Easy booking: Avoid a long queue at the train station and receive an e-ticket by email. Especially if you don’t know Vietnamese, buying a ticket online will be more comfortable.
Secure payment: Pay with a credit card or Online banking
Seat selection: You can select seats and berths with Baolau
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b) At the train station
You can also buy train tickets at the station. However, it can be a bit difficult and time-consuming. Thus, we recommend purchasing online with Baolau, 12go.asia or Dsvn.vn
II. What is the Vietnam railway like?
Although the government runs all railways, private railway companies are allowed to furnish and provide luxury cars that are attached to the state cars. You can find several private train companies from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Nearly all major tourist destinations can be reached by train, except Dalat because the train station is closed. You can get there by bus or plane.
Are trains in Vietnam on time?
Often there is a delay, and it can take up to a few hours. Therefore, you should not plan your flight without a significant break between train arrival and your next departure.
Are trains in Vietnam safe?
It depends. As sleeper trains in Vietnam do not have a curtain, you should take care of your luggage or personal items. Practice a general safety code like you’re on public transportation, and you’ll be fine.
Can you take motorbikes on trains in Vietnam?
Yes, you can. You’ll need to come to the train station beforehand to arrange it.
III. Seat selections on Vietnam train
Soft seat includes a vinyl-covered seat.
Hard-berth has three tiers of beds, which make up six berths per cabin. The upper berth is cheapest, and the lower is most expensive, and their level of comfort ascends by the price.
Soft-berth has two tiers of beds (four berths per cabin). Within this soft-berth option, the cabin quality also varies, ranging from wood-paneled one to harsh plastic one.
IV. Seat reservation for children
Children under six years old are exempted from buying the ticket and share the seat with their accompanying adult.
From 6 to 10 years old, children get discounted 50% of the ticket fare.
Children who are under ten years old pay as an adult and must be accompanied by the adult at the departure time.
V. Tickets notice
For bookings with Vietnam Railways and private railway companies New Livitrans Express and Violette Train, you will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print and present when boarding the train.
For bookings with private railway companies such as Victoria Express, Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Chapa Express, and Saigon Golden Train, or international railway service Hanoi-Nanning-Beijing, you will receive a voucher by email to collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train.
VI. Why do you should travel by train in Vietnam?
Here are five reasons to consider riding the rails
Taking a train ride is the best way to see Vietnam. Vietnam rail travel offers a breathtaking view, up close and personal. Mountains, rice paddy fields, and beautiful coastline reveal their beauty along the way.
Remember all the hassle that you have at the airport? Extra time needed for check-in and departure, not mentioning the time and money you spend on the cab to the airport (which is usually located far away from the city centers).
Rail travel solves these problems!
As the train stations are conveniently located, it’s time-saving and easy for you to get from and to the city.
Also, you can only go by train or bus to some places such as Sapa. It’s convenient to get on the night train and arrive in the morning at the destination.
While seats on an airplane can be cramped, or the road can be bumpy if you travel by car or bus, rail travel is a better alternative.
Vietnam train travel offers a comfortable experience with space to stretch out and get cozy. You can also get up and walk around if you feel bored or sitting too long.
You can have local experience while traveling by train in Vietnam. Observing Vietnamese people, trying the food on the different train stops, buying souvenirs from the windows, etc. can make your experience unique.
Although traveling by train can be time-consuming, it’s cost-effective and cheaper than flying, or even by bus.
VII. Tips for traveling by trains in Vietnam
Below is the list of things that you should remember when traveling by train in Vietnam.
Print out your e-tickets
Arrive at the station 60 minutes before departure time
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