Ticket Types of Vietnam Trains
There are four berths in a soft sleeper compartment. A berth is 185 cm (73 inches) long and 65 cm (25.5 inches) wide, generally enough for a passenger with medium stature. There is a space under the lower berths and a rack above the upper berths, for storing the luggage.
Soft Sleeper on Tourist Train: Most of the tourist trains offer soft sleeper berths. The decoration and service on the tourist trains are better than that of the reunification express. Since different tourist companies offer discrepant service, the prices are also different. For the route from Hanoi to Danang, take train SE19 for example, following are the prices of soft sleeper ticket for Reunification Express and two other tourist trains:
|Train Type||Price for Soft Sleeper (USD)|
There are six berths in a hard sleeper compartment. A berth is 185 cm (73 inches) in length and 66 cm (26 inches) in width. The height between the lower berth and the middle berth, being about 74cm (29 inches), is hard for an adult to sit up straight. The tourist trains don't offer hard sleeper compartments, so you could only take hard sleeper on the Reunification Expresses.
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There are only two lower berths in one VIP cabin, and parts of the VIP cabins are converted from Soft Sleepers Cabins, when you book the VIP berth, the staff will fold-up the upper berths and only keep the lower berths. The ticket fare for VIP berth is about twice of the Soft Sleeper.
VIP berths are only available on part of the luxury tourist trains, since the tourist trains don’t serve all the train routes, you could only experience this seat type on certain routes and trains. In Vietnam 90% of the VIP berths are on the route of Hanoi - Sapa, then Laman Express offers VIP berths on another route. Following are the detailed information.
VIP Berth on Hanoi - Sapa Routes
|Train No.||Tourist Trains with VIP Berths|
|SP1/SP3||Orient Express, The Pumpkin Express, Fanxipan Express|
|SP2/SP4||Sapaly Express, King Express, Victoria Express, Chapa Express, Laman Express|
VIP Berth on Laman Express
|Train No.||Train Routes with VIP Berths|
|SE19||Hanoi to Dong Hoi / Hue / Danang |
Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi / Hue / Danang
|SP3||Hanoi to Sapa|
|SP4||Sapa to Hanoi|
The soft seats on the Reunification Expresses are a bit like seats on a plane with armrests and fold down tray table. Although the soft seats come in a variety of styles depending on the train, while in most of the carriages, the seats are arranged in 2+2 way, two seaters in one row on each side of the aisle. The back of a chairs could be reclined so that you could take a rest during the trip. A soft seat is the best option for day time travel by train in Vietnam.
The cheapest ticket on Vietnam trains are Hard Seat tickets. The seats are wooden benches with no armrests, and the back of a chairs could not be reclined. Normally one bench is shared with 3 people. On busy trains the hard seat carriages could be crowded.
Part of the hard seat carriages are air-conditioned, and most of them are fan cooled with the windows open. Hard seat is not recommended unless the journey is less than 2 hours. While, you could also sit in the restaurant car if you order food or drinks.
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We are hoping to travel by rail from hanoi to hai phong on Monday 30th January returning to hanoi on Wednesday 1st February ( I understand this is during the "tet" holidays?) Do the trains run during this time?
If so when and how do I book
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