Travel from Bangkok to Vientiane (Laos) can go by plane, bus and train. However, travel by train, seems to be popular among tourists due to affordable, comfortable and safe reasons.
We recommend to book overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Nong Khai which will arrive in next morning then connect to the international train from Nong Khai to Thanaleng station which is about 15 kilometers away from Vientiane downtown. The train will run over the Friendship Bridge across Mekong River, which is like the border between Nong Khai and Vientiane. While the train run over the bridge, you will be admired by beautiful views of Mekong river and clear sky.
At Thanaleng station if you do not have Laos visa, you can make visa on arrival at this point (See exempted visa as below). After finish immigration process, you can then take van or tuktuk to Central Vientiane.
What you should know before traveling from Bangkok – Vientiane by train.
- You should travel from Bangkok – Nong Khai by train number 69 depart from Bangkok at 20:00pm arrive Nong Khai at 6:45am. Because the train from Nong Khai to Thanaleng will depart after this train arrive.
- Foreigners who want to travel by train from Nong Khai to Vientiane must not be overstayed visa in Thailand. Otherwise have to travel by bus.
- Nationalities that has been exempted for Laos visa:
-Free visa 30 days :Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines
-Free visa 15days: Japan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland.
- Documents needed for submit Laos visa on arrival is 1 photo, filling form and visa fee around 25-37USD depend on nationality. You may do Laos visa before travel to avoid waste time at border.
Submit Laos visa click here!
How to book Train from Bangkok to Vientiane.
You can buy train ticket from Bangkok – Nong Khai at any train station in Thailand or book with Travel Agency. For train ticket from Nong Khai – Thanaleng, you can buy only when you arrive Nong Khai Train Station. However, since this route is popular route, we recommend you to book ticket in advance to avoid fully booking.