China-laos Railway Tickets Price

The bullet train, named Lane Xang, opened on 2 Dec 2021. The streamlined “China-standard” bullet train, or the Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train, designed and built by Chinese companies, can run at 160 km/hour. It is operated by the Laos-China Railway Company. The express train is named Lane Xang and is equipped with snack and beverage bars, facilities for people with disabilities and information services in Lao, Chinese and English. It has 9 carriages – a control car, a dining car, a first-class car with 56 seats and 6 second-class coaches. There are 720 air-conditioned seats in total. Each seat has an electrical power outlet.

Ticket Offices and Purchasing Train Tickets

The railway station ticket offices are open around when trains are scheduled to arrive or depart. At most train stations advance tickets can be purchased up to 3 days before the departure date and payment must be in cash. Passengers may not able to purchase return tickets at the same time as the departing ticket.

Non-railway ticket offices are open in central Luang Prabang (Near Vietnamese Embassy) and on the ground floor of Vientiane Center in central Vientiane. Hours are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 12:30 pm to 15:30 pm each day (note these can vary). Each person may only purchase 2 tickets. You must show valid ID (passport for foreigners or Family Book/ID for Lao Nationals) and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Payment can only be made by UnionPay card or by QR Code (OnePay, UnionPay, Alipay and Wechat) at a POS machine. Cash is not accepted. Essentially tourists cannot pay for a ticket without a local with a Lao Bank Account. A service fee of 20,000 kip per ticket is charged.

China – Laos Trains: D887/ D888

Currently, there is one pair of trains, D887/888 running between Kunming, the capital city of southwestern China’s Yunnan Province and Laos’ capital city, Vientiane on a daily basis. The duration is 10.5 hours for both, counting in the time used for custom procedures at the border. Ticket price is around CNY864 for a first class seat and CNY542 for a second class seat.

The China – Laos railway project is actually a section of the Kunming-Singapore Railway Project, which is planned to connect Kunming with Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Kunming – Vientiane Train

 Open Time: April 13, 2023
 Speed: 160 km/h (99mph)
 Running Length: 1,022 km (635 mi)
 Duration: about 10.5 hours, including the time for custom formalities
 Stations: Kunming South, Puer, Xishuangbanna, Mohan, Boten, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane

China to Laos Train Schedule

(Last Update on April 13, 2023)

Train No. Departure – Arrival Duration
D887 08:08 – 17:38 10H30M

Laos to China Train Timetable

(Last Update on April 13, 2023)

Train No. Departure – Arrival Duration
D888 09:08 – 18:38 10H30M

China – Laos Train Ticket Fare

First Class Seat Second Class Seat
CNY864 CNY542

How to Buy China – Laos Train Ticket: 2 Ways

1. From the designated ticket windows at the railway stations including Kunming, Kunming South, Puer, Xishuangbanna in China and Boten, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane in Laos.
2. Through China’s website and its App, or Laos LCR Ticket App.

Kind Reminders:
1. Please note China’s railway stations, website and App only sell tickets for train D887 and Laos’ railway stations and App only issue tickets for train D888.
2. Passengers’ ID certificates, like passports are needed when purchasing the ticket.
3. Even if you’ve bought an e-ticket on the website or via apps, the paper ticket should be collected, by showing the ID certificate used for booking. Because it will be checked at the departure station, arrival station and the borders when completing the custom procedures.

Laos – China Railway Sections

 Kunming-Mohan: This section is made up of the Kunming-Yuxi Rail Line and the Yuxi-Mohan Rail Line. The former section is 88 km (55 miles) long with a trip duration of 1.5 hours. The running speed is 124 mph (200 km/h). The latter section is 507 km (315 miles) with the the allowed top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).

 Mohan (Boten)- Vientiane: The designed speed is 160 km/h and the length is 427 km (265 miles). Around 162 bridges and 72 tunnels have been built along the way, accounting for about 60% of the overall length, making it a really difficult project. Among the bridges, two super ones run over Mekong River, measuring 1,220m (1334 yards) and 1,436 m (1570 yards) respectively.


  • Copies of passports of all travelers who issue tickets with passport numbers attached to their names. The bottom page are fully shown without borders cropped or finger-holding the passport and high resolution as it needs to be scanned at the station. Please send your passport photo to +85620 5618 2999 (WhatsApp) upon reservation or at least 6 days before departure dateTo send your passport photo must be the same phone number that you made the booking reservation.

  • If you don’t send your passports to us after your booking or 6 days before your travel date, your booking will not be processed and will not be refunded.


  • The tickets are non-transferable to another person
  • Seats can’t be chosen
  • Ticket prices include service and delivery charges. But if you would like to pick up your train tickets yourself, please check ‘Ticket Pickup Location’ below.


  • Reservation is available from 6 days up to 30 days in advance.
  • Children above 1.2m (120cm) have to purchase a ticket.
  • Baggage weighs up to 10 kg for children.
  • The maximum adult baggage allowance is 20Kg.

Service Inclusion

Ticket Collection Points:

  • Vientiane – Self-collect at Discover Laos Today office at ASEAN Mall from 9 am to 5 pm or free delivery to your Hotel/building in town area
  • Luang Prabang – Self-collect at Discover Laos Today office at MyLaoHome Hotel & Spa behind Joma Bakery from 9 am to 5 pm or free delivery to your Hotel/building in town area
  • VangVieng – Self-collect at Discover Laos Today office in front of Silver Naga hotel  from 9 am to 5 pm or free delivery to your Hotel/building in town area
  • Oudomxay – Self-collect at the Train station
  • We will send your physical tickets to your hotel/building prior to 8:00 pm 1 day before departure.

  • If you are not sure where you will be staying, please leave your WhatsApp number and if you know please contact us via WhatsApp on +85620 5618 2999 with your booking reference number.


  • Receive Your e-ticket via Email: Receive your e-ticket via email in PDF format. Print a copy of your e-ticket in advance or carry it on your mobile phone to present it to our team whilst you collect your physical ticket at our office.
  • Collect Your Physical Train Tickets: Present your e-ticket and collect your physical train tickets at our office 1 day prior your departure or 2 hours prior to your departure time.
  • Board The Train: Access the platform and present your physical ticket and passport to the conductor before boarding the train. Please be aware that e-tickets are not accepted. Only physical tickets are valid.

Term & Conditions
– Must be booked 2 days in advance.
– Children above 1.2m (120cm) have to purchase a ticket.
– Baggage weighs up to 10 kg for children.
– The maximum adult baggage allowance is 20Kg.
– Full refund If the train is canceled/locked down.
– If the customer wants to cancel the ticket and request a refund, they have to do it themselves at the train station (The train station will only refund 80% of the ticket price).
– If the customer wants to change the travel date or location, they have to do it themselves at the train station (Travel date or location can only be changed on the day of departure or 2 hours before departure, the change fee will be charged 20% of the ticket price. But if changing within 2 hours after purchasing the ticket, it’s free).


  • You must present your physical ticket and passport as you check in at the departure station and check out at the destination station.
  • You should arrive at the station at least 30 mins prior to departure and wait in the waiting area for the inspection of tickets and documents.
  • All passengers must wear protective masks and observe social distancing recommendations.