Vietnam by Train

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​A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Vietnam.

Here you will find information for Vietnam about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets and more.

Useful Information

Population: 95.54 million

Currency: Vietnames Đồng

Language: Vietnames

Capital: Hanoi

Country Code: +84

Time Zone: Indochina Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Vietnam is operated by Vietnam Railways (VNR) Đường sắt Việt Nam.

Vietnam rail map

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Train Tickets

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Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Vietnam.

TrAIN tYPES

TN are the least modern of the Vietnamese trains and slow.

  • Air conditioning is available upon deciding on your seating option.
  • 4 different classes are offered:
    • Hard Seat (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned): wooden bench-style seats, often full, and smoking is permitted
    • Soft Seat (air-conditioned): airplane-style seating, rows of four seats (2+2), on some services power outlets are available
    • Hard Sleeper (air-conditioned): 6 beds per compartments, bedding is provided, rooms are equipped with power outlets, a free water dispenser (hot and cold) is located at the end of the carriage, and trolley service is provided for meals, snack and drinks.
    • Soft Sleeper (air-conditioned): 4 beds per compartments, bedding is provided, rooms are equipped with power outlets, a free water dispenser (hot and cold) is located at the end of the carriage, and trolley service is provided for meals, snack, and drinks.
    • All trains are equipped with toilets (western and squat), trolley service for refreshments and snacks

SE are the most modern of the Vietnamese trains and faster than TN.

  • Air conditioning is available upon deciding on your seating option.
  • 4 different classes are offered:
    • Hard Seat (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned): wooden bench-style seats, often full, and smoking is permitted
    • Soft Seat (air-conditioned): airplane-style seating, rows of four seats (2+2)
    • Hard Sleeper (air-conditioned): 6 beds per compartments, bedding is provided, rooms are equipped with power outlets, a free water dispenser (hot and cold) is located at the end of the carriage, and trolley service is provided for meals, snack and drinks.
    • Soft Sleeper (air-conditioned): 4 beds per compartments, bedding is provided, rooms are equipped with power outlets, a free water dispenser (hot and cold) is located at the end of the carriage, and trolley service is provided for meals, snack and drinks.
    • All trains are equipped with toilets (western and squat), and some trains are equipped with WiFi

There are several trains to the border of Vietnam and into China; however, there are no connecting trains from Vietnam to Cambodia or Laos. These journeys require a bus or minivan.

Most trains in Vietnam travel overnight linking major cities.

Oriental Express Train to Sapa
Violette Express Train
Livi Trans

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Vietnam

National

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Hanoi to Hue 13:00 Direct Train
Hanoi to Da Nang 15:07 Direct Train
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh 31:30 Direct Train
Hanoi to Sapa 9:07 1 Train & Bus
Hanoi to Halong 2:40 Direct Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau 2:00 Direct Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne 4:32 1 Train & Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Dalat 7:49 1 Bus
Hue to Hoi An 4:00 Direct Bus
Hoi An to Mui Ne 16:32 2 Train & Bus
Nah Trang to Dalat 4:00 Direct Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho 4:00 Direct Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc 10:54 1 Bus & Ferry

International

 
From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Hanoi to Kunming, China 16:13 1 Train
Hanoi to Nanning, China 11:50 Direct Train
Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh, Cambodia 6:00 Direct Bus
Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap, Cambodia 13:00 1 Bus

Vietnam travel routes

Vietnam: Breathtaking train journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam: Breathtaking train journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Southeast Asia: Ho Chi Minh To Bangkok

Southeast Asia: Ho Chi Minh To Bangkok

Main Train Stations

  • Hanoi
  • Hoh Chi Minh
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Da Lat
  • Nha Trang
  • Vung Tau
  • Ha Long

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Vietnam

We recommend travelling anytime between December and February when you want to visit the north, central and south part of Vietnam.

The country has slightly different weather patterns depending on the season and the region but these are the best months to cover the whole country. They are the driest months; however, may be a bit chilly when in the north.

From March to October is the rainy season, and depending on the region, it may be more humid and you can expect more rainfall, especially during typhoon season. Public transportation and accommodations may shut down during weeklong periods of rain in March through October.

However, the months from December to February are great months for trekking amongst the rice paddies in Sapa, diving in Nha Trang, cruising through Ha Long and Lan Ha Bay, learning about the country’s history at the War Remnants Museum, and so much more.

 

  • High Season: March-May, September – December
  • Low Season: June – August, December – February
  • Northern Vietnam Wet Season: April – October, hot and wet
  • Northern Vietnam Dry Season: November – March, cool and cold
  • Southern Vietnam Wet Season: April – September, hot and wet
  • Southern Vietnam Dry Season: November – February, warm

 

Accommodation In Vietnam

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