Trains from Udon Thani to Nong Khai

By train the journey from Udon Thani to Nong Khai is scheduled to take less than 1 hour whichever train you take.

Train Times from Udon Thani to Nong Khai

There are 4 direct long distance train services a day from Udon Thani to Nong Khai.

TrainUdon ThaniNong KhaiService
2505:4406:25Special Express
  • The fastest service from Udon Thani to Nong Khai is Train #75 departing at 16:58, which is scheduled to complete the journey in 32 minutes.

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Location of Udon Thani Train Station

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Location of Nong Khai Train Station

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About Travel to Nong Khai

Nong Khai is much smaller town than Udon Thani, with around 50,000 inhabitants. Located at the northern end of the North Eastern Railway Line, Nong Khai is the main crossing point between Thailand and Laos. The Laotian capital city, Vientiane, is only 22 km by road from Nong Khai. There are two ways to cross from Nong Khai to Laos: by road or by rail.

Travel by Train to Laos

The rail connection between Nong Khai and Laos is currently limited to a twice daily service, with services departing from Nong Khai Railway Station at 08:35 and 17:25. The shuttle service takes just 30 minutes to reach Khamsavath Railway Station in Laos. Khamsavath Railway Station is located about 8 km by road from the centre of Vientiane.

The advantage of travelling by train from Nong Khai to Laos is that the border crossing is a lot less busy and much less stressful. The disadvantage is that the connecting train services are less frequent than local bus services.

Travel by Road to Laos

The vast majority of people travelling from Nong Khai to Laos travel by road. Local bus services across the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge and from the Laos side of the border are frequent and inexpensive. The border is also open every day from 06:00 to 22:00.

The border crossing gets very busy at times so expect to have to queue up at the immigration check points, particularly on the Laos side of the border. Laos doesn’t offer visa exempt travel for visitors unless they hold passports from ASEAN member countries so the queue from visas can at certain times become very long.

Once you have passed through immigration control into Laos there will be a wide variety of different bus and minivan services available for travel to Vientiane, as well as taxis. Many foreign visitors on this route complain of being overcharged for transport to Vientiane. To avoid this problem we recommend waiting for the local bus service #14. Bus #14 is a distinctive green colour and takes just under an hour to reach Vientiane Central Bus Station, which is in the centre of the city.

The First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai
The First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai
Staying Overnight in Nong Khai

Nong Khai is a pleasant town situated on the wide slow moving Mekong River, which is the boundary marker between Thailand and Laos. Nong Khai has a small range of budget and mid-range hotels, an even better range of restaurants, and a small number of Western style bars.

The focal point of Nong Khai is the riverside area, particularly the Rim Kong Alley in the centre of the town. There is a day time covered market on this road, but it really comes to life in the evenings with locals and visitors taking advantage of the cool riverside breezes and the lively riverside restaurants. On Saturday nights, year round, there is a street market on the Rim Kong Alley which appears to attract a large number of local residents and almost all the visitors who have had the good fortune to have chosen that day for a visit.

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