Travellers can reserve train tickets in Vietnam and receive the electronic tickets issued by Vietnam Railways, ready for boarding. Additionally, we integrate multiple private railway companies operating sleeper coaches from Hanoi to Lao Cai, Hue and Da Nang, complementing our offer of railway transportation in Vietnam.
We support advance ticket booking for more than 160 stations across Vietnam, including Hanoi, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Lang Son, Ha Long and Hai Phong in Northern Vietnam; Ninh Binh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Phan Rang and Phan Thiet along the Central Coast; and Ho Chi Minh in Southern Vietnam.
Types of trains in Vietnam
The railway network in Vietnam is operated by the state-owned company Vietnam Railways and its subsidiaries Hanoi Railways and Saigon Railways. In the present, trains transiting the Vietnamese railway network are pulled by diesel locomotives circulating at 60 to 80 km/h speed carrying passenger cars operated by Vietnam Railways and private railway companies.
Passenger services are designated by a code letter identifying the railway line followed by one to two numerals indicating the priority of the service, with SE1/2 being the fastest Express service connecting Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh in just over 30 hours.
The train passengers services in Vietnam are managed by two operators:
- - Vietnam Railways
- - Private railway companies
Vietnam Railways operates its own set of passenger coaches on every train, which usually consists of sleeper and seating passenger cars. Coaches are attended by staff trained to provide a quality service similar to domestic flight attendants.
The rolling stock is quite old but the fleet is under renovation, as the railway operator progressively introduces upgraded cars with the interior refurnished, a more modern design and higher quality components.
Passenger cars operated by Vietnam Railways are divided in four classes: Soft bed in compartments for 1-4 passengers, Hard bed in compartments for 1-6 passengers, Soft seat and Hard seat.
Sleeper 4-Berth, Soft bed
Sleeper 6-Berth, Hard bed
Private railway companies
Private railway companies operate their own passengers cars that are attached to the trains hauled by Vietnam Railways locomotives, hence depart and arrive according to the same schedule. The staff on-board is usually trained to assist international passengers and speak many languages.
The coaches operated by the private railway companies provide a higher level of comfort than the coaches operated by Vietnam Railways, with luxury cabins decorated with wooden floor and cozy soft beds. The service also includes bottled water and snacks.
Passenger cars operated by private railway companies are divided in two classes: Sleeper 2-Berth in compartments for 1-2 passengers and Sleeper 4-Berth in compartments for 1-4 passengers. Customers who wish to enjoy some privacy by reserving the whole cabin can select the maximum number of passengers and purchase all the tickets.
Getting around Vietnam by train
Vietnam has 2,600 kilometres of railway network, which consist of the main line North–South connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and the secondary lines Hanoi–Lao Cai, Hanoi–Quan Trieu, Hanoi–Dong Dang, Hanoi–Ha Long, Hanoi–Hai Phong in the North, and Saigon–Quy Nhon and Saigon–Phan Thiet in the South.
Most of the railway lines in Vietnam use metre gauge, although some standard gauge and mixed gauge are used in the Hanoi–Dong Dang railway line with the purpose of allowing trains to run the international railway service Hanoi–Nanning without break of gauge.
Four dedicated railways link Hanoi with the Northwestern Mountains, the Northern Mountains and the Northeastern Coast.
- Hanoi–Lao Cai railway
- Hanoi–Dong Dang railway
- Hanoi–Ha Long railway
- Hanoi–Hai Phong railway
Hanoi–Lao Cai railway
The Hanoi–Lao Cai railway line connects Hanoi and Lao Cai, in the Northwestern Mountains of Vietnam. Trains depart from Hanoi Railway Station and arrive at Lao Cai Railway Station.
|Yen Bai||01:40 (+1)||02:07 (+1)|
|Lao Cai||05:30 (+1)||06:05 (+1)|
|Yen Bai||00:38 (+1)||01:32 (+1)|
|Yen Vien||04:02 (+1)||05:00 (+1)|
|Gia Lam||04:17 (+1)||05:15 (+1)|
|Hanoi||04:32 (+1)||05:30 (+1)|
Passenger services designated with code SP correspond to Express services stopping at the main stations, whereas LC correspond to Local services stopping at all stations along the line and YB correspond to Local services ending in Yen Bai, half of the railway line.
Additionally, eight private railway companies operate their own passengers cars on the SP3/4 trains bound to Lao Cai: Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Chapa Express, New Livitrans Express, Violette Trains and Victoria Express.
Hanoi–Dong Dang railway
Route temporarily suspended from 26 Mar 2020.
The Hanoi–Dong Dang railway line connects Hanoi and Dong Dang, in the Northern Mountains of Vietnam. Trains depart from Hanoi Railway Station and arrive at Dong Dang Railway Station, in Lang Son province.
Passenger services designated with code DD correspond to Local services stopping at all stations along the line.
Train routes to Dong Dang
Hanoi–Ha Long railway
Route temporarily suspended from 26 Mar 2020.
The Hanoi–Ha Long railway line connects Hanoi and Ha Long, in the Northeastern Coast. Trains depart from Yen Vien Railway Station and arrive at Ha Long Railway Station, in Quang Ninh province.
The passenger service 51501/51502 is a Local service that stops at all stations along the line.
Train routes to Ha Long
Hanoi–Hai Phong railway
The Hanoi–Hai Phong railway line connects Hanoi and Hai Phong, the biggest city in the Northeastern Coast of Vietnam. Trains depart from Hanoi Railway Station and arrive at Hai Phong Railway Station, which provides easy access to Cat Ba Island.
Passenger services designated with code HP correspond to Express services stopping at the main stations, whereas LP correspond to Local services stopping at all stations along the line.
Train routes to Hai Phong
The main railway line traverses the country linking the cities in the Red River Delta, the North Central Coast, the Central Coast and the South Central Coast.
- North–South railway
The North–South railway line connects Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Trains depart from Hanoi Railway Station and arrive at Saigon Railway Station stopping in the major stations along Central Vietnam, such us Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Dieu Tri, Nha Trang, Phan Rang–Thap Cham, Binh Thuan and other secondary stations.
|Ninh Binh||00:25 (+1)||21:42||11:07||08:17||16:59|
|Thanh Hoa||01:29 (+1)||22:53||12:24||09:26||18:13||02:55 (+1)|
|Vinh||03:50 (+1)||01:24 (+1)||14:58||11:59||20:46||05:16 (+1)|
|Dong Hoi||07:57 (+1)||05:30 (+1)||19:30||16:23||01:34 (+1)|
|Hue||10:54 (+1)||08:32 (+1)||22:30||19:56||04:56 (+1)|
|Da Nang||13:42 (+1)||11:28 (+1)||01:16 (+1)||22:42||08:02 (+1)||09:31|
|Quang Ngai||16:03 (+1)||14:26 (+1)||03:48 (+1)||01:16 (+1)||11:18 (+1)||12:46|
|Dieu Tri||18:53 (+1)||17:33 (+1)||06:49 (+1)||04:14 (+1)||14:27 (+1)||16:03|
|Nha Trang||22:28 (+1)||21:14 (+1)||10:51 (+1)||08:31 (+1)||19:02 (+1)||20:28||20:00|
|Thap Cham||22:48 (+1)||12:46 (+1)||10:05 (+1)||20:46 (+1)||22:18||21:44|
|Binh Thuan||02:34 (+2)||01:07 (+2)||15:19 (+1)||12:55 (+1)||23:42 (+1)||02:12 (+1)|
|Saigon||05:45 (+2)||04:38 (+2)||18:55 (+1)||16:30 (+1)||03:25 (+2)||06:20 (+1)||05:26 (+1)|
|Binh Thuan||01:10 (+1)||22:58||12:13||09:36||18:26||15:22|
|Thap Cham||03:20 (+1)||14:28||11:51||20:49||17:42||03:59 (+1)|
|Nha Trang||04:55 (+1)||03:02 (+1)||16:06||13:28||23:13||19:48||05:30 (+1)|
|Dieu Tri||08:39 (+1)||06:52 (+1)||20:31||17:29||03:11 (+1)||00:24 (+1)|
|Quang Ngai||11:20 (+1)||09:46 (+1)||23:20||20:28||06:34 (+1)||03:46 (+1)|
|Da Nang||14:01 (+1)||12:41 (+1)||02:22 (+1)||23:23||09:57 (+1)||06:28 (+1)|
|Hue||16:35 (+1)||15:25 (+1)||05:00 (+1)||02:09 (+1)||13:00 (+1)|
|Dong Hoi||19:39 (+1)||18:35 (+1)||08:35 (+1)||05:21 (+1)||16:14 (+1)|
|Vinh||23:41 (+1)||22:44 (+1)||12:57 (+1)||09:45 (+1)||20:43 (+1)||22:05|
|Thanh Hoa||02:18 (+2)||01:26 (+2)||15:41 (+1)||12:27 (+1)||23:28 (+1)|
|Ninh Binh||03:21 (+2)||16:56 (+1)||13:37 (+1)|
|Hanoi||05:30 (+2)||04:48 (+2)||19:12 (+1)||15:54 (+1)||03:08 (+2)||05:10 (+1)|
Passenger services designated with code SE correspond to Express services stopping at the provincial capitals, whereas TN correspond to Local services stopping at all stations along the line. There are also some Local services running dedicated segments of the railway line, such as TH service between Hanoi and Thanh Hoa, NA service between Hanoi and Vinh, VD service between Vinh and Dong Hoi, DH service between Dong Hoi and Hue, and SNT service between Saigon and Nha Trang.
Additionally, four private railway companies operate their own passengers cars on the SE1/2, SE3/2 and SE19/20 trains departing from Hanoi bound to Hue and Da Nang: New Livitrans Express, Violette Trains, Laman Express and Lotus Train.
The Reunification Express SE3/4 is one of the Express services trains running the North-South railway line from Hanoi to Saigon stopping in Ninh Binh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phan Rang along the way.
Two dedicated railways link Ho Chi Minh with the South Central Coast and the Southeastern Coast.
- Saigon–Quy Nhon railway
- Saigon–Phan Thiet railway
Saigon–Quy Nhon railway
The Saigon–Quy Nhon railway line connects Ho Chi Minh and Quy Nhon in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Trains depart from Saigon Railway Station and arrive at Quy Nhon Railway Station.
|Nha Trang||02:26 (+1)|
|Quy Nhon||08:06 (+1)|
Passenger services designated with code SQN operate on weekends and national holidays.
Alternatively, passengers can take the SE and TN services of the North–South railway line and stop in Dieu Tri Railway Station, then transfer to Quy Nhon by taxi.
Saigon–Phan Thiet railway
The Saigon–Phan Thiet railway line connects Ho Chi Minh and Phan Thiet in the Southeastern Coast of Vietnam. Trains depart from Saigon Railway Station and arrive at Phan Thiet Railway Station, which provides easy access to Mui Ne.
Passenger services designated with code SPT correspond to regular services operating daily, wheareas additional PT operate on weekends and national holidays.
Alternatively, passengers can take the SE and TN services of the North–South railway line and stop in Binh Thuan Railway Station, then transfer to Phan Thiet by taxi.
Train routes to Phan Thiet
The SPT1/2 train offers easy access to Phan Thiet, in Binh Thuan province. The daily service departs in the morning and returns to Saigon in the afternoon.
How to book train tickets in Vietnam
Booking your train tickets in Vietnam is very quick and simple. Search for train routes between any two cities for your travel dates.
Select your route
After search, we will display the results for your itinerary.
Find the train services operated by Vietnam Railways or the private railway companies available for your itinerary and select the most convenient option.
Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares. Trains in Vietnam offer various types of fares, depending if the service consists of sleeper or seating passenger cars.
- Hard seat arranged in 2+2 row configuration
- Soft seat arranged in 2+2 row configuration
- Sleeper 6-Berth arranged in compartments with 3 levels of bunks (Upper, Middle and Lower)
- Sleeper 4-Berth arranged in compartments with 2 levels of bunks (Upper and Lower)
- Sleeper 2-Berth arranged in compartments with 1 level of bunks
Fill in the passenger and contact details
Next, provide the passenger(s) information and select your seats.
Baolau supports seat and berth selection for all trains operated by Vietnam Railways. For private railway companies, Baolau currently does not support berth selection but you can indicate your berth preference, Upper and Lower, during the reservation process and we will consider your request depending on the availability.
Don't forget to provide the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send the ticket confirmation by email.
Complete your payment
Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards.
Check your itinerary and price breakdown. Confirm that the booking information is correct. Before you proceed to payment, you must read and accept the terms and conditions of booking.
Receive your tickets by email
Once your payment is complete, your reservation will be processed.
In the following 24 hours you will receive the itinerary and booking confirmation by email with the electronic tickets issued by Vietnam Railways or the private railway companies attached in PDF format.
You can also access to Manage your booking via web and download the electronic tickets to your device.
How to use the train e-ticket
Vietnam Railways introduced online ticket booking in 2015.
The electronic tickets are valid boarding passes and can be used to board the train at any departure station.
Passengers travelling with Vietnam Railways can print the e-ticket in advance or carry a digital copy in the mobile phone or tablet and present it when boarding the train.
For private railway companies, passengers are required to follow the instructions contained in the electronic ticket received by email and collect the boarding pass at the authorized ticket offices in the station before boarding the train.
Comply with transport regulations to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic
Following the regulation by Vietnam authorities:
- - Passengers are required to arrive to the station 1 hour before the scheduled departure time for check in and health clearance.
- - Passengers are required to submit a mandatory health declaration in advance via tokhaiyte.vn and present when checking in at the station.
- - Passengers must wear face masks when entering the train station and during the journey.
- - Passengers may need to proceed through body temperature check and additional control measures to ensure the passenger safety.