Travel from Vientiane to Nong Khai

You can book transfer services from Vientiane to Nong Khai by bus or minivan online. These services take passengers to Laos’s only train station, which has two trains a day which travel across the border In Thailand. Alternatively you can take a taxi to either the border crossing at the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge or the train station and organise your own transport from there to Nong Khai.

Travel Times to Nong Khai

There are two daily joint bus and train services from Vientiane to Nong Khai which is available to book online.

VientianeNong KhaiCostCompany
15:0017:45$14 USDNaga Travel
15:3017:45$10 USDPTS Transit Service

  • Both services arrive at Thanaleng Railway Station in time to board the 17:30 train to Nong Khai in Thailand.
  • The PTS Transit Service starts with a pick up from any hotel in Vientiane.

Buy Tickets to Nong Khai

Use the Search Box below to buy your tickets from Vientiane to Nong Khai.

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Naga Travel Vientiane Bus Station

Naga Travel services from Vientiane to Nong Khai depart from outside the Khop Chai Deu Restaurant on the Rue Setthathilath, Vientiane, Laos.

Google Map of Khop Chai Deu Restaurant

Thanaleng Railway Station

Passengers on both transit services are taken by road to Thanaleng Railway Station in the town of Dongphosy in Laos.

Google Map of Thanaleng Railway Station

Arrival in Nong Khai

The final stop for both services from Vientiane is Nong Khai Railway Station.

Google Map of Nong Khai Railway Station

Travel from Nong Khai

There are four trains a day from Nong Khai Railway Station to Bangkok calling at major train stations in Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Ayutthaya on route. The fastest train to Bangkok is the 07:00 departure (Train #76) which is scheduled to complete the journey in 10 hours 10 minutes. Most travellers, however, choose to take Train #26 departing at 19:10 which is the only sleeper train from Nong Khai to Bangkok, departing 1 hour 25 minutes after the connecting train from Laos is due to arrive.

TrainNong KhaiBangkokSleeper

Sleeper berths on Thai trains, particularly Train #26 from Nong Khai to Bangkok, need to be booked in advance because they often sell before the day of travel. Click on the links underlined in red to book train tickets from Nong Khai to Bangkok or from Nong Khai to Ayutthaya.

Nong Khai Railway Station in Thailand
Nong Khai Railway Station in Thailand

The two other public transport options from Nong Khai are:

  • Flights: Nong Khai doesn’t have a commercial airport, but nearby Udon Thani does.  From Udon Thani International Airport you can fly direct to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Pattaya, Phuket and Hat Yai with a variety of low cost airlines.
  • Bus: Long distance bus services depart from a bus station in Nong Khai town centre with direct services to destinations such as Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and to towns throughout the North East Region such as Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Bueng Kan.

Next read about Travel from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

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