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Guide to Train Travel from Bangkok to Nong Khai (for the border crossing to Laos)

The journey by train from Bangkok to Nong Khai is scheduled to take between 9 hours 25 minutes on Train #75 (the fastest train) to 11 hours 50 minutes on Train #133, which is the slowest service.

  • Sleeper berths are available on all the overnight trains.
  • Train #25 uses the State Railways Of Thailand brand new train carriages introduced in 2016.
Train Times from Bangkok to Nong Khai

Train No. Dept Arr  Service
75 08:20 17:45 Express
77 18:35 04:15 Express
25 20:00 06:45  Special Express
133 20:45 08:35 Rapid

Bangkok to Nong Khai

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The trains listed above are faster intercity trains running the length of the Northern Eastern Line. There are also other slower local commuter trains which travel part of the way stopping at smaller stations serving rural communities and very small towns.

Guide to Online Train Ticket Prices from Bangkok to Nong Khai

Seat Type Online Price Station Price
1st Class A/C Sleeper  1,757 THB 1,357 THB
2nd Class A/C Sleeper  1,158 THB 838 THB
2nd Class A/C Seat 748 THB 498 THB
3rd Class Fan Seat 503 THB 253 THB

The service fee payable on tickets purchased on online for the train journey from Bangkok to Nong Khai is between 250 THB and 400 THB depending upon the type of ticket purchased. The fee covers the cost of buying a ticket from the State Railways of Thailand and retaining the ticket for collection on the day of travel. 2nd and 3rd Class Fan Seats can normally be purchased from a train station on the day of travel. However, 1st and 2nd Class Sleeper seats often need to be booked in advance, which is difficult for those people coming to Thailand only a few days before they intend to travel. The online booking service will also suit those people who have a long way to travel to get to a train station or would rather avoid the inconvenience of going to a train station before the day upon which they intend to travel.

About train travel from Bangkok to Nong Khai

Lumtakong Lake

Lumtakong Lake

The middle section of this journey, between Ayutthaya to Nakhon Ratchasima, goes past some beautiful scenery which you would not see from a bus or plane. We rate this as this journey as taking in some of the best scenery of any of the railway lines in Thailand. The area around Pak Chong is very beautiful. The last section of the journey from Udon Thani to Nongkhai is less interesting as the land becomes flat and featureless until you reach the Laos border which is demarcated by the the mighty Mekong river.

The best train to take from Bangkok to Nongkhai

Tickets on Train #75

Tickets on Train #75

We advise taking the early train – Train #75 (departure at 08.20) – so that you travel in the daylight and spend a night in Nong Khai before travelling onward to Laos or exploring this part of Thailand further. An evening dinner on the cool bank side of the Mekong river is a pleasure in itself. If you plan to travel overnight then we suggest that you book Train #25 as this service has a variety of sleeper berths available. Advance booking is always recommended.

How to Get to Hua Lamphong Train Station (Bangkok) to catch the train to Nong Khai

Hua Lamphong Station is accessible by metro (MRT), bus, tuk-tuk, taxi and by walking 10 minutes from the Marine Department Pier on the Chao Phraya Express Boat line. Hua Lamphong Station is near the markets and temple of China Town, the most diverse and interesting part of Bangkok. Leave your luggage at the station and explore the area if you have the time. For a real experience of China Town head to Sampeng Lane market, which is within walking distance of the station.

Map of Bangkok Hualamphong Railway Station

Getting to the Laos Border from Nong Khai Train Station

Arrival at Nong Khai train station

Arrival at Nong Khai Train Station

Nong Khai railway station is about 1.5 km from the Thai-Lao friendship bridge. For information about the train service which run to Laos across the bridge see our guide to Nong Khai Railway Station. Its about 2 km into the town centre of Nong Khai. Most of hotels are clustered near Soi Rim Kong and Soi Prajak Sillapakom in the centre of the town. There are many tuk-tuks waiting outside the station and they charge reasonable prices for the trip into Nong Khai town or to the Laos border.

Location of Nong Khai Railway Station

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Royal Nakhara Hotel near Nong Khai Train Station

Royal Nakhara Hotel near Nong Khai Train Station. Click on the image for more information.