China-Laos Railway Starts Cross-Border Passenger Service

The China-Laos Railway has commenced cross-border passenger services between Kunming and Vientiane.

The first passenger train departed from Kunming, China at 8:08am on Thursday 13 April, and arrived at Vientiane, the capital of Laos, 10.5 hours later.

China-Loas Railway Train
The first cross-border passenger train departed from Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province

This marks the start of cross-border services on the China-Laos line, which initially opened in December 2021 for services between Kunming and Mohan in China, as well as between Vientiane and Boten in Loas.

Now, the start of cross-border travel is expected to significantly boost connectivity and tourism between the two countries.

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