 10:43
Muang Xay 10:17   11:55
Luang Namtha 10:47   12:51
Boten 11:02   13:10
 
  C81 C83 K11
Boten 12:15   14:00
Luang Namtha 12:24   14:11
Muang Xay 12:54   14:58
Luang Prabang 13:45 18:20 16:10
Vang Vieng 14:45 19:12 17:44
Vientiane 15:45 20:13 19:10

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.

Tickets With Names - As of Sept. 13, 2022 people who purchase train tickets will be required to show passenger identification documents and passenger names will be printed on the tickets. All passengers other than children must have a ticket with their name on it or they will not be allowed into the station Laos Railway Timetableor on the train. Passengers must keep their ticket with them at all times and show it when leaving the departure station or face fines and possible prosecution.

Passengers must be sure their name on the ticket is readable and matches their ID or passport name exactly. Railway staff are known to be strict with rules and may refuse travel if things aren't perfect.

Fees are now being charged for vehicle parking at Vientiane Train Station - 5,000 kip for motorbikes and 10,000 kip for passenger vehicles. Overnight parking for cars is 80,000 kip. Vehicles will no longer have to pay to drop off passengers as was the case in early September.

The K11/K12 ordinary train travels slower at maximum 120 km per hour and can carry 732 passengers in air conditioned carriages - 590 chair seats, 106 wide chair seats and 36 seat/sleeper beds.

For ordinary train service tickets may be sold for same-day travel and immediate departure so passengers may be pretty sure to a get a ticket and a seat if they arrive early and won't need to purchase tickets the day before. Fares will range from 38,000 kip up to 280,000 kip depending on distance and seat class which is lower than fares for the high-speed trains. Passengers will be allowed to carry more baggage with them on these ordinary trains than the 20 kilogram limit per passenger on the fast trains.

The railway stations and ticket offices are only open for times around when trains are scheduled to arrive or depart. At most train stations advance tickets can be purchased up to 3 days before the departure date and payment must be in cash. Passengers are not able to purchase tickets for return travel at the same time as purchasing tickets for the first part of a round trip.

Ticket sales offices away from the train stations are also now open in central Luang Prabang and on the ground floor of Vientiane Center in central Vientiane. Each person may only purchase 2 tickets. Purchaser must show valid ID. Payment can only be made by OnePay app. Currently not accepting cash payment, Visa or Mastercard. A service fee of 20,000 kip per ticket will be charged.

Vientiane Center is located on our Vientiane Central Map between Talat Sao market and Parkson's dept. store.

As of March 17, 2022 a new ticket sales office is now open in central Luang Prabang with the same ticket purchase rules as the Vientiane Center office - see location of our Luang Prabang ticket sales office on our Luang Prabang Central Map.

Passengers must carry photo identification and should arrive at the station at least one hour before departure time and remain in the waiting area for inspection of tickets and documents. All passengers should wear protective masks and observe social distancing recommendations.

Passengers without tickets should arrive at least two hours before departure time since you need to queue for ticket purchase and again for entry to the station and then go through security checks. Things can be a little chaotic.

The main railway station interiors are only open a little before and after scheduled train departure times and no toilets or other services such as food or drinks or seats are available outside the stations. Not a good place to wait for very long and not much shade.

No food or beverage service are available at the stations or in the railway carriages. Passengers should bring their own food and drinks.

Samples of passenger fares below starting June 1, 2022 after a 22% fare increase:

Passenger ticket sales are in high demand whenever there is a major Thai Holiday and maybe they need to add more daytime passenger trains while having freight trains go during night time. See furious Facebook user post below from July 26, 2022:

Cargo freight fees were originally set at about 600 kip per ton per kilometer which is promoted as two times cheaper than other modes of land transport. In full operation there will be 22 loading and unloading stations for freight.

The Lao-China Railway (the Project) is a 422 kilometer-long railway line in Lao PDR extending from the border with China near Boten to Vientiane capital city near the border with Thailand. This Project is actually only one section of a larger plan to link Kunming in China to Singapore by modern high-speed rail lines.

Passenger check-in procedure images below:
Laos Railway Check In
Only 20 kilograms of carry-on baggage is allowed for each passenger on the high-speed trains. Items prohibited from being carried by passengers into the stations or on trains are:

1) Weapons and ammunition of any kind such as pistols, rifles, sports rifles and other modified guns. (The rule does not apply to civil servants, police officers and soldiers.
2) All kinds of explosives such as fireworks and rocket-propelled grenades.
3) Chemicals, including hydrogen, methane, ethane, butane, ethylene, propylene, acetylene, carbon monoxide, liquefied petroleum gas, fluoride, oxygen (except for medical purposes), gasoline, diesel and kerosene.
4) Drugs of all kinds, including heroin, ephedrine, crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana.
5) Sharp objects such as knives, axes, cutters, etc. that can cause injury or death.
6) Animals, both alive and dead, including cats and dogs.
7) Food that smells bad or watery food that can cause uncleanliness and dirty the surroundings of the train or stations.

Some passengers have complained that even their mosquito repellant and sun screen have been confiscated by over-zealous security personnel. Best to carry only small amounts of these in small non-aerosol containers to minimize losses.
The first passenger train "Lane Xang" below as it arrived in Vientiane October 2021.
Laos RailwayProject is a major achievement for the government of Lao PDR. The Project was promoted, designed and largely financed by the People's Republic of China as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. The project is managed by The Laos-China Railway Company Ltd. (the Company). Total cost was projected at just under US $6 billion.

The Project is planned to have 33 railway stations in total of which 20 or 21 will be operational in the first phase with 12 to be placed into service later. In normal operation passenger trains will operate in daytime while freight trains will run at night. The Project has designated 5 stations as major stations - at Boten, Muang Xai (Oudom Xay), Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. When fully operational there will be 10 stations where passengers can board and disembark - in Vientiane, Phonhong, Vang Vieng, Kasi, Luang Prabang, Muang Nga, Muang Xay (Oudom Xay), Namor, Natuey and Boten.

Vientiane Station image below. Starting Sept. 12, 2022 vehicles will be charged a fee to park vehicles at the station. Motorbike fee is 5,000 kip and passenger vehicle fee is 10,000 kip per time. Passenger vehicles will be allowed to park vehicles overnight with security for a fee of 80,000 kip. Fees vary for other types of vehicles.
Vientiane Trainstation
Vang Vieng Railway station image below August 2021:
Vang Vieng Train Station
Luang Prabang Railway Station images below:
Luang Prabang Railway Station
List of first phase railway stations below:

Fast trains operate at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour with the trip between Vientiane and Vang Vieng taking 40 minutes.

Fast Trains have 9 carriages - the control car, a dining car, a first class car with 56 seats and 6 second class coaches. There are 720 air conditioned seats total. Each seat has an electrical power outlet for use by passengers and all signage and displays are in 3 languages - Chinese, Lao & English.

Luang Prabang Raiway Station, Vang Vieng Railway Station, Vientiane Raiway Station, Train from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

LUANG PRABANG to Vang Vien Train, LUANG PRABANG to Vientiane Train, LUANG PRABANG to Muan Xay Train, LUANG PRABANG to Na Teuy Train, LUANG PRABANG to Boten Train, Vang Vieng to LUANG PRABANG, VANG VIENG to Muang Xay Train, VANG VIENG to Na Teuy, VANG VIENG to Boten Train, VANG VIENG to Vientiae Train, Vientiane to VANG VIENG Train, VIENTIANE to LUANG PRABANG Train, VIENTIANE to Muang Xay, VIENTIANE to Na Teuy, VIENTIANE to Boten

For all booking 5 days before travel date we are now able to confirm imediately your choice of departure time

Dear Beloved Clients
Thank you so much for your all kind support. we are so sorry because of not reply all the request emails in one or two day or event more. Due to purchasing train ticket in Laos now are very high demand and extremely complicated which caused so many questions in the back and ward email the question are why can not have ticket now, why should you provide some option of departure time?... 
In order to reply all the booking requests in a short time we wish you temporaly understand the situation as below and not to worry about your money and ticket for your travel schedule.

Needs to know:
1, We hope the train company will change /update the purchasing system, but now they only open for public sale for smal group 2 -3 days before travel date. 
2, To puchasing train ticket we need your copy of passport
3, Amendment / cancelation  train ticket need the real passport
5, If all train are book out - Full refund will be made we will update at 13:00 on the day before travel date.

Booking and Payment:
+ Full payment are required at booking made
+ Provide copies of passpost of all travellers via Whatsapp number: +856 2099409943 (Tony Phong)
+ Ticket information (train and departure time) will be informed 6pm (2 days before the travel date) or latest at 1pm on the 1 day before travel date.

Amendement / Cancelation: 
1, Amendement: 8 Days before travel date is free of charge
2, Cancellation : 8 Days befor travel date and any time after booking made => 10% are charged
2, Amendement / Cancelation: 4 - 7 Days before travel date => 30% are charged
3, Amendement / Cancelation: 1 - 3 Days before travel date => 100% will be charged

LAOS CHINA TRAIN TARIFF

Type of train Fast train Original Train
 Class/Duration Second class First class Business class Duration Standard class Duration
LPQ to Vang Vien      17 24     15  
LPQ to Vientiane 27 41 60   27  
LPQ to Muan Xay 17          
LPQ to Na Teuy 19          
LPQ to Boten 21          
Vang Vieng to LPQ 17          
VV to Muang Xay            
VV to Na Teuy            
VV to Boten            
VV to Vientiane            
Vientiane to Vang Vieng 17          
VTE to Luang Prabang 27          
VTE to Muang Xay            
VTE to Na Teuy            
VTE to Boten            

Note: Price for children heigh below 120 cm free of charge seat with parents. 120 cm to 140 cm half price of adult and 140 cm up same price as adult
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