Over the last decade the Hanoi – Saigon train service steadily improved and there are now a whole range of daily air-conditioned trains linking Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Nha Trang & Saigon (HCMC), an ideal way to travel between these cities.

Here are the principal trains, there are additional trains at peak times such as the Tet holiday period in late January or February.

Please note: Ticket fares for Train get higher 12% by Vietnam Train Company since Jan 2012

Vietnam North South Reunification train, Vietnam North South main line, train ticket from Hanoi to Hue, train ticket from Danang to Nha Trang

Southbound Timetable

(Apply from February 22nd 2014 to December 31th 2014)

Hanoi ► Hué ► Danang ► Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)
Train number KM SE1 SE3 SE5 SE7 TN1 SE21
Route 33h 04′ 29h 30′ 33h 37′ 32h 56′ 37h 50′ 22h 28′
Hà Nội Arrive            
Depart 19:00 23:00 9:00 6:15 13:15  
Giáp Bát 4         13:27  
        13:30  
Phủ Lý 56     10:03 7:18 14:34  
    10:06 7:21 14:37  
Nam Định 87 20:35   10:40 7:55 15:11  
20:38   10:43 7:58 15:14  
Ninh Bình 115 21:09   11:14 8:29 15:46  
21:12   11:17 8:32 15:49  
Bỉm Sơn 141     11:49   16:45  
    11:52   16:48  
Thanh Hóa 175 22:18   12:36 9:38 17:24  
22:21   12:39 9:41 17:27  
Minh Khôi 197         17:49  
        17:52  
Chợ Sy 279     14:14   19:07  
    14:17   19:10  
Vinh 319 0:49 3:55 14:57 11:54 19:50  
0:56 4:00 15:03 12:01 20:02  
Yên Trung 340     15:26   20:26  
    15:29   20:29  
Hương Phố 387     16:21 13:15 21:38  
    16:24 13:17 21:56  
Đồng Lê 436     17:26 14:19 22:58  
    17:29 14:21 23:01  
Đồng Hới 522 4:40 7:37 19:10 15:53 0:50  
4:55 7:49 19:25 16:08 1:10  
Đông Hà 622 6:34 9:23 21:04 18:09 2:55  
6:37 9:26 21:07 18:12 3:07  
Huế 688 7:48 10:34 22:37 19:25 4:21  
7:53 10:39 22:42 19:32 4:28 6:40
Lăng Cô 755         5:55 7:54
        5:58 7:59
Đà Nẵng 791 10:21 12:57 1:18 22:00 7:19 9:17
10:36 13:09 1:33 22:15 7:39 9:32
Trà Kiệu 825         8:22 10:15
        8:25 10:18
Phú Cang 842           10:34
          10:40
Tam Kỳ 865 11:57   2:52   9:03 11:04
12:00   2:55   9:06 11:09
Núi Thành 890         9:33 11:36
        9:47 11:39
Quãng Ngãi 928 13:23 15:23 4:01 0:36 10:28 12:28
13:26 15:26 4:04 0:39 10:31 12:33
Đức Phổ 968           13:16
          13:19
Bồng Sơn 1017         12:06 14:07
        12:09 14:10
Diêu Trì 1096 16:11 17:59 7:13 3:23 13:27 15:29
16:26 18:11 7:28 3:38 13:47 15:44
Tuy Hòa 1198 18:25 19:45 9:18 5:24 15:22 17:37
18:28 19:48 9:21 5:27 15:25 17:42
Giã 1254         16:29  
        16:32  
Ninh Hòa 1281       6:58   19:07
      7:01   19:10
Nha Trang 1315 20:19 21:38 11:13 7:34 17:38 19:42
20:26 21:43 11:18 7:41 17:50 19:49
Ngã Ba 1364         18:41  
        18:44  
Tháp Chàm 1408 21:57   12:58 9:12 19:51 21:18
22:00   13:01 9:15 19:54 21:21
Sông Mao 1484         21:12  
        21:15  
Bình Thuận  1551 0:14 1:15 15:14 11:36 22:57 0:36
0:17 1:18 15:17 11:39 23:16 0:39
Long Khánh 1649       13:29 1:23 3:21
      13:32 1:26 3:24
Biên Hòa  1697 3:02   17:54 14:28 2:22 4:24
3:05   17:57 14:31 2:25 4:27
Sài Gòn 1726 3:45 4:30 18:37 15:11 3:05 5:08
           

All these trains run every day except trains SE7 & SE8.  Hanoi to Saigon is 1,726km or 1,070 miles.  Map of Saigon showing station.  Map of Hanoi showing station.SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4:  These are the best trains.  They have air-conditioned soft sleepers (4-berth), air-conditioned hard sleepers (6-berth) and air-conditioned soft seats.
SE5, SE6:  These trains have air-conditioned hard sleepers, air-conditioned soft seats, air-conditioned hard seats, and ordinary hard seats.  No soft sleepers!
SE7, SE8:  SE7/8 only run at busy times, booking agencies will know if it’s running a month or two ahead.  Air-con soft sleepers (4-berth), air-con hard sleepers (6-berth), air-con soft seats.
SE19, SE20: Air-conditioned soft sleepers, air-conditioned hard sleepers, air-conditioned soft seats, air-conditioned hard seats, ordinary hard seats.
TN1, TN2:  Air-conditioned hard sleepers (6-berth) & ordinary hard seats.  No soft sleepers or soft seats.
SNT1, SNT2:  Air-con soft sleepers (both older & newer types), air-con hard sleepers (both older & newer types), air-con soft seats.  Ask for a ‘chat luong cao’ (newer higher quality) sleeper.  Also has ‘Golden Trains’ high-quality sleepers attached.
Livitrans private tourist sleeping-cars, Hanoi-Hué-Danang:  Trains SE1 & SE2 have one or two tourist sleeping-cars attached between Hanoi, Hue & Danang run by private company Livitrans, see the photos & information below.  These have 4-berth sleepers of a higher standard than the regular ones, but higher fares.  See www.livitrans.com for fares & online booking.
Golden Trains private tourist sleeping-cars, Saigon-Nha Trang:  Trains SNT1 & SNT2 have ‘Golden Trains’ tourist sleeping-cars attached between Saigon and Nha Trang.  These have 4-berth soft sleepers of a higher quality than the regular sleepers

Northbound Timetable

(Apply from February 22nd 2014 to December 31th 2014)

 Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) ► Danang ► Hué ► Hanoi
Train Number KM SE2 SE4 SE6 SE8 TN2 SE22
Route  32h 51′ 29h 30′ 34h 26′ 32h 42′ 37h 46′ 22h 06′
Sài Gòn Arrive            
Depart 19:00 23:00 9:00 6:25 13:15 12:20
Biên Hòa  29 19:39   9:39 7:04 13:54 12:59
19:42   9:42 7:07 13:57 13:02
Long Khánh 77       8:05 15:10 14:12
      8:08 15:13 14:15
Bình Thuận  175 22:18   12:18 9:48 17:02 16:32
22:21   12:21 9:51 17:05 16:35
Sông Mao 242         18:05  
        18:08  
Tháp Chàm 318     14:57 12:03 19:22 18:46
    15:00 12:06 19:25 18:49
Ngã ba 362         20:04  
        20:07  
Nha Trang 411 2:29 5:31 16:30 13:35 21:26 20:24
2:36 5:36 16:37 13:42 21:47 20:31
Ninh Hòa 445       14:19   21:23
      14:22   21:26
Giã 472           21:51
          21:54
Tuy Hòa 528   7:23 18:44 15:40 23:45 22:51
  7:26 18:47 15:43 23:48 22:56
Diêu Trì 630 6:04 8:58 20:33 17:17 1:23 0:30
6:19 9:10 20:48 17:32 1:43 0:45
Bồng Sơn 709         3:17 2:03
        3:20 2:09
Đức Phổ 758           2:56
          2:59
Quảng Ngãi 798 9:03 11:41 23:32 20:22 4:57 3:42
9:06 11:44 23:35 20:25 5:00 4:07
Núi Thành 836         5:40 4:47
        5:43 4:50
Tam Kỳ 861 10:11   0:48 21:30 6:10 5:17
10:14   0:51 21:33 6:13 5:22
Phú Cang 884           5:44
          5:47
Trà Kiệu 901         6:49 6:02
        6:52 6:05
Đà Nẵng 935 11:40 13:52 2:21 23:01 7:36 6:49
11:55 14:04 2:36 23:16 7:56 7:04
Lăng Cô 971         9:37  
        9:40  
Huế 1038 14:30 16:23 5:04 1:43 11:10 10:26
14:35 16:28 5:11 1:50 11:17  
Đông Hà 1104 15:47 17:37 6:24 3:01 12:30  
15:50 17:40 6:40 3:04 12:33  
Đồng Hới 1204 17:38 19:16 8:33 4:44 14:16  
17:53 19:28 8:48 4:59 14:36  
Đồng Lê 1290     10:21   16:43  
    10:24   16:46  
Hương Phố 1339     11:26   18:08  
    11:29   18:11  
Yên Trung 1386     12:38   19:05  
    12:41   19:08  
Vinh 1407 21:39 23:08 13:05 8:54 19:33  
21:46 23:13 13:12 9:01 19:53  
Chợ Sy 1447     13:53   20:35  
    13:56   20:38  
Minh Khôi 1529         21:55  
        21:58  
Thanh Hóa 1551 0:21   15:40 11:39 22:54  
0:24   15:43 11:42 23:00  
Bỉm Sơn 1585     16:20   23:37  
    16:23   23:40  
Ninh Bình 1611 1:38   16:55 12:49 0:26  
1:41   16:58 12:52 0:29  
Nam Định 1639 2:12   17:29 13:23 1:13  
2:15   17:32 13:26 1:16  
Phủ Lý 1670     18:06 14:00 1:51  
    18:09 14:03 1:54  
Hà Nội 1726 3:51 4:30 19:26 15:07 3:01  
           

How to get to to Hoi An…

Hoi An it features on many visitor’s itineraries.  It’s about 30 km south of Danang, but has no railway station, so take a train to Danang, then a bus or taxi.  There are regular buses, minibuses & taxis from Danang to Hoi An taking between 45 minutes and an hour.  The bus fare is about US$3, a taxi will cost in the region of US$9-15 depending on your negotiation skills.  See map.

How to get to Phan Thiet

The seaside town of Phan Thiet is on a 15km-long branch line from Muong Man.  There’s a daily direct train between Saigon & Pan Thiet shown in the timetable above, or you can take any mainline train to Muong Man station and then a taxi to Pan Thiet.  Pan Thiet is 15.7 km by taxi from Muong Man.  For heading north from Pan Thiet, take a taxi to Muong man station.  See area map.

How much does it cost?

Train fares in Vietnam are cheap, and sleeper trains save on hotel bills as well as the cost of taxis to & from airports way outside the cities they serve.  The fares shown below are typical fares for the SE1, SE2, SE7 & SE8, fares actually vary slightly by season, and fares for the slightly faster SE3 & SE4 are a fraction higher.  Fares for the ‘SNT’ trains are about the same, fares for the slower ‘TN’ trains are significantly cheaper.  Incidentally, the old system of charging foreigners higher fares than Vietnamese citizens was abolished in 2002.
Children aged 0 to 4 travel free, children 5 to 9 travel at half fare.  Children10 and over must pay full fare.
Fares are shown here in 1000s of Vietnamese Dong.  £1 = approx 32,900 Dong.  $1 = 20,500 Dong.
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Fares from
Hanoi to:
Soft seat Hard sleeper Soft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Ninh Binh 77 114 110 92 120 120
Thanh Hoa 117 172 165 140 182 180
Vinh 214 314 300 255 330 328
Dong Hoi 370 542 520 440 573 556
Hue 486 780 745 632 822 813
Danang 560 862 825 700 910 900
Quang Ngai 626 920 880 747 972 960
Dieu Tri 740 1086 1040 882 1147 1135
Nha Trang 920 1487 1424 1208 1570 1554
Muong man 1045 1598 1530 1298 1688 1670
Saigon 1108 1630 1560 1324 1720 1702
Fares from
Saigon to:
Soft seat Hard sleeper Soft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Phan Thiet 135
Nha Trang 277 475 455 386 502 496
Danang 630 1002 960 814 1058 1046
Hue 668 1083 1036 880 1144 1130
Hanoi 1108 1630 1560 1324 1720 1702
Fares from
Hué to:
Soft seat Hard sleeper Soft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Hanoi 486 780 745 632 822 813
Saigon 667 1008 964 818 1062 1052
Danang 70 108 103 88 114 113
Nha Trang 404 593 568 482 626 619
Fares from
Danang to:
Soft seat Hard sleeper Soft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Hanoi 560 862 825 700 910 900
Saigon 630 954 913 775 1008 997
Hue 70 108 103 88 114 113
Nha Trang 337 495 474 402 523 517
Fares from
Nha Trang to:
Soft seat Hard sleeper Soft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Hanoi 920 1487 1424 1208 1570 1554
Saigon 220 360 345 294 367 357
Danang 337 495 474 402 523 517
Hue 404 593 568 482 626 619