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Travel in Vietnam by train is a safe and comfortable way. The simple rail transport system with a few lines makes your trip easy. Most of the railway stations are located near the city center, which enjoy convenient transport and save a lot of time. In addition, the overnight rides save you the hotel room cost.
 Vietnam Train Tickets Booking

Vietnam Train
Taking Vietnam Train

Basic Facts

In the total length of 1,955 miles (3,147 kilometers) of Vietnam railway, the 1,660 miles (2,670 kilometers) is the trunk route. There is a 1,072 miles’ (1,726 kilometers) long north-south rail trunk between Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Running along the beautiful east coast of the country, the trains (no. SE1 - SE8, TN1, TN2) linking the capital Hanoi in the north and Saigon in the south enable tourists to see Vietnam in a slow but artistic way. SE3 and SE4 enjoy the highest speed, which makes the whole trip within 30 hours. Others would take longer - 30 to 41 hours. Although it is slow and more expensive than the open tour bus, the sleeper makes the trip more comfortable.

Besides, there are some trunk routes in north Vietnam, including sections from Hanoi to Sapa / Lao Cai (no. SP1 - SP4, SP7, SP8, LC1 - LC4), Đong Đang (no. M1, M2, DD3, DD4), Hai Phong (no. HP1、HP2), and Thái Nguyên. In Hanoi, Gia Lam, and Đong Đang Stations, passengers can take international trains to China.

 About 'Reunification Express':
Some guidebooks call the railway from Hanoi to Saigon the Reunification Express. Vietnam was divided into two parts and the rail route was cut off in 1956. The country was re-unified in 1975, and the rail route was resumed in Dec, 1976. It re-connected the country from north to south. That’s why people call it the Reunification Express.
 

Major railways stations in Vietnam include the Hanoi Gia Lam Station, Hanoi Station, Danang Station, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Station, Hue Station, and Nha Trang Station.

Hanoi Railway Station
Waiting Room of Hanoi Railway Station
Danang Railway Station
Danang Railway Station

Train Types

Trains with odd numbers are from Hanoi to Saigon, while those with even numbers are from Saigon to Hanoi. SE1 - SE4 are the best air-conditioned ones. Passengers can choose the soft sleepers, hard sleepers, or soft seats. SE5, SE6, SE19 and SE20 have non-air-conditioned hard seats. Due to the tropical weather, we do not suggest travelers to choose this type. There is no soft sleeper carriage available on the TN1 and TN2.
 

Ticket Types

There are generally four types of tickets: soft sleeper (4 berths in a compartment), hard sleeper (6 berths in a compartment), soft seat, and hard seat. The sleeper tickets are recommended and most westerners use this type. The sleeper cabins are spacious and comfortable. Each compartment has a door to separate it with the corridor. The soft sleeper cabins have charging plug, and offer bottled water to passengers besides the hot drinking water.

 

How to Read the Vietnam Train Ticket

Vietnam Train Ticket

Soft Sleeper

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.
Berth Size of Vietnam Train
Berth Size of Vietnam Train Dimensions of Soft Sleeper on Vietnam Train Dimensions of Luggage Rack on Vietnam Train

Hard Sleeper

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.
Sizes of Hard Sleeper on Vietnam Train

Soft Sleepers on Vietnam Train
Hard Sleepers on Vietnam Train

Timetable

Station /No. Hanoi → Saigon Station /No. Saigon → Hanoi
SE1 SE3 SE5 SE7 SE19 TN1 SE2 SE4 SE6 SE8 SE20 TN2
Hanoi 19:30 22:00 09:00 06:00 19:30 13:10 Saigon 19:30 22:00 09:00 06:00 / 13:10
Giap Bat / / / / /

13:23

13:26

Bien Hoa

20:09

20:12

22:36

22:39

09:39

09:42

06:39

06:42

/

13:50

13:55

Phu Ly

20:34

20:37

23:03

23:06

10:04

10:07

07:04

07:07

/

14:20

14:30

Long Khanh / /

10:41

10:44

07:41

07:44

/

15:06

15:09

Nam 
Dinh

21:11

21:14

23:37

23:40

10:41

10:46

07:42

07:47

21:06
21:09

15:05

15:10

Binh Thuan

22:50

22:55

01:09

01:15

12:25

12:36

09:25

09:30

/

16:59

17:04

Ninh
Binh

21:46

21:49

00:10

00:13

11:18

11:21

08:19

08:22

21:39
21:41

15:43

15:48

Ma Lam / / / / /

17:22

17:25

Bim Son / /

11:53

11:56

/ /

16:20

16:23

Song Mao / / / / /

18:08

18:11

Thanh Hoa

22:55

22:58

01:13

01:16

12:32

12:37

09:28

09:33

22:46
22:55

17:06

17:11

Thap Cham

01:38

01:43

03:21

03:24

14:48

14:51

11:43

11:48

/

19:26

19:39

Minh
Khoi
/ /

12:59

13:02

/ /

17:34

17:37

Nga Ba / / / / /

20:22

20:25

Cho Sy

00:51

00:54

/ 14:18
14:24

11:18

11:21

/

18:54

18:57

Nha Trang

03:13

03:21

04:52

05:00

16:21

16:29

13:18

13:26

/

21:17

21:29

Vinh

01:34

01:41

03:25

03:32

15:04

15:11

12:01

12:08

02:13
02:20

19:38

19:50

Ninh Hoa / / /

14:04

14:07

/

22:16

22:19

Yen Trung

02:04

02:07

03:55

03:58

15:35

15:38

12:32

12:35

02:43
02:45

20:15

20:20

Gia / / / / /

22:45

22:48

Huong Pho

02:59

03:02

04:52

04:55

16:32

16:35

13:39

13:42

03:39
03:41

21:15

21:25

Tuy Hoa

05:18

05:21

06:53

06:56

18:26

18:29

15:27

15:30

/

23:47

23:52

Dong Le / /

17:36

17:39

14:44

14:47

04:44
04:46

22:41

22:46

Dieu Tri

06:58

07:13

08:31

08:46

21:02
21:17

17:06

17:29

/

01:30

01:50

Dong Hoi

05:35

05:50

07:25

07:40

19:22

19:40

16:21

16:36

06:27
06:39

00:19

00:39

Bong Son

08:31

08:34

/

22:35

22:38

/ /

03:26

03:29

Dong Ha

07:33

07:36

09:15

09:18

21:20

21:23

18:31

18:34

08:25
08:30

02:17

02:20

Duc Pho / / / / /

04:17

04:20

Hue

08:48

08:56

10:27

10:35

22:42

22:50

19:47

19:55

09:55
10:05

03:39

03:47

Quang Ngai

10:02

10:07

11:22

11:27

00:06

00:11

20:13

20:18

/

05:16

05:21

Lang Co / / / / 11:39
12:16

05:24

05:27

Nui Thanh / / / / /

06:02

06:05

Da Nang

11:26

11:41

13:00

13:15

01:28

01:43

22:25

22:47

13:55

06:49

07:09

Tam Ky

11:12

11:15

12:29

12:32

01:26

01:29

21:23
21:26

/ 06:32
06:37
Tra Kieu / / / / /

07:51

07:54

Phu Cang / / / / /

07:00

07:03

Phu Cang / / / / /

08:09

08:12

Tra Kieu / / / / /

07:18

07:21

Tam Ky

13:20

13:23

14:27

14:30

03:09

03:12

00:05

00:08

/

08:36

08:39

Da Nang

12:31

12:46

13:58

14:13

02:47

03:02

22:44

22:59

16:50

08:15

08:35

Nui Thanh / / / / /

09:06

09:09

Lang Co / / / / 18:15
18:18

10:04

10:16

Quang Ngai

14:29

14:34

15:30

15:35

04:18

04:23

01:16

01:21

/

09:52

10:10

Hue

15:23

15:31

16:39

16:47

05:31

05:39

01:28

01:36

19:42
19:49

12:06

12:14

Duc Pho / / / / /

11:03

11:06

Dong Ha

16:45

16:48

17:59

18:02

06:53

06:56

02:50

02:53

21:06
21:09
13:29
13:32
Bong Son

16:04

16:07

/

05:53

05:56

/ /

11:55

11:58

Dong Hoi

18:30

18:45

19:37

19:52

09:01

09:16

04:35

04:50

23:16
23:31

15:15

15:35

Dieu Tri

17:26

17:41

18:21

18:36

07:41

07:56

04:08

04:23

/

13:18

13:38

Done Le / /

10:51

10:54

06:50

06:53

/

17:29

17:42

Tuy Hoa

19:18

19:21

20:11

20:14

09:40

09:43

06:15

06:20

/

15:16

15:33

Huong Pho

21:20

21:23

22:22
22:25

11:56
11:59

07:55
07:58

/

18:45

18:50

Gia / / / / /

16:33

16:36

Yen Trung

22:17

22:20

23:19

23:22

12:53

12:56

08:52

08:55

/

19:45

19:50

Ninh Hoa / / /

07:51

07:54

/

17:02

17:09

Vinh

22:44

22:51

23:46

23:53

13:20

13:27

09:19

09:26

03:58
04:15

20:21

20:33

Nha Trang 21:14
21:22

22:04

22:12

11:36

11:44

08:27

08:35

/

17:43

17:55

Cho Sy

23:32

23:35

/

14:08

14:21

10:07

10:10

/

21:15

21:18

Nga Ba / / / / /

18:47

18:52

Minh Khoi / /

15:40

15:43

/ /

22:37

22:40

Thap Cham

22:53

22:56

23:40

23:45

13:37

13:40

10:06

10:11

/

19:33

19:36

Thanh Hoa

01:10

01:19

02:14

02:17

16:06

16:11

11:49

11:54

06:42
06:47

23:30

23:36

Song Mao / / / / /

20:52

20:55

Bim Son / /

16:49

16:52

/ 07:25
07:28

00:13

00:16

Ma Lam / / / / /

21:42

21:45

Ninh Binh

02:27

02:30

03:18

03:21

17:24

17:27

13:11

13:14

08:05
08:08

01:01

01:06

Binh Thuan

01:12

01:18

02:09

02:14

16:14

16:19

12:33
12:39
/

22:02

22:53

Nam Dinh

03:02

03:05

03:50

03:53

17:58

18:03

13:45

13:50

08:52
08:57

01:38

01:43

Long Khanh / /

18:02

18:05

14:22

14:25

/

00:45

00:48

Phu Ly

03:40

03:43

04:24

04:27

18:37

18:40

14:24

14:27

/

02:18

02:23

Bien Hoa

03:56

03:59

04:39

04:42

19:12

19:15

15:22

15:25

/

01:46

01:49

Hanoi

04:50

05:30

19:58

15:33

11:10

03:30

Saigon 04:39 05:20 20:03 16:05 / 02:30

Tips

1. Although most of the local people do not like to travel by rail due to the low speed, the tickets are still hard to buy. There are only a few pairs of trains in operation. Passengers need to book as early as possible, and better through the local agencies.
2. It is suggested to arrive at the station one hour earlier. In the terminal station, passengers can get onboard one hour before the departure time.
3. Due to the special narrow design of the track, it would sway onboard. Hold the cup with hot water tight in your hand in case of injury.
4. Generally the trains run at a low speed, and usually arrive behind schedule. You should prepare for one to three hours’ delay.

- Last modified on Aug. 28, 2018 -