A complete guide to travel Vietnam by train with schedules, fares & how to buy tickets online…
The train system in Vietnam is operated by Vietnam Railways – a state-owned company and its subsidiaries, Hanoi Railway and Saigon Railway.
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Currently, trains passing through the Vietnamese railway network are pulled by diesel locomotives. Circulate at speeds of 60 to 80 km / h. Passenger transport service operated by Vietnam Railways and private railway companies.
Currently, there are only 2 main units providing passenger train services:
- Vietnam Railway
- Private railway companies
Vietnam Railway Company offers different types of passenger carriages on each train. Usually, there will be 2 main types of passenger carriages: seat wagons and sleepers.
All staff on board are professionally trained with the aim of improving service quality and providing the same service quality as on domestic flights.
In terms of the appearance of trains under Vietnam Railways, it is quite old, but the inside has been renovated to improve service quality. Many compartments have been upgraded with a very modern design and interior such as semi-automatic doors, clean toilets, mirrors, hand sinks …
The passenger carriages provided by Vietnam Railways are divided into 4 main classes:
- Soft bed (car 1-4 passengers)
- Hard bed (car 1-6 passengers)
- Soft seats
- Hard seats
All the carriages serving passengers are equipped with air conditioning.
Private railway companies
These companies only provide higher-quality passenger compartments to meet higher requirements for tourists and operate the same train with Vietnam Railways. Therefore, their schedule will also be similar to Vietnam Railways.
The staff on board can speak a foreign language (English) so international tourists will be better supported.
Train carriages provided by private companies generally have more comfortable space than those on Vietnam Railways. Specifically, the luxury cars are equipped with wooden floors, soft beds, in addition to adding snacks and drinking water for passengers.
The passenger carriages provided by private railway companies will have 2 main classes:
- Soft sleeper (compartment 1-2 passengers)
- Soft sleeper (compartment 1-4 passengers)
If you are interested in more privacy, you can purchase an entire cabin.
Vietnam train map
Travel Vietnam by train
According to the announcement of Vietnam Railways, Vietnam currently has a railway network with a total length of up to 2,600km including 8 main lines:
- North – South railway route from Hanoi station to Saigon station
- Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
- Hanoi – Dong Dang (Lang Son) – Hanoi
- Route Hanoi – Ha Long (Quang Ninh) – Hanoi
- Hanoi – Quan Trieu (Thai Nguyen City) – Hanoi
- Hanoi – Hai Phong – Hanoi
- Saigon – Quy Nhon – Saigon
- Saigon – Phan Thiet – Saigon
In addition, Vietnam Railways also connects to China on the Hanoi – Nanning route, so if you intend to go to Nanning by train, you will not have to change trains.
Train codes and train times by route
Hanoi – Lao Cai
The Hanoi – Lao Cai railway route will depart from Hanoi station to Lao Cai station and vice versa. This railway line is suitable for tourists who want to visit Sapa.
SP trains correspond to fast trains and only stop at major stations.
|Hanoi – Lao Cai||Lao Cai – Hanoi|
|SP1||21:35 – 05:30 (+1)|
|SP3||22:00 – 06:05 (+1)|
|SP2||20:55 – 04:32 (+1)|
|SP4||21:40 – 05:30 (+1)|
In addition, there are passenger carriages provided by private companies on the SP1/2 and SP3 / 4 train lines that are:
- Fanxipan Express
- King Express
- Orient Express
- Sapaly Express
- Chapa Express
- New Livitrans Express
- Violette Trains
- Victoria Express
Hanoi – Hai Phong
Hanoi – Hai Phong railway route will depart from Hanoi station to Hai Phong station and vice versa. This railway will be suitable for tourists who want to visit Cat Ba pearl island or Lan Ha Bay.
The corresponding HP trains are fast trains and only stop at the main stations, while LP trains are local trains that will stop at all stations on the itinerary.
|Hanoi – Hai Phong||Hai Phong – Hanoi|
|HP1||06:00 – 08:25|
|LP3||09:17 – 12:00|
|LP5||15:20 – 18:00|
|LP7||18:15 – 20: 55|
|HP2||18:40 – 21:06|
|LP2||06:10 – 08:46|
|LP6||09:05 – 11:40|
|LP8||15:00 – 17:38|
North-South railway (Thong Nhat train or Reunification train)
North-South railway connects Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The train departs from Hanoi Railway Station and ends at Saigon Railway Station and vice versa. Stop at major stations along with the Central Vietnam range such as Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Dieu Tri, Nha Trang, Phan Rang – Thap Cham, Binh Thuan, and other terminals different depending on the service.
SE trains correspond to express train services that only stop in major cities. Meanwhile, TN trains corresponding to local train services stop at all stations along the line.
In addition, there are a number of local train services that run dedicated sections of the railway such as TH trains, which are train services between Hanoi and Thanh Hoa, NA trains between Hanoi and Vinh, and VD trains between Vinh and Dong Hoi, a DH train between Dong Hoi and Hue, an SNT train between Saigon and Nha Trang or an SPT train between Saigon and Phan Thiet.
The SE3 / 4 train is one of the fastest North-South trains.
|Ninh Binh||00:25 (+1)||21:42||11:07||08:17||16:59|
|Thanh Hoa||01:29 (+1)||22:53||12:24||09:26||18:13||02:55 (+1)|
|Vinh||03:50 (+1)||01:24 (+1)||14:58||11:59||20:46||05:16 (+1)|
|Dong Hoi||07:57 (+1)||05:30 (+1)||19:30||16:23||01:34 (+1)|
|Hue||10:54 (+1)||08:32 (+1)||22:30||19:56||04:56 (+1)|
|Da Nang||13:42 (+1)||11:28 (+1)||01:16 (+1)||22:42||08:02 (+1)||09:31|
|Quang Ngai||16:03 (+1)||14:26 (+1)||03:48 (+1)||01:16 (+1)||11:18 (+1)||12:46|
|Dieu Tri||18:53 (+1)||17:33 (+1)||06:49 (+1)||04:14 (+1)||14:27 (+1)||16:03|
|Nha Trang||22:28 (+1)||21:14 (+1)||10:51 (+1)||08:31 (+1)||19:02 (+1)||20:28||20:00|
|Thap Cham||22:48 (+1)||12:46 (+1)||10:05 (+1)||20:46 (+1)||22:18|
|Binh Thuan||02:34 (+2)||01:07 (+2)||15:19 (+1)||12:55 (+1)||23:42 (+1)||02:12 (+1)|
|Sai Gon||05:45 (+2)||04:38 (+2)||18:55 (+1)||16:30 (+1)||03:25 (+2)||06:20 (+1)||05:26 (+1)|
|Binh Thuan||01:10 (+1)||22:58||12:13||09:36||18:26||15:22|
|Thap Cham||03:20 (+1)||14:28||11:51||20:49||17:42||03:59 (+1)|
|Nha Trang||04:55 (+1)||03:02 (+1)||16:06||13:28||23:13||19:48||05:30 (+1)|
|Dieu Tri||08:39 (+1)||06:52 (+1)||20:31||17:29||03:11 (+1)||00:24 (+1)|
|Quang Ngai||11:20 (+1)||09:46 (+1)||23:20||20:28||06:34 (+1)||03:46 (+1)|
|Da Nang||14:01 (+1)||12:41 (+1)||02:22 (+1)||23:23||09:57 (+1)||06:28 (+1)|
|Hue||16:35 (+1)||15:25 (+1)||05:00 (+1)||02:09 (+1)||13:00 (+1)|
|Dong Hoi||19:39 (+1)||18:35 (+1)||08:35 (+1)||05:21 (+1)||16:14 (+1)|
|Vinh||23:41 (+1)||22:44 (+1)||12:57 (+1)||09:45 (+1)||20:43 (+1)||22:05|
|Thanh Hoa||02:18 (+2)||01:26 (+2)||15:41 (+1)||12:27 (+1)||23:28 (+1)|
|Ninh Binh||03:21 (+2)||16:56 (+1)||13:37 (+1)|
|Hanoi||05:30 (+2)||04:48 (+2)||19:12 (+1)||15:54 (+1)||03:08 (+2)||05:10 (+1)|
Besides, there are passenger carriages provided by private companies on the SE1 / 2/3/4/19/20 train lines running between Hanoi, Hue, and Da Nang:
- New Livitrans Express
- Violette Trains
- Laman Express
- Lotus Train
Sai Gon – Quy Nhon
The Saigon – Quy Nhon railway route will depart from Saigon station to Quy Nhon station and vice versa. This railway will be suitable for tourists traveling to Quy Nhon coastal city.
Also on this railway line that stops at Nha Trang station, Thap Cham, Binh Thuan are also famous tourist destinations in Vietnam.
SQN trains are trains that will only run on weekends or holidays.
|Sai Gon||04:07 (+1)|
|Nha Trang||02:26 (+1)|
|Quy Nhon||08:06 (+1)|
Saigon – Phan Thiet
The Saigon – Phan Thiet railway will depart from Saigon station to Phan Thiet station and vice versa. This railway line will be suitable for tourists traveling to Phan Thiet city and from this city you can move to Mui Ne.
SPT trains correspond to fast trains and only stops at major stations, while PT trains will be additional train lines on holidays or weekends.
|Saigon – Phan Thiet||06:40 – 10:24||07:15 – 10:54|
|Phan Thiet – Saigon||13:20 – 17:35||14:20 – 18:27|
How to book train tickets in Vietnam?
With the modernization of technology, nowadays, booking train tickets in Vietnam is very simple and fast. You just follow the simple steps below to book train tickets for a new travel experience while traveling Vietnam by train
Booking tickets with Vietnam Railways
- Visit the official website of Vietnam Railways at dsvn.vn and then enter the necessary information such as departure point, destination, and departure date. If you want to buy a 2-way ticket, please tick the 2-way ticket and choose to add a return date.
- After you have made your selection, press the Search button, the system will display the results for you. You will find trains operated by Vietnam Railways and choose the most convenient and suitable route for your itinerary.
- Choose the right ticket class
- Enter passenger information and contact information.
- Complete the payment.
- Get tickets via email
Booking tickets with private railway companies
Private railway companies will mostly sell tickets through agents or mainly travel agencies, depending on their routes such as Hanoi – Lao Cai or between 3 points: Hanoi, Hue, and Da Nang, you will need to contact the travel agencies directly to book tickets.
How to use e-ticket to take the train in Vietnam?
Once the booking is completed you will receive an email notification of your e-ticket. It is perfectly valid to use the e-ticket to board the train.
Passengers can either print their e-ticket on paper or use the e-ticket sent to their email right after completing the successful online booking process to present to the train staff prior to boarding.
For private rail companies, passengers are required to follow the instructions attached by email and obtain a boarding pass at authorized ticketing offices at stations prior to boarding.
Precautions for the prevention of Covid-19 epidemic
Passengers using public transport must strictly comply with the regulations set forth by the Government of Vietnam as follows:
- Must wear a mask from when entering the station until the end of the journey.
- All passengers have their body temperature checked.
- Must make a medical report.