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Railway System



Information is available at the Man in Seat 61.


Metre with a Standard gauge line to China.


25 kV 50 Hz AC

Metro and light rail systems


Recent and Future Changes

Recent Changes

The 418 km railway linking Vientiane and the Chinese border at Boten was formally opened for freight on 3 December 2021. A regular cross-border passenger service, once a day, started between Kunming and Vientiane on 13 April 2023.

Future Changes

A Laotian and a Vietnamese company reported in March 2023 that they have the backing of their respective national governments for a study into the construction of a 555 km railway between Vientiane and the port of Vũng Áng in Vietnam.

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known