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Vietnam Train: Tickets, Routes, Prices and Departure time

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A complete guide to training travel in Vietnam, with train times, fares & how to buy tickets for trains between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City or HCMC), Nha Trang, Danang, Hue, Hanoi, also Hanoi-Lao Cai (for Sapa & Kunming) and trains Hanoi to Hong Kong, Hanoi to Beijing, Hanoi to Kunming. Saigon to Hanoi by Reunification Express!

Why Vietnam trains are the best way to go

Vietnam’s air-conditioned trains are the ideal way for independent travellers to get around  Vietnam.

You might even meet some Vietnamese people.  Inexperienced travellers sometimes think they’ll save time by using internal flights, but an overnight train ride from Hanoi to Hue or Danang actually saves time over flying, because the train leaves Hanoi in the evening and arrives in Hue the next morning, the city centre to city centre, saving a hotel bill too.

But it’s more than this, the train journey is a genuine Vietnamese experience, an integral part of your trip.

Air-conditioned trains link Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Nha Trang, and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).  Hoi An is just 30km by bus or taxi from Danang.  There are also trains from Hanoi to Haiphong (for Halong Bay) and Hanoi to Lao Cai (for Sapa).

The view from the train

Rice fields, palm trees, water buffalo, Vietnamese towns and villages…  You get a real insight into Vietnam when you travel by train, both urban and rural, which you don’t get from 35,000 feet.

And if you’re good at people-watching you’ll get insights on board the train, too – the real Vietnam is as much inside as outside the train.

The most magical part of a Hanoi to Saigon train journey is the world-class scenic section between Hue and Danang.  The train runs along the South China Sea, snaking from cliff to jungle-covered cliff past beaches and islands, then heads through the lush green mountains via the Hai Van Pass to reach Danang.

In Vietnamese, it’s “Đèo Hải Vân” meaning ‘Ocean Cloud Pass ‘, and I can’t think of a better name.  In the bright Vietnamese sun, the vivid blue skies, green waters and yellow beaches will take your breath away…

Vietnam Train: Tickets, Routes, Prices and Departure time.


E1 Express Train (31 hours) dept. 23:00

StationDistance in kmSoft seat with A/CApartment for Hard Sleeper with A/CSoft sleeper with A/CArrival Time
Da Nang79119323028391247
Nha Trang1,31532545250622156
Sai Gon (HCMC)1,72648666054730500

S1 Express Train (33 hours) dept. 1900

StationDistance in kmSoft seat with A/CApartment for Hard Sleeper with A/CSoft sleeper with A/CArrival Time
Da Nang79118272420401032
Nha Trang1,31537464236611955
Sai Gon(HCMC)1,72647595755680400

S9 Fast Train (40 hours) dept. 1950

StationDistance in kmSoft seat with A/CApartment for Hard Sleeper with A/CSoft sleeper with A/CArrival Time
Da Nang79115221917381454
Nha Trang1,31528403630590130
Sai Gon(HCMC)1,72642545148641020

Note: The train prices from Saigon to Hanoi are quite similar to those from Hanoi to Saigon.

Vietnam Train: Tickets, Routes, Prices and Departure time

Vietnam Train: Tickets, Routes, Prices and Departure time


Service fee
RoyalRoyal AC soft sleeper – 4 berths220
FriendlyRoyal AC soft sleeper – 4 berths220
TulicoVIP class – 2 berths (only 1 VIP available)410
First class with wooden cabin- 4 berths250
Second class cabin – 4 berths210


StationDep timeStationArr time
SP1 / RoyalHanoi2130Lao Cai0600SP1 – AC
Soft sleeper – 4 berths
SP1 – AC
Hard sleeper- 6 berths
Royal – AC
soft sleeper – 4 berths
LC1Hanoi2200Lao Cai0700LC1 – AC
Soft sleeper – 4 berths
LC1 – AC
Hard sleeper- 6 berths
LC3Hanoi0615Lao Cai0310LC3 – Soft sleeper only
LC5 / Tulico & FriendlyHanoi2200Lao Cai0630LC5 – AC
Soft sleeper – 4 berths
LC5 – AC
Hard sleeper- 6 berths
Tulico –
VIP class – 2 berths
Tulico – First class
Tulico – Second class
SP2 / RoyalLao Cai2050Hanoi0500
LC2Lao Cai1900Hanoi0400
LC4Lao Cai1020Hanoi0810
LC6/ Tulico & FriendLao Cai2115Hanoi0600


  • We recommend a soft sleeper at Tulico train or Royal train for faster and cleaner.
  • We only can buy the return tickets from Hanoi for the Tulico Royal train. For other normal trains, you need to buy the return ticket when you are in Lao Cai or Sapa by yourself or request the hotel to buy it for you (a soft sleeper is not sure if you buy on short notice).
  • Train tickets are non-booking, and if returned 10% fare will be charged.
  • Child fare: under 5 years old: free of charge if sharing a bed with parent; from 5 up to adult rate

Where to buy:

Contact any travel agency in Vietnam or visit the Official website of Vietnam Railways:

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