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
Reviews and pictures: You can read reviews and check photos of train services with 12go.asia
Customer support: Contact through mail or phone if needed.
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.
II. What is the Vietnam railway like?
Although the government runs all railways, private railway companies can furnish and provide luxury cars attached to the state cars. You can find several private train companies from Hanoi to Sapa.
Nearly all major tourist destinations can be reached by train, except Da Lat because the train station is closed. You can get there by bus or plane. Check my guide to Da Lat from Saigon.
1. Are trains in Vietnam on time?
If you depart from the first station, for example, from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, it’s usually on time. Otherwise, there’s often a delay, and it can take up to a few hours.
So, you should not plan your trip without a significant break between train arrival and your next departure.
2. Are trains in Vietnam safe?
We never have any problems traveling by train in Vietnam, but we keep an eye on our personal belongings.
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.
3. Can you take motorbikes on trains in Vietnam?
Yes, you can. You should visit the station the day before your departure to arrange with the luggage office.
4. How long in advance can I book a ticket?
You can book most routes 60 to 30 days before departure. Shorter routes such as Da Nang to Quy Nhon may open closer to 30 days before departure, while longer routes such as Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City will open 60 days in advance.
III. Seat selections on Vietnam train
The 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). The cabin quality also varies within the soft-berth option, ranging from wood-paneled one to harsh plastic one.
IV. Traveling with children
If you travel by train with your children, here is what you should know:
Children under six years old are free only if they share a seat or berth with you. You don’t need a ticket for your kid for the child to be prepared to show their passport to prove age when boarding
From 6 to 9 years old, children get discounted 25% of the ticket fare for sleeping berths and seats.
Children who are over ten years old pay as adults 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 is needed for check-in and departure, not to mention the time and money you spend on the cab to the airport (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 a 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 for some destinations.
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