Source: Vientiane Times
Laos-China Railway Company Limited opened a ticket office in Luang Prabang city on Thursday, giving rail passengers an option to queueing for tickets at the station.
The company said the additional sales outlet was provided following the positive response to the opening of a ticket office in Vientiane.
The ticket office is located on Phothisalat Road in the city centre, opposite the Provincial Administrative Office and Foreign Affairs Department Building, 650 metres from the night market.
Passengers can buy tickets for travel to Xay district, Boten, Vientiane and Vangvieng.
Tickets may be purchased up to three days before the date of travel. A service charge of 20,000 kip will be added to the basic cost of the ticket.
Tickets will be on sale from 10am to 12 noon and from 12:30pm to 3:30pm each day for as long as supplies are available.
A maximum of two tickets may be purchased at one time, with buyers required to show their identity card and Covid vaccination certificate.
The ticket office will display the routes available and ticket prices.
Tickets may be purchased using swipe cards (UnionPay) or QR codes (Onepay, UnionPay, Alipay and WeChat). Cash payments are currently not accepted.
The Laos-China Railway Company Limited is also setting up online ticket sales with the system expected to become operational in the middle of this year.
The creation of additional ticket sales outlets is expected to make tickets more easily available and prevent touts buying up large numbers of tickets with the intention of selling them at an inflated price.
The Laos-China Railway opened on December 3 last year and had carried 124,225 passengers as of February 13. On an average, 1,725 passengers take train trips every day, with the number exceeding 2,800 on peak travel days.
The railway had also transported 157,568 tonnes of freight as of February 13, equivalent to an average of 2,188 tonnes a day, with a daily peak of 6,748 tonnes.