From Nong Khai to Vientiane by Trains+Vans

Train+Van by PTS Transit Service
07:30
Nong Khai
2h 15m. All connections guaranteed.
4.4
09:45
Vientiane Airport

From Thai Lao Bridge Visa to Vientiane by Buses+Taxis

Bus+Taxi by Glassflower
00:00
Thai Lao Bridge Visa, Nong Khai
13h 30m. All connections guaranteed.
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Vientiane any hotel

From Nong Khai Train Station to Vientiane by Buses

From Thanaleng railway station to Vientiane by Vans

Van by PTS Transit Service
08:30
Thanaleng railway station, Vientiane
2h van ride in Regional
3
10:30
Vientiane Embassy of Thailand
Van by PTS Transit Service
08:30
Thanaleng railway station, Vientiane
1h van ride in Regional
3
09:30
Vientiane any hotel
Van by PTS Transit Service
08:30
Thanaleng railway station, Vientiane
1h van ride in Regional
3
09:30
Vientiane night market
Van by PTS Transit Service
08:30
Thanaleng railway station, Vientiane
2h 15m van ride in Regional
3
10:45
Vientiane Airport

From Thai Lao Bridge Visa to Vientiane by Taxis

Taxi by Ken Taxi Service
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Thai Lao Bridge Visa, Nong Khai
1h 15m taxi ride in Comfort
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Thanaleng Train Station, Nong Khai

Passenger reviews out of total 4,781 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 24, 2019
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★★★★
The trip was booked with 12Go and Malany. I went half an hour before departure to the office (as it was written on the ticket). At the departure time, a lady from the office showed me the way to a tuktuk, which got us six travelers to the minibus. The minibus departed half or 45min later than written, but that seems usual here. The minibus was fully booked, the driver drove fast but save, we made a few stops for toilet and food. At all, the bus arrived in vientiane 45 min later than expected, but as I wrote, that seems to be normal here.
May 12, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
The drive reached before the train's arrival and took us safely and fast to Vientiane city centre. Nice trip. Please prepare some Thailand Baht small amount bills, and you will use them when just in the city. It's not easy to find a money changer for exchanging Laos kip even in Bangkok
May 2, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
Everything was handled well and organized. There was a car accident that made the travel time 2 hrs longer. But it was comfortable. The AC didn’t work that well so it was really hot. Beautiful drive.
Apr 29, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
We bought a combo ticket that included the trainride from Nong Khai to Vientanne treinstation. And from there we had a small minivan from PTS that would transport is to the big bus on the outside of vientanne where more people would hop on. First of all the train was 1,5 hour late, so the people at the trainstation where very helpfull and made some phone calls. They told us to take a taxi to the border get a signout stamp from thai border control and buy bustickets to transport you over the bridge into Laos. Once there get your visa, take a taxi to the trainstation to be on time for your bus. We did all this and when we came in the trainstation, there is no PTS counter, the people who work at the station are very kind and strated making phone calls to the number provided on the voucher, but no answer. Finnaly a man came Walking to us that was the driver of PTS and he told is we had to wait for the train as there was 1 more person that would come with us. After we waited for 1,5 hour the train arrived and we waited 30 minutes more for everyone the get a visa. Then the minivan driver drives us to the big bus, where we waited more 45 minutes because other people were late also. In the end of has nothing to do with 12go. But the fact they did not answer the phone worried us all. In the end it is better for your money to buy a big bus ticket in Nong Khai or Udon Thani. This is about 180 bath cheaper. The bus ticket from Udon to Vang Vieng will cost 320 bath. We paid 500 bath in 12go from Nong Khai. And in Vang Vieng a big bus ticket can be bought for 350 bath to Nong Khai, and we paid 12go 450 bath. The minivan was terrible ride , very old. No airco and the dust and sand comes right trough the holes and cracks of the van. Not good for your health , so bring face breathing dust masks
Apr 22, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
1h late at the departure but ok
Apr 18, 2019
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★★☆☆
I got two tickets from 12Go at the same time in Laos. After the first one I regretted it (bus didn't exist). So this time I went to the bus stop the night before to confirm. This time there was a bus (good start) but they only just put my booking down when I spoke to her. If I'd left it to the day of it would probably have been full. Not sure how 12Go inform the company of a booking. It's easy (and cheaper) to organise a transport when you get to vang vien. Don't bother booking with 12Go. I'm sure they work well in Thailand but not in Laos. The actual drive was fine. A bit of a crazy driver but that's what you expect in this part of the world. Go direct with Malany when you get there.
Apr 8, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Smooth and simple
Mar 28, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
The 12go staff were super friendly and absolutely lovely when we went to pick up our tickets, and we are bery pleased with the service. The train itself was fine however I recobooking in either first class or lower berths as the lights stay on all nigh and the upper berth beds are thus very difficult to actually sleep in.
Mar 27, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★☆
Van was to old. The guy was on time
Mar 23, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Super, worked flawlessly and 12go has a nice cafe in Bangkok. Also had a nice talk with the german manager. Greetings to you and thanks for all the advise.
Mar 18, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
It was not easy to find your counter immediately after immegration.
Mar 13, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
Reckless driver appeared tired unwell....noticed similar hazardous drivers in larger buses. Overtaking in face of oncoming traffic and on blind corners...felt very unsafe.
Mar 10, 2019
bus Local, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
Really not a good experience. If I did it again I would pay the small amount more and take a private taxi
Mar 7, 2019
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★★★★
It was a slow start but then again you shouldn’t be expecting services here to be prompt. We picked up everyone from there hotels and each time the drive climbed up on top of the van to load the luggage and tied down. Once on the road, the drive move fast. The roads aren’t the best but they work. Just sit back and enjoy the scenery or nap.
Feb 28, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★☆
We got the train sleeper, and it’s great! More than expected. Once we get to the Dongphosy station we are asked to pay 50baht at the immigration in Laos, and transfer is not hard to find just look for 12go small green table.Though we missed the ticket from nong khai to thanaleng we crossed immigration right away exiting Thailand and missed the ticket booth but all in all a great trip! Would recommend! Keep it up!
Feb 26, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Good communication and easy process.
Feb 21, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
The minibus pick up was great. But beware that the train to Nong Khai doesn’t leave until 17:30 and there is no earlier train, so you don’t actually arrive until 17:45. The company needs to update the tour information.
Feb 20, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★☆☆☆
Two hour wait for bus,could not get on first bus,second two small,then put on 3rd bus which was old and dirty,but driver wad nice and drove very well.
Jan 23, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Excellent friendly, helpful service. Booked on line from UK, picked tickets up in Bangkok and everything smooth without any hitch! Thanks.
Jan 16, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
I have pleasure say it's good experience
Jan 15, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
Good trip. Roads a little rough as expected. Driver safe and steady.
Dec 31, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
All extremely efficient and entirely straightforward. It’s important to read through the documents and thoroughly prepare for your journey. Reading some other comments it’s clear that not everyone does so! Everything was easy, straightforward and ran on time. Would recommend booking the rail/minivan transfer from Nong Khai - Thanaleng and into Vientiane, which dropped us straight at our hotel. This can also be done through 12GoAsia and made the entire journey stress free
Dec 28, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Smooth and well handled. Would definitely recommend
Dec 27, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
Good bus and good ride. Howewer this company should not be allowed to state a 3h duration online (totally unrealistic for this journey) as it takes 4.5h (which is absolutely fine), especially as they advertise it differently in their shop... 12.go should also monitor unrealistic timings advertised on its portal...
Dec 26, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
Terrible roads. It took 5 hours, not the 3 hours 'advertised'. Bus was full (some paying passengers were turned away). Seats are hard but the bus is not old and the driver was good (not too fast etc).
Dec 26, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★☆☆☆
The transfer van to the hotel was too small for the number of people with their luggage. No information was locally provided so the process was very unclear and slow.
Dec 7, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★☆
Smooth and pretty easy
Dec 5, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
They didn’t speak English in the station Nong Khai. It was a bit confused to understand that we need to change for a small train. And the train arrived very late to Nong Khai, one hour after
Dec 1, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★☆
No trouble getting to hotel
Nov 30, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Perfect. The bus was clean and confortable.
Nov 21, 2018
bus Local, Naga Travel
★★★★★
The van didn't come or came, stand somewhere else and driver didn't even come to the hostel. I was waiting from 7:30 at the hostel lobby. Do not recommend
Nov 16, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
the travel is smooth. but we were group by etnicity and favored last to leave. we arrived nong khai 9am and left past 10am already. we belong to the "asian" van btw. lol
Nov 14, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
The driver had excellent English and was quick and helpful with everything!
Nov 12, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
Nowhere did 12go mention how the transit train from NONG KHAI to THANALENG is covered, just says get on it. However, on arrival at Nong Khai, I was directed by station staff to the ticket counter to buy a 20BAHT ticket for the trip. Afterwards, I met travellers who had also been sent to the ticket office but had got their tickets for free on presentation of the PTS voucher!
Nov 4, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Super friendly van driver collected us on time from our hotel. We were on time, actually way before we had to wait 1.5h for the train. But it’s better to be early than late.
Nov 2, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★☆
No toilet on bus, but have one 15 min stop during the route. Roads very bad in Laos so be prepared for a shaky ride
Oct 31, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Excellent, efficient and friendly staff, whole transaction was extremely smooth and easy would definitely recommend.
Oct 23, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Driver - super friendly. Many thanks for services
Oct 4, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★☆☆☆
The trip should have last 3 hours - in total we needed 6 hours and nobody told us anything.
Sep 10, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
What a train! Wow!
Aug 28, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
They bought the tickets for me which is quite convenient. The trip was nice until the last leg of the trip, someone is supposed to pick me up from the Thanaleng Station to drop-off me at my hotel in Vientiane but NO ONE showed up. The private car drivers outside the Thanaleng station called them but no one came. Good thing one of the drivers drove me all the way to the central bus station in the downtown Vientiane and I just walked from there to my hotel. I was pleased at the start of the trip but ended up in a horrible mood. By the way, I called the number in the voucher but no one answered! That's why I'm giving this 3 stars.
Aug 21, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Everything exactly as described in document. Happily in our hotel.
Aug 15, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
The train ride was really pleasant as we were in the female only carriage which made us 2 girls feel a lot more relaxed. The train conductor made our beds and put new sheets on etc which was super helpful and the food sold on board weren’t bad quality. I actually had a very deep uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. The only tip I would suggest is taking an eye mask and some ear plugs with you as the train can be a bit loud. But overall, I was really impressed with the train ride! Would definitely do it again!
Jul 27, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
Pickup was on time, enough space in the minivan. However, once we arived at the train station we had to wait for over an hour on the train to cross the lao-thai border. Arrival time on the thai side was 17.45 not 16.40 as advertized. While immigration was slow it still gave me enough time to catch my onward train to bangkok at 19.10.
Jul 15, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Grate service fro 12GO, the only problem was the lights during the night at the train...
Jul 14, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
It was easy. One tip for the voucher: note that travellers have to get dollars for the visa before arriving in Tanaleng. You need 36 dollars per visa.
Jul 1, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★☆☆
The train arrived 40 minutes later than originally scheduled. No reason was provided. AC was too excessive and created noise too. Light at the corridor wae bright and I couldn't switch off nor adjust AC. I booked the first class but got second class due to it's full. First class will be way better.
Jun 30, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★☆☆☆
I had to wait more than half an hour.....
Jun 14, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Excellent. The best! Thumbs up
Jun 6, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★☆
Sehr freundliches und zuverlässlichrs Service. Der Fahrer sehr freundlich, hilfsbereit und überpünktlich! Lediglich der VAN entspricht nicht den heutigen Standart.

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How to get from Nong Khai to Vientiane

Travelling between Nong Khai and Vientiane is possible by bus, train and van. Van guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train+van is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you THB 390 if you go by train+van; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a van which will set you back mere THB 250.

How long does it take to get from Nong Khai to Vientiane?

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 3 hours to travel between Nong Khai and Vientiane depending on the means of transport you choose.

Van is the fastest way to travel between Nong Khai and Vientiane. Van will bring you to your destination in 1h. Train+van does a much slower job and take about 2h 15m to reach Vientiane.

How much does it cost to get from Nong Khai to Vientiane?

Travelling between Nong Khai and Vientiane can be as cheap as THB 250 if you opt for a PTS Transit Service (คุณเป๋อ บริการ ขนส่ง) van and as expensive as THB 390 if you buy a PTS Transit Service (คุณเป๋อ บริการ ขนส่ง) train+van ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Nong Khai and Vientiane ?

  • 4 from Nong Khai to Vientiane starting from 08:30 Thanaleng railway station until 08:30 Thanaleng railway station
  • 3 by train+van from Nong Khai to Vientiane starting from 07:30 Nong Khai until 07:30 Nong Khai
  • 1 from Nong Khai to Vientiane starting from 07:00 Nong Khai Train Station until 07:00 Nong Khai Train Station

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Nong Khai to Vientiane.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?

Bus

Travelling from Nong Khai to Vientiane overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Nong Khai and Vientiane

Naga Travel (นากา ทราเวล)

Van

Vans are a great alternative - or, in many cases - your only option - if you need to travel overland within one and the same province or neighbouring provinces or states. Vans ply the roads between Nong Khai and Vientiane, too.

Things to remember: When travelling by van with huge luggage buying a separate seat for your suitcase or backpack is a good idea. Do not expect there is a roomy luggage compartment in a van - there is actually none and your fellow passengers are unlikely to appreciate your luggage stuck under their feet, alas.

Companies operating vans between Nong Khai and Vientiane

PTS Transit Service (คุณเป๋อ บริการ ขนส่ง)

What is the most popular transport to get from Nong Khai to Vientiane?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 493 opted for a bus
  • 374 chosen train+van
  • 133 took a van