Most people use the Bangkok Nong Khai Train to travel from the capital of Thailand, to the capital city of Laos, Vientiane.
Nong Khai itself is quite a pleasant place to hang around for a while, with plenty of places to stay, many overlooking the mighty Mekong river.
Nong Khai Railway station is located close to the Friendship Bridge over the Mekong where the border with Thailand and Laos lies.
Unfortunately if you are planning on staying in Nong Khai for a while, the station is a few kilometres away from the main area of town and will require a Tuk-tuk ride or very long walk to get there.
To see the full timetables, click on the train number below :
All the above train services depart and arrive at Bangkok's main railway station, Hua Lamphong.
Alternatively, there are a couple of other stations in Bangkok where you may wish to board / alight the train.
Samsen station is the last station before Hua Lamphong and is a good option for many people staying in this area of the city.
Bang Sue Junction Station is a little further out from the centre of the city, but is a good option f you want to catch a connecting train to the south or north-east, as most trains leaving Hua Lamphong stop here. It is also fairly close to Mo Chit Northern Bus Station if you want to make a bus connection.
The railway line has now been extended from Nong Khai, travelling over the Friendship Bridge, to Thanaleng station, just a short distance inside Laos.
From here you can catch the waiting minibuses that take you on to Vientiane city centre.
Ticket prices shown below are for one-way fares in either direction.
Express trains are the best option to travel to Nong Khai as the number 69 service, connects to the Laos train leaving at 09.00.
These trains are made up of all sleeper berths carriages and cost :
1st class A/C :
Upper Berth : 1,117THB Adult - 869THB Child
Lower berth : 1,317THB Adult - 1,069THB Child
2nd class A/C
There are two types of carriages on this service and the prices vary.
The cheapest berths cost:
Upper Berth : 658THB Adult - 539THB Child
Lower berth : 708THB Adult - 589THB Child
Prices for the more modern carriages cost an extra 30 THB for an upper and 50 THB for a lower.
Express DRC trains (Diesel Railcars) are all seater services and have either:
2nd class A/C seats costing : 498THB Adult - 379THB Child
or 3rd class fan seats costing : 253THB Adult - 202THB Child
The Rapid train services offer second class A/C sleeping berths as well as second and third class fan seats.
Sleeping Berths Cost :
Upper Berth : 618THB Adult - 499THB Child
Lower berth : 668THB Adult - 549THB Child
2nd class fan seats cost : Adult 348THB - Child 229THB
3rd class fan seats cost : Adult 213THB - Child 162THB
This train route is quite popular during the high season, so it is best to book your tickets in advance (especially if you want a sleeping berth).
Tickets can be purchased from any station within Thailand