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Travel Vietnam by trains - Vietnam Railways

Trains prove a good option for travelers to see more of the countryside in Vietnam, yet travel more comfortably than the bus

Photo from Fiddlechick under Creative Commons-licensed content

Up to now, Vietnam Railways System (VRS) has been the main service of domestic train. With its implementation in almost every provinces and cities in Vietnam and activity scope of 2.652 km of railway, VRS offers trips on newer trains equipped with modern air-conditioned cars and berths for comfortable overnight trips.

Classes

There are four classes of train travel offered in most trains: hard-seat, soft-seat, hard-berth, soft-berth.

Hard-seat is tolerable for day travel, but it can be even less comfortable than the bus overnight.

Hard-berth has three tiers of beds (it means six beds per compartment). The upper berth is cheapest and the lower berth is most expensive.

Soft-seat includes vinyl-covered seats, more comfortable than benches of hard-seat, but rather hot if without air-conditioner in the summer.

Soft-berth has two tiers of beds (four beds per compartment), the price for each bunks are the same. These compartments have a door.

Some trains may have super-berth compartments which have two beds per room with a door.

Routes

The main routes are the north-south train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, trains from Hanoi to the northwest and northeast, and beyond to China. Besides, there are local trains which do not make the complete journey, but just cover part of the route.

Travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Vietnam's Reunification Express trains go between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and stop at various railway stations along the coast, such as Hue, Danang, Hai Phong, Nha Trang and so forth. These trains take 36 hours to finish their itinerary.

The two major kinds of trains are the: SE (SE1-SE6) and TN (TN3-TN10). SE trains are better, equipped with modern air-conditioned cars, larger windows, and restaurant or buffet car as well.

Details on fares and schedule, which are changed frequently (about every 6 months) are published thoroughly on the official website of Vietnam Railways System at: www.vr.com.vn and available at railway stations. Buying a train ticket at the railway stations is simple. You may purchase tickets in advance directly on their website above.

Children : Aged 0 to 4 travel for free; 5 to 9 travel at half price; 10 and over must pay full price.

5-Star Train claims itself to be the most luxurious train operating between Sai Gon and Nha Trang in Vietnam. One train of 5-Star Train includes ten carriages, classified to two 5-Star Club cars with 32 seats, two Deluxe cars with 44 seats and two Standard cars with 84 seats.  among which are two luxurious sleeping carriages connecting with SN1/2 of Sai Gon Railway Company. Each carriage consists of 7 cabins, 4 berths per cabin, which means that the total capacity of each train is 56 berths. Further details on train travel in Vietnam can be acquired on the website: www.vietnamtrain.com

Travelers may also consult offices of 5-star travel train at:

297 Pham Ngu Lao St., Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist.1, HCMC - Tel: (84.8) 920 6868 - Fax: (84.8) 920 6828

or

Nha Trang Branch: 15B Thai Nguyen, Nha Trang City - Tel: (84.58) 562 168 - Fax: (84.58) 562167

Here follows its present schedule:

Day train Schedule

Saigon - Phan Thiet - Phan Rang - Nha Trang

(Muong Man Station)  (Thap Cham Station)

06:15  >  09:39 > 11:51  >  13:33

23:18  > 19:37 > 16:34  > 14:55

Night train Schedule Saigon - Nha trang

20:20 > 06:20

05:00 < 18:10

Following is ticket price applied from 1 st July to 31 st October, 2007

Day train:

Sai Gon - Nha Trang - Sai Gon

No Class Code One way
1
Business Class
B
2.400.000
2
5-Star Club
C
 450.000
3
Deluxe
D
 330.000
4
Standard
M
 220.000

Sai Gon - Muong Man / Thap Cham; Muong Man / Thap Cham - Nha Trang (or opposite)

No Class Code One way
1
Business Class
B
2.400.000
2
5-Star Club
C
 350.000
3
Deluxe
D
 250.000
4
Standard
M
 160.000
  • Business class: Price is per cabin per way. One cabin accommodates 4 persons.

Night Train

Sai Gon - Nha Trang - Sai Gon

2 luxury sleeping carriages provides 14 cabin, 4 berths per cabin

Price: 900.000 VND / berth

Children policy

  • Business class:

- Maximum 2 additional children can be sharing the same cabin with adults

- Under 2 years old: Free of charge

- From 2 years old under 12 years old: 300.000VND / Child.

  • Other Class.
  • Under 2 years old: Free of charge
  • From 2 years old under 12 years old: 25% off on adult rates
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See also:

Night trains in vietnam
North-South Express Trains
Hanoi-Sapa Train
Vietnam train stations
Car in Vietnam
Bus in Vietnam

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