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 numberKMSE1SE3SE5SE7TN1SE21
Route33h 04′29h 30′33h 37′32h 56′37h 50′22h 28′
Hà NộiArrive      
Depart19:0023:009:006:1513:15 
Giáp Bát4    13:27 
    13:30 
Phủ Lý56  10:037:1814:34 
  10:067:2114:37 
Nam Định8720:35 10:407:5515:11 
20:38 10:437:5815:14 
Ninh Bình11521:09 11:148:2915:46 
21:12 11:178:3215:49 
Bỉm Sơn141  11:49 16:45 
  11:52 16:48 
Thanh Hóa17522:18 12:369:3817:24 
22:21 12:399:4117:27 
Minh Khôi197    17:49 
    17:52 
Chợ Sy279  14:14 19:07 
  14:17 19:10 
Vinh3190:493:5514:5711:5419:50 
0:564:0015:0312:0120:02 
Yên Trung340  15:26 20:26 
  15:29 20:29 
Hương Phố387  16:2113:1521:38 
  16:2413:1721:56 
Đồng Lê436  17:2614:1922:58 
  17:2914:2123:01 
Đồng Hới5224:407:3719:1015:530:50 
4:557:4919:2516:081:10 
Đông Hà6226:349:2321:0418:092:55 
6:379:2621:0718:123:07 
Huế6887:4810:3422:3719:254:21 
7:5310:3922:4219:324:286:40
Lăng Cô755    5:557:54
    5:587:59
Đà Nẵng79110:2112:571:1822:007:199:17
10:3613:091:3322:157:399:32
Trà Kiệu825    8:2210:15
    8:2510:18
Phú Cang842     10:34
     10:40
Tam Kỳ86511:57 2:52 9:0311:04
12:00 2:55 9:0611:09
Núi Thành890    9:3311:36
    9:4711:39
Quãng Ngãi92813:2315:234:010:3610:2812:28
13:2615:264:040:3910:3112:33
Đức Phổ968     13:16
     13:19
Bồng Sơn1017    12:0614:07
    12:0914:10
Diêu Trì109616:1117:597:133:2313:2715:29
16:2618:117:283:3813:4715:44
Tuy Hòa119818:2519:459:185:2415:2217:37
18:2819:489:215:2715:2517:42
Giã1254    16:29 
    16:32 
Ninh Hòa1281   6:58 19:07
   7:01 19:10
Nha Trang131520:1921:3811:137:3417:3819:42
20:2621:4311:187:4117:5019:49
Ngã Ba1364    18:41 
    18:44 
Tháp Chàm140821:57 12:589:1219:5121:18
22:00 13:019:1519:5421:21
Sông Mao1484    21:12 
    21:15 
Bình Thuận 15510:141:1515:1411:3622:570:36
0:171:1815:1711:3923:160:39
Long Khánh1649   13:291:233:21
   13:321:263:24
Biên Hòa 16973:02 17:5414:282:224:24
3:05 17:5714:312:254:27
Sài Gòn17263:454:3018:3715:113:055:08
      

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 NumberKMSE2SE4SE6SE8TN2SE22
Route 32h 51′29h 30′34h 26′32h 42′37h 46′22h 06′
Sài GònArrive      
Depart19:0023:009:006:2513:1512:20
Biên Hòa 2919:39 9:397:0413:5412:59
19:42 9:427:0713:5713:02
Long Khánh77   8:0515:1014:12
   8:0815:1314:15
Bình Thuận 17522:18 12:189:4817:0216:32
22:21 12:219:5117:0516:35
Sông Mao242    18:05 
    18:08 
Tháp Chàm318  14:5712:0319:2218:46
  15:0012:0619:2518:49
Ngã ba362    20:04 
    20:07 
Nha Trang4112:295:3116:3013:3521:2620:24
2:365:3616:3713:4221:4720:31
Ninh Hòa445   14:19 21:23
   14:22 21:26
Giã472     21:51
     21:54
Tuy Hòa528 7:2318:4415:4023:4522:51
 7:2618:4715:4323:4822:56
Diêu Trì6306:048:5820:3317:171:230:30
6:199:1020:4817:321:430:45
Bồng Sơn709    3:172:03
    3:202:09
Đức Phổ758     2:56
     2:59
Quảng Ngãi7989:0311:4123:3220:224:573:42
9:0611:4423:3520:255:004:07
Núi Thành836    5:404:47
    5:434:50
Tam Kỳ86110:11 0:4821:306:105:17
10:14 0:5121:336:135:22
Phú Cang884     5:44
     5:47
Trà Kiệu901    6:496:02
    6:526:05
Đà Nẵng93511:4013:522:2123:017:366:49
11:5514:042:3623:167:567:04
Lăng Cô971    9:37 
    9:40 
Huế103814:3016:235:041:4311:1010:26
14:3516:285:111:5011:17 
Đông Hà110415:4717:376:243:0112:30 
15:5017:406:403:0412:33 
Đồng Hới120417:3819:168:334:4414:16 
17:5319:288:484:5914:36 
Đồng Lê1290  10:21 16:43 
  10:24 16:46 
Hương Phố1339  11:26 18:08 
  11:29 18:11 
Yên Trung1386  12:38 19:05 
  12:41 19:08 
Vinh140721:3923:0813:058:5419:33 
21:4623:1313:129:0119:53 
Chợ Sy1447  13:53 20:35 
  13:56 20:38 
Minh Khôi1529    21:55 
    21:58 
Thanh Hóa15510:21 15:4011:3922:54 
0:24 15:4311:4223:00 
Bỉm Sơn1585  16:20 23:37 
  16:23 23:40 
Ninh Bình16111:38 16:5512:490:26 
1:41 16:5812:520:29 
Nam Định16392:12 17:2913:231:13 
2:15 17:3213:261:16 
Phủ Lý1670  18:0614:001:51 
  18:0914:031:54 
Hà Nội17263:514:3019:2615:073:01 
      

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 seatHard sleeperSoft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Ninh Binh7711411092120120
Thanh Hoa117172165140182180
Vinh214314300255330328
Dong Hoi370542520440573556
Hue486780745632822813
Danang560862825700910900
Quang Ngai626920880747972960
Dieu Tri7401086104088211471135
Nha Trang92014871424120815701554
Muong man104515981530129816881670
Saigon110816301560132417201702
Fares from
Saigon to:
Soft seatHard sleeperSoft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Phan Thiet135
Nha Trang277475455386502496
Danang630100296081410581046
Hue6681083103688011441130
Hanoi110816301560132417201702
Fares from
Hué to:
Soft seatHard sleeperSoft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Hanoi486780745632822813
Saigon667100896481810621052
Danang7010810388114113
Nha Trang404593568482626619
Fares from
Danang to:
Soft seatHard sleeperSoft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Hanoi560862825700910900
Saigon6309549137751008997
Hue7010810388114113
Nha Trang337495474402523517
Fares from
Nha Trang to:
Soft seatHard sleeperSoft sleeper
air-con
air-con
lower berth
air-con
middle berth
air-con
top berth
air-con
lower berth
air-con
upper berth
Hanoi92014871424120815701554
Saigon220360345294367357
Danang337495474402523517
Hue404593568482626619