Why you should travel by train in Vietnam…

You’d be crazy not to. Vietnam’s air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable & inexpensive, the ideal way for independent travellers to get around and see Vietnam at ground level. The train journeys are an experience in themselves, and become an integral part of your visit to Vietnam. You might even meet some Vietnamese people.

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Vietnam train ticket

Inexperienced travellers often mistakenly think they’ll save time by using internal flights – in fact, an overnight train ride from Hanoi to Hue or Danang is not only far more of an experience (and cheaper) than a flight, the train actually saves time compared to flying, because the train leaves Hanoi city centre in the evening and arrives in Hue city centre next morning. Flying takes 4 or 5 hours out of your sightseeing day in getting to a remote airport, checking in, taking the flight itself, collecting your bags and getting back into the city centre. And the sleeper trains saves a hotel bill for the nights accommodation too. And what’s the rush anyway?

Air-conditioned trains with sleepers and on-board catering link Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Nha Trang, and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Hoi An has no station, but it’s just 30km by bus or taxi from Danang. There are also trains from Hanoi to Halong & Haiphong (for Halong Bay) and Hanoi to Lao Cai (for Sapa). Below are some timetables for your perusal, but it will save time and effort if you contact HTS Tour and Transport, and we can organize your booking for you.

Train timetable THỐNG NHẤT (Applied from 20/5/2011)

Mác tàu đi
SE1
SE3
SE5
SE7
SE19
HN1
NA1
Hà Nội
19.00
23.00
15.45
06.15
14.30
19.30
21.30
Giáp Bát
 
Phủ Lý
16.50
07.19
Nam Định
20.36
17.28
07.56
21.06
23.12
Ninh Bình
18.03
08.30
21.39
Bỉm Sơn
18.39
Thanh Hóa
22.15
19.19
09.40
22.46
02.37
Cầu Giát
04.17
Chợ Sy
21.00
04.43
Vinh
00.44
04.07
22.10
11.56
20.25
02.13
05.35
Yên Trung
22.40
02.43
 
Hương Phố
23.54
03.39
 
Đồng Lê
04.44
 
Đồng Hới
04.31
07.49
02.34
15.43
01.15
06.27
 
Đông Hà
06.43
04.51
08.25
 
Huế
07.57
10.45
06.07
19.07
04.48
09.55
 
Lăng Cô
07.31
 
Đà Nẵng
10.31
13.12
08.56
21.41
07.50
 
 
Tam Kỳ
12.05
10.44
 
Núi Thành
 
Quảng Ngãi
13.28
11.57
00.35
 
Bồng Sơn
 
Diêu Trì
16.16
18.20
14.57
03.23
 
Tuy Hòa
18.33
17.11
05.32
 
Nha Trang
20.28
22.03
19.40
07.37
 
 
 
Tháp Chàm
22.04
21.17
 
Mương Mán
11.41
 
Long Khánh
 
Biên Hòa
03.56
 
Sài Gòn
04.10
05.00
04.40
15.05
 
 
 
Mác tàu về
SE2
SE4
SE6
SE8
SE20
HN2
NA2
Sài Gòn
19.00
23.00
15.45
06.30
 
 
 
Biên Hòa
19.39
16.24
Long Khánh
Mương Mán
19.04
09.42
Tháp Chàm
21.20
Nha Trang
02.31
05.33
23.49
13.23
 
Tuy Hòa
15.24
Diêu Trì
06.17
09.14
04.08
17.13
Bồng Sơn
Quảng Ngãi
09.13
07.19
20.31
Núi Thành
Tam Kỳ
10.21
08.34
Đã Nẵng
11.51
14.30
10.18
23.12
16.50
Lăng Cô
11.58
Huế
14.43
17.06
13.21
02.07
19.42
12.45
Đông Hà
15.59
14.40
13.58
Đồng Hới
17.44
19.56
17.02
05.21
23.20
15.53
Đồng Lê
18.43
18.01
Hương Phố
20.48
19.39
Yên Trung
21.42
20.37
Vinh
21.37
23.41
22.08
09.26
04.40
21.05
20.40
Chợ Sy
22.55
21.35
Cầu Giát
22.01
Thanh Hóa
00.16
00.58
11.56
01.18
23.47
Bỉm Sơn
Ninh Bình
02.25
13.07
02.41
Nam Định
02.15
03.00
13.41
03.17
01.49
Phủ Lý
03.37
14.18
Giáp Bát
Hà Nội
04.02
05.00
04.45
15.28
11h25
05.20
04.22

Local train timetable – LÀO CAI/SAPA (Applied from 06/10/2010)

Mác tàu đi
SP1
SP3
SP5
SP7
LC1
LC7
NA3
Hà Nội
21h10
21h50
20h40
22h05
23h05
20h30
Yên Bái
Lào Cai
05h10
06h10
04h55
07h25
08h00
05h00
Mác Tàu về
SP2
SP4
SP6
SP8
LC2
LC8
NA4
Lào Cai
20h10
20h45
18h55
19h30
18h45
22h15
19h10
Yên Bái
Hà Nội
04h30
05h10
03h40
04h05
04h00
07h30
04h30